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Our Nation has a Secret: Felony Disenfranchisement in America

Jotaka L. Eaddy | Posted 02.09.2014 | Black Voices
Jotaka L. Eaddy

Today, nearly 4.4 million people in America have families, own homes and have even started their own businesses. They are pursuing the American Dream with one exception -- they cannot vote.

"Who Cares" Generation

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Dhairya Pujara

I use the same two words: "Who cares?" -- not as a phrase, but as a question. And if I don't have an answer, I realize I don't know enough about this and I have to learn.

Ryan J. Reilly

Nearly Half Of Americans Live In Places Where Election Officials Admit Long Lines Are A Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly half of Americans live in precincts where long lines at the voting booth were a problem in the 2012 election cycle, according to ...

Higher Standards for Detroit Elections

Brianna Fritz | Posted 02.01.2014 | Detroit
Brianna Fritz

We elect our city clerk to triple check her work. We trust our clerk to prepare for the unexpected. And we hold our clerk to the very highest standards, because if our vote is in jeopardy, our voice is too.

The Role of Ranked Choice Voting in 2013

Rob Richie | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

If you followed the local elections and the special elections that took place in 2013, you probably heard some stories about ranked choice voting -- there has been a wave of positive national press and great new examples of how it works in practice.

Climate Change This Week: Warsaw Walkout, Clean Energy Pride, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.29.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

To tackle pollution, China to Drop Pursuit of "Growth at All Costs" reports David Stanway at World Environment News, steering local governments toward...

End to Violence Rides on Honduran Elections

Jody Williams | Posted 11.22.2013 | Impact
Jody Williams

The Honduran general elections on Nov. 24 could determine whether the impoverished Central American nation will be able to stem its epidemic of violen...

Climate Change This Week: The REAL Connection to Tornadoes, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How Tornadoes ARE Influenced By Climate Change Tornadoes ARE influenced by climate change, despite a recent, misinformed New York Times Op-ed. Grante...

State's Republicans Pushing To End Early Voting On The Weekend

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Wisconsin Republicans are working to end early voting on the weekend. On Nov. 14, a measure passed the state assembly that would require county cle...

Climate Change This Week: Super Typhoon, Calls to Action, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Super Typhoon Haiyan Blasts Thru Philippines; 10,000+ Feared Dead report Sunshine Lichauco de Leon and Calum MacLeod at USA Today. Wunderground meteor...

When Can We Vote, Mom?

Wendy Bradford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

With the three kids off for the day, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. But the first grader asked, almost first thing after breakfast, "When are we going to vote?"

Climate Change This Week: Future Freakout Forecast, Green Transformations, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

IPCC: Global Warming Will Create a More Violent, Sicker, Poorer Future says the reputable Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a new study, re...

The Real Revolution

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Not voting reinforces rather than defies corporate power structures. Distinguishing his "indifference and exhaustion" from apathy, Russell Brand suggests that abandoning our voices will silently (telepathically?) send a message for utopian change. Hardly.

Nabila's Plea: The Case Against Congressional Apathy

Jihad Al-Jabban | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jihad Al-Jabban

Beyond the controversy of drone strikes is the issue with Congress's deplorable conduct. On that day Nabila and her family shared their heartfelt testimony, 430 representatives missed the opportunity to learn about the implications of the drone strike policy.

A Shift in Focus, a Push to the Polls

Scott Levenson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Scott Levenson

With a new mayor and city council, this election is set to usher in a new era of New York City politics. Unfortunately, despite the historical implications of the upcoming election, voter turnout today is still likely to be just as low as it usually is.

Local, Not U.S., Issues At Play In Tuesday Voting

Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Big judgments about the direction of the country will have to wait on this Elect...

Liberals, Stop Posting Russell Brand's Interview and Vote

Walker Bragman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Walker Bragman

Regardless of how articulate his summation was, and regardless of how much I enjoy his comedy, Brand is not a part of the solution; in fact it's quite the opposite.

Climate Change This Week: China Chokes, Arctic High, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Record-Breaking Fossil Fueled Smog Cripples Large Chinese City reports Katie Valentine at Climate Progress. Soaring pollution levels, 3 times the desi...

The Muslim Vote: Down by Law

SpearIt | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics
SpearIt

With election day around the corner, millions of Americans will be out voting. Many, however, will be denied this opportunity due to their criminal record. Increasingly, this is the case for Muslim-Americans.

Why It's Vital to Vote This Election Day!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

This Election Day, Tuesday, November 5th, millions of voters will head to the polls and stand up for what matters most in our communities and our lives. Although it's not a presidential election year, hitting the polls and participating in our democracy remains as crucial as ever.

Two-Party Frustration and the Race in Syracuse

Brian Krewson | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Brian Krewson

Small parties have obstacles at the federal level. The major parties have inexhaustible funds and internal support. A third-party candidate can't compete against those forces. If smaller, more agile, parties are to compete at the national level, they will first need to succeed locally.

Next Week's Election and the Power of Six Votes

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Democracy can still work, but leaders elected by a handful of voters isn't democracy at all. Your neighbors, your kids and your property values are all counting on you to guide your town to a future that's supported by a true majority.

It Takes a Nation to Fix a Government

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Should we merely await the next manufactured crisis, frustrated that the only thing that stands between us and national success is our government, making us feel more and more helpless or hoping it will all somehow go away?

Fire Brand: No, Russell, There Will Not Be a Revolution

Mike Amato | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Amato

Brand predicts, without "a flicker of doubt," that revolution is near and inevitable. Son, you have to forgive us old-timers but we're laughing at you. There will be no revolution. There will be NO revolution. Grow up.

The Disability Vote

Kristin Duquette | Posted 12.25.2013 | Politics
Kristin Duquette

In a democratic society, voting is a fundamental right for everyone; however, people with disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to the polling place.