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Who needs democracy?

For most people, democracy only exists on election day. And for many people, the vote itself was lost long ago. For them, democracy has no place in their lives. They feel that their vote and their voice already don’t matter.

For them, losing democracy isn’t something to worry about

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Winning Elections

If you consider that an election is just marketing, then you would do what a marketer would do — look at who is gaining market share and copy what they are doing. Why? Because you are going after the same market, the same population of consumers. So, if McDonald’s introduces Filet-o-Fish with huge success, Burger […]

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It’s Election Month! Vote Now!

I started to vote today. I should be done later this week.
I don’t have to stand in a line out in the rain or sun or snow.
I don’t have to show my photo ID.
I don’t have to hide behind a curtain.
I don’t have to use a secret card or a machine.
I don’t have to run a gauntlet of electioneers handing out stickers and pamphlets, or trip over signs stuck in the grass.
I don’t have to bring a “cheat sheet” so I would remember who to vote for.
I started to vote today. It will take a week, I’m guessing, to finish. A little bit each day, over lunch, after dinner, bit by bit. It’s a long ballot (though shorter than most), so I’ll just take my time..

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Republican, not Democratic

Michigan strengthens the Emergency Financial Manager law, giving the EFM authority to dissolve local elected officials, both school boards and city councils and mayors. These expanded powers are specifically requested by the Governor and approved by both houses of the legislature. Michigan legislature meets behind closed doors to draw up a redistricting map, then schedules […]

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Democracy in New York’s 9th Congressional District

It has been 10 days now in which the leading political story is the story of Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York. 10 days of titillation, 10 days of feigned shock and outrage, 10 days of lies and apologies, 10 days of righteous indignation and hypocrisy, 10 days of political pontification and prediction. The primary […]