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Dave Jamieson

This Map Shows Just How Out Of Touch Congress Is On The Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans want to raise the minimum wage, and they're done waiting around for Congress to do it for them. On Tuesday night, voters in...

Dave Jamieson

Paid Sick Days Are Coming To Another State

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Massachusetts on Tuesday became the third state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for workers, with voters decisively approving a sick-leave b...

Rick Snyder Is Not a Good Political Leader

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.04.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

If you have watched any of Rick Snyder's election ads you will see that the governor fancies himself a leader, however, since being a leader isn't a title one can just bestow upon one's self the question should be what does the governor's record tell us about his leadership skills.

On Denton's Upcoming Referendum for a Fracking Ban

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Najmedin Meshkati

On November 4 there will be a referendum on a fracking ban in Denton, TX. Regardless of the outcome, the impact of this unprecedented grassroots movement will transcend well beyond Denton's city limits and affect the future of the entire oil and gas fracking industry in the US.

Scottish Pride, Referendum Inc. and the Mighty 45 Percent

Anne Stevenson | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Anne Stevenson

In all my life, I have never seen a finer example of political grassroots organizing than what the Yessers managed to pull off over the past month.

What if the United States Lost Texas?

Dr. Jason Johnson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Dr. Jason Johnson

How would Americans fare under losing Texas compared to the British losing the Scots? The idea of a Texas secession may seem less likely than the Scots leaving the U.K., but the vote might be a lot closer than anyone in the U.S. would like.

Scotland, Sovereignty and Corporations

David Morris | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
David Morris

If Scotland does become sovereign it will quickly discover that that sovereignty has been severely restricted by new global rules promoted by increasingly dominant global corporations.

Marijuana Legalization Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year may see some progress on legalization, but it will be limited. But there are five state-level efforts where news is being made on the legalization front.

The GOP Needs an Obamacare Strategy

Kevin Price | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

After a long period in the political winter, it appears that the GOP finally has something to be excited about -- the Obama administration's health care debacle.

Self-Determination, Redux?

Uriel Abulof | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Uriel Abulof

The West could have held the upper moral hand in the Crimean crisis, but chose not to.

Crimea's Technically Flawed Referendum

David L. Phillips | Posted 05.19.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

The referendum in Crimea was neither an exercise in democracy, consulting Crimeans on important decisions about their future; nor was it an effective conflict management tool, distributing power between competing interests.

Separatism Everywhere : The New Global Epidemic

Kimon Valaskakis | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Kimon Valaskakis

Like modern marriages, half of which end in divorce, there is a new and ominous global threat: the break-up of previously stable political entities through separatism.

In the Battle for Crimea Wins... China?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 05.17.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

One of the unintended consequences of sanctions will be the acceleration of warming of the relations between China and Russia. Despite China's long held policy that no country should interfere in another's internal affairs, it unexpectedly abstained from the United Nations draft condemning Crimea referendum.

Crimea Is Not Kosovo

David L. Phillips | Posted 05.10.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

There are fundamental legal and political differences between the internationally sanctioned process, which culminated in Kosovo's independence, and Russia's land-grab in Crimea. Kosovo's independence is based on international law; Russia's annexation of Crimea is not.

Boycott Crimea's Bogus Referendum

David L. Phillips | Posted 05.07.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

President Vladimir Putin is confident that Crimea's current population -- which is 60 percent ethnic Russian -- will vote to join Russia. But as presently planned, the referendum will disenfranchise more than 1 million Tartars who have a right to participate.

After 300 Years, Scotland Threatens to Leave Britain

Ben Barber | Posted 09.17.2013 | World
Ben Barber

INVERNESS, SCOTLAND -- In a crowded bar Scottish folk singer Davy Holt plays a hymn to Scotland's centuries-old yearning for independence -- a yearnin...

Crapping Out in New York: For Education

Dave Colavito | Posted 09.10.2013 | New York
Dave Colavito

Voters can decide for themselves whether Gambling for Education in New York is really code for Education in Support of Gambling, and whether they want more of what the carnival is selling -- for the kids, always for the kids.

Four Victories for the Public Good

David Morris | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
David Morris

I'm not saying it's time to break out the champagne and start chanting, "The people united will never be defeated." But the past few weeks have brought us some heartwarming demonstrations that the popular will still has a bite.

Recent Presidential Elections: Better Juries, Harder Ballot Initiatives

David J. Brunell | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
David J. Brunell

I generally take the longer view and think Supreme Court nominations are the most significant actions U.S. presidents take, but besides anything Obama has already done or will do in the future, the election itself made democracy better -- maybe.

California Is Back!

Jack Jennings | Posted 04.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Jack Jennings

California shows that deep political and governance deadlocks can be broken, and progress made. This holds a lesson both for the national government but also for other states. Maybe, the rest of us outside the state ought to pay attention.

A Crumbling Union

The European Magazine | Posted 03.09.2013 | World
The European Magazine

A referendum on Britain's EU membership is likely. And if the country secedes, others could soon follow its example.

Let's Have It Out: Conduct a Binding Referendum on Democratic and Republican Fiscal Plans

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

What if the fiscal cliff were settled by each party submitting its fiscal plan in a final bill that also provided for a national referendum on the alternative plans to be held on January 31, 2013?

The Mis-Education of the Negro Pastors Urging Congregants Not to Vote

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 12.20.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

The fact is neither party truly cares about Christian morality, certainly not based on Old Testament scriptures. What seems instead to be driving both is power and control. Republicans care about power and control for the wealthy, while Democrats care about power and control for the not-so-wealthy.

Mitt Romney Adviser Acknowledges Shift In Campaign Message

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A common complaint from Republicans friendly to Mitt Romney's campaign, but outside it, has been that the campaign has been knocked off ...

The Referendum To End All Referendums?

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 06.13.2012 | World

GENEVA -- Switzerland is holding a referendum this weekend – on whether to hold more referendums. A nationalist group wants voters in the Alpin...