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Observations From Below: Presidents Past and Future, Part Two

Bryan Dooley | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Bryan Dooley

In part one of my blog called "Presidents Past and Future," I criticized Republicans for making some mistakes on the campaign trail around disability ...

Q&A: Will We Ever Fix Our Broken, Discriminatory Voting System?

The National Book Review | Posted 02.25.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, l...

U.S. Health, Wealth, and Education Gaps Grow

Alan Singer | Posted 02.25.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Most of the candidates in the Republican and Democratic Presidential primaries look for scapegoats to blame, claim they can govern better or smarter, promise to make America great again, or play ostrich with its head in the sand ignoring real problems altogether.

It's Election Year: How to Update Voter Registration After a Move?

Laura McHolm | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Laura McHolm

If you moved recently, or if you never registered, or you've simply been living under a rock, then it's time to wake up and move on over to the ballot box.

Observations From Below: Presidents Past and Future -- Part One

Bryan Dooley | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Bryan Dooley

I would love to see the candidates court voters with disabilities, the same way that they are trying to court different constituencies, such as African-Americans, LGBTQ people, Evangelical Christians and others. In order to do that, I believe there would have to be more unity.

Climate Change This Week: Arctic Goes Bonkers, Voting For Climate Action, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.23.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Bizarre Biodiversity - another reason to preserve forests, as this Brazilian Gorb...

7 Reasons You Should Vote In This Year's Elections

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics

The United States may be the world’s oldest continuous democracy, but experience does not equal enthusiasm. The U.S. had the fourth-lowest voting ra...

This GOP-Backed Voter ID Law Could Be A Big Problem For South Carolina

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics

When South Carolinians cast ballots in the presidential primaries this month, they will confront a new voter ID law that is in place for the first tim...

My Picks for Nevada (D) and South Carolina (R)

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Yes, we've got two primary races to be decided this Saturday, in two different states and two different parties. Democrats in Nevada and South Carolina Republicans will both vote on the same day, for no real logical reason. Let's take a look forward to Saturday's races.

Millennials Want Bernie, But Not Enough To Go Out and Vote

Walaa Chahine | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics
Walaa Chahine

America's youth enjoy Sen. Sander's sincerity. In fact, the Brooklyn-native attracts voters the same way Donald Trump does. He isn't afraid of speaking his mind and doesn't come off as company-owned.

5 Things to Consider When Voting for a President

Tricia Spencer | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Tricia Spencer

We need to be diligent. We need to be thorough. And most of all, after learning the good, the bad, and the vision of a candidate, we need to vote with the understanding that our votes have long-term consequences.

Climate Change This Week: A Drying Southwest, Clean Cheap Power, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.17.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Tiny Forest Fairy Lanterns are rare and considered threatened in Tasmania, ...

Could Michigan's Restrictive Student Voter Law Hurt Bernie Sanders?

Susan J. Demas | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

Sanders' lock on younger voters helped him win a double-digit victory in New Hampshire, and almost put him over the top in Iowa. It's little wonder why he chose EMU as the site of his first Michigan event. But Sanders could have a tougher time earning the youth vote in Michigan.

Does Anyone Disgusted by U.S. Politics Actually Move to Canada?

Amy Arndt | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Amy Arndt

I'm dying to know how many of you are seriously going to move to Canada when someone you don't like becomes our next president. Are you really moving to Canada?

You don't have to vote for a woman just because you are a woman

Ashley Mae Hunt | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Ashley Mae Hunt

I am a huge advocate for more women running in elections and holding public office. I love groups like 50-50 in 2020 and Ready to Run at the Carrie Ch...

In Defense of Madeleine Albright (Not That She Needs It)

Lee Lee | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Lee Lee

If you consider yourself a feminist and are supporting Sanders during this primary season, please ask yourself honestly: Do I support his policies in and of themselves? Or am I swayed to his side because of a lifetime of covert sexist microaggressions that leave me disgusted with "the establishment?"

Bullying Won't Work on This Undecided Voter

Marianne Smallwood | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Marianne Smallwood

Hillary Clinton is highly experienced, politically savvy, and brilliant. I have great respect for her and believe she could be an excellent president. But I'm still undecided, and I need to see more honesty and transparency from her regarding the issues I care about. That -- and no amount of bullying or shaming -- is what will determine my vote.

Climate Change This Week: Cool Landscapes, Hot Futures, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The Bear Cub Club meets in the Tongass National Forest, which, with the Great Bear Rainforest is part of the Pacific temperate rainforest, the largest such ecosystem in existence.

New Study Reveals Youth Could Have Significant Impact on 2016 Election

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Craig Newmark

I recently supported the release of some research and important data about the 2016 elections. The Youth Electoral Significance Index is a data visualization that ranks the states and districts where young people could have a major influence on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, as well as on key Senate and House races.

Maryland Takes Big Step Forward on Voting Rights

Tomas Lopez | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Tomas Lopez

Maryland's legislature today voted to override a gubernatorial veto and restored voting rights to an estimated 40,000 citizens with past criminal convictions. This is a major step forward in the effort to reform the nation's harsh and antiquated disenfranchisement laws.

My New Hampshire Picks

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is time once again to peer deeply into my somewhat-foggy crystal ball, and attempt to pick the winners of tomorrow night's New Hampshire primary. Before I get to that, though, some old business needs to be brought up. First, we have some very recent old business and then some truly ancient business, so bear with me.

New Hampshire's Voters with Disabilities Head to the Polls

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Jobs, mental health and addiction are key issues in New Hampshire for people with and without disabilities. They are just some of the 16 issues candidates addressed in specifics in RespectAbility's 2016 New Hampshire Candidate #PwDsVote Questionnaire.

Voting With My Vagina for Bernie

Ester Amy Fischer | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Ester Amy Fischer

It is with no desire to convince anyone of anything that I write this piece. I do not want to convince, cajole, harangue or harass. And I certainly ...

There Is Only One Issue Worth Voting on in 2016

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Lila Nordstrom

Here's a bold declaration: Despite the rancor accompanying this year's races and last year's congressional session, there is only one issue worth voting on. It's a deceptively simple issue too; massively important, but, oddly, still one a vast majority of Americans agree on.

Climate Change This Week: The New Coal, Hot Water, Clean Energy Justice, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.04.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When we harm forests, we harm ourselves. Unique Giraffe Beetle, another bi...