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 [...]

One judge issues death penalty to Arkansas Voter ID Law, Arkansas Supreme Court stays the execution…

This story says it all when it comes to relying on the courts to upend voter ID laws. RuralVotes has teamed up with South Forward to launch a new Voter ID Project. First stop, North Carolina. From the early suffragists, to the repeal of the Poll Tax and Jim Crow laws, it took generations of [...]

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 [...]

Stomping on Martin’s Dream

Writing to overturn key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declared, “Nearly 50 years later, things have changed dramatically. Largely because of the Voting Rights Act ‘[v]oter turnout and registration rates’ in covered jurisdictions ‘now approach parity. Blatantly discriminatory evasions of federal decrees are rare.’…The tests and devices that [...]

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Just as Congress was heading home for a five-week vacation, the administration closed embassies throughout the Middle East, warning of increased danger of an attack somewhere, on something, and telling people everywhere to be extra cautious. Gradually, it emerged that the warning came because someone overheard a phone  conversation between two Al Aqaeda leaders about [...]

More Farm Bill Follies: Boehner & Company

This just in from The Rural Blog: House leaders look for ways to help farm-district members after blocking floor vote on Farm Bill “Having blocked the pending five-year Farm Bill, House Republican leaders now appear to be racing ahead of their own Agriculture Committee to come up with some alternative to protect the party’s farm [...]

Romancing Rural Votes…

The race is on for rural America’s support come November. Both campaigns have just about four months to woo voters in America’s non-metro areas. And both sides have specific campaign messages to induce small town and rural constituents to cast a ballot their way. Former Massachusetts Governor Romney has been making the rounds, flipping flapjacks [...]

Rebuild the Dream

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson This video runs about 20 minutes. It’s from Netroots Nation, the bloggers’ convention that took place last weekend. Van Jones issues a challenge to us all to Rebuild the American Dream. (Jones, you may remember, was an advisor on environmental matters to the Obama administration until right wing radicals hounded him [...]

They Don’t Even See Us

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson When I wrote, in a recent post, that the rich and far-right-wing legislators “don’t even see us,” I was basing that statement on social science research, not mere opinion. A paper published by the Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research, located in the southern part of The Netherlands, found that people [...]

A Tale of Two Visions

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson President Barack Obama had just about lost me before he gave his budget policy speech on March 13 at George Washington University. I’m not saying he’s got me all the way back, that I’ll contribute to his re-election campaign more than I can afford, the way I did in 2007-8. For [...]