Andrew Gillum’s Upset Reveals a Winning New Progressive Strategy:  The results of Florida’s gubernatorial primary should serve as a lesson for the Democratic establishment.

By Andrea Cristina Mercado 29 Aug 2018 in The Nation Andrew Gillum, winner of Florida’s gubernatorial Democratic primary, August 2, 2018. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson) To fully grasp the immensity of Andrew Gillum’s victory in Florida’s gubernatorial primary last night, one would have to have been on the ground to witness the extent to which the Democratic establishment and the media refused …

A withering verdict: MPs report on Zuckerberg, Russia and Cambridge Analytica

By Julian King, in The Guardian, 28 July 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/28/democracy-threatened-malicious-technology-eu-fighting-back Attacks on elections and electoral campaigns fall into two main categories: those based on systems and those based on behaviours. The first category includes cyber-attacks that manipulate the electoral process or voting technology to change the number of voters or the number of votes. But the second category of threat …

Bill McKibben – August 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by NYR Daily by Bill McKibben Seeing Red? Think Blue Election day is just one day in the political calendar: if you care about climate change or medical care or mass incarceration, all the other days are just as important, because it’s then that you build the movements that really shift the Zeitgeist A protester celebrating President Barack Obama’s decision to …

The Growing Movement To Grant All Prisoners the Right To Vote: Formerly incarcerated activists say that taking away voting rights because of felony convictions is racist and undemocratic, period.

“Going to prison doesn’t mean you forfeit your right to care about what happens to your family, your child, your community or even your country.” Emmett Sanders was incarcerated at age 18 and spent 22 and a half years in prison. When he spoke with In These Times in June, he had only been home for 18 months. After getting the lay …

More women running and using their strength, as women

Excerpt from NY Times article and study findings: Women are being themselves and sharing more about their person alive on the campaign trail.  The old advice, strategists and candidates say, didn’t really work anyway. In focus groups conducted after Mrs. Clinton’s loss in 2016, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which works to help elect more women, found that voters want to …

Reconnecting With Rural America

BY TOM VILSACK FROM WINTER 2018, NO. 47, A JOURNAL OF IDEAS SYMPOSIUM | WHAT IS RED-STATE LIBERALISM? Photo by National Renewable Energy Lab via CC 2.0 In 2012 my wife, Christie, ran for Congress against incumbent Representative Steve King in Iowa’s 4th congressional district. The 4th congressional district was considered to be one of the top ten most conservative districts in the country in 2012. The …

Democracy under threat and need for reform is urgent, says regulator

Electoral Commission asks government to change law after series of online political campaign scandals, by Jim Waterson, The Guardian UK, Mon 25 Jun 2018    Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie addresses a rally in Parliament Square organised by the Fair Vote Project. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo The Electoral Commission has called for urgent reforms to electoral law after a series of online political …

Basic US political reform

Americans elected Trump under the terms set forth in the Constitution. Americans created the Electoral College, which allows a candidate with a minority of popular votes to become president. Americans were those who gerrymandered electoral districts to rig them in favor of a given political party. The Supreme Court issued the infamous Citizens United decision that allows corporate financing of candidates for …

Deliberative democracy in action delivers a success

Illustration by Mark Long In all the excitement of what happened in Ireland’s referendum on abortion, we should not lose sight of what did not happen. A vote on an emotive subject was not subverted. The tactics that have been so successful for the right and the far right in the UK, the US, Hungary and elsewhere did not work. …