Reading Time: < 1 minute JFK was the first politician to recognize that the media image of a candidate, not his platform, determines who wins and who loses. Now candidates everywhere rely on that playbook.
Reading Time: 18 minutes Even in a close presidential race, candidates need only campaign in 10 “purple” states to optimize their chances of winning. So how healthy is this for our democracy?
Reading Time: < 1 minute In February, Iran will hold elections that could determine the country’s future — and the future of the rest of the world, especially that of the US.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Many jurisdictions across the country are using election equipment that is completely outdated and experts believe that this will lead to large problems on Election Day.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Sharp comments about those circuses known as “elections.”
Reading Time: < 1 minute Lawyers, money and enforcement are an ever growing part of elections in America. A new set of rules now prevail. Issues such as campaign finance, voting rights, voter ID, electronic voting and ballot access itself are now debatable parts of voting in America.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The latest campaign cash tally demonstrates a disturbing trend—the 2014 vote drew the biggest haul in history. Yet the number of donors fell, meaning a smaller, richer group of people is giving the most. Curt Hopkins looks at the numbers.
Reading Time: 3 minutes If you have trouble figuring out how the presidential nominees are substantively different on the great issues of our time, you’re not necessarily dense. The system as it currently operates encourages candidates and campaigns that hew to the unremarkable and the disappointing.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Russ Baker lecture in San Francisco. On the tabloidization of life, the stories we’re not getting, liberal vs. conservative, our heroes, elites vs. common people, how the powerful keep their power, and why we must read books. (One hour)
Reading Time: 2 minutes As we enter yet another presidential election season, let’s consider the 1986 message from the band Timbuk 3, that “Presidential elections are planned distractions.” Is that just clever rhyming, or is there something to it?