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Machiavelli and the Rough Realities of Power Politics

O'Brien Browne | Posted 06.06.2012 | Books
O'Brien Browne

Although we may cringe from his descriptions and prescriptions, somehow we realize that this is how politics is conducted, whether by managers jousting for power and position in the corporate world or politicians seeking office.

GOP Makes 'Unprecedented' Effort To Help Rick Scott

The Orlando Sentinel | Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics

With more than 30 months until the next gubernatorial election, Gov. Rick Scott appears to be already campaigning for re-election. Though he's said...

Democracy Under Attack

David Morris | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
David Morris

The 2011 Florida law is perhaps the purest distillation of the Republican effort to making voting more difficult.

Burma: Hard Yards Ahead for Aung San Suu Kyi

Simon Roughneen | Posted 06.03.2012 | World
Simon Roughneen

After winning a landslide victory in April 1 by-elections in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) will face the hard yards of politicking in a parliament dominated by the same military and its allies that the NLD trounced in Sunday's vote.

#VoteEveryTime: Max Skolnik Should Be Elected to D.C. Council, Ward 4

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 06.02.2012 | DC
Sara Haile-Mariam

Historically, we've tried just about everything in the pursuit of making things better. Protesting, rioting, marching, rallying, boycotting. We've yet to explore what happens if we #VoteEverytime.

Transgender Man Could Be New York City Council's First If Elected

New York Times | KATE TAYLOR | Posted 03.24.2012 | Gay Voices

These are just a few of the subjects that Mel Wymore, a candidate for City Council on the Upper West Side, brought up in an interview before addressin...

Weekend Voting Will Work

David Orr | Posted 05.22.2012 | Chicago
David Orr

Weekend voting makes sense for working people and election workers alike. It's time to pass a bill to vote when most people can do it. After all, isn't voting what democracy is all about?

Makers, Takers and $2-a-Dayers

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The right pushes a delusional narrative of a country divided between "makers and takers" -- productive go-getters versus welfare-hungry sloths. But it's all too clear who the real takers are: the ones who make it harder for everyone else to make a living.

Americans Elect: The Future of U.S. Democracy

Michael Eisner | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Michael Eisner

America has always prided itself on being a forward-looking nation. Yet our election system is mired in the past. We can rescue our election system from the horse-and-buggy era and infuse it with the dynamism of our digital age. It's happening now.

Misurata's Blue Fingers: Indigenous Standards for Democratic Elections

Gilbert Doumit | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Gilbert Doumit

With the advent of international aid and support to Libya, it is becoming increasingly important to pause and reflect on the elections in Misurata.

Wisconsin Firefighters Union Leader To Challenge Key State Official

White Fish Bay Patch | Denise Lockwood | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, announced Monday that he is running for lieutenant governor in the recall e...

No Love, No Money for Nonprofits in Election Season

Richard Walden | Posted 05.16.2012 | Impact
Richard Walden

For every dollar you give a "Pol, PAC or Party," try to match it with a dollar wisely chosen to meet human needs at your most trusted nonprofit.

Shooting Democracy at Dawn

Gerard Papasimakopoulos | Posted 05.14.2012 | World
Gerard Papasimakopoulos

Ultimately, what is even the point of participating in an electional process, when your vote is no longer truly needed? When your voice no longer has any bearing on the state of a nation?

The American Promise: The Right to Vote

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Right now many states are attempting to put new voting restrictions in place that parallel all the old tricks and turn back the clock on civil rights to the days when voting was used as a tool for political control and exclusion.

What's So Super About Tuesday?: How Mid-week Elections Are Damaging American Democracy

Harvard Kennedy School Democrats | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Harvard Kennedy School Democrats

Tuesday elections are unrealistic and burdensome in today's hyperactive workweek. Americans are busy. Finding the extra time to vote mid-week is difficult for everyone and practically prohibitive for many working class citizens clocking long hours at work while looking after a family.

"We're the New Green Movement," Says Pirate Party Founder

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

It has branches in some 50 countries. It has members of parliaments and city councils. The Pirate Party, founded only five years ago, is today's fastest-growing party among voters under 30. Its core message: internet piracy should be legal.


Posted 02.21.2012 | World

Will Putin remain in power in Russia? Is French president Nicolas Sarkozy headed for a second term? Who will call the White House home next January? ...

New Project Launched to Increase Student Voting

Robert M. Brandon | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Robert M. Brandon

David, a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan College, registered to vote at a voter registration drive hosted on campus in 2010. As Election Day approached, he...

Zach Carter

Debt Ceiling Showdown 2: Coming This Fall, In Time For The Election, Only Worse | Zach Carter | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last year's torturous congressional debate over raising the federal debt ceiling eventually resulted in a deal that President Barack Oba...

Rick Santorum's Red Badge of 'Savage'

Wade Norris | Posted 04.09.2012 | Denver
Wade Norris

We now have a real fight on our hands for the 2012 campaign. Do not underestimate Rick Santorum. IMHO he has all the boxes checked for a viable Rep...

Luck May Re-Elect Barack Obama

Charles Kearney | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Charles Kearney

In other words, baraka as a word and barack as a word each have deep roots in many ancient languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, Swahili, and others. But the gist of the derivatives has remained by and large remarkably similar throughout time: "blessed and lucky."

Down With Leadership

Carne Ross | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Carne Ross

Conventional assumptions about political power are thus overturned. It is action by individuals, and with others, which offers the most effect. As we realize the decline of the leader-based model, a new form of self-organized politics will emerge.

Romney, Gingrich, and Three States to Watch

Howard Schweber | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Howard Schweber

At the moment it is difficult to see Newt Gingrich sweeping up the support of Rick Santorum's and Ron Paul's supporters and becoming the consensus anti-Mitt Romney in the 2012 GOP primaries. It is equally difficult to see Santorum doing the converse. But at this point, it is only slightly less difficult to see Romney repeating the Florida outcome enough times to put this thing away. The big ones he needs are Missouri, Arizona and Ohio. Those are the three states to watch, and if Romney can't win in those it's going to be a long campaign.

7 Vows of Compassion for Political Candidates

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 03.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Orloff MD

You can call me naïve, but I believe that to save the human race and this magnificent planet we are on, compassion must be part of our daily prayer.

How Obama Can Guarantee a Second Term

David Morris | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
David Morris

Let me suggest a surefire way Barack Obama can win a second term: stand in the doorway of a post office scheduled for closing and declare, "Not on my watch."