August 17, 2017

Midterm Elections: Too Few Minority Politicians?

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Seventy-one percent of elected officials in the US are men. Nine in 10 are white, even though people of color are more than 37% of the population. And indeed, there is ample evidence that white voter bias has stood in the way of racial/ethnic minority candidates. Also the reason for fewer racial and ethnic elected officials winning office is that we have few racial and ethnic minority candidates running for office. Read More »

Midterm Elections: Overall Spending Inches Up in 2014

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The 2014 election cycle will cost at least $3.67 billion, or slightly more than the 2010 election, which cost $3.63 billion Read More »

As Iowa Goes, So Goes the Nation – Maybe

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Is the corn state representative of the rest of the country and is that what we should be looking at anyway? Read More »

SF Giants Victory: 4 Reasons Why Progressives are Happy

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The San Francisco Giants have won their third World Series in five years, continuing their trend of winning every even-numbered year. The Giants’ principal owner, Charles B. Johnson is known for his support of the conservative PAC American Crossroads but overall the team and its fans have been leaders in progressive causes. Read More »

Absentee Voting Doesn’t Increase Turnout

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In this year’s election, we can expect more and more voters to cast ballots early and by mail. The question is whether more voters will make errors that result in their votes not counting. Read More »

Journalists Need a Point of View if They Want to Stay Relevant

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Rather than try to stay in the middle of two polarized extremes, reporters should embrace their biases and write with intellectual honesty and a clear voice. Read More »

Chances of Ebola Spreading in New York City Low

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There is reason to be optimistic that the disease will not spread and the people of New York City will be safe. Read More »

Testing Overload in America’s Schools

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States and school districts are far from the goal of better, fairer, and fewer tests. Some states have decided to stop administering the new Common Core tests, while others have chosen to walk away from using the standards altogether. Read More »

What West Africa Can Teach the U.S. About Ebola

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Nigeria and Senegal have declared victory on Ebola even as healthcare workers in Texas contract it. Texas is not West Africa. But every once in a while, the West African example is worth following. Read More »

Liberians in US Face Worsening Ebola Stigma

In better times - market in Little Liberia selling food items from home. (Photo by Bobby Digi via IRIN)

There seems a growing perception in the U.S. that anyone of African descent may be carrying Ebola. And whether that person visited any of the affected countries in Africa recently appears to be of little relevance.  Read More »