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2020 Campaign Spending Goes Through the Roof

Washington – The flood tide is still rising, but already the Mega-Money tsunami of Election 2020 is going into the record books as the most expensive election in American history with the biggest flow of dark money ever funneled anonymously to candidates – $750 million, up from a minuscule $5 million a decade ago. With […]

Alaska OKs Reforms to Break Partisan Gridlock

Washington – Given the drumbeat of grim news about the coronavirus  and the interminable imbroglio over Donald Trump’s inability to accept defeat, how about some good news for a change? Good news about a grassroots citizen coalition winning a stunning victory to reform elections in Alaska. Yes, while the lower 48 states are mired in […]

Georgia: The Battle to Control the U.S. Senate

Washington – Of all Joe Biden’s victories on his path to the White House, the most remarkable and surprising breakthrough was winning Georgia, a Deep South, deep red state that has now suddenly become the focus of Democratic hopes for gaining control of the U.S. Senate. And control of the Senate is vital for Biden […]

Have We Just Crippled Washington?

Washington – Normally, elections clear the air, bring new faces to power, offer the dawn of a new day,  a fresh beginning, and an opportunity for political healing. Not this year. Whatever the final vote-counts, the electorate has rendered a split and potentially crippling decision. The scarring schism of polarized America, of two warring camps […]

3 Ways to Fight Extremism, Bolster the Middle

Washington – With the election just days away, are you getting tired of the scaremongering and mud-slinging in the presidential campaign?   How about some good news for a change? Good news about political reforms to make American elections fairer, more transparent, and more inclusive, and to help rebuild the political middle, so desperately missing in […]

Donald Trump – “Clear and Present Danger”

Washington – We have all become so inured to Donald Trump’s erratic, volcanic, beyond-the-bounds behavior that we may not have absorbed the alarming reality that in the past two weeks, the President of the United States has posed what some would term a “clear and present danger” to our nation’s bedrock institutions,  what could potentially […]

Keeping Score – Trump’s Broken Promises

Washington – Maybe you’ve forgotten, as I had, how snidely candidate Donald Trump declared war on Wall Street back in 2016, savaging Hillary Clinton as ”the puppet” of Wall Street – “they pull the strings” – and personally vowing to generate an economic renaissance that would lift the American middle class out of stagnation and […]

Voters Beware: Not of Fraud but an Undercount

Washington – If you’re thinking of voting by mail this fall, pay close attention to what happened in the primary elections across the country this spring and summer. Tens of thousands of mail ballots were disqualified and not counted. So we need to figure out how to beat this problem pronto – both at the […]

How Do Independents Get More Clout in Our Politics?

Washington – How about a pop quiz about  American politics? You’ll like this poll, especially if you’re in your 20s, 30s, and 40s,  because it deals a lot with Millennials and Gen Xers. But it does include everyone, even retirees over 65. Here’s the question: What’s been the fastest-growing political party or movement in the U.S. […]

Coming on PBS – How Can We Fix Our Democracy?

WASHINGTON – Do you sometimes feel as if our democracy is coming apart at the seams? Gridlock, hate speech, dark money, negative ads, political parties at each others throats instead of working together for our common good? It’s almost enough to make you give up on American democracy. But please,don’t go there.  Because I know […]

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