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To Young Liberals in Red States: Stay

Madison Lawson | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Madison Lawson

It's tough living in a red state as a young liberal. However, for each liberal that leaves a red state, there is, consequently, one less liberal in that state. One less liberal to fight for, and vote for, change.

The Joy of Losing: What Red-State Democrats Still Don't Get

Mark Olmsted | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Memo to Grimes and Nunn and the rest of the sad parade of upsets-that-never-were: Most of you knew damn well you were almost certain to lose the second you decided to run. But rather than accept it, you saw that utter likelihood as a reason to double down.

It Is Not Just Blue State and Red State but Urban and Rural

Kevin Price | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

This is not a new phenomenon. I believe our Constitution, right from the beginning, was designed and inclined towards rural rather than urban values.

Immigration Is Not the Only Way Texas Could Turn Blue

Kevin Price | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Republican strategists' lips salivate when they think of population shifts to their state. This means more Congressional seats moving to their states and away from Democrat states. However, they may be surprised by the long-term results.

Free Scotland, Free New England!

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Until recently, few people took seriously the possibility that Scotland might actually secede from the United Kingdom. However, with a referendum scheduled for September 18, the latest polls show secession in the lead for the first time, and gaining dramatic momentum. The British government is frantically scrambling to offer the Scots a much more autonomous form of federalism, to head off the drive for full independence. Meanwhile, the specter of a diminished Britain has led to speculative attack against the British pound. What's going on here? For one thing, with the European Union allowing membership for lots of micro-states, the idea of splitting up established countries with minority regions becomes economically plausible. An independent Scotland, population 5.3 million, would be a bigger country than nine EU members -- Ireland, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta.

'Red' States Have Higher Divorce Rates Than 'Blue' States, And Here's Why

Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce

It may seem counterintuitive, but divorce rates are higher in religiously conservative "red" states than "blue" states, despite a Bible-based culture ...

America Growing Even More Deeply Divided

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics

Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas...

Pouring a Cup While Pissing in the Same Teapot

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

When the Tea Partiers made their appearance in D.C. during the last midterm elections, it was easy to predict that they would one day morph into a gro...

It Is Time to Rename Republican Radicals the 'Taker Caucus'

David Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Paul

The arrogant claims to fiscal rectitude of the Tea Party belie the underlying realities. They are not the makers of their own imagination, but are rather in large numbers the takers that they have been so quick to disdain.

States of Change

Thomas M. Holbrook | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Thomas M. Holbrook

Not long after the 2012 election some observers noted an increasing Democratic "lock" on the Electoral College.

Are You a 'Blue Republican'?

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

If the GOP is going to have any value as a vehicle for liberty in Blue states, it will be necessary to get non-dogmatic liberals not to throw out their liberal principles, but to see how their principles have not been well served by the old progressive one-size fits-all program.

Republican Emerges As Face Of Blue State GOP

National Journal | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics

Pat Toomey will seem like an unlikely savior to gun-control advocates....

Rick Perry Brushes Off GOP Worry Of Takeover

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) brushed off worries that the state may take a Democratic turn, saying the Lone Star State going blue “is the biggest piped...

Dems Make Unlikely Play To Flip Key Seat Blue

Real Clear Politics | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Even before Saxby Chambliss announced last month that he would not seek a third term, the 2014 Senate race in Georgia was shaping up to be one of the ...

You Kill Me: Why I Don't Want to Live Around People With Guns

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Brandt Goldstein

I simply don't want to argue anymore with people who genuinely believe that cheap, easy access to guns makes us safer, when for decades the U.S. has suffered from more gun violence than any other western industrialized nation.

5 States With The Most On The Line In Fiscal Cliff Debates

Forbes | Joel Kotkin | Posted 12.22.2012 | Business

From Forbes: With their enthusiastic backing of President Obama and the Democratic Party on Election Day, the bluest parts of America may have embrace...

Let's Stop Talking About Red States and Blue States

Mark Rice | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Mark Rice

While demonizing whole states may feel good, it does little to illuminate the complex realities of American politics.

Alaska a Presidential Swing State?

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

There has been a lot of buzz about the changing American political landscape. There are several articles about Texas becoming a swing state. An analys...

Looking Beyond A Nation Of Reds And Blues To The Many Shades Of Purple

Christine Organ | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

We are more than just a primary color on a newsroom whiteboard. We are not a political agenda. We are individuals. Multifaceted, sometimes contradictory, always complex individuals.

If at First You Don't Secede

Floyd Elliot | Posted 01.15.2013 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Some might view these petitions as at best an impotent expression of frustration with the reality of the election, at worst a treasonous and racist hearkening back to the secession of the Confederate states that started the Civil War. Me? I see it as an opportunity.

Logic From a Republican Who Can Accept a Loss

Tim Young | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Tim Young

I am so tired of the illogical map of America argument that my Republican friends who can't handle a loss are making.

Why Vote Today? Props, Pops and Revenge

Wayne Self | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Wayne Self

Whether you live in the bluest of the blue states, or the reddest of the red, your vote in this election is crucial, and here are three seldom-heard reasons why.

A View From the South

James Mahon | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
James Mahon

Here in Tennessee uncertainty and debate reign supreme as the state aims to break early voting records unsure of how much an impact it will have in playing a role in deciding the fate of the United States of America.

How Politics Influences Crowdfunding Behavior

Indiegogo | Posted 12.25.2012 | San Francisco
Indiegogo

we wanted to investigate these political divides in the context of crowdfunding. Specifically, what similarities and differences are there in campaign and contribution behavior across red, blue, and swing states?

Can Music Predict The Election?

Sylvie Leotin | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Sylvie Leotin

A social music company called Smule ran an insightful experiment. They put the 900 million songs in their database through rigorous analysis, correlating the musical tastes of users with "red" and "blue" states. The results were illuminating.