Civic Education

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Nov'17

THANKSGIVING DAY 2017

On Thanksgiving Day, let’s give thanks for all the people who make up our American democracy.

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15

Nov'17

From Fighting to Solution: Redwoods

It is possible to achieve good and useful things with people you disagree with. Here is a real world example.  …

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04

Nov'17

Let’s Unite In Spite of Russia

Now that we know Russian leaders have been trying to divide us, let’s fight back. Let's find ways to unite.

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Oct'17

Does the FCC Care About the Heartland?

We voters need information about the problems facing us, how politicians and bureaucrats propose to solve those problems, and what they actually do. That’s why our Constitution includes our right to a free press. In today’s USA, our press may be free, but state and local news is becoming harder to find. We now have a serious problem with “news deserts” where people have few if any options to learn what’s going on in their area. New FCC and proposed decisions are not helping.

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11

Oct'17

Hate-Bait: Anthem Kneeling Controversy

Hate-bait is meant to divide us. It appeals to our emotion and prejudices. It over-rides practical thinking as well as …

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04

Oct'17

The End of Partisan Gerrymandering? Fingers Crossed!

One of the most fundamental aspects of a democracy is that citizens vote for their leaders rather than politicians selecting their voters through partisan redistricting (gerrymandering).  On October 3, 2017, the US Supreme Court heard a case that could end this practice forever. It is hard to know how the justices will rule on this issue but one thing is certain:  anything that leads to more political competition will be welcome.  As noted in our August 14, 2017 blog, too many states, and too many districts within those states are currently noncompetitive.  More than a few districts don’t even provide voters with a choice: no-one wants to waste time and money running as an opposition candidate, knowing they are doomed to lose.  Americans deserve better. Let’s hope the Supreme Court justices lend a hand.

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22

Sep'17

Our Urban and Rural Cousins

At least some of our differences arise quite naturally from geography and demography – rural and urban situations are quite different.  Cynical politicians and media use those differences to divide us. We don’t have to fall for it.  We should vote for leaders who will honestly address our different needs.

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10

Sep'17

Cyber Attacks and Election Integrity

Democracy truly is under attack. Cyber techniques are the latest weapons. They are aimed directly at us, seeking to stimulate emotion over thought, sowing doubt and distrust.  More computerization is not the answer.

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Aug'17

What Does Election Fraud Look Like?

The formation of the new Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity raises an interesting question. If there were cheating in the US presidential election, or any election, what would it look like? It is easy to visualize – if you can get the right data – but can be complicated to interpret.

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14

Aug'17

An Important Choice

There has been a lot talk about the urban/rural split in American politics, as well as growing political polarization.  All true.  But there’s a deeper point to be made.  Our democracy is undermined when people are segregated into different camps with only limited opportunities for political competition and collaboration.  We need to make a change. Fortunately, we have choices. There are viable options – if we are willing to put the work in. 

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