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Are We Failing Our Kids?

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Our children's health and welfare is our responsibility. As countries across the globe are celebrating Universal Children's Day and recommitting to improve the welfare of kids everywhere, I can't help but wonder if we're doing enough to protect our kids here at home.

Activist Comics: Compulsory Voting

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.20.2014 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

No more registering when we should not have to, no more collecting our taxes without each taxpayer having a say in how they are spent. (And yes, you could still write in your own gag candidate of choice, be it Grumpy Cat, Homer Simpson or Lyndon Larouche.)

Republicans Revive Bold Scheme to Rig Presidential Elections

Michael Keegan | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

These plans can initially seem reasonable, even to progressives, many of whom are wary of the electoral college system. But this isn't a good-government plan to change the way our presidential elections are conducted. It's a targeted plot to get more electoral votes for Republicans, even when they're losing the popular vote.

Russell Brand Is Wrong: Voting Really Can Change America for the Better

Sean McElwee | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Voting should only be the beginning of political change; it should not be the end. It is, however, necessary.

Pro-Life Does Not Equal Anti-Woman

Matt Teitelbaum | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Matt Teitelbaum

Women voters don't take the bait when you accuse your pro-life opponent of being a misogynist. In two elections this November, Democrats failed to retain seats under seemingly favorable circumstances thanks to poor campaigns based almost entirely on women's issues.

It's Time for 'Freedom Summer 2015'

Mary Buffett | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

We need to have a national effort to counteract what has taken place in the last decade. We need to restore the millions of names that have been purged from the voter rolls.

Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. South Florida and Sea Level Rise - A Slow Motion Catastrophe - latest in the This I...

Where Have All the Voters Gone?

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

It is nothing less than the heartbeat of our democracy. But when more than half of our citizens just do not show up, our collective heartbeat weakens, and our democratic society finds itself not thriving but on life support.

Climate Change This Week: Ikea Sells Solar, IPCC's Urgent Report, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Screen capture of Facebook Timeline Photos Stephen Colbert: The Republicans' Inspi...

Florida's Voting Fiasco

Izak Pratt | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Izak Pratt

After handing over my ID and briefly waiting, I was given my ballot and directed to a booth where I could vote. Upon completion, I scanned my vote. That's when I witnessed something I hoped I would never see; A young African-American male was being denied the right to vote.

A 2014 Postmortem

James Zogby | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

As pundits and partisans alike are tallying the winners and losers of this year's contests, they should not forget to consider that the real winners were the campaign media consultants and the owners of local television stations, both of whom pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising revenues.

My Wife, the Model American Citizen

Christopher Phillips | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

To my wife, and surely to most if not all of those giving their oath of citizenship, "civic literacy" of the sort she and all naturalized U.S. citizens have to demonstrate is at the core of setting an American free.

The Senate: A Republican 'Landslide'?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Although Republicans will now control 53 percent of the seats in the Senate, these Republican senators actually represent only 46 percent of the American people. It's a strange kind of landslide, indeed.

Duck and Cover: Surviving the Republican 'Purge' to Come

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

My liberal friends and I prepared for Election Day like survivalists. Or like some folks did back in the "duck and cover" days when people had those bunkers supposedly filled with provisions enough to last 'til the radioactive dust settled after the nuclear holocaust we were so sure was just around the corner.

Best Use Ever For Your 'I Voted Today' Sticker

Caurie Putnam | Posted 11.06.2014 | Women
Caurie Putnam

McPike regularly brings flowers to Anthony's headstone after she votes. Others bring their "I Voted Today" stickers and place them on the headstone as a symbol of respect and gratitude.

Young Voter Fail

Abby Higgs | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Abby Higgs

Young people/progressives/liberals often don't show up for the midterms. According to a Harvard survey released last week, in the 2010 midterms, "less than 1 in 4 voters ages 18 to 29 voted in the 2010 election."

Samantha Lachman

Believe It Or Not, The Election Had Good News For Voting Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voters in Missouri and Montana delivered victories for voting access Tuesday, even as some voters elsewhere were disenfranchised by rest...

Why Not Make Voting Mandatory Like Jury Duty?

Clare Munn | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Clare Munn

As a person who makes mistakes and has missed some voting over the years due to not planning absentee ballots in advance, I speak from a crevice of some honesty.

The Election Hangover

Barry Kibrick | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Barry Kibrick

Nearly 80% of the country is not divided, but actually united on many issues. So why are we always led to believe otherwise? How does this affect us personally and as a nation? And what are we to do about correcting this grand illusion?

10 Things I Learned While Standing in Line to Vote

Julie Niehoff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Comedy
Julie Niehoff

The polling place I usually go to -- the local Sheriff's office just down the street -- was closed down this year. So I ventured out to the alternative this time, the local Grocery store, and stood in line. It was boring. It was maddeningly inefficient. It was cold (we extended the line down the frozen food aisle) and it was educational.

Kate Sheppard

Liberal Group Makes Last-Ditch Push For Potentially Pivotal Senate Seat

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democracy for America, a grassroots progressive group, is trying to organize a last-minute push to get out voters on a Native American r...

Still I Vote -- and I Hope My Son Will Too

Monique Ruffin | Posted 11.04.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

Voting can be a hassle with all I have to do as a single mom and co-parent. It's even more frustrating with our current gridlocked political climate. And still I vote because our ancestors laid down their lives for me to be able to walk over to my local park with no harassment or thought for my life and cast my vote.

Showing Their Strength: Women of Color an Undeniable Force Among American Voters

Maya L. Harris | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Maya L. Harris

As the fastest-growing segment of the nation's largest voting bloc and the most active segment of the emerging majority vote, women of color are a key voting bloc with the power to affect electoral and policy outcomes.

Socialist Elected!

Annie Polland | Posted 11.04.2014 | New York
Annie Polland

On November 4, 1914 Meyer London became the first Socialist on the East Coast (and only the second) to be elected to Congress.

Turn Out and Turn Up: The Key to Millennial Voting

Courtney Sokol | Posted 11.04.2014 | College
Courtney Sokol

I would argue that Election Day should be celebrated as a joyous occasion. What could be a happier event than getting to participate directly in the democratic process?