For those of you who read my previous entries, you might have seen the post about the It Gets Better Project, in which sex advice columnist Dan Savage invites queer adults to make youtube videos talking about how their lives got better after high school was over and they got into the real world. He was inspired to start that project by the rash of recent youth suicides that have been all over the news, suicides that were the direct result of bullying due to the victims perceived (or actual) sexu
Voting is an incredibly important activity. That is a fact. Democracy is what makes our country run, and even if your vote is one in millions, it matters. So why is it so damned difficult to get young people to vote?
We know that young people are passionate and they can take to activities with incredible zeal and vigor, so why not voting? Speaking as a young person, I think it comes down to a few factors:
Age- As a man in my mid-20s, I've seen people just a bit older than me get elected,
I'm torn on this issue. On the one hand, Washington currently has a two way workers compensation insurance system: the State has a worker's comp pool that most businesses are part of, and some large industries are allowed to pool together and self-insure. This allows the state to set the rates that workers are insured at, guaranteeing that the workers receive a fair rate and that as Cost of Living increases, so does Workers Comp. On the other hand, I-1082 wouldn't change much of that, only it wo
So, traditional political campaigns rely heavily on phone surveys. You poll the District before you support a candidate to make sure they stand a chance in winning; you run phone surveys to check your messaging; you call voters who have yet to submit their ballots.
Something is changing, though, as more and more people move away from having a landline, the voters reached by phone are an ever aging demographic. Before the advent of cell phones, every voter was registered to their home and the
I live in Washington State, just outside of Seattle, and follow local politics pretty closely. The big drama over the last 24 hours has been whether or not the President of the City Council had the authority to sign a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the city.
Seattle has an Executive, the Mayor, whose job is to execute the laws and manage the city on a day to day basis. The Mayor oversees all departments that are not specifically given to another body for oversight, and the Mayor is
Many progressive groups are coming up disillusioned with President Obama. When he was merely a candidate, he made a lot of promises, and now that he has been elected, those promises are getting pushed aside or amended. Examples would be his promise for a single payer universal insurance, his promise to have the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed in his first year, his promise to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, his promise to extend Equality to those wanting to marry someone of the same
Speaking as a queer man, every time I see a news story about a young queer person who kills themselves, it tears me up. I was there once. I remember breaking down one early morning, sobbing on my parents' bed, telling my momma that "they call me gay." I'd put up with it for years. At the time, I didn't know what my sexuality was. I knew that I was expected to grow up, marry a woman, become a lawyer, then a politician, and take care of my parents when they were too old to take care of themselves.
There is a woman running for the Delaware Senate Seat, by name of Christine O'Donnell, who has the blogosphere a-twitter.
O'Donnell is as conservative as they come. In the 90s she went around the TV speaking circuits speaking out as a young Christian woman, standing against pornography, masturbation, homosexuality, and all things liberal. This year, she is running for the Delaware Senate Seat as a Tea Party Republican, Tea standing for Taxed Enough Already, which is as far right as they come
If you live in America, own a radio, computer, television, or read a newspaper, you will know that our campaign season is one of the longest on the planet. Once the position is elected and sworn into office, all the law suits and drama settled, then those who didn't make it or who were plotting for a future run begin to maneuver for the next race.
For some races, this makes a bit of sense. In my home state of Washington, our House of Representatives is elected every two years. Once a Represe
I'm back in the office today, and considering all the political ads running around the TV these days. We're in the middle of a hard Senatorial race here in Washington State. The incumbent has been our Senator for most of my life, and is currently the fourth most senior Senator in Washington DC. She holds a lot of political clout and sends home a lot of pork. Her challenger is a Republican who has run for Governor here in Washington twice, and failed both times. He challenged for the open Governo
So, as introductions go, I am a young man living just outside of Seattle, Washington, am this close to receiving my degree in political science, and have become heavily involved in my state and local politics, while getting my feet wet on the national front.
Politically, I tend to be a moderate with some of my opinions leaning right and some left. For example of my left leanings, I firmly believe that the state should not discriminate on who is allowed to enter into a legal contract that con
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