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The demise of the Marion County Democratic Party

The fall of the Marion County Democratic Party

Circle City Politics  |  Region: Indiana |  Subject: Democrats |  8/30/14 |  Views: 7 |  

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CHOOSE to Pay It Forward

Collective Pay It Forward - Now serving at Starbucks

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  8/28/14 |  Views: 0 |  

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The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: Crime & Law |  8/20/14 |  Views: 21 |  

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Convenient Compassion- BRAVE NEW WORLD

On the emotional hypocrisy over the violence in the Middle-East

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: Foreign Policy |  8/11/14 |  Views: 23 |  

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Make Them Bake Cake- THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

The Constitution protects the rights of the individual. A free market imposes its own consequences. On that note: two gay guys walk into a bakery...

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  8/05/14 |  Views: 31 |  

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Congress at Home

The power to affect the status quo begins at the local level, most importantly at home with the family

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  7/30/14 |  Views: 81 |  

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The Political Spectrum- Part 2: Musical Chairs

Where to sit? Part 2 offers a reassessment of the traditional approach to the political spectrum

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: Multi. Political Parties |  7/22/14 |  Views: 62 |  

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The Political Spectrum- Part 1: A Place to Sit

Where to sit among the warring ideologies of our time? Part 1 gives an overview of the traditional political spectrum

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: Multi. Political Parties |  7/22/14 |  Views: 55 |  

TheSmartVoter

New Obamacare Ruling Today

What's wrong with expanding affordable access to healthcare

BleedBlue |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  7/22/14 |  Views: 18 |  

TheSmartVoter

The War on Work Revisited

I recently saw a video by the CATO institute called "The War on Work." This is my reaction

DonnsBlog |  Region: United States |  Subject: Family & Children |  7/22/14 |  Views: 23 |  


Political Discussions

Should We Have Stricter Gun Laws?

Stricter gun control laws enter the public debate every time we witness a major gun violence incident but then slowly fizzles out of our daily conversation. How do you feel about the issue? Can these...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: United States |  Subject: Gun Rights |  Views: 2,775 |  Replies: 8

Intro Post

This post will be where we introduce ourselves and tell a little about our service. I'll kick it off.

I joined the Navy in 1998 so that I could become a submarine driver. Following college at...

By: dillon.allen |  Region: United States |  Subject: Groups |  Views: 832 |  Replies: 0

Why aren't we using voter ID cards?

Why haven't voters been required to have a voter identification card? This would help to ensure that people are voting for themselves only and that they are register to vote. I do not understand why we...

By: mattc1323 |  Region: United States |  Subject: Elections & Voting |  Views: 1,680 |  Replies: 16

Are "Covered Jurisdictions" Still Needed in the Voting Rights Act?

After the civil war, many states implemented laws and procedures that continued to disenfranchise African Americans. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed voting qualification requirements that would...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: United States |  Subject: Elections & Voting |  Views: 2,498 |  Replies: 0

Lowering The Voter Age

I came across an interesting article from the National Youth Rights Association making the argument for lowering the legal voting age from 18 to 16. After seeing the headline, I was curious about how...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: United States |  Subject: Elections & Voting |  Views: 5,814 |  Replies: 8

Personhood Initiatives

As an attempt to ban abortion, embryonic stem cell research and human cloning, several states have either had or will have voter initiatives to define "personhood" at the moment of fertilization. While...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: United States |  Subject: Abortion |  Views: 3,538 |  Replies: 8

What To Do About Underfunded PERS

The Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) is underfunded by more than $12 billion which is about 62% of what is needed to fund its liabilities. This threatens both retiree benefits and costs to taxpayers....

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: Mississippi |  Subject: Budget, Spending & Taxes |  Views: 2,238 |  Replies: 0

Are There Too Many School Districts?

Mississippi has 82 counties and 149 school districts (plus three agriculture schools). In certain districts, administrative costs account for over half of the money spent which means less than 50% of...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: Mississippi |  Subject: Education |  Views: 1,087 |  Replies: 0

What's Next For Personhood In Mississippi?

With 58% of Mississippians voting against Initiative 26 on November 8th, what's next for Personhood in Mississippi? There were a lot of conflicting arguments in the final days leading up to the vote with...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: Mississippi |  Subject: Abortion |  Views: 6,431 |  Replies: 3

How Will The Pardons Affect Barbour's Legacy?

In his final days in office, Barbour pardoned an unprecedented 208 convicts after pardoning only 8 during his first seven years in office. Controversy surrounds many of these due to the nature of their...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: Mississippi |  Subject: General Interest |  Views: 1,540 |  Replies: 0


Political News

Invictus: Wounded Marine gets ready for London games

Fox News |  9/1/14 4:57 PM

Eric Burkett, who is a master archer, leaves for London next week to compete in the Invictus games – an international Olympiad of Wounded Warrior games conceived by Prince Harry.

Obama on Labor Day touts economic gains under his leadership, is mum on pressing world concerns

Fox News |  9/1/14 3:44 PM

President Obama used Labor Day to tout the country’s economic gains under his leadership and make an election-year case that higher wages and other progress for workers can only be achieved through a Democrat-controlled Congress.

Obama: 'Every Gray Hair Is Worth It'

ABC Politics |  9/1/14 2:56 PM

President give populist talk to labor backers in Wisconsin.

Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

Fox News |  9/1/14 2:32 PM

President Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's air strikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.

Why Labor Day was a political move

CNN |  9/1/14 1:45 PM

Sally Kohn says Labor Day is a reminder of the power of employers and the government over American workers, and its history is a lesson for today.

Five must-follow races for the midterms

CNN |  9/1/14 1:44 PM

While Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, it's also the unofficial start to the campaign season. Here are five must-follow races for these midterms.

Obama Notifies Congress of Amirli Bombing, Airdrop Campaign

ABC Politics |  9/1/14 1:36 PM

Says, "additional operations will be limited in their scope and duration."

Senator wants to arm Ukrainian forces

CNN |  9/1/14 1:29 PM

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez says the United States should arm Ukrainian government forces.

McConnell crashes Tea Party

CNN |  9/1/14 1:28 PM

Jonathan Martin tells us about Mitch McConnell's plan to win the majority.

Labor Day brings focus to economy, declining union membership

Fox News |  9/1/14 1:15 PM

With Labor Day marking the traditional time for Americans to take stock in the successes and failures of the country’s centuries-long labor movement, union membership remains steady but only a fraction of what it was during its peak in the 1950s.

Vice President Biden says union workers deserve 'fair share'

Fox News |  9/1/14 12:38 PM

Vice President Joe Biden told hundreds of Detroit-area union members that they deserve a "fair share" of any improvement in corporate profits.

Britain's Cameron asks for tough anti-terrorism laws to defeat 'scourge of extremism'

Fox News |  9/1/14 10:15 AM

Britain Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed sweeping legislation to combat terrorism, amid the fast and powerful rise of the Islamic extremist group Islamic State.

Invisible Fences of Our Lives and Politics

ABC Politics |  9/1/14 9:30 AM

Because we haven't explored the invisible fences in our minds and realized the collar is off, we, as individuals, as a country and as a globe, our captive to the past.

Rick Perry takes back tweet

CNN |  9/1/14 8:23 AM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Twitter account sent this disparaging tweet about District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg:

In fight to keep Senate seat, Landrieu faces legal challenge to Louisiana residency

Fox News |  9/1/14 8:18 AM

Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, in a tough reelection bid, is facing mounting legal challenges to her residency status including a lawsuit filed this weekend by a former Republican challenger.

Wild cards in the 2014 elections

CNN |  9/1/14 7:02 AM

Former Mitt Romney adviser Lanhee Chen says this is the first election where there isn't "a single over-arching issue."

Hill intelligence leaders urge Obama to form ISIS strategy ahead of NATO summit

Fox News |  9/1/14 2:00 AM

The leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees criticized President Obama on Sunday for failing to decide yet on whether to hit Islamic State targets in Syria and urged him ahead of this week’s key NATO summit to take decisive action before the militant group attacks...

Dozens of police agencies report loss of Pentagon-supplied military weapons

Fox News |  9/1/14 2:00 AM

Images showing high-powered military rifles in the hands of law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of an unarmed black man focused attention on a controversial Pentagon program that supplies that kind of weaponry to local police departments. Now reports reveal...

Perry distances self from tweet mocking district attorney at center of indictment controversy

Fox News |  8/31/14 11:56 PM

A tweet from Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's verified account on Sunday night included a disparaging image of the Democratic district attorney who is at the center of his criminal indictment on charges of abuse of power. The tweet was later deleted, followed by another from...

'Smart' Action Against ISIS Needed, but 'a Very Doable Thing'

ABC Politics |  8/31/14 2:51 PM

Rep. Tom Cole says elements of the strategy are already known.

Obama's 'cautious' approach on ISIS is panned

CNN |  8/31/14 1:58 PM

After President Barack Obama said he didn't yet have a strategy for ISIS in Syria, even a Democrat on Sunday criticized the President's approach to fighting the extremist terror group.

The threat of ISIS

CNN |  8/31/14 1:16 PM

Reps. Ruppersberger and Kinzinger - 2 key Congressmen - on the threat of ISIS and how to stop the Islamic militants.

Mitt Romney to the rescue?

CNN |  8/31/14 1:16 PM

Will new poll numbers change Romney's mind about a third WH run?

DeLay: Perry indictment "partisan politics"

CNN |  8/31/14 1:16 PM

Fmr. Majority Leader Tom DeLay dismisses Rick Perry's indictment as partisan politics in Texas.

Richard Clarke Calls Obama 'Wrong' on World's Dangers

ABC Politics |  8/31/14 11:14 AM

President Obama is “wrong� to downplay the dangers facing the United States, longtime counterterrorism official and ABC News contributor Richard Clarke said in response to the president’s attempts to calm concern over the escalating threat from ISIS and turmoil in the Middle...

Five Stories You’ll Care About In Politics This Week

ABC Politics |  8/31/14 10:51 AM

Will Obama's "no strategy" comment undermine confidence in the president?

To Get Obama to Border, Cruz Says Let's Play Golf

ABC Politics |  8/30/14 7:42 PM

Texas senator blasts president on border, foreign policy.

Will Residency Questions Take Down Another Candidate in 2014?

ABC Politics |  8/30/14 11:59 AM

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, is the latest veteran of Congress to face questions about her home state residency since she spends most of her time living in Washington.

Judge Rejects Bid to Overturn Miss. GOP Runoff

ABC Politics |  8/29/14 6:32 PM

Sen. Thad Cochran's runoff victory will stand, judge rules.

Military Guns Missing From Police Agencies

ABC Politics |  8/29/14 6:15 PM

The guns-drawn streets of Ferguson jolted America awake to the militarization of the nation's police. Local cops, often untrained in military tactics, may be carrying assault rifles used by our Marines and even Special Forces, using surplus weaponry donated by the Pentagon in...


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