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Analyst Institute. North Carolina’s Voting Law Goes on Trial. It would have been bad enough if the North Carolina Legislature, in a misguided effort to streamline voting procedures, had passed a law that ended up having discriminatory effects. But what happened was far worse than that. The state’s Republican lawmakers, in passing H.B. 589 in 2013, actually repealed a series of smart and successful voting-rights measures that were enacted over the last 15 years to expand North Carolinians’ access to the most fundamental of all American rights.

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Economics.mit.edu/files/1205. Zephyr Teachout Extended Interview Video - September 17, 2014 - The Daily Show. Scholar Behind Viral 'Oligarchy' Study Tells You What It Means. You published an advance copy of your study on April 9th, and in just the last few days there's been an explosion of coverage and interest. Are you pleased, shocked, overwhelmed, all of the above?

I'm delighted to be able to contribute to a terribly important public discussion. And I'm thrilled that there's so much interest and concern about the issues. It takes on a life of its own. I'm sure you've noticed, this notion of America being an oligarchy seems to be a dominant meme in the discussion of our work. Let's talk about the study. I'd say that contrary to what decades of political science research might lead you to believe, ordinary citizens have virtually no influence over what their government does in the United States. You say the United States is more like a system of "Economic Elite Domination" and "Biased Pluralism" as opposed to a majoritarian democracy. People mean different things by the term oligarchy. There are criticisms of your study within the academic community. Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy. Asking "[w]ho really rules?

" researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argues that over the past few decades America's political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power. Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters. TPM Interview: Scholar Behind Viral 'Oligarchy' Study Tells You What It Means "The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy," they write, "while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. " OpenSecrets.org: Money in Politics -- See Who's Giving & Who's Getting.

Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole. [Editor's note: Every Wednesday New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com] Hi Andrew,. I'm writing because I just can't deal with my father anymore. He's a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative who has basically turned into a total asshole intent on ruining our relationship and our planet with his politics.

I'm more or less a liberal democrat with very progressive values and I know that people like my dad are going to destroy us all. I don't have any good times with him anymore. Thanks for your help, Son of A Right-Winger See also: Ask Andrew W.K.: My Boyfriend Treats Me Badly Dear Son of A Right-Winger, Go back and read the opening sentences of your letter. At its best, politics is able to organize extremely complex world views into manageable and communicable systems so they can be grappled with and studied abstractly. Chuck Schumer Is Wrong About the Top-Two Primary. In an op-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times, Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York called for an end to partisan primaries and the implementation of a top-two system nationwide, asserting that such a change would lessen the historic level of polarization between Democrats and Republicans.

According to Schumer, a Democrat, all we need to do to get more moderates elected is use the system put in place in California. There, all candidates, regardless of party identification, face off against one another in the primary. The two top vote-getters advance to the general election. Here’s the problem with Schumer’s argument: There isn’t much evidence to support it. Moreover, it doesn’t look like there has been a trend toward moderation in California. Ahler, Citrin and Lenz found that voters didn’t differentiate between extreme and moderate candidates. But even if moderates didn’t fare that well, couldn’t it be that the top-two primary forced extreme candidates to become more moderate?

Home | campaignlegalcenter.org. Coalition for Open Democracy. How technology can be used to combat political apathy | Local Leaders Network. Michael Owen hasn't, Russell Brand can't bring himself to do it, and Simon Cowell can't be bothered. But summoning the enthusiasm to get to a ballot box is not just a problem facing celebrities. With turnout continuing to fall and a Hansard Society survey revealing only 12% of young people plan to vote at the next general election, it's no wonder a raft of initiatives are being launched to try and narrow the widening gap between politicians and young voters. John Bercow's efforts to upgrade Parliament to version 2.0 with a commission on digital democracy and attempts to bring councils into the digital age by Local Democracy Bytes, an online community supporting the redesign of local democratic relationships, suggest the penny is finally dropping.

But where do the solutions lie? If we're going to reverse political apathy among young people, radical solutions need to be road-tested at a local level and that means councils pioneering new democratic approaches. Brazil – hackathons: American Civics.

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Brennan Center for Justice. Princeton Election Consortium — A first draft of electoral history. Drew Linzer: The stats man who predicted Obama's win. 8 November 2012Last updated at 22:41 ET By Kate Dailey BBC News Magazine Nate Silver of the New York Times explains the science of presidential predictions Pundits insisted the presidential race was a toss-up, but "polling aggregators" - who analyse polls to make predictions - were being criticised for favouring President Obama. Not any more. In September we called Drew Linzer, an assistant professor of political science at Emory University, to ask for his predictions for the upcoming US presidential election. Linzer runs the website Votamatic, which uses current election polls and past historical trends to predict the outcome of major elections. He gave the same prediction he had been posting on his site since 23 June.

Obama 332 votes, Romney 206. Asked again for his updated prediction, Linzer gave the same answer. No change, he said: Obama 332 votes, Romney 206. Obama, 332 votes, Romney 206. "We really shouldn't be all that surprised that our methods 'worked' on election day," says Linzer.

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