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To Move Or Not To Move?

Amelia | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices

As our children grow, we look around and wonder, "Is this the right place for us to be? Is this where we want our children to grow up? What is the environment we've chosen teaching them?" These questions were heightened after our oldest son started identifying as gay at a young age.

The Dishonorable Republicans

Ethan Rome | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

While Republican governors like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas play games with people's lives to throw red meat to the extremists in their party, Kasich and the a growing number of GOP governors put the needs of their state before their political party.

Dems Make Unlikely Play To Flip Key Seat Blue

Real Clear Politics | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Even before Saxby Chambliss announced last month that he would not seek a third term, the 2014 Senate race in Georgia was shaping up to be one of the ...

Climate Legislation Redux: The View From the Red Seats

Carrie La Seur | Posted 04.07.2013 | Green
Carrie La Seur

Ironically, cap and trade legislation fell victim to exactly the same top-down, insular thinking that has carried us all into the maw of a global climate crisis.

You Kill Me: Why I Don't Want to Live Around People With Guns

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Brandt Goldstein

I simply don't want to argue anymore with people who genuinely believe that cheap, easy access to guns makes us safer, when for decades the U.S. has suffered from more gun violence than any other western industrialized nation.

Kissing Cousins

Lester & Charlie | Posted 02.22.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Uh oh. We're coming up once again to that holiday in December that FOX News claims liberals declared a war on. But a couple recent news items make us wonder if the real soldiers in the war on Christmas aren't our friends in red states.

Let's Stop Talking About Red States and Blue States

Mark Rice | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Mark Rice

While demonizing whole states may feel good, it does little to illuminate the complex realities of American politics.

Alaska a Presidential Swing State?

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

There has been a lot of buzz about the changing American political landscape. There are several articles about Texas becoming a swing state. An analys...

Looking Beyond A Nation Of Reds And Blues To The Many Shades Of Purple

Christine Organ | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

We are more than just a primary color on a newsroom whiteboard. We are not a political agenda. We are individuals. Multifaceted, sometimes contradictory, always complex individuals.

The Reality of Secession and Unicorns

Bob Cesca | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

I hate to disappoint the 675,000 whiny diaper babies calling for secession in the wake of the election but, sorry, no matter how hard they stomp their feet and pout and fling their feces at the electoral map, demands for secession might as well be demands for goblins and unicorns.

If at First You Don't Secede

Floyd Elliot | Posted 01.15.2013 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Some might view these petitions as at best an impotent expression of frustration with the reality of the election, at worst a treasonous and racist hearkening back to the secession of the Confederate states that started the Civil War. Me? I see it as an opportunity.

Logic From a Republican Who Can Accept a Loss

Tim Young | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Tim Young

I am so tired of the illogical map of America argument that my Republican friends who can't handle a loss are making.

Why Vote Today? Props, Pops and Revenge

Wayne Self | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Wayne Self

Whether you live in the bluest of the blue states, or the reddest of the red, your vote in this election is crucial, and here are three seldom-heard reasons why.

A View From the South

James Mahon | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
James Mahon

Here in Tennessee uncertainty and debate reign supreme as the state aims to break early voting records unsure of how much an impact it will have in playing a role in deciding the fate of the United States of America.

How Politics Influences Crowdfunding Behavior

Indiegogo | Posted 12.25.2012 | San Francisco

we wanted to investigate these political divides in the context of crowdfunding. Specifically, what similarities and differences are there in campaign and contribution behavior across red, blue, and swing states?

Can Music Predict The Election?

Sylvie Leotin | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Sylvie Leotin

A social music company called Smule ran an insightful experiment. They put the 900 million songs in their database through rigorous analysis, correlating the musical tastes of users with "red" and "blue" states. The results were illuminating.

4 Reasons Our Democracy Is Broken

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

With all due warnings about nostalgia about a golden age of American democracy that never existed, here are four especially disturbing and depressing signs that our political institutions are doing a worse and worse job of reflecting meaningful the interests of "We, The People."

Winner Take All and the Great Southern Partisan Reversal, 1990-2010

Rob Richie | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

African Americans have always been heavily concentrated in Southern states. Given their general preference for the Democratic Party, that makes the South's dramatic change in its partisan representation since 1990 all the more noteworthy.

The U.S. Is Not 1 Nation, But 2

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

This election, we’ve heard a lot about divisions that define America. First it was the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Then it was the moochers and th...

Swing Voters for Fun and Terror

Mark Morford | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Mark Morford

Who dares, at this point in his/her wobbly existence, have no concrete clue as to what's going on, who to vote for, or why they should bother to learn to understand how to care about any of it in the first place?

INFOGRAPHIC: Red States Reign In Hunt For Interracial Love

Posted 10.11.2012 | Black Voices

What's black and white and red all over? Half of's list of the top 20 states where singles are looking for interracial love. ...

Appealing to the Red-White-and-Blue States

Ken Blackwell | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Red State/Blue State thinking can push us apart. Just remember how Blue State/Gray State turned out! Over the next few weeks, the goal for both campaigns should be to unify the nation.

Super-Rich More Likely To Live In Blue States

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.04.2012 | Business

The states with the most multimillionaires have strong political preferences. Blue states, or states that tend to vote for Democrats, are more lik...

Fit To Be Fried, Romney Style

Lester & Charlie | Posted 11.24.2012 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

We think that if Mitt wants to be president, he needs to apologize to something like -- hmmm -- 47 percent of the country.

The GOP's Dismal Electoral Math

Eli Lehrer | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Romney's choice of Paul Ryan for Vice President gives him the clearly articulated agenda his campaign has lacked to date. But, in the long term, the GOP has to change if it wants to remain competitive for the White House.