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My Final Midterm Election Picks

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We've got six states in the Too Close To Call category, but fear not! After providing a rundown of the races, I am adding a section below where I make my own picks for each of them (since it is Election Eve, after all, and thus time to put up or shut up).

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.

Intimations of Independence

Michael Drew | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Michael Drew

We are at a time when people wonder what it is they're attached to, and why that's important -- from the country-wide level to the personal one. Do you define yourself by your ethnicity, or by your citizenship? And what does that citizenship give you in terms of your personal identity?

Do Obama Mamas Make Democratic Babies? A Look at Parents' Effect on Their Childrens' Partisanship

Brian Stryker | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Brian Stryker

How much are our politics influenced by our parents? One school of thought says we are predisposed to rebel against our parents, and we'll end up as opposing partisans screaming across the Thanksgiving dinner table.

The Independent: "3 New Ideas" TV Spot

Brent Roske | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Brent Roske

Field trips from all over the country and tourists from all over the world -- they'll be able to get energized again about American patriotism and they'll see that our Government was created by the people -- to serve the people -- and is accessible.

Burger Restaurant Growth Outpaces Industry

BurgerBusiness | Posted 02.26.2014 | Business
BurgerBusiness

The burger boom rolls on. The number of independent burger restaurants continues to increase a rate faster than those for chain burger units, all quic...

Every Independent Musician Is a Startup, So Start Acting Like One

Maggie Hollander | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Maggie Hollander

A musician must believe in themselves and their work completely. If the work isn't worth fighting for to the person who created it, then who else will?

The New Famous: Hollywood vs. Social Media

Sarah Klegman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Entertainment
Sarah Klegman

I was basically an agent, like in Entourage. Except I also produced content, I could wear jeans more often and I had a soul.

'Feeding' the Starving Artist 7 Ways Til Sunday

Amy “Aimstar” Andrieux | Posted 04.07.2014 | Women
Amy “Aimstar” Andrieux

A few months ago, I grew tired of the political rigmarole that corporate life was offering. The nepotism, the deceit and backstabbing, the projects that didn't speak to my spirit, the lack of know-how by the people who were supposed to be leading -- all of it had become a tad bit overwhelming.

Matt Jaffe & The Distractions

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

"All too often, it seems that music is being written and produced so sleekly that it can just blend into everyday life, without jolting you. We want to jolt the listener. We do not want to be elevator music."

The Award-Winning LGBT Book Missing Becomes the Indie Movie He Is Gone

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I had the pleasure of speaking with Gregory G. Allen and director/producer Lois Munoz Merka to learn more about their project and its journey from page to screen.

Grown Up Avenger Stuff: Three Brothers and a Deirdre Make You Feel Alive

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

With the help of an online Random Band Name Generator, the name Grown Up Avenger Stuff was created. Now, as they step on stage, they seek to "melt the faces" -- as they refer to it -- of their crowds.

Public Enemy's Chuck D: Digital Distribution Is the Future

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.16.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Public Enemy hip hop sensation Chuck D stops by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at SXSW 2013 to talk about being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his Evil vs Heroes instrumental album, and the new digital label for independent artists, SpitDigital.

Simmer Down

Craig Carpenter | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

There are some films that mesmerize like a slowly burning fire. The embers, glowing shades of red, gold and orange, mixed with smoky black, pop and explode unexpectedly, and the sparks keep the onlooker from getting too close. Enter Storm Saulter's Better Mus' Come.

I.M.P. Review: Monks of Mellonwah -- Neurogenesis EP

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

At any given time in each piece, there is a powerful moment for one musician to show his stuff. But, the voice of the lead singer remains constantly infused throughout the pieces. His emotive vocals act more as an instrument rather than a storyteller.

Top 5 Movies You Did Not See in 2012

Tony Bartolone | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

Why can't a film simply exist without trying to change the world? There are plenty of different kinds of movies, and in the chaos of awards season some wonderful, little flicks are completely forgotten.

Outgrow to Grow

Christina M. Martínez | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Christina M. Martínez

Many people have entered my life and have served as a vehicle for the universe to provide me with abundance. It's wasn't the person who sought me out to provide it -- I asked for it. They were the right vehicle and the right time. And they too were looking for an outlet to share.

How to Throw a Winning Election Night Party (PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 11.06.2012 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

2012-11-06-ScreenShot20121106at2.07.11PM.pngAs recent transplants to Toronto from Washington, DC, where we lived just a few miles from the White House, I felt it was my civic duty to host an election night party for my expat friends.

High Anxiety, Low Information, Moderate Expectations: The Importance of Voter Psychographics in Elections

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Frequently, citizens' votes have more to do with who they are as opposed to who the candidates are or what their ads say. That's why when it comes to winning elections in close races understanding psychographics trumps demographics.

Why This Liberal Woman Is Voting for Mitt Romney

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Brett Blumenthal

Just as the nation took a chance on Obama four years ago, I'm betting on Mitt Romney to focus on what is most important to our nation right now: getting us back on our feet, developing jobs for our people, and strengthening our nation's security.

Blue Republican Movement Endorses Dennis, Crowell & Casida

Robin Koerner | Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

This is the age in which the Pelosis and Corkers of our political establishment no longer oppose each other, because they find common interest in their assault on the Bill of Rights that contains those principles held dear by decent liberals and conservatives alike.

The Little Modern Theatre: A Brief Oral History

Tony Bartolone | Posted 12.12.2012 | Comedy
Tony Bartolone

The Little Modern is a special place for comedians, improvisers and audiences. It is a magical, DIY paradise where anything is possible.

WATCH: Bernie Sanders on Money, Politics & Socialism

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

2012-09-07-sanders.JPG Political coverage of the two conventions reflected the partisan events unfolding at each. My team and I wanted to offer an alternative.

Youth Voters: Can Obama Re-Energize Them?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: BRETT MYERS/Youth Radio Youth Radio's Bianca Brooks in the press gallery at the DNC. By Bianca Brooks Over the past few weeks, Pr...

I'm Worth It

Beth Bernstein | Posted 04.29.2013 | Fifty
Beth Bernstein

I had earrings that weighed as heavy on my lobes as ill-fated romances on my heart. There were whimsical charms that were fun in the beginning, but, like the rest of these pieces, had about the same endurance as the relationships they represented.