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Illinoisans Aren't Very Engaged at the Polls, Says New Study

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.29.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Tied with Georgia, Illinois was ranked as the number 27 most-politically involved state in the country in a study by Wallethub.com. The rankings were based on voter turnout during the last presidential and midterm elections, political contributions per capita and youth voter involvement.

At $50 Million and Counting, Alaska Senate Race Most Expensive in State History By Far

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

The campaigns and outside groups chipping in tens of millions to to help or hinder Sen. Mark Begich and challenger Dan Sullivan are on track to spend $150 to $200 per vote.

A Crucial Election Year for Business Owners and Cat Lovers

Gene Marks | Posted 10.28.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

November is approaching and the public's interest in the mid-term national elections seems very blasé. In D.C., control of both the House and the Senate may end up with the Republicans, but if such were to happen their majority would be slim.

Is Forced Quarantine for Ebola Legal?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Is it legal for a state (or the federal) government to detain and quarantine you against your will for health reasons? Yes. Has this sort of thing been done before? Yes. Will it be effective? No. Is it just a political ploy to garner votes from a panicked public? Oh my yes.

Friday Talking Points -- McConnell For Sale!

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pennsylvania's pornography scandal just keeps getting worse. So far, four people employed by prosecutors' offices have been forced out. Next in line is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Justice Seamus McCaffery.

Five Reasons The LGBT Community Should Not Sit Out This Election

Jeza Belle | Posted 10.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeza Belle

While midterm elections are not as sexy as the ones in which we get to pick a president, here are five reasons why the LGBT community should not sit out this year.

Stampede to the Exit

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Thanks to a Tar Heel friend who alerted me to issue ads in the North Carolina senate race, I now know that "for six years the policies of Barack Obama and Kay Hagan have dominated Washington." Karl Rove's American Crossroads, you see, is touting Republican Thom Tillis.

Contemplating a Republican Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.

Why I Will Vote for the Democrats

Tim Koechlin | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

I believe in the separation of church and state. I believe that a person should be able to marry whomever s/he wants to marry. I believe in a woman's right to choose. That's why I will vote for Democrats on November 4.

My First Race: What I Learned as a First-Time Political Candidate

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Barbi Appelquist

I hope my experience serves as an example for moms to see that it is possible to have your voice heard and balance your toughest job with one that might also make a difference for so many.

Women, Vote Yourselves a Raise

Martha Burk | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

America goes to the polls in less than 3 weeks, there's a lot at stake for the majority of voters -- namely women. Unfortunately women also make up another majority -- those working for our pathetic $7.25 an hour minimum wage.

Don't Settle For A Sad 8%

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

In what other part of our society would we accept 8% approval without demanding change - change that we control?

Turnout Fears Mount For Dems

The Hill | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics

The Democratic Party's worst fears about the midterm election look to be coming true. Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day cou...

Women and the Elections: What's at Stake?

Martha Burk | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Love it or hate it, we're in the home stretch of election season and we'd better start thinking about how we're going to vote. Especially women and the men who care about them.

Democrats Cheer Kansas Ruling

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The chances of Greg Orman defeating Senator Pat Roberts in Kansas just got a whole lot better. A lawsuit which tried to force the Kansas Democratic Party to field a candidate in the race just essentially got laughed out of court, which means there will be no Democrat on the ballot at all.

Richard Fale: The Wrong Choice in Hawaii Senate District 23

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

Like a kid with Tourette Syndrome, Fale just canʻt seem to help himself from impulsively lashing out - not the best strategy for winning friends or influencing people.

Profiles In Cowardice

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The United States Congress is currently abdicating one of its most solemn duties: declaring when America is at war, and with whom. This is nothing short of disgraceful, and every member of Congress who didn't actively push their leadership to hold a vote should be ashamed of themselves right now.

How Your Vote in November Could Harm or Help Children

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Christopher A. Brown

As we approach the culmination in November of yet another election cycle, I decided to stake stock of what so many people these days are voting against -- marriage.

Constructing a Black President

Craig Carpenter | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

The similarities between Barack Obama and Louis Ortiz extend beyond being a parent, and struggling in a new job. The most obvious similarity, and the most life altering for Mr. Ortiz, was his physical resemblance to the former freshman Senator from Illinois.

What a Wonderful Day That Will Be

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

The real revolution happens every year on election day. And one day, I'm going to see millions of American's finally realize that we had the power all along and act accordingly. What a wonderful day that will be.

Our Great Democracy

Karl Wilder | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Karl Wilder

"The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight." ~ Theodore Roosevelt ...

Friday Talking Points -- Slouching Off to War

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress needs to vote on this war. They need to vote not just on a budget item to move some money to some rebels, they need to vote on a clear Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution.

Sam Stein

Dems, For Now, Keep Distance From Kansas' Suddenly Hot Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Almost as quickly as Democrats grew giddy over the prospects of an out-of-nowhere win in the Senate race in Kansas, the dream took a hit...

The Impending Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Obama does announce immigration changes, Republicans may decide the issue is bigger than any competence issue, and go right ahead and shut the government down. But this doesn't automatically make the issue a winner for Democrats everywhere in the midterms, of course.

Hillary Clinton And Frank Underwood Plan Bill's Birthday

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment

Frank Underwood is ruthless, especially when it comes to birthday presents. In this "House of Cards" parody, made in honor of former president Bill...