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Is Colorado the New Iowa? Young People Closing Midterm "Enthusiasm Gap"

Heather Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Smith

According to the news this week, the midterm elections will be characterized as any one of the following: The Economist predicts a disappointed indict...

Iller: Obama Zombies Strike Back (Video)

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Sara Haile-Mariam

It's time to stop allowing the pundits and pollsters to speak for us- there's still too much at stake. In the interim, if they insist on calling us zombies, then we might as well embrace it and have a little fun in the process.

Why I'm Fed Up! (VIDEO)

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Sara Haile-Mariam

You read right. Fed up. I had an opportunity to provide opening remarks for the 2010 Campus Progress National Conference. After two years of being told what I felt as a young person in politics -- I used the opportunity to set the record straight.

Selective Math: Midterm Projections for Millennials Miss the Mark

Heather Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Smith

Election enthusiasts who've been gleefully gossiping for months about the narratives that will frame November's midterm contests got their first subst...

Elena Kagan Matters to Young People

Oghene Oyiborhoro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Oghene Oyiborhoro

Young people could care less about the Harvard prodigy. It behooves us to pay attention to the Kagan nomination, and here is why.

Midterminators: Why the Millennial Generation Will Dominate in 2010 and Beyond

Maegan Carberry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maegan Carberry

The 2008 election was just the arrival of a generation that has since taken action to support our values system and vision for the future.

Before Vampires, There Was Politics

Ilana Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilana Ross

I hope the recent fascination with fantasy doesn't have larger escapist implications for the world of politics.

Don't Call Us "The Future" If You Want to Win Now

Becca Doten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Becca Doten

Young voters are not a constituency to be considered in the perpetual "future." Rather, young voters are one of the most potentially powerful demographics within the Democratic Party today.

How Does Health Care Reform Impact The Youth Vote?

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

After that gloriously humanizing gesture (or spoken word) by Mr. Vice President, the health care reform debate is over (right? Fingers crossed, I gues...

Will America Heed Millennials' Call?

John Della Volpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Della Volpe

Our latest survey suggests that there are millions of young people scattered across the country who are losing faith in government, politics and in too many cases -- the American Dream.

Young Voters Among First to Benefit from Health Care Legislation [VIDEO]

Heather Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Smith

While many of the rights established by Congress' passage of health care legislation will get phased in over time, young people who will vote in November's critical midterm elections will actually begin to benefit from some provisions now.

Passing Student Loan Reform with Health Care Helps Dems in 2010

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sara Haile-Mariam

It's been widely reported that House and Senate leadership are likely to include President Obama's plan to overhaul the student lending system in the...

Democrats In Trouble With Young Voters (POLL)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new Harvard University poll of young voters shows a variety of disheartening trends for Democrats heading into the November midterm elections. The ...

How The Democrats Can Reclaim the Youth Vote

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

A recent Pew poll showed that youth still leans Democratic, but the party's margin is slipping, and young Democrats' enthusiasm level is lower than that of their Republican counterparts. What can be done?

Making Our Voice Heard on Climate Change

Andy Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andy Bernstein

We're at a critical juncture on climate change. In the end, only citizens have the power to break the Washington gridlock and demand progress.

You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Young voters see in the politician who told them not to be cynical the very politician archetype that originally made them cynical in the first place.

Without Health Care Reform Youth Voter Turnout May Plunge

Newsweek | Jesse Singal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here's something that should make David Axelrod nervous: there are probably more Yankees fans in Massachusetts than there are young people who voted i...

Obama Online -- The Future of the Youth Vote

Tobin Van Ostern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Tobin Van Ostern

Ultimately, I believe that the policy priorities of the Obama administration will ensure that young supporters remain active in any way they can. We're impatient for change, and we will continue our advocacy no matter how many pundits continue to write us off.

Barack One Year Later: Open Letter to Young America

Kevin Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Powell

As we continue to discuss the historic presidency of Barack Obama, I think it important that we not forget the possibilities and opportunities before us, even as we continue to push the administration.

The Silver Bullet

Steve Fenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Steve Fenberg

Young voters favored Martha Coakley by almost 60% in Massachusetts, but only showed up at a turnout rate of just 15%. Why? They weren't asked.

Young People Grade Obama's First Year

Nancy Lublin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Lublin

Today is the one-year anniversary of President Obama's inauguration, so asked young people whether they think President Obama "made the grade" during his first year in office. Their responses garnered some interesting results.

Time to Democratize Financial Literacy

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

As young workers, we will be left to manage our own retirement savings. Yet, it is overwhelmingly clear that we lack the tools and skills necessary to safely invest our money for the future.

Do You Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident?

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

It's official: New Yorkers aren't entitled to the same freedoms that residents of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and after New Year's, New Hampshire can take for granted.

From Copenhagen to Milwaukee: Bringing the Global Climate Change Movement Home

Heather Box | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Heather Box

"In the absence of a strong global treaty being signed here in Copenhagen, we all need to keep doing everything we can in our hometowns, and know that the ripple affects will be felt everywhere."

Obama Online -- Where Are the Young Supporters?

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

They were ubiquitous, they were tech-savvy, they were vocal -- nearly a year after the election, where are the young Obama supporters?