Blackface, Outrage Culture, and The Risk of Punishing Past Behavior

Punishing people for decades old non-criminal behavior sets a dangerous precedent. In a society with rapidly changing norms, any of us could be next. When a 35-year-old photo surfaced showing Virginia Governor Ralph Northam dressing up in either blackface or a Klansman’s outfit, or at least putting the image of two people in those costumes … Read moreBlackface, Outrage Culture, and The Risk of Punishing Past Behavior

Here’s How We Can Elect Our Next President By Popular Vote

The plan to fix the Electoral College and make every vote count equally is closer to the finish line than you think. Amidst early speculation about the 2020 presidential election, something that has been largely ignored is the structural flaw that determined the outcome of the last contest: the Electoral College. For the fifth time … Read moreHere’s How We Can Elect Our Next President By Popular Vote

Kirsten Gillibrand’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Al Franken. It’s A Lack Of Authenticity.

The Senator’s political “evolution” may lead voters toward candidates with a more consistent track record in a diverse Democratic primary. After Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her presidential candidacy, social media made sure she and Al Franken were trending together. The fault lines in the debate that has been raging for over a year were predictable. … Read moreKirsten Gillibrand’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Al Franken. It’s A Lack Of Authenticity.

Got An Idea For Campaign Finance Reform? This Supreme Court Can Strike It Down.

We need an amendment because no matter what we come up with, the out-of-touch Supreme Court is standing in our way. Most Americans understand that there is too much money in politics. Polls show that a vast majority of Americans want to reform our campaign finance system and support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens … Read moreGot An Idea For Campaign Finance Reform? This Supreme Court Can Strike It Down.

If Joe Biden Runs, It Should Be As A One-Term President

By committing to just one term, Biden can improve his chances of winning in 2020 and bring much needed stability back to the White House. With Senator Elizabeth Warren’s announcement to kick things off last week, the field of Democratic presidential candidates promises to grow quickly. Senators Kamala Harris and Corey Booker are likely to … Read moreIf Joe Biden Runs, It Should Be As A One-Term President

The Wall Is Proof: Trump Is Bad At Making Deals

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Trump could have delivered on his signature campaign promise. His ineptitude is standing in the way. Throughout his life Donald Trump has touted himself as the ultimate dealmaker. He literally wrote “The Art of The Deal” of which the Chicago Tribune wrote “Donald Trump is a deal maker. He is a deal maker the way … Read moreThe Wall Is Proof: Trump Is Bad At Making Deals

Final Thoughts On The Al Franken Controversy

Earlier this week I published When #MeToo Got It Wrong: The Al Franken Controversy, One Year Later. The reaction was mixed, maybe 65/35 favorable/unfavorable, though some groups skewed heavily one way or the other. Because so many people commented or raised additional questions, I thought it’d be useful to respond to common criticisms and share … Read moreFinal Thoughts On The Al Franken Controversy

When #MeToo Got It Wrong: The Al Franken Controversy, One Year Later

It’s been a year since former Senator Al Franken resigned amidst accusations of sexual misconduct, but the controversy over Democrats’ treatment of Franken remains. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who led the charge against Franken, has lost supporters over her handling of the situation. Those who support Gillibrand, however, argue that Democrats were smart to push Franken … Read moreWhen #MeToo Got It Wrong: The Al Franken Controversy, One Year Later