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“The Mystery of Lower Voter Registration for Older Black Voters” by Nate Cohn explores possible reasons for the registration deficit. But it’s up to Democrats to develop some micro-targeting strategies to reduce it, particularly in the mid term elections.
A look at the most recent polling of the public’s perception of labor unions reveals some image issues which labor needs to work on. For example an August Gallup poll revealed that 53 percent approve of labor unions, compared to 60 percent approval in August of 2007. Only 32 percent in the August 2014 poll agreed that those who benefit from a labor contract should have to pay union dues.
At the National Journal Jason Plautz rolls out the environmental horror show Republicans are planning for America, which should be of considerable interest to Democrats who want to hold them accountable to voters.
Buzzfeed has a graphics-rich take on Media Matters for America’s expose of white male elitism on the seven Sunday TV news shows
At Demos Stuart Naifeh explores the limp enforcement of the Motor Voter Act and it’s consequences.
If you’re having trouble wrapping your head around the concept of the terms “Scott Walker” and “educational reform” in the same sentence, check out Charles Pierce’s Esquire riff “Watching Scotty Blow: The national press has gained a sudden interest in the potential presidential contender’s lack of a college degree. I wonder why.”
Happy Presidents’ Day. With reefer legalization gathering steam nation-wide, it seems fitting that we pause to salute the stoner presidents. Russ Belvin has the skinny at, where else, High Times.
“More than 70 percent of Hispanics in America favor President Barack Obama’s decision to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba, but less than half want the 43-year-old embargo lifted, according to a Florida Atlantic University poll,” reports Howard Koplowitz at International Business Times.
Forgiveness, Republican style.

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