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Republicans Not Showing True Colors

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We are living in a polarized country right now. Red and blue are the Republican and Democratic colors, respectively. There are local elections right...

Freedom Of Information Not So Free -- Many States Charge Insane Fees

Civil Beat | Nick Grube | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU - When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel received a $4,500 bill from the city’s police department for access to public crime data, the Pulitze...

All Politics Is Local: Building Grassroots Democracy from the Bottom Up

Dr. John Coonrod | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Dr. John Coonrod

Nations can allocate budgets and launch national programs, but actually getting basic public services to work requires good local government.

Opponents Tear Councilmember Apart Over Million-Dollar Sidewalk Scheme

Los Angeles Daily News | Rick Orlov | Posted 04.09.2013 | Los Angeles

With the city election a month away, Councilman Dennis Zine announced a $1 million program on Monday to repair the 50 worst sidewalks in his west San ...

Life After You Lose: Congressional Candidate Faced Tough Question From 7-Year-Old Son

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents

Brianna Hinojosa-Flores sought to make a difference in her district this year by running for Congress. “I wanted to be a voice for the people at ...

Passionately Not Showing Up To The Polls

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: CHAZ HUBBARD/Youth Radio Ben Hooper. 26, works as a chef in Florida. He will not be voting in today's election. By Chaz Hubbard Today ...

Why the Elections Matter (No Matter Where You Are)

Bryant Yang | Posted 11.18.2012 | Teen
Bryant Yang

Don't let November 6 be the first time you see the ballot. Visit your secretary of state's website to see all the state-wide ballot issues and your district's state representative candidates.

Code For America

Ariel Charney | Posted 09.03.2012 | Technology
Ariel Charney

On a day set aside to reflect on what our country means to us, we're calling on all Americans to think about what they can freely do to make our cities better. Let's ask not what our cities can do for us, but what we can do for our cities.

Paul Blumenthal

'Grassroots' Movie Seeks To Inspire With Campaign Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics

In 2001, two Seattle alt-weekly writers teamed up to run a city council race that sought to challenge the local political structure and empower ordina...

Guide to Fighting Fast Food in Your Own Backyard

Michele Simon | Posted 07.22.2012 | Food
Michele Simon

There has never been a better time to get active and take a stand against the infiltration of fast food in your neighborhood. We certainly cannot wait for policymakers in Washington to protect the people.

GOP Rising Star Shakes Up Ohio Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics

A rising star within the Republican Party is in the hunt to defeat Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), a 15-year incumbent, this fall. Real Clear Politics re...

New Study Shows Michigan Ranks in Top 10 Among States in Which State and Local Politicos Ignore Public Opinion

Patricia Lesko | Posted 01.21.2012 | Detroit
Patricia Lesko

The complaint is pervasive: politicos are unresponsive. There is polarized policy being imposed on unpolarized voters all over the country, and Michigan ranks among the states where this happens most frequently.

#OccupyRoom200

Morgan Fitzgibbons | Posted 01.07.2012 | San Francisco
Morgan Fitzgibbons

If affecting local political elections is a next step for the Occupy movement, we may very well have a bellwether event here in San Francisco tomorrow.

John Celock

Political Races Take Shape In Economic Boom State

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) announced Tuesday that he would seek a full term in the governor's office in the 2012 election. Dalrymple succ...

Grandma, What Was Styrofoam? An Environmental Victory in Salinas, California

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

Some day, we will live in petroleum-free communities, free of plastic pollution. These are the first steps -- these small revolutions -- that are building towards that vision.

The Political Power of Environmental Protection

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.09.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

The effort to paint environmental protection as an anti-business government boondoggle bumps up against the reality of environmental degradation. People can see and smell a foul environment.

Florida Mayor Knocked Out At Town Hall Meeting

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A small Florida town made famous by Tiger Woods' notorious car crash in 2009 is in the headlines again on Wednesday following an altercation at a town...

The (Untelevised) Revolution Next Door

James Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Block

I caught a glimpse of the future last weekend in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee. For those of you who haven't spent time there yet, it would ...

The Nervous American Empire or Raise Your Hands Over Your Head and Don't Move

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

It will soon be ten years since 9/11 and the effects are still with us. One of the obvious ones is the U.S. military's adventures in the rest of the w...

California Political District Reform: Citizens Draw New Political Boundaries, Not Politicians

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

State officials Thursday selected a handful of everyday Californians to tackle the politically incendiary task of redrawing the state's voting distric...

Jane Kim's "Fifty-Nine Precinct Strategy"

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Paul Hogarth

Much has been written about how Jane Kim beat San Francisco's "progressive machine" last week to win the District 6 Supervisor race. But a precinct a...

What Kind of Jobs?

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig K. Comstock

While Obama proposes to build highways, and the national GOP continues to say "no," is there anything that can be accomplished on the state or county government levels?

Fixing Colorado's Debt Is No Easy Task

Katie Tate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Katie Tate

There is no easy answer and there is no quick fix to Colorado's state debt. The one inevitable thing is that more jobs will be cut.

For Democrats, Politics Is Local Again

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Democratic-run Congress passed a health-care overhaul and is close to securing new rules for Wall Street. But in his re-election campaign back in ...

Power from the People

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Salzman

Look at the American political landscape today and you might begin to get the sinking feeling that the red state/blue state dichotomy is, on the one h...