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Political Agenda

Government of, by, and for the people.

The Oscar for Best Voting System Goes To... The Oscar for Best Voting System Goes To...
by Rob Richie
There's a new method for choosing Best Picture this year: instant runoff voting, a system that would also make political elections more fair.
Just the Facts: Race-Based Economics Just the Facts: Race-Based Economics
by Doug Pibel
We've made meaningful progress toward embracing our cultural diversity in the United States. But we've got a long way to go before we clean up the economic fallout from years of institutional racism.
Chicago Ward Tries Citizen Budgeting Chicago Ward Tries Citizen Budgeting
by Jeff Raderstrong
In a city with a history of corruption and lack of transparency, one elected official is restoring meaning to the term “public funds.”
Protecting Workers, Not Corporations Protecting Workers, Not Corporations
by Mark Engler
Amid the disappointments of Obama's first year in office is one bright spot: a Department of Labor that stands up for workers' rights.
Beyond Tea Party Politics Beyond Tea Party Politics
by Altaf Rahamatulla
Oregon residents voted to increase taxes on corporations and the wealthy to help fund programs that assist low and middle-income families.
Time to Tax Financial Speculation Time to Tax Financial Speculation
by Sarah Anderson
Activists, celebrities, and business leaders are uniting behind a proposal that would discourage speculative gambling.
A Green and Fair Recovery A Green and Fair Recovery
by Yvonne Liu
If equity factors prominently into the equation, an expanded green economy has tremendous potential to positively transform our communities, sustain the environment, and lift the quality of all our lives. But this won’t happen by chance.
The True State of the Union The True State of the Union
Friends of YES! Magazine turn the president's address into a conversation about what it will really take to build a more perfect union.
10 Ways to Stop Corporate Dominance of Politics 10 Ways to Stop Corporate Dominance of Politics
by Fran Korten
The recent Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited corporate spending in politics just may be the straw that breaks the plutocracy’s back.
4 Positive, Practical Steps for Responding to Citizens United 4 Positive, Practical Steps for Responding to Citizens United
by Riki Ott
How should true patriots respond to the expansion of corporate power?
Whose Rights? Whose Rights?
by Thomas Linzey, Mari Margil
Pro-democracy groups are mobilizing against a Supreme Court decision that will allow corporations to funnel money directly to candidates for federal office.
Year One: How Did Obama Do on Foreign Policy? Year One: How Did Obama Do on Foreign Policy?
by John Feffer
The Obama administration banned torture and worked toward nuclear disarmament... but also escalated U.S. military operations. John Feffer gives it a C minus.
Between Overworked and Out of Work Between Overworked and Out of Work
by Dean Baker
Giving employers incentives to offer paid time off would boost employment, stimulate the economy, and help the U.S. move toward a healthier life-work balance.
Obama Needs Our Help Obama Needs Our Help
by Jonathan Rowe
Jonathan Rowe: With presidents constrained by forces we can’t even see, the story of presidential achievement is in large measure the story of the movements that make action possible.
Reaping the Dividends of Reduced Emissions Reaping the Dividends of Reduced Emissions
by Mike Sandler
California residents stand to gain a lot from the state's efforts to cap greenhouse gases: less pollution, greener infrastructure, and a yearly check in the mailbox.
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