Archives

How bad are the GOP’s election chances in 2020?

Political prognosticators have been sounding the 2020 doom-and-gloom alarm for the Grandstanding Obsequious Party for a while now. And although any speculation at this point is just that — speculation — there is evidence that Republicans might face trouble up and down the ballot. One of the traditional barometers for a party’s chances in the […]

Read More

Rise of the younger voter: Millennials’ growing power

New research shows that for the first time, younger voters outvoted their elders in 2016. According to the latest data from the Pew Research Center, millennials and those in Generation X — voters in the 18-35 and 36-51 age ranges — edged out baby boomers and members of the so-called silent and greatest generations in […]

Read More

How to fight back after Trump win: Start with voting

The final votes of the 2016 election are still being counted as the last mail-in and absentee ballots arrive. But once again, the American electorate came up woefully short. No doubt most who are reading this did his or her civic duty. But too many people didn’t, and we’re stuck with the results, as painful, […]

Read More

Let’s hear it for voter enthusiasm! Or not.

We’ve still got six months until the November election, and given the roller-coaster ride and the lack of logic in this year’s presidential race, we may as well abandon the prediction business and look with skepticism on predictive polls (and especially exit polls) right now. So let’s take a look at how different groups measure […]

Read More

Best way to honor Obama’s historic Selma speech: Vote

Every once in a while, someone utters a phrase or asks a question that jolts you into reality. And, we hope, into action. President Obama’s speech on the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., was an eloquent and stirring tribute to what is best about America. […]

Read More

Why is voter turnout so low? Why don’t people vote?

Another election with lopsided, disappointing results. Not too disappointing for the Koch brothers, who were finally able to buy the U.S. Senate they apparently wanted for their $100 million in dark money from Koch-related groups. But certainly disappointing for the majority of the American people who, in opinion poll after opinion poll, list the things […]

Read More

Scottish independence turnout puts U.S. voters to shame

Eighty-five percent. That’s the record turnout in the referendum on Scottish independence. You want to know what the best turnout in modern U.S. history has been for U.S. voters? Sixty-five percent in 1976. “Robust voter turnout is fundamental to a healthy democracy,” says an analysis from Fair Vote: The Center for Voting and Democracy, a […]

Read More