How to Seize Back Your Democracy

linked from CNN Opinion, Tue February 11, 2014 By Ben Cohen and Larry Cohen Forwarded by Holly Mosher, Gov360 Board Member How to Seize Back Your Democracy

Midterm Elections and GOTV–What is Possible

Midterm Elections and GOTV--What is Possible
Guest Post by Lauren Intollubbe-Chmil, PhD Gov360 Board Member I am a born participant, and for many years have been involved in a variety of efforts to encourage representative and informed civic engagement, in no small way because my own civic enthusiasm is sustained by the ‘collective effervescence’ (in the more positive sense) of being ...

Election Day: January 21, 2014

Election Day: January 21, 2014
Special Election Day!! BAD WEATHER is not the reason that 80-90% of the eligible citizens will NOT show up! Typical of mainstream MEDIA election coverage, this Washington post reporter uses the term “voters” to define the narrow slice of the electorate that will actually show up to vote. She also uses the term “trio” of ...

New book provides analysis of voter turnout over last 40 years.

New book provides analysis of voter turnout over last 40 years.
As the director of GOV360, I am always thrilled to find newly published research by scholars in my field. Dan Balz’ Washington Post column, Monday, January 4th, identified a new book about the impact of low voter turnout on American elections. “Who Votes Now” (2014), by Jan E. Leighley and Jonathan Nagler is perhaps the ...

Polls Show 85% Don’t Like Congress, But Who Picked Them?

Just as we saw in 2011, polls are showing that nearly 85% of the citizens do not approve of the performance of the 113th congress. 57% of the July 24th NBC poll respondents said they would replace every member of congress “if that were possible”. Not only is it possible to replace members of congress, ...

Alex Jones, Kokesh, and the 90%

Alex Jones engages in an interesting debate with shotgun totting, anarchist, Adam Kokesh. The two shed some insight into the various views of two radical, ideological, controversial, anti-government men from southwestern states. Both men have made names for themselves (and a lot of money) through the use of modern social media. These men both reach ...

Anarchy

Anarchy thrives when leaderless groups of conscientious people rebel against the status quo or otherwise voice dissent outside of their system of government. Anarchy is rampant when people blame their government for perceived injustices, refusing to be a part of the system they so desperately want to change.  The concerns are being voiced outside of ...

Our VOICE

Our VOICE: It is important for our voices to be heard. We currently have 10% of our citizens involved in picking the congress in primaries and only about 50% of us involved in picking the president in general elections. Many citizens irrationally expect to be heard (by the president) instead of seeing the importance of ...

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