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Letter to a Smug Man

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Jacobson

Our democratic process is drowning in an overwhelming tidal wave of anonymous money -- from where? CEOs? Bidders on government contracts? Firms regulated by the government? Drug cartels?

Pulling the Plug on Democracy

Carol Hartsell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Carol Hartsell

Democracy, having successfully jumped one shark, recently attempted to jump 100 sharks set on fire, crashed and is now in a persistent vegetative state in a teaching hospital in New Jersey. It may never recover.

An Alan Grayson Movie

Christopher Sprinkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Sprinkle

2010-09-30-grayson.jpgFor weeks now across Florida, every paper you pick up has a story about the race for the 8th district.

Why the Right and the Left Won't Talk Seriously About Inequality

Frank Koller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Koller

Both political parties have a short-term interest in simply avoiding making too much of the fact that America is becoming a more and more unequal society. Does that sound like good leadership to you?

Will Risk-Averse Voters Help Endangered Incumbents?

Brian Schaffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Schaffner

While many things are working against Democratic incumbents this year, the public's tendency to be risk averse may make the difference in allowing some incumbents to win campaigns that they might otherwise have lost.

Prop B: A Battle Against Puppy Mills That All Can Support

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

There are tens of thousands of dogs who are lonely and depressed and ill because it is their awful misfortune to pass each day on a puppy mill operati...

Killing the Census

Charles Seife | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Seife

It's not a wise policy to reduce the quality of a government function while, simultaneously, making the costs bloat out of control, but that's precisely what anti-census politicians are advocating.

American Consumers Aren't Buying Climate Action

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Earlier this week at the Clinton Global Initiative, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres offered her assessment of what was preventing progress in the...

Counting on Democracy

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

In the last presidential election, up to three million eligible voters were excluded because of confusing, inadequate, unnecessarily restrictive, and unlawfully or mistakenly interpreted voting laws.

Is Meg Whitman California's Version of Leona Helmsley?

David Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coleman

Meg Whitman's record demonstrates a solipsistic absorption in her own drive to succeed and a deep seated indifference to any public service that she believes is beneath her station in life.

Keep the Democrats in Charge of Congress

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Today's Congress is in the midst of a communications transformation, and suffers from public wrath and bitter internal division. The world's most powerful legislature is in trouble. Putting today's Republicans in charge will make it worse.

Superdelegates' Clout CURBED? Democrats Propose Less Influence For VIP Delegates

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democrats have taken an initial step toward limiting the influence of so-called independent superdelegates in choosing the party's ...

Online Colorado Voter Registration Attracts Predominantly Male Republicans

The Denver Post | Burt Hubbard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The initial batch of voters registering online in Colorado are decidedly male and Republican. In the first three months of the system's debut, almo...

The F Word: Fight Tea Party Voters With Fresh Voters

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Candidates have been in their districts, making nice to likely mid-term voters. They're more scarce than general election voters, and typically a more...

Ninety Years of Women's Suffrage and Counting (Photos)

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

The images from the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery represent important holdings from the early women's movement in the United States and abroad.

Making Our Grandmothers Proud: Women's Equality in the Voting Booth and in Office

Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Lee

Women have certainly claimed our place in the voting booth. But true equality in our democracy means equal representation in the voting booth and in elected office.

Student and Youth Voters Face Higher Hurdles Than Others to Register and Vote in 2010

Brian J. Siebel | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Brian J. Siebel

Students and other millennials are an important and growing portion of the electorate. They will be 20% of the voting age population in 2010, up from...

Poor, Jobless, and Getting Out the Vote

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The AFL-CIO has launched a campaign to mobilize unemployed voters across the country, hoping to turn out the "jobless vote" this November and bolster pro-labor Democrats at the polls.

Hold Your Noses and Vote the Bottom of the Ticket to Send A Real Message This Primary Season

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

If people cast their ballots only for local measures, that would send a whopping-loud message to the folks in state and national races that you've tuned them out, but that you still believe in the political process.

The 12 Week Plan: A Road Map to Not Getting Our A**es Kicked on November 2

Billy Wimsatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Billy Wimsatt

You think you're unhappy now under Obama, Pelosi and Reid? Wait until the guys who drove the car into the ditch for eight consecutive years get their hands back on the steering wheel.

Republicans: What's Wrong With Being Sweden?

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The Regressives in the GOP, who would like their Fox-fed minions and Tea Party zombies to bring us back to a white America that existed around the tim...

Midterm Election Alert: Two Months Left to Mobilize Before Registration Deadlines

Heather Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Smith

Team Rock The Vote is mixing civics with our last moments of sunshine by running the largest, most-aggressive midterm campaign in our organization's 20-year history. Election season has arrived and we're ready to bring the heat.

The Dummy Tax

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

From here on out let's have a tax on those who don't vote. If you have a religious problem with taxes we will call it a tax-credit for you. (Makes it seem like you are saving something.)

Online Voting: All That Glitters Is Not Gold (Unless You're a Vendor)

Dan McCrea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan McCrea

Our elections mustn't be exposed to viruses, scams, or foreign attacks. No election should include internet votes until the design of such a system has been reviewed in a transparent public process.

Ballot Secrecy Compromised By Detailed Election Data

AP | BARRY MASSEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SANTA FE, N.M. — Retired state worker Joyce Pankey cast her absentee ballot in New Mexico's primary election last month thinking that she alone ...