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A Letter to the American Non-Voter

Julianna Forlano | Posted 11.01.2014 | Comedy
Julianna Forlano

No, not all uninformed voters are lacking intelligence. Not all of their jaws are slackened. Mostly, you are folks who have watched too much Fox News, which, when it comes down to it, is any amount of Fox News.

Climate Change This Week: Coal's Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!

Want to Thank Me? Go Vote!

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

When people hear that I served in the military, they tend to always thank me for my service. Rich or poor, black or white, men or women, Americans in general seem to be fairly universal in their praise for the people who are part of our all-volunteer force.

Be a Passionate Voter for Justice

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, many voters will head to the polls on November 4th and simply vote down the party line. Far too many won't spend a little time to research the various candidates' actual records beyond their party affiliation.

Millions Of Early Votes Already Cast

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Early votes soared past 15 million across 31 states on Friday, an outpouring that is giving hopeful Republicans as well as nervous...

#WhyImVoting Needs to Be #WhyImRunning and Here's Why

Shay Chan Hodges | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Shay Chan Hodges

While I love the #WhyImVoting hashtag, it's pretty clear to me that until #WhyI'mRunning is more of a thing, it's going to be an uphill battle to pass legislation that makes family life frankly more livable.

The Conundrum of the Midterms

Marc Brownstein | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Marc Brownstein

The truth is, there are intelligent, well-spoken, educated people who just don't feel represented by the politicians in Washington; a lot of them. Is there a solution?

The Conundrum of the Midterms

Marc Brownstein | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Marc Brownstein

The truth is, there are intelligent, well-spoken, educated people who just don't feel represented by the politicians in Washington; a lot of them. Is there a solution?

Why Vote?

Barry Kibrick | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Barry Kibrick

Even if you believe that your single vote does not matter, and this happens for various reasons, you still are obliged to cast a vote on very important grounds.

The Real Issue On Election Day

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Do we want a government that sits on its hands in times of great challenges, or one that rolls up its sleeves and tackles the problems head on?

The Ballot Box Is the Great Equalizer for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

American workers are facing significant challenges. Whether it's low pay, a system that favors corporations over citizens, a gender wage gap, the effects of unfair trade or a voting system that hampers the most disadvantaged among us, these problems are real. But will those affected the most bother to do something about it?

Democracy's Most Cherished Act

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Maybe democracy is still a viable concept. I harbor a vestige of hope that it is. But democracy's most cherished act has got to be something more profound than pulling a lever or making an X in a box.

A Movement that Matters

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 10.30.2014 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

We must be civically engaged. Engagement inspires movement - a movement that matters. Since 1916, the Chicago Urban League has engaged with people to help them find jobs, start businesses and buy homes.

Beyond Ferguson -- Unrepresentative Democracy in City Elections

Rob Richie | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

Every community will have its own solutions, but it's time to act. Such turnout disparities are simply unacceptable -- and as shown in Ferguson, have real consequences on neighborhoods across the country.

The 1 Percent Are More Likely to Vote Than the Poor or Middle Class -- And It Matters, a Lot

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Does it matter that the wealthy turnout to vote at a rate of almost 99% while those making below $10,000 vote at a rate of 49%? It sure seems like it would, but for a long time many political scientists and journalists believed it didn't.

If Voting Didn't Matter

Robbie Gennet | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Truth is, if 100 percent of 18-24 year olds decided to vote in the next election, they would landslide whatever candidates they backed and transform the country to their liking. And here is one big reason why they should: Citizens United.

My Vote Doesn't Define Me -- Or You

Phu Nguyen | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Phu Nguyen

Today, tomorrow, and in all my days before I die, I will be the president of my life despite who I vote to be the president of the United States. I take ownership of my failures and my successes, and I think the country would be significantly changed if we all did across all parties.

The Election Detection Kit: 10 Ways to Catch Someone Lying about Voting

Tony_Diaz | Posted 10.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

My name is Tony. I'm a citizen. And I've lied about voting. I'm not proud of it. But I'm also ready to do something about it. So, this time around, I voted early. And, just like former hackers who go on to help catch other hackers, I'm going to give you 10 ways to bust someone who is lying about voting.

Kate Sheppard

Younger Voters Like Pro-Environment Candidates, But May Not Show Up To Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Young voters are much more likely than senior citizens to say they'll vote for candidates who support cutting greenhouse gas emissions...

Amanda v. Goliath$

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Amanda is a true representative of "Us." Against staggering odds, through education and grit, Amanda worked her way into the middle class.

A New Twist on the Get-Out-the-Vote Message

Lynn Yeakel | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Lynn Yeakel

If you want to feel really good on the Wednesday after Election Day, regardless of the results of the vote, wake up knowing that you brought something extra to our national exercise of people power.

My Mother, My Values, My Vote

James Zogby | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Back in 1996, my mother was interviewed on Good Morning America. They were doing a story on the November election and wanted to know why she, an 89-year-old Catholic woman, was voting for Democrats. Her words are as relevant today as they were 18 years ago.

Democrats Try To Regain Lost Votes Outside Cities

AP | By BILL BARROW | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics

PERRY, Ga. (AP) — In an arena usually reserved for rodeos and livestock shows, Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn told a boisterous crowd she...

Why Every Vote Counts

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 10.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

You might be one of the 18 people who decide not to vote, and that decision could make the difference between electing a pro-LGBT senator or one who doesn't support our issues. Every vote counts on the floor of the Senate, and losing that one vote could mean the difference between passing laws that further equal rights and being left high and dry as second-class citizens.

California's Young Voter Problem Requires a Social Solution

Matt Mahan | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Matt Mahan

For too long, meaningfully discussing issues that are important to the future of our neighborhoods, cities, states and country has been frowned upon. For many, 'talking politics' around the dinner table or online with people you know, is taboo -- but it shouldn't be.