Politics

America Needs a New Progressive Era to Restore Democracy

by Ryan Fisher, resident editor Public confidence in the federal government has reached historic lows. Only 20 percent of Americans trust the government in Washington, D.C., to do what is right most or all of the time. Congressional job approval hovers at 17 percent, and public opinion of the Supreme Court has tightened to 53 […]

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Politics, Race & Ethnicity

America Lacks an Equal, Representative Voting System

by Samuel Murray, columnist As we enter the final weeks before the presidential election, many Americans are concerned about something that should be so simple: voting. Particularly in this election, with an enormous amount of mail-in and early in-person voting, many are asking, “How should I vote?” and “Will my vote be counted?” Voting and […]

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Politics

Why Are Our Elections So Broken?

By: Kimberly McKee Now that we have had time to recover from the mid-term elections and the holidays, perhaps it is a good time to examine U.S. electoral systems. If your circle of friends is like mine, you have probably had countless conversations about how “broken” the system is: spoiler candidates, virtual hopelessness of third-party […]

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Politics

The U.S. Presidential Debate is Dead

The American presidential debate is dead. You probably missed it, for its life was short and largely non-televised. Unfortunately, we are now haunted by the shambling corpse of a debate littered with questions asking candidates about pop culture references and political branding over actual policy content. The presidential debate was largely born in 1858, when […]

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Politics

Why Do We Care About New Hampshire?

The New Hampshire primary is a big deal. It’s a part of the state’s identity, which politicos argue has a civic-oriented fervor. One woman said she’s felt physically ill and is losing sleep thinking about the big decision ahead of her. To date, 23 candidates have made a mind-boggling 1,725 campaign stops in the Granite […]

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Politics

The State of the Political Polling Industry

Going into election night, there were anywhere from 7 to 10 competitive elections, happening in Iowa, Arkansas, Alaska, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Colorado, Louisiana, South Dakota, Kansas, and New Hampshire. Traditional political evaluators such as Charlie Cook (Cook Report), Stuart Rothenberg (Rothenberg Report), and Larry Sabato (Crystal Ball based out of UVA), and poll aggregators […]

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Justice, Politics

Time to End Felon Disenfranchisement

“Nearly 6 million American citizens weren’t able to vote in the 2014 midterm elections due to their criminal records.” Vox “There are more felons barred from voting for Senate in Georgia than there will be voters in Alaska”  The Washington Post   Felon disenfranchisement is the practice of removing the right to vote from an individual who […]

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Politics

Midterms in the Midwest

The Midwest has historically served as the political bellwether for the United States, and you don’t have to squint too hard to see heartland races this November as analogues for major national issues. Contested Senate battles, struggles between the Tea Party and Republican establishment, the minimum wage, taxes, education and the other divisive policy issues […]

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