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Leading a New Wave of Women Into Politics

Bettina Duval | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Bettina Duval

We need more women at the table of political debate, both at the state and the federal level, and now it's up to us to support the women leading the charge from California.

Friday Talking Points -- 'And Counting'

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats, from this point on, should adopt a very simple technique to disarm Republican squabbles about Obamacare numbers. To every figure quoted for people gaining health insurance, Democrats should end with "... and counting."

The Jury's in: Texas Wants MAS, Mexican American Studies is Act II of the Civil Rights Act

Tony_Diaz | Posted 04.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Only institutionalized racism can explain how 50 years after The Civil Rights act was signed, Texas Hispanic youth do not have equal access to culturally relevant courses.

Women in the U.S. Are Still Second-Class Citizens: Not Interested? You Should Be

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

Despite the progress women have made in the last several decades, they are still treated like second-class citizens in all the ways that matter. Caring about the equal treatment of women in society doesn't make people feminists -- it makes them good humans.

North Carolina: Using Race (Again) as a Tool to Disrupt Multiracial Political Coalitions

Michael Curtis | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Curtis

History repeats itself, but thankfully, not exactly. Still, we have a distressing degree of repetition in North Carolina.

Republicans Want to Replace Obamacare With...Obamacare-Lite?

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Astonishingly, the Republicans have simply taken the provisions of Obamacare and made them temporary -- and called it "reform"! We'll give you fair prices, but only for a little while. We'll require you to sign up for insurance, but only until you back out.

18 in Congress Tell Obama to Give Pot a Chance

The 420 Times | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Eighteen members of the United States Congress this week wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to reclassify cannabis from a Schedule I outlaw to a lower level that would allow medical uses.

Am I the Only Libertarian Democrat in America?

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

My friend finally growled out, "I know what you are, you're a Libertarian Democrat." Had he labeled me correctly? Has my world view devolved into conflicting combinations of Liberalism and Libertarianism? If so, must these "brands" be mutually exclusive?

My 2013 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column! Part one of this column ran last week, just in case you missed it. We've got a lot to cover, so let's jump right in with no further introduction.

My 2013 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Worst politician: There was no shortage of nominees in this category, as usual. Reince Priebus, Anthony Weiner, Trey Radel and crack-smoking mayor of Toronto Rob Ford all did their best to claim the title of Worst Politician, in fact.

Retiring Dem Senator Poised To Get Diplomatic Plum

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who helped Republican George W. Bush win sweeping tax cuts, led the design of President Bara...

Friday Talking Points -- Republican Sandwich Filling Hits The Fan

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One bit of minor calendar news before we get on with it: for the next two weeks, this column will be on hiatus. Instead, it will be pre-empted by our annual awards columns where we note the notable and laud the laudable from the past year.

Friday Talking Points -- Defending Populism

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back (after we took last week off, to digest) to our Friday roundup! We should have two weeks of news to cover, but nothing much of anything strange or startling happened Thanksgiving week, so we're going to concentrate on just this current week.

The Obamacare Website, Version 1.1

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Obama administration just rolled out what could be called "version 1.1" of HealthCare.gov. After two months of nothing short of disaster, the White House is now confident that the website is ready for prime time. Mostly.

Friday Talking Points -- Harry Reid's Explosive Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In fact, it was even a big week just for political anniversaries. Fifty years ago this week, an event of no little importance happened. I speak, of course, tomorrow's 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who by the BBC.

Friday Talking Points -- As The Wedgie Turns

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We decided it was time to coin a new political term. We'll repeat the definition we gave it, back in May. Wedgie: When a political party's "wedge" issue turns on them and instead of dividing the other party, begins to divide their own.

Fundraisers: Sinking One Politician at a Time

Julianne Shinto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Julianne Shinto

One surprisingly hot topic at fundraisers lately is campaign finance reform. Surprising to me because I can't imagine trying to make a sale and telling my customers that buying is itself a dangerous trend.

Friday Talking Points -- Two Obama Promises

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Although it's been a week heavy on Obamacare, we're going to (mostly) look forward this week, to the upcoming budget battles. Because buried in the Obamacare stories this week was one very important bit of news.

Friday Talking Points -- Monkey Business

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may be the quotation of the week, from Representative Frank Pallone, describing the House "Obamacare Is So Very, Very Bad" hearings held this week.

Most Americans 18-29 Years Old Believe in Demon Possession, Shows Survey

Bruce Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Bruce Wilson

Are Americans becoming less religious? While church affiliation is probably declining, don't expect the atheist revolution anytime soon: Over one half of young Americans now believe in the notion that invisible, non-corporeal entities called "demons" can take control of human beings.

Friday Talking Points [278] -- ...And the Law Won

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week will be seen as a turning point in the future. Ted Cruz and his band of merry Tea Partiers fought the Obamacare law, with every ounce of energy they could muster. And the law won.

The Way of the Whig Party

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most people today just use "go the way of the Whig Party" as an amusing way to say "disappear as a national political party." But a truer parallel to history would be to ask the question: "Will today's Republicans revert back to being the Whig Party?" Or, perhaps: "Will the Tea Party eventually go the way of the Whig Party?"

Friday Talking Points -- Shutdown Follies

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.

How the Shutdown Affects Immigration

Ryan Campbell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Looking to immigration, while there is an immediate material affect of fewer workers or certain visa applications being delayed, the longer-lasting effect may be a more subtle political one.

#Shutdown: Why Won't Democrats Say "Republicans Want Grandparents Dead?"

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Jon Hotchkiss

There's something wrong with liberal brains and conscience that doesn't permit us to invoke uber-hysterical hyperbole and rhetoric in the course of political discourse.