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To Young Liberals in Red States: Stay

Madison Lawson | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Madison Lawson

It's tough living in a red state as a young liberal. However, for each liberal that leaves a red state, there is, consequently, one less liberal in that state. One less liberal to fight for, and vote for, change.

The Chekhov of the Red States

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
M.W. Jacobs

Antonya Nelson is her name. If you haven't heard of her yet, that may be because she's still something of a writer's writer with book jackets full of arias of praise from the likes of Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace and Raymond Carver.

It Is Not Just Blue State and Red State but Urban and Rural

Kevin Price | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

This is not a new phenomenon. I believe our Constitution, right from the beginning, was designed and inclined towards rural rather than urban values.

Are You More Homicidal Than This Alabama 5-Year-Old?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.17.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week, school officials in Alabama put a 5-year-old girl on a suicide and homicide watch after she pointed a crayon at a kindergarten classmate and said "pew! pew!" Yes, this is real.

Immigration Is Not the Only Way Texas Could Turn Blue

Kevin Price | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Republican strategists' lips salivate when they think of population shifts to their state. This means more Congressional seats moving to their states and away from Democrat states. However, they may be surprised by the long-term results.

All 4 States Considering A Minimum Wage Increase Right Now Are Republican

CNBC | Kate Rogers | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business

With midterm elections just one month away, businesses owners have plenty of worries including rising health-care costs and regulations. But one issue...

Free Scotland, Free New England!

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Until recently, few people took seriously the possibility that Scotland might actually secede from the United Kingdom. However, with a referendum scheduled for September 18, the latest polls show secession in the lead for the first time, and gaining dramatic momentum. The British government is frantically scrambling to offer the Scots a much more autonomous form of federalism, to head off the drive for full independence. Meanwhile, the specter of a diminished Britain has led to speculative attack against the British pound. What's going on here? For one thing, with the European Union allowing membership for lots of micro-states, the idea of splitting up established countries with minority regions becomes economically plausible. An independent Scotland, population 5.3 million, would be a bigger country than nine EU members -- Ireland, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta.

Mississippi Doesn't Have to Remain a National Punch Line

Reilly Morse | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Reilly Morse

Our last place ranking on the KIDS COUNT list is no accident. Nor are our nationally low literacy, employment and high school graduation rates. Rather, they are the consistent result of a political mindset that insists upon punishment for people at the bottom of the economic ladder.

Sex Sells: How Nevada is Confusing the Hell Out of Little Girls

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.08.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! A few weeks ago, we told you about the insane things going on in Mississipp...

Porn for Progress

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.01.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! If you're like millions of other Americans, you've been cursing the banks f...

The Ryan Budget Myth and Obamacare

Harlan Green | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Harlan Green

Paul Ryan has come up with his latest Republican budget proposal, and it changes nothing. It neither promotes economic growth nor reduces the budget deficit, as with past proposals. That's because its real target is to win some Senate seats by targeting Obamacare, for starters. And it can't do that without telling some whoppers.

A Tale of Two Siblings, the ACA, and the Supreme Court

Drew Altman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Drew Altman, Ph.D.

There is a part of the Affordable Care Act that is not at all working as originally envisioned, because the Supreme Court dramatically altered the structure of the law when it ruled that the expansion of Medicaid should be voluntary for states.

The Worst Little Town in America

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.14.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! Have you ever wondered how corrupt a place would have to be to compel an aw...

The GOP's Latest Effort To Win Over Women Voters

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

A new Republican political action committee aimed at targeting female voters kicked-off its efforts in Texas on Wednesday, Politico reports. The P...

Steaks, Guns and God

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.06.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

If God really does have a sense of humor, we're pretty sure he's laughing his ass off.

Does Kansas Need a Spanking?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.23.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Well, Kansas sure isn't shy about letting the world know how it feels about gay people. But the logic of Kansans has always been hard to figure out.

'Red' States Have Higher Divorce Rates Than 'Blue' States, And Here's Why

Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce

It may seem counterintuitive, but divorce rates are higher in religiously conservative "red" states than "blue" states, despite a Bible-based culture ...

Fear Is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-Interest

Robert Reich | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

The usual explanation is that, for these voters, economic issues are trumped by social and cultural issues like guns, abortion, and race. I'm not so sure.

New Year's Resolution

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The enemies of climate science are real and not giving up. We can't fight them dollar for dollar, but we have voters on our side.

America Growing Even More Deeply Divided

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics

Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas...

Pouring a Cup While Pissing in the Same Teapot

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

When the Tea Partiers made their appearance in D.C. during the last midterm elections, it was easy to predict that they would one day morph into a gro...

It Is Time to Rename Republican Radicals the 'Taker Caucus'

David Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Paul

The arrogant claims to fiscal rectitude of the Tea Party belie the underlying realities. They are not the makers of their own imagination, but are rather in large numbers the takers that they have been so quick to disdain.

Let the Red States Go

David Morris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Morris

I believe the country, and the Democratic Party itself would be better served if Republican controlled states were allowed to opt out of the Affordable Care Act, but only under three conditions.

States of Change

Thomas M. Holbrook | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Thomas M. Holbrook

Not long after the 2012 election some observers noted an increasing Democratic "lock" on the Electoral College.

Kansas: I Want My State Back!

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

The bills ranged from the dangerous to the merely wacky, many of them solutions in search of problems. Two of the more disturbing regard babies and bullets.