IGNITE the Movement! - Vote for Karrianna Marshall for PFAW Youth Ambassador 2009

| February 13, 2009 - 6:21 pm

Tags: election, Karrianna Marshall, National Summit, Youth Ambassador

Karrianna Marshall is not only one of your candidates for the position of 2009 Youth Ambassador for The People For the American Way Foundation, but she is the BEST candidate.


One community we might not have thought about this past election cycle

| November 10, 2008 - 5:02 pm

Tags: election, native americans, Obama

Below is a link+post to a blog entry on racialicious.com on the involvement of native communities in the Obama campaign.

The Quest for Political Power, Did Women Achieve any Progress In This Election Cycle?

People like to talk about how women have moved up in positions of power; how they don’t just hold the traditional mother/homemaker roles they used to hold in earlier times.

Trouble Keeping Track of Ballot Initiatives?

| October 30, 2008 - 5:40 pm

Tags: ballot initiatives, election

Having trouble keeping your propositions straight? Ballotpedia to the rescue! 

The collaborative site is like Wikipedia for local propositions and initiatives, helping citizens of states with lots (and lots) of such measures up for consideration to learn about and keep track of them all.

New PSA: Celebrities say, "Don't vote!"

And the viral element sure seems to be working...

Young voters are turning out. So where's the love?

Campus Camp Wellstone's Mattie Weiss just posted a scathing entry about the underresourcing of young voter organizing at a time when we have the potential to decide the presidential election.

She notes:

[N]umbers indicate that 6.5 million people under 30 voted in this year's primaries and caucuses, and that the overall youth vote has risen from 9 percent in 2000 to 17 percent in 2008.

Meanwhile, who are campaigns focusing on? Swing voters and “hockey moms.”

The New Normal

| September 5, 2008 - 11:58 am

Tags: 2008, election, equality

One of the amazing and historic things about this presidential campaign is that it's made us blasé about how amazing and historic it's been.

No one's really talking anymore about the fact that the Democratic Party just nominated its first African-American candidate for president. Or that a female candidate got closer than any woman's gotten before to securing the nomination.

For the election wonks who love numbers.

| August 7, 2008 - 12:00 pm

Tags: election, elections, graphs, McCain, Obama, politics, statistics

FiveThirtyEight is a nifty little website that displays electoral projections in — what else? — snazzy red and blue. There's an electoral vote tracker, a scenario analysis rundown and more.

The website's mission is defined thusly: "Most broadly, to accumulate and analyze polling and political data in way that is informed, accurate and attractive. Most narrowly, to give you the best possible objective assessment of the likely outcome of upcoming elections."

I've only recently started looking through it, but I recommend reading more about their process.

The Hurt of the People - My Non-Negotiable Voting Issue

| August 1, 2008 - 10:31 pm

Tags: election, middle class

As Presidential candidate Barack Obama and John McCain squabble over the details of their campaign statements, one thing they cannot dispute is that fact that the middle class is fighting to survive. In a recent study by the Congressional Joint Committee on Economics, the numbers tell a story of increasing expenses, stagnant incomes, and near non-existent savings for the average American and his/her family. Specifically, in the past six months gas and energy prices at an all-time high have met with major job cuts in every sector. The average American now spends more on mortgage, childcare, and health needs up to the thousands of dollars when compared to years past.

Captain of Swift-boaters sails on wind.

I'm torn. I really am. I thought I could think about T.Boone Pickens as an unambiguous dick. Pickens, a life-long republican, put 3 million dollars into the verb-creating, candidate destroying Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. He then offered a 1 million dollar award to anyone who could disprove their claims. This happened. He changed his mind.