Tackling the Tricky Issue of Getting More Young People Involved in Politics

Whenever it’s time for a local, state, or national election, there is typically a substantial amount of discussion about whether young people who have recently become eligible to vote will exercise that right and go to the polls. Unfortunately, determining whether they will take that action is not a straightforward process for many reasons.

They Often Neglect to Register

One of the main problems hindering the potential for a strong youth vote in elections is that young Americans frequently don’t register to vote.… [Read more]

How Low Can Congress’ Approval Rating Get? We’ll Know After the Elections

With the midterm elections just a few days away, politicos across the country are on the edge of their seats waiting to see whether the Republicans will take back control of the Senate. It seems as though the GOP has a stranglehold on retaining a majority presence in the House of Representatives, and now the polls indicate that they might in fact edge out the Democrats in the other chamber of Congress as well.… [Read more]

Mock The Vote

Election day is just a few days away. Much ado has been made about remembering to register, and this is aimed especially at people like me: those who are young and not yet used to exercising their democratic privilege, and who are more likely to have moved from one voting district to another and need to get their info updated.… [Read more]

Local Issues with National Impact

It has been said that politics is a local issue. Given all the attention being paid to this crucial presidential election, it should be remembered that many of the issues affecting us take place on the national level but, as we have seen over the past nearly 4 years of the Obama administration, it is the state-level politicians — the senators and congressmen — who have the ability to support or block efforts that affect the entire nation.… [Read more]

I’m Voting Republican Because…

Get real. We can’t even say that with a straight face.

Our pick of the week video sums up how many of us feel about why voting for the GOP is not an option.

#Backwards…… [Read more]

Who do you hate more? Changes in American Perceptions of Presidential Electability

When you go to the polls this November, what questions will you answer by placing your vote? What questions have you been asking yourself up to that day? A recent series of attack and defense ads drove home to me the point that we no longer care as a society about policy, or values, or credentials — the only thing that matters by voting day is that you as a voter have made a decision about who you hate more.… [Read more]

Would Barry Goldwater vote for Romney today?

Conservatives constantly quote Ronald Reagan, as though his soaring deficit and high unemployment numbers never existed, or Ayn Rand, as though she weren’t a pro-choice atheist. Interestingly, one rarely hears conservatives invoking the most interesting character of them all, the “father of conservatism,” Barry Goldwater.

Would Barry Goldwater vote for Romney today? Would Barry Goldwater, “Mr.… [Read more]

I’ll Be Watching You

The headlines say it all: “Obama Warns Young Voters About Voter Suppression“…. “Courts Reject GOP Voter Suppression Overreach in Four States“…”Republicans’ Voter Suppression Project Grinds On“….and so on, and so on…

What does all of this mean? The GOP talks a good game about freedom and civil rights and values but, given their broad-based effort to keep citizens from exercicing their right to vote, we know that fairness, access and equality couldn’t honestly be part of their platform.… [Read more]

V O T E

Today is National Voter Registration Day. According to The Root, the goals of the “nonpartisan coalition of organizations, volunteers and celebrities behind National Voter Registration Day is working to achieve the following goals:

  • Register Voters: A network of a thousand organizations operating on the ground and through social media will register tens of thousands of voters in the field and tens of thousands more online–while also receiving pledges to vote from the already registered.
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Get Out and VOTE!

Here’s a find: two women with wonderful voices singing “Get Out and Vote!” The ladies, whose video announces them as lesbian duo Bria and Chrissy, say that this is “Our song encouraging you to get out and vote, with the pros and cons of Obama or Romney being President, completely objective of course.”

You decide; I think they’re on point!… [Read more]