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Posts tagged with ‘Democrats’

  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    By Sheila Kennedy on June 9, 2014
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    Periodically, lawmakers who are frustrated by their inability to change government policies of which they disapprove will propose a shortcut: they’ll reform the system itself, by convening a Constitutional Convention. Fortunately, these efforts rarely succeed. Why do I say “fortunately”? Because—like poison gas—system change is only a great weapon until the wind shifts. When activists clamor for wholesale changes or […]
  • Is Money Speech?

    By David Schultz on June 3, 2014
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    If — or when — the Roberts Court in the next couple of years strikes down the last remaining Watergate-era campaign finance laws, the question will shift to: Who is to blame? It will be easy for liberals to say it was the conservatives, especially those on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Republicans or even the Koch brothers. But the […]
  • Voter Turnout

    By John Guy on May 19, 2014
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    Commentators and candidates deplore low turnout of voters, such as for Indiana’s recent primaries.  Sadly for those who pontificate about voting habits, no person has offered proof that our democracy is threatened by low turnout, or that high turnout changes results. Odds are small that voter turnout is important, or worth time studying or criticizing.  Whether intended, criticism is personal; […]
  • Safe Districts Facilitate Congressional Stalemate

    By Julia Vaughn on October 9, 2013
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    For those of us of a certain age, the current government shutdown is reminiscent of the 1995-1996 game of chicken between Democrat President Bill Clinton and Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich.  While that drama was resolved fairly quickly when it became clear the public had no patience for political gamesmanship taking the government hostage, thanks to gerrymandering we probably won’t see […]
  • One Thing We Can Do

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on October 7, 2013
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    There isn’t much that rational Republicans and Democrats can do about today’s zealots. John Boehner has obviously lost control of both the “suicide caucus” and his mind. But we can—and should—avoid repeats of this hostage situation created by extremists who owe their elections not to fair elections but to gerrymandering. In Indiana, the League of Women Voters and Common Cause […]