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Dear Democrats: Please All and You'll Please None

Anat Shenker-Osorio | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Anat Shenker-Osorio

It's deeply fitting that the animal in Aesop's "Please All, Please None" fable was a donkey. This kind of, let's meet people where they are and actually say nothing, approach is the best summation of current Democratic strategy.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

New Early Voting Restrictions Have Little Support Among Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

Republican-controlled legislatures in several states have sought to restrict early voting this year, but new polling finds little public support for t...

Making Voting Easier and More Meaningful

Tom Allon | Posted 10.15.2014 | New York
Tom Allon

I was one of the 9 percent of eligible Democratic voters who recently went to my local polling place in September to cast my vote in the gubernatorial primary.

Reinvigorating America's Social Contract

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Our nation has been at its best when honoring a longstanding social contract that balances unbounded wealth building opportunity with fairness. Sharing our burdens as well as our benefits across various income groups is what has always made America strong.

Voting Rights: What You Need to Know and How the Supreme Court Is Failing Us

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Janessa E. Robinson

As the U.S. Supreme Court rightfully makes way for same-sex marriage across the country, it simultaneously regresses policy on another civil liberty, voting rights.

Climate Change This Week: The Walrus Sings, Renewables Rising, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Altaeros Energies is developing turbine-equipped tubular helium balloons that float up to 2,000 feet in the air to capture wind energy. (From Altaero...

What Is at Stake This November ... and Why the Country Needs American Women to Vote

Barbra Streisand | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Barbra Streisand

During off-year elections, too many women stay home when their votes are needed. In the last midterm election, 10 million unmarried women who voted in 2008 did not show up! As a result, conservatives swept to power and eviscerated policies aimed at supporting American women, especially in healthcare.

GMOs Attack! The Fight to Protect Maui's Environment from Big Ag

Stephen Henry Fox | Posted 10.09.2014 | Hawaii
Stephen Henry Fox

I do realize the jobs are crucial to those families involved. But the effects of mono-cropping cane and pineapple are well-known to anyone who has a house on lands turned suburban after those agricultural practices have played out.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 10.09.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

People think that because we have a black president race is no longer an issue. That people are no longer suppressed and that all is well with the world. This creates a type of complacency, a type of message that extra efforts don't need to be made to level the playing field and I've had enough.

'Turn Out For What:' Lil Jon Has Got The Beat To Make Your Booty Go Vote

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

If "turn down for what" is a rhetorical question about why one would cease partying, "turn out for what" represents the calculation about how to motiv...

Reproducing Race

Dov Fox | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Dov Fox

It's not hard to sympathize with parents' hopes to save a future child from racial taunts or confused identity. And yet it is troubling for donor services to accentuate race in ways that invite parents to exclude wholesale from their consideration all donors of a particular race.

LGBT Rights: Let's Quit Waiting on the Supreme Court

Brian Stone | Posted 10.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

Are we really so naive to think that a SCOTUS ruling is going to solve all our problems? Well, if not -- why is everyone waiting for the "Mission Accomplished" banner to appear?

We Should Be Protesting, Too

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

This week, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents turned out to protest China's plan for bringing democracy to that city. Rather than letting voters pick the candidates that get to run for chief executive, Beijing wants the candidates selected by a 1,200 person "nominating committee." Critics charge the committee will be "dominated by a pro-Beijing business and political elite." Hong Kong's students have started that struggle -- for them, there. But their ideals are ours too, as is the flaw in the system they attack. We should be demanding the reform for which they are now fighting: an unbiased election, at every important stage.

Sarah Harvard

They Make Up The Fastest Growing Voting Bloc In The South

HuffingtonPost.com | Sarah Harvard | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Asian-Americans are now the fastest-growing racial group in the South and thus an increasingly important voting bloc in the region, acco...

Ryan J. Reilly

Court Strikes Down GOP-Backed Voting Restrictions In North Carolina

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered a lower court to block two new voting restrictions in North Carolina, saying there was "no ...

Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.

2014 Early Voting Underway

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Pollsters don't typically report their expected turnout, but any number of polls are showing Democratic candidates doing better among registered voters than likely voters. The higher the turnout, the more the electorate will look like profile of registered voters, which could be decisive for who wins Iowa and Senate control.

The Power of the Vote

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Jamell N.A. Henderson

I remember getting up early on Election Day in 2008 and 2012 and the lines were so long at my polling site that I was so glad my phone was charged to listen to music, and I got through several levels of Candy Crush.

Kendall Jenner Just Made A Really Good Point

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

Model Kendell Jenner, who rose to fame as a member of the Kardashian clan, proved just how easy it is to register to vote, even for Americans not in t...

Leading Change or Waiting For It?

Laphonza Butler | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Laphonza Butler

It's time to stop the spin and make one thing perfectly clear: Pundits and politicos make speeches. Working people make change. The power of our vote will be felt at the polls in November.

George Takei Is Straight... Up Asking You To Do This One Thing

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

You probably know that actor George Takei is gay. But now he's straight... up asking you to register to vote. "I'm especially concerned about the f...

Here Are All the Ways You Can Celebrate National Voter Registration Day!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

We come from all walks of life, and we vote for lots of different reasons. But today, all Americans deserve the chance to stand up for what matters most to them. And the best way to do that is to register and vote.

Vote or... Just Vote

Christina Gagnier | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Christina Gagnier

Does the form seem long? It is really not that bad. Trouble getting to the polls? You can elect absentee.

Why Vote?

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 09.22.2014 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Congress may be as unproductive as ever, but the health and prosperity of our communities isn't determined solely by Washington. It doesn't matter what state you are in -- every eligible and registered Latino voter must turn out this time and every time in order for the community to be respected and represented.

I Have Four Numbers I Think About Every Day

Page Gardner | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Page Gardner

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day, and a great opportunity to remind eligible Americans to register to vote and participate in our democracy.