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Travis Irvine
Travis Irvine is a stand-up comedian, independent filmmaker and unsuccessful politician. He has written and directed a feature-length horror/satire about killer raccoons as well as a short documentary about his 2007 mayoral run. His campaign and comedy videos have been featured on The Jay Leno Show, PBS’s NewsHour, The Huffington Post and Funny Or Die. He also was once on The People's Court. A recent graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, he currently lives and performs in New York City. Follow him on Twitter at @TheTravisIrvine, though he does not understand what this means.

Entries by Travis Irvine

Millennial Progressives and Libertarians Will Change Politics in the Future

(11) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 3:44 PM

There was a lot of hubbub about "shifts" in the political ideologies of Democrats and Republicans this year. The election of Bill de Blasio as mayor of New York City was hailed as a victory for progressives - an emergence of a "New New Left" - and along...

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Jury Duty: A Great Way to Serve Your Country While Doing Jack Sh*t

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 4:09 PM

This past week I went back to my sweet home state of Ohio to do what one judge has called, "[the most] valuable work that a citizen can perform during peacetime." Jury duty, baby! Yes, while both of my grandfathers served in World War II and some of my friends...

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Enough Left vs. Right Blame Game: Shutdown Was a Failure of Two-Party System

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:00 PM

It's been more than a week since the government did not shut down, and it's been really fun to watch Republicans and Democrats blame each other for the whole thing. If you're on the right, the shutdown was thanks to President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and those darn Senate...

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How Republicans and Democrats Are Both Right and Wrong on Obamacare (I Think)

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 11:00 AM

As the inevitable implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, comes around this October, there is one thing that is very clear: Republicans and Democrats are going to keep saying entirely different things about it and confusing everybody. Yes sir, just as American democracy was at...

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Surely You Can't Be Syrious

(6) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:26 PM

So apparently we're about to go bomb the shit out of another country, and this time the lucky lady is... Syria! Well, Syria, congratulations, you've made it onto the United States' naughty list. Now prepare to deal with the ramifications! And of course, by ramifications, I mean missiles and bombs....

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Holder and Gupta: Too Little, Too Late... But Heck Yeah I'll Take It!

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 2:09 PM

Both U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Dr. Sanjay Gupta made headlines last week by officially changing their positions on drugs. Holder told the American Bar Association in San Francisco that he wants to cut down federal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders, saying excessive incarceration has...

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Recent House Debate on NSA Has Restored My Faith in Democracy... Kind Of

(4) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 4:09 PM

In case you hadn't already heard, last week a Congressional coalition of civil liberty-loving lefties and libertarian-leaning righties joined together to try and curb the NSA. The effort came via an amendment to a defense appropriations bill and was dubbed the Amash-Conyers amendment for its sponsors,...

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Riot Predictions Surrounding Zimmerman Verdict Plenty Racist in Their Own Right

(16) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 1:20 PM

It's been a few days now since the Zimmerman verdict was delivered, and as we can see, all the predictions from the media about race riots destroying cities across America have come true. It's chaos! Oh, wait, what's that? There are no riots? Ah. What about chaos? Oh, none of...

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An Open Letter (aka a Very Long Tweet) to Lindy West About Retweeting My Tweet

(35) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 2:17 PM

Dear Lindy and the Editors of Jezebel,

Thank you for reading this letter, if you are reading it at all. I am a stand-up comedian, independent filmmaker and freelance journalist, and I've also unsuccessfully run for mayor of my hometown and for U.S. Congress. I just graduated from the Columbia...

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