Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Letting Felons Vote Is Cause For Thanks

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


For anyone who cares about politics and government, it is easier to find reasons to complain than to give thanks this year. The Republicans have to deal with losing the House of Representatives. Democrats have to deal with the continued presence of Donald Trump. Independents have to deal with Republicans and Democrats.

But there is a powerful glimmer of light. On one important matter, Americans have grown more unified, less partisan, more farsighted and more humane. The latest proof came on Election Day in Florida, when 65 percent of the state’s voters approved a measure to let felons vote.…

Read More

How Florida Can Stop Botching Its Elections So Badly

Reprinted with permission from Independent Media Institute.


Political grandstanding aside, the chaotic scenes and missteps from southern Florida’s recounts pose one question above all: Can its vote counting be more trustable?

The answer is yes. And the remedy is closer than almost everyone paying attention might realize, from reporters covering Broward County’s bungles; to bone-tired county officials in Palm Beach County where old ballot scanners overheated and had to be turned off; to rooms of political party observers watching round two of an already imprecise process—the numbing eye-balling of empty or ambiguous ballots; to voters across the state and county seeing slices of these spectacles on their TVs and digital devices.…

Read More

Why This Perfect Red-State Democrat Lost

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

Taylor Sappington heard the call like so many other Democrats in the year after Nov. 8, 2016. He had seen Donald Trump coming, homing in on his little town of Nelsonville, Ohio, in the state’s impoverished Appalachian southeast. The town of 5,300 people had voted for Barack Obama twice by large margins.

Trump was Nelsonville’s pick in 2016, though it was more by default than acclamation. Trump won there with less than a majority, with 30 percent fewer votes than Obama had gotten four years earlier.

Sappington, a 27-year-old Ohio native, took this as evidence that Nelsonville was not beyond redemption, that the town where he had grown up in hard circumstances — the son of a single mother who was for a time on food stamps, living deep in the woods in a manufactured home — wasn’t really Trump country.

Read More