Progressives

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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Beware of hypocrites in politics!

At first, the title might seem a bit silly. It’s like saying “beware of drunks in a bar” or “beware of thrill seekers in an amusement park.” It’s something to be expected. And one of the problems in American politics is that it is something to be expected. Way too often. A case in point: Josh Duggar For two years ending with his resignation last month, Mr. Duggar, 27, was executive director of...

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Actor’s grandson gets A Bit Political

Can you make an impact on your community when you’re almost fresh out of college? James Duke Mason is 23 years old, the grandson of actor James Mason. Mickey Boardman at Papermag recently interviewed him. His parents were on both sides of the political spectrum: His father Morgan worked in the Reagan White House, while his mother, singer Belinda Carlisle, is more progressive in her...

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Unionize college football players?

It’s college football season again, with plenty of exciting action — both on and off the field. Last spring, Northwestern University’s players threatened to form a union to counter a system they viewed as a money-making machine for everyone except the players. The players wanted the university to pay for sports-related medical bills, retain their scholarships when they are injured, and...

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Protesting for a Living Wage

Unemployment, technically, is going down; but most of the new jobs are for low-wage service workers. This is a fact that leads to the politically neutral conclusion that people are going to protest for living wages, either against specific employers such as Wal-Mart (which has faced such protests for years, including cases where Wal-Mart has paid its workers much less than its competitors), or...

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