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Vote Now! Win Cash Prizes!

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It seems somehow un-American to offer citizens the possibility of cash prizes in return for voting. And some observers have argued that uninformed voters will cast their ballots simply for the chance to win some money. My response is "So what?"

Bill Maher Wants to Meddle in Colorado Politics

Jen Caltrider | Posted 08.20.2014 | Denver
Jen Caltrider

Bill Maher of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher wants to "outright meddle" in politics. I, personally, hope he comes to Colorado to do his meddling.

Why We Still Need the Voting Rights Act

Nina Turner | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Nina Turner

The right to vote is an important guarantee by itself, but it is what those votes add up to that matters even more. These votes shape the government under which we live.

African Authoritarianism 2.0

Freedom House | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Freedom House

Authoritarian leaders now prefer to quietly manipulate their countries' legal frameworks, silencing dissent and limiting civil liberties to ensure that they remain in office. This rule by law has supplanted rule of law in many African countries, with troubling consequences for democracy.

Massachusetts Does Not Need More Money in Politics: Why State Legislators Should Not Increase Campaign Contribution Limits

John Bonifaz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
John Bonifaz

If Massachusetts legislators want to double the contribution limits in state politics, they should, in the light of day, create a stand-alone bill to do that and try to pass it. But, they should not bury it in a disclosure bill and call it reform.

Michelle Obama Tells Democrats To Be 'Hungry' For Midterm Victories

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

First Lady Michelle Obama is joining get out the vote efforts ahead of the midterm elections, telling Democrats it's time to be as "passionate" and "h...

GOP Leader Questions Candidate About Hate Group That Advocates Death Squads

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

Michael Peroutka's neo-Confederate friend and supporter Michael Hill has advocated a program of assassination against journalists and elected officials. Voters have a right to know what Peroutka and other GOP leaders have to say about that.

Kate Sheppard

Group Tries To Make Climate Change A Winning Wedge Issue | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Many nonprofits and issue groups from across the political spectrum score elected officials on their voting records, evaluating whether ...

Addicted Republicans Wage War on Latino Voters

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Republicans really can't help themselves -- when they see an opportunity to irritate the Latino electorate, they go for it with gusto.

These Charts Show Good News For Clinton, Bad News For Christie

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most well-known and well-liked of 16 potential 2016 presidential candidates, according to a recent Ga...

Campaign To 'Draft Manchin' For 2016 Presidential Race Drawing Attention

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

Is Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) contemplating a run for president? Politico seems to think maybe. Its morning Huddle email newsletter on Wednesday p...

Working as a Defense Attorney Shouldn't Mean Political Suicide

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.15.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Advising the accused is not a politically popular job. But it is a necessary one. To criticize defense attorneys, the chief checks against prosecutorial abuse, is to promote a judicial system of error by stigmatizing a key motivator for better prosecution.

Ihsanoglu: A Chance That Turkey Should Not Miss

Ege Ozyegin | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Ege Ozyegin

It was a great honor to attend Turkish presidential candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu's press conference on Thursday July 10, which was held at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace. After listening to Ihsanoglu's speech I realize that he is one of the best politicians that Turks have come across in quite some time.

What Jokowi's Apparent Win Means for Indonesia

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 07.10.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

At age 53, the reformist Jakarta governor, Joko Widodo -- or 'Jokowi' -- is very likely to become Indonesia's next president.

The Echo Chamber Is Getting Louder

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.10.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

I dread social media during election seasons. I have friends who sit all across the spectrum of political ideology. The constant barrage of vitriolic online postings from both sides of the aisle is like being trapped inside a bass drum in a marching band.

Supreme Court: Winners and Losers

Frank Askin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Frank Askin

There can be little doubt that this was a very good year for corporations, employers and fat cats. Meanwhile, racial minority groups were again reminded that the civil rights movement is a thing of the past.

A Break(dance) From the Elections: The Streets Hit the Kabul Stage

Payvand Seyedali | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
Payvand Seyedali

In the midst of elections chaos, as allegations of fraud, ensuing demonstrations, and occasional disturbing silences rock through Kabul, these under-18s seem to have better things to do.

What Are Crucial Comms Strategies to Cut Through hte Noise Before the Midterms

Robert Hoopes | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Hoopes

The midterm electorate is comprised of the most passionate voters - devoted and engaged political activists who write letters to editors, blog, volunt...

There's No Such Thing As An October Surprise In Politics

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- There's no such thing as an October surprise, according to the people whose job it would be to make such a thing happen. In the la...

Benghazi Case Unfolds Against Heated Political Backdrop

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first prosecution arising from the Benghazi attacks is playing out in the federal courthouse blocks from both the White House ...

Scott Walker and the Club for Growth: Coordinating Corruption

Howard Schweber | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

The case against Scott Walker's and his aides turns on the idea of unlawful cooperation. In Wisconsin as in a number of other states, it is illegal for campaigns to coordinate political activities with outside funding groups. That takes a little explaining.

Colombia's Peace Talks with FARC: A Political Conspiracy?

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

The future of Colombia had never been so dark and uncertain. Two years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos embarked the country into a negotiation process with the terrorist organization FARC in Habana, Cuba.

An Empty Majority

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Instead of victory, we have humiliation. Defeat. And a sweet, sweet vindication that the Republican strategy of stoking up faux-populism, of just saying no, of never proposing a solution to any problem, has blown up so spectacularly because in their gorgeously gerrymandered districts, people -- voters -- have bought the line.

California Primary Was a Striking Display of Voter Apathy

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

There are about 17.7 million registered voters in California and just over 3.2 million cast a ballot in the June 3 elections. Over 38 million people live in the state, so each person who voted essentially weighed in on behalf of almost 12 others.

Red, Blue States Find Some Common Ground

Pew's Stateline | Jake Grovum | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...