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The Value of Voting

Does voting make any difference? Is it worth the trouble? The answer depends upon you. If you and enough other people vote for someone who has pledged to represent your interests and to work with your opposition to solve problems, then, yes, absolutely your vote will make a difference. Politicians are highly tuned to what …

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Keeping Our Republic

In general, constitutions are written by people who expect to live and work together for generations to come.  It’s when enough people no longer feel this way that Constitutions are weakened or destroyed.  One of the reasons they might feel that way is because they have become divided and no longer trust each other.    …

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A Tale of Two Countries

Clashes in Berkeley and Portland bring to mind an interesting story about two countries where people who felt frustrated with each other and their governments. Citizens in Columbia and Venezuela (both republics) were fed up with the inability of their governments to solve their problems. In both cases, they were willing to try the leadership …

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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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