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Partisanship

Election-Year Posturing From Congress Defines Campaigns

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress is now doing what it normally does, in an election year. This is not intended to sound cynical, as I actually think it is a good thing for a divided Congress to stand up for its divided beliefs -- even while knowing that almost none of the bills it now votes on have a prayer of becoming law before the election.

Post-Party Democracy Can Restore the Rule of the Many Over Money

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.09.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Now legally for sale to the highest bidder, multi-party representative democracy may well be compromised beyond repair. When elected officials increasingly represent their contributors instead of constituents, voting becomes a form of disenfranchisement disguised as consent of the governed. The more things get out of hand, the less radical the alternatives appear. To restore the rule of the many over money, we need to go way beyond the same old campaign financing debate and start thinking about reforming our system of democratic governance itself. It's time to open up the political imagination and think outside the conventional ballot box.

TV: What the Media and Politicians Are Talking About and What They're Not

David Helfenbein | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
David Helfenbein

The media is spinning around theories of what happened to Malaysia Flight 370. Nobody seems to know the truth as of yet. Instead, seasoned pilots and security experts appear to be the best narrators on TV of any stories that we hear.

Partisanship Plagues Congress' Effort To Avoid Doctor Pay Cuts

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

(Updates throughout new sourcing, details and background) By David Morgan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reute...

A Multiple Independent Discovery

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Salit

We are building a broad and diverse coalition of organizations and voters who believe that no American should have to join an organization or party in order to exercise full voting rights.

Congressional Self-Inflicted Wounds

Newton N. Minow | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Newton N. Minow

Current systems of voting in the Senate and House are not required by law or the Constitution. They are rules and policies which senators and representatives have imposed upon themselves to set their own agendas.

Jason Linkins

In What World Is Bernie Sanders Only The 37th Most Liberal Senator?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

National Journal, as is its wont, has released its latest round of rankings in an effort to determine who are the most liberal and most conservative m...

All The Way With NPP

Seth M.M. Stodder | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Seth M.M. Stodder

Why should America's political system be immune to this wave of innovation?

Remembering When A Less Partisan Congress Actually Worked

The Daily Beast | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

The hyper-partisanship that’s earned Congress abysmal approval ratings could be fixed by restoring committee powers, says veteran legislator David P...

Misdirection Used to Sway Crowds

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

When fast talk and slight of hand are combined with poor science education, the real effects of public policy are missed. This trickery does not feed hungry children, nor create jobs, nor strengthen America's global competitiveness.

Local Races Could Swing Congress

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Jonathan Tamari and Chris Palmer | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the Philadelphia suburbs, where congressional incumbents swept to victory in 2012, change is coming. Three of the area's members of ...

Chris Christie, the Republican Party and Political Vendettas

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

The rap on Chris Christie's aides in Bridgegate is that they crossed the line when they put ordinary citizens at risk for the sake of a petty politica...

Primaries Predict Partisanship, But Only For Democrats

Jarryd Willis | Posted 03.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Jarryd Willis

A majority of laws are passed after July in the second year of House terms. It has become conventional political wisdom that House Republicans will be open to compromising on immigration reform in the last few months before the 2014 midterms.

Resolving to End Obstruction

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The Republican party's government shutdown that lasted 16 days and cost the economy $24 billion offered a clear illustration of the dysfunction in Washington. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Avoiding Symmetric Polarization: Autopsy of the GOP Autopsy vs. Occupy Third Way

Jarryd Willis | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

The asymmetric polarization we have in Congress today can only become symmetric in two ways: Republicans becoming more moderate or Democrats becoming more ideological.

Women Who Have Had Abortions Take the Lead

Aspen Baker | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Aspen Baker

Women who have had abortions, along with our allies, are taking the lead, showing that even in the midst of increasing hostility, polarization, and politicization, it's possible to nurture human connection and empathy.

Where the Buffalo, Jackalopes and Presidents Roam

Jason A. Atkinson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Jason A. Atkinson

Luck should never be a factor in visiting America's greatest national assets, and chance should never be part of living next door to public land.

Here's A Dramatic Reminder Of Just How Partisan The Senate Has Become

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

We know that the Senate has changed quite a bit in the past few years, with the upper chamber becoming more polarized and more toxic. But now, in ...

Philanthropy Should Help Strengthen American Democracy

Robert Gallucci | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Robert Gallucci

The malaise of representative democracy in this country is not only a betrayal of American ideals and principles. It has real and negative effects on our economy, the health of our institutions, and our standing in the world. Why should we in philanthropy get involved?

The Only Upside to the Shutdown: Realizing We Need a New Political System

Rich Tafel | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Rich Tafel

This breakdown -- striking proof that America's win-lose, two-party system no longer serves our needs -- is only the beginning of what will be a series of jolts and shocks to the American public.

The Deeper Issues in the Shutdown Crisis

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

As the partisan warfare in Washington continues over the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling, it is important to examine some of the deeper i...

Their Real Goal: To Make Us All So Cynical About Government, We Give Up

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

As average Americans give up on government, they pay less attention to what government does or fails to do -- thereby making it easier for the moneyed interests to get whatever they want.

The Republican Shutdown and Time Magazine's False Equivalency

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Scherer and Altman leave Time readers with the impression that somehow Nancy Pelosi is equally responsible for the Republican Tea Party crazies in the House who are driving the country into the ground to win concessions from the president they despise.

The Partisan Paradox

Selina Wang | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Selina Wang

Although it is easy, we cannot just blame politicians for our broken political system. Like the elected officials we castigate, voters often blindly follow their party even when they disagree with the party line on policy.

Standing on Political and Religious Principle -- That Doesn't Stand on Us

Robert Hall | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Hall

It is high time to stand on the principle of relationship -- loving what unites us more than we hate what divides us.