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Friday Talking Points [144] -- Midterm Home Stretch

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Many Democrats in this election cycle seem to be getting much better at the tactic known as "the attack ad."

Will Young, Disenchanted Voters Show Up for Midterms?

Judy Lubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Lubin

There is still time to turn out the vote among key Democratic constituencies. But it will not be easy. Young voters are still not inclined to head to the polls.

Voting Local Is the New Global

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Salzman

As a marketing and PR professional, I'm a strong advocate of the phrase "Local is the new global." (I am not, however, a huge fan of the jargon-y term...

Four States Where Obama Hopes to Mobilize Early Voters

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

The Democrats are using President Obama to rally early voters, and to recruit volunteers to help with the early-voter ground game. What remains to be seen is if the Democrats' organization can match the Republicans' enthusiasm and money.

Latinos: To Vote or Not to Vote?

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hector E. Sanchez

At a time when it is no exaggeration to say that the Latino community is under attack on many different levels, we must participate in the democratic process for empowerment.

One Wisconsin Now Encourages Voters To 'Turn Off The Hate. Get Out The Vote' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Progressive group One Wisconsin Now is out with a new web ad encouraging people to counteract the voting enthusiasm coming from Tea Party groups, cons...

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Plutocracy

Beth Broderick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beth Broderick

America has apparently not gotten the memo that our democracy is for sale. It seems the saps plan to have their vote counted, and last I looked it is votes that we count here... not coins.

Disgruntled 2010 Voters Are All Polaroid's Fault

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Gerdy

It was with the invention of the Polaroid that we entered the world of instant gratification. And now, our Polaroid society can't understand why not everything is fixed yet. But challenges building for decades cannot be fixed in a year or two.

How Did You Learn?

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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ReThink Interview: Jeff Reichert & Bill Mundell of Gerrymandering

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Republican, democrat or independent, Americans love a good political sex scandal, especially when it doesn't involve a member of their preferred party...

The DNC's Efforts to Get Out the Crucial African American Vote

Debbie Hines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

In the history of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), there has never been a media campaign so fiercely waged for African American votes in a mid...

Food Fight: South Dakota GOP Condemns Democratic Frybread Fests

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

Election-related anxiety must be heading north in South Dakota. On Oct. 14, following Democratic Party Indian-reservation rallies involving frybread, ...

Is the Media Sexist? How to Make "Equal Pay" for Women a Sexy, Election News Story and Debate Question?

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Beverly Wettenstein

Have you seen the news stories about the sexy Citibank beauty who claims she was discriminated against and fired because she distracted her male cowor...

Native American Candidate's Marathon South Dakota Run

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

Campaigning in the South Dakota legislature's District 28 is an extreme sport -- the political X Games of 2010. The vast expanse encompasses much of t...

Ready to Rumble: A Lawyer on the Voting-Rights Frontline

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

With over 80% of South Dakota's 40,000 Native registered voters typically going Democratic, the GOP appears reluctant to see them casting ballots; its operatives have disrupted reservation voting in past elections.

Early Voting Underway

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Believe it or not, voters have already begun casting their ballots for the 2010 midterm elections, as early voting has dramatically increased in recent years.

We are Not Staying Home on Election Day!

Arturo Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arturo Vargas

Let's not easily assume that Latinos are disillusioned and may skip the midterm elections. Yes, there is anger in the community, but what we hear from voters is that they will take their anger out at voting booth.

Operations Analysis: The Battle of Fall River

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

During a recent special session of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation's Shannon County Commission, images of another encounter slipped across the action. B...

Letter to a Smug Man

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Jacobson

Our democratic process is drowning in an overwhelming tidal wave of anonymous money -- from where? CEOs? Bidders on government contracts? Firms regulated by the government? Drug cartels?

Pulling the Plug on Democracy

Carol Hartsell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Carol Hartsell

Democracy, having successfully jumped one shark, recently attempted to jump 100 sharks set on fire, crashed and is now in a persistent vegetative state in a teaching hospital in New Jersey. It may never recover.

An Alan Grayson Movie

Christopher Sprinkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Sprinkle

2010-09-30-grayson.jpgFor weeks now across Florida, every paper you pick up has a story about the race for the 8th district.

Why the Right and the Left Won't Talk Seriously About Inequality

Frank Koller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Koller

Both political parties have a short-term interest in simply avoiding making too much of the fact that America is becoming a more and more unequal society. Does that sound like good leadership to you?

Will Risk-Averse Voters Help Endangered Incumbents?

Brian Schaffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Schaffner

While many things are working against Democratic incumbents this year, the public's tendency to be risk averse may make the difference in allowing some incumbents to win campaigns that they might otherwise have lost.

Prop B: A Battle Against Puppy Mills That All Can Support

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

There are tens of thousands of dogs who are lonely and depressed and ill because it is their awful misfortune to pass each day on a puppy mill operati...

Killing the Census

Charles Seife | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Seife

It's not a wise policy to reduce the quality of a government function while, simultaneously, making the costs bloat out of control, but that's precisely what anti-census politicians are advocating.