How a Bad Election System Makes the Racial Partisan Divide a Big Problem

By: Monday March 24, 2014 1:15 pm

This racial divide wouldn’t be as big a political problem if we had a well designed political system that properly reflects the whole electorate, but our system for electing Congress currently has a huge bias towards white voters.

Reminder: DC Needs Statehood

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 11:02 am

One of the biggest inherent injustices in our government system is that there is no democracy for the people living in the capital of the country which is called the leader of the free world. The problem is not simply that the people of Washington DC are denied any representation in Congress. The even larger [...]

DC Launches New Statehood Campaign

By: Tuesday November 8, 2011 2:16 pm

The government of the District of Colombia has launched a new campaign for Statehood. From the  Washington Post: The new initiative involves asking state and local legislatures around the country to pass ceremonial resolutions supporting district statehood. A similar resolution was introduced in the New Hampshire legislature this year after a push from D.C. Councilmember [...]

Budget Deal Continues Tradition of Treating People of DC as Second Class Citizens

By: Monday April 11, 2011 1:02 pm

During the budget debate, President Obama and Congressional Democrats again sold out the 600,000 mainly African-American and Democratic voting citizens of Washington, DC. They allowed the Republicans to add to the budget deal a rider that would prevent the District from using its own tax revenue to have Medicaid pay for abortion. Democrats used the [...]

Shutdown Will Interrupt Capitol Sanitation; Another Reminder of Dem Failure on DC Statehood

By: Friday April 8, 2011 4:59 pm

If the federal government shuts down, it will affect a great many people around the country, but the burden will fall extremely hard on the citizens of Washington, DC, who will watch their city get filthy as trash pick-up and street cleaning, along with many basic services, are suspended as a result. From NBC Washington: [...]

Failure to Pass DC Statehood When Possible Was a Disaster for Democrats and Citizens

By: Friday April 1, 2011 10:42 am

There was a moment two years ago when Democrats controlled the Presidency, the House and had 60 votes in the Senate. It would have been the perfect time to finally fully enfranchise 600,000 mainly Democratic US citizens by making Washington, DC a state. Politically, it would have been a big, long-term win for Democrats by [...]

GOP’s Political Warfare: Long-Term and Virtually Unopposed

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 9:45 am

Wisconsin is more than just ground zero in a fight over the future of public sector unions, it is the embodiment of the Republican Party’s commitment to bare-knuckle political warfare; their willingness to push the law to its limits to gain long-term political advantage for the party. While it is most evident in Wisconsin, this [...]

Wisconsin GOP Wants to Make it Much Harder for Young, Urban, and Poor to Vote

By: Friday January 14, 2011 7:12 pm

Immediately after taking power in Wisconsin, the Republican party has launched an effort to make it harder for people to vote, especially low income individuals who are the least likely to have drivers licenses. They are pushing for both a law and an amendment to the state Constitution to require a photo ID to vote. [...]

Where Was the Democrats’ Long-Term Strategic Plan?

By: Friday November 12, 2010 12:35 pm

With the election over and Democrats now having lost their total control of the federal elected government, I look back at their accomplishments over the past two years, and I’m left wondering where was the long-term strategic planning? I’m not talking about the large bills and huge Democratic policy goals, but the small, nuts-and-bolts reforms [...]

Hill Democrats Whine About Third-Party Campaign Spending, Ignoring Their Own Failure to Act

By: Wednesday September 22, 2010 7:49 pm

With low enthusiasm expected from Democratic base voters and the new flood of money created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, Congressional Democrats are terrified that they are being dramatically outspent by shadowy, corporate-funded, outside campaigns. Sadly, instead of using their complete control of the federal government to reform this situation, they have taken [...]

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