New rules will make it harder for many elderly, poor, black and Latino voters to cast ballots

New rules created ostensibly to stop voter fraud are making it more difficult for poor, black, Latino and elderly Americans, particularly in the South, to register for elections, Sari Horwitz reports for The Washington Post. “In November, 17 states will have voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election. Eleven of [...]

Ask Einstein

Yesterday, a New York Times editorial pointed out that  the federal district judge who upheld the most egregious voting restriction law in the country was a George W. Bush appointee, a conservative Republican who accepted the state’s arguments in favor of the law. The opinion piece went on to note the Republican-led roll backs destroyed [...]

Rural voters were the difference on Tuesday in Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho

Rural voters continue to be the difference in the presidential race, with Republicans that scored big this week in rural areas in Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi also winning the state, while rural Michigan was the deciding factor in the Democratic primary, Bill Bishop and Tim Marema report for the Daily Yonder. (Yonder map) Democrat Hillary [...]

Sanders backers going to rural places no campaign has gone before, to win New Hampshire big

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is taking rural to the extreme in preparation for Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, where Sanders, a senator from adjoining Vermont, is the clear favorite over Hillary Clinton. “We are knocking doors in places where people have never gotten their door knocked before—and the experience is so unexpected that people are [...]

Iowa caucuses give rural voters an opportunity to be heard

Photo retrieved from archives at Politico.com In Iowa, where rural areas “make up more than three-quarters of the state’s 99 counties and are home to 40 percent of its population,” the caucuses give rural voters the chance to have their voices heard and get face-to-face time with presidential candidates, Alicia Parlapiano, Brent McDonald and Larry [...]

Buckle up.

If your county government is approached by a company selling something called DirtGlue for gravel roads, what happened in Montgomery County, Virginia, may interest you and your local officials. In an attempt to save money from “the usual $1 million per mile cost of building a new paved road, or $500,000 per mile cost of improving [...]

Why vote?

“As we move forward, let us also look back. So long as we remember those who died for our right to vote and those like John H. Johnson who built empires where there were none, we will walk into the future with unity and strength.”  – Dorothy Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010) [...]

Who Gets To Vote?

Two hundred thirty-eight years ago today America was born. Under the shadow of the American Revolution a nation of promise and hope was created. Then it happened: the Second Continental Congress restricted the right to vote to white, free, male landowners, over the age of 21. That was the start of our nation’s still bumpy [...]

Phillipines Relief Information

The ever widening devastation brought to the islands of the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan burst into our homes via images of survivors hanging on the thread of hope that the world cares.  Governments from every corner of the globe pledged aid to the victims in the forms emergency shelter, personal hygiene supplies, tons of food [...]

Seems to Me I’ve Heard That Song Before

The title of this essay is that of a song I remember from bygone days. Frank Sinatra used to sing it. Listening to Barack Obama and John Kerry give their rationale for attacking Syria, gave me an ear worm – the song keeps running around in my brain and I’m sick of hearing it. The [...]