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You Count -- Literally

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Sharon Kay Edwards

​Local government is small government, yes -- but it has a big impact on my household. Truth be told, it has a big impact on your household too, and we all need to be voting.

Poll shows voters are excited about Rauner's economic plan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released his ideas for a plan to fix the state's out-of-whack budget July 17. In it, Rauner a...

Your Birthday Present for America

Richard Greene | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Richard Greene

Happy Birthday, America! We are, indeed, a great country... and we could be even better if [91.6 Million (41.3 percent), 2012 126.8 Million (58.3 ...

If You Don't Vote, You Get What You Deserve

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

It is crucial for everyone to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot... even in midterm elections like the one coming up in November. After all the ballots are counted, someone is going to win whether you take part or not.

Why Philly Must Persist in Protesting

Christopher Norris | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Christopher Norris

There's a lot at stake when it comes to fairly funding public education, but it seems only the teachers, students and parents are sacrificing -- I've never heard of a stadium being closed because the team didn't make the points or a politician's salary being drastically cut to make ends meet.

How Secure Are India's Elections?

Cleo Paskal | Posted 07.14.2014 | Technology
Cleo Paskal

According to exit polls, Narendra Modi is likely to be declared the next Prime Minister of India. The only thing that might stand in his way is an electronic voting machine (EVM).

Democrats Should Widen Focus on Voter Suppression

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans want to make it harder to vote, Democrats want to make it easier. It's a simple concept, and it's one that strikes at a foundational belief most Americans share: Things always get better throughout American history, never worse.

Instead

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Instead of voters picking politicians, why are politicians deciding on who has the right to vote? Instead of Congress governing, why is Congress obstructing its governance?

A Letter to Voters for Congress on Marianne Williamson

Sebastian Siegel | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Sebastian Siegel

It's not just a new conversation we need in order to deal with the pressing issues, it's a new way of conversing altogether. 

Why Should You Vote? Here Are 5 Reasons Why

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.18.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Why? We're glad you asked. We've got five reasons why you should vote in the election today (if you haven't already). So read these and get to your nearest polling location to cast your vote.

Will California Continue to Lead the Way in Funding for Vulnerable Kids?

Martine Singer | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Martine Singer

Despite a steady stream of very pessimistic reports about California's most vulnerable children, there's some good news: reducing child poverty is a much higher priority for voters than reducing taxes.

Republicans' Electoral (Mis)Calculations on Immigration Reform

Giancarlo Sopo | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Giancarlo Sopo

There's a prevailing school of thought in GOP circles currently underwriting much of the opposition to immigration reform that supporting the measure would lead to the demise of the Republican Party. It's wrong.

Activist, Millennial Denounces Climate Change Denier

Christopher Norris | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Christopher Norris

After years in the rumor mill, it's safe to say Mother Nature is bipolar, but it's not her fault. For decades, analysts have pointed to a steady decline in the Earth's natural environment.

UNESCO Matters

Irina Bokova | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Irina Bokova

This is not just about funding. It is about shared values -- this is why UNESCO matters for the U.S. today, and a recent survey showed that 82 percent of Americans agree.

A Proposal for Direct Republics

Judah Freed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judah Freed

A direct democracy on a global scale is not yet feasible. An interim option is what I name a direct republic: An elected representative body writes the new laws for final ratification by direct votes of the people. A direct republic can work locally, nationally and globally.

East Colorado Reservations

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Putting secession on the ballot in a county is, pretty obviously, nothing more than a political stunt. It brings to mind those who launch efforts to amend the Constitution even though they know they're never going to succeed. I appreciate the value of a good political stunt, though.

On November 5th, Local Power Is on the Line

John Farrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver
John Farrell

Will it be another example of how a corporate monopoly buries its political and economic opponents? Or will it be Boulder's shot heard 'round the world of locals taking charge of their energy future?

Saving Coconut Grove's Waterfront

Tom Falco | Posted 12.14.2013 | Miami
Tom Falco

The Coconut Grove community is fighting mad about aproject that is planned for the small village's waterfront. They feel the city is selling out the property to the highest bidder and taking a small quaint area and turning into a mini waterside mall.

Just What the Shutdown Needs - Tequila!

Molly Blake | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Molly Blake

I'm writing about how we can turn the shutdown around and make our country better in spite of it. And it requires just a bit of tequila.

Tea Party: They Don't Believe in Science, They Don't Know History, They Don't Do Math -- But They Are Obsessed With Extremism

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

This conservative, austere budget has been rejected for months. Their goal is not really about defunding ObamaCare. Their goal was to force their extreme agenda onto the American people.

Republicans and Their Myths -- If Republicans Say It, the Opposite Must Be True

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Republicans, the gig is up. We are on to you. The truth: if Republicans say it, then the opposite is true. So stop repeating the lies, or just stop talking. Let us examine some well-known sound-bites that those on the right love to spout and repeat.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bruce Rauner

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

What kind of watch does a man as wealthy as Bruce Rauner wear? It's among our Fun Facts for the Chicago venture capitalist-turned-gubernatorial candidate.

What We Need & What We Do Not Need: Cliff Notes to Political, Social, and Moral Success

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We need to start at the beginning. Support our children. Educate all children. Rework the justice system. Help those who make small mistakes to atone for them and reintegrate successfully into society, rather than losing them into the system.

Congress' Labor Daze

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rather than discussing the pros and cons of striking Syria today, we have to point out something which should be glaringly obvious -- that Congress will be continuing their fifth week of vacation rather than returning to Washington to vote on whether America should go to war.

Six Reasons to Write in Mike Duggan for Mayor of Detroit on Aug. 6

Nick Norton | Posted 09.30.2013 | Detroit
Nick Norton

Duggan himself hesitated to relaunch his campaign. His supporters throughout the city, though, changed his mind. So why should the people of Detroit pick Mike Duggan as their man, write down his name, and fill in that circle on the ballot?