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Harold Thomas named columnist for Ohio Chinese-American News

Three years ago, the Ohio Chinese-American News published an article describing the A Bit Political concept. Following discussions with its editor, Jung Jing, we are pleased to announce that beginning today, A Bit Political will have a regular column in the Ohio Chinese-American News. The articles, like this website, will encourage members of the Chinese- and Taiwanese-American communities to...

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What lobbyists do

The stereotypes Everyone thinks they know what a lobbyist is. It is perhaps the most stereotyped profession in the world: How voters see lobbyists           How legislators see lobbyists               How lobbyists see themselves             The reality First, a definition: Lobbying is the act of attempting...

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Brewer keeps vow to help his high school

This is not a political story, but an activism story well worth sharing: Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. This is the lesson Ally Jeffers learned last May as a freshman at Watkins Memorial High School in Pataskala, Ohio, according to a report by Eric Lyttle in The Columbus Dispatch. Fearing that a school levy would fail and cut funding for the band, she searched for ways to help. Learning...

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African-American woman candidates face special challenges

Last Wednesday, we wrote about the difficulties facing women who want to run for office. Today, for Martin Luther King Day, we will drill down to the specific challenges African-American women experience. Mary C. Curtis, writing in 2014 for The Root, an African-American news blog, observes that black women are often the backbone of political campaigns, but that the number of elected black women...

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Why women do not run for office

Why so few women run for office It’s not hard to find articles bemoaning the small number of women who choose to run for office, despite the fact they perform just as well as (and often better than) men once elected. My Yahoo search on “too few women candidates” turned up more than 5.7 million results. There are plenty of reasons given: A 2008 study by The Brookings Institution shows that women...

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