IDF World Congress and mom

It’s been a bit crazy here the past few weeks. Tomorrow I am moving my 92 year old mother (above) into a third independent/assisted living residence. All I can remind myself of is, “Three times a charm.” Then Friday I am leaving for the IDF World Congress that begins next week in Lisbon. Should you … Read more

Americans Have to Ration Life-or-Death Medication

Similar to the Inflation Reduction Act, the BBB was the House’s proposal for budget reconciliation, which aimed to cap copays for those with private insurance and Medicare. Unlike the IRA, BBB included language that would have explicitly allowed Medicare to negotiate insulin prices and would have included penalties for manufacturers that raise prices faster than … Read more

The Real Winner of the Midterms Will Be the Police

It’s been two years since kente-wearing Democrats took a knee in an effort to hijack the George Floyd uprisings for their own electoral benefit. Now, ahead of the 2022 midterms, those same Democrats are doing their darndest to distance themselves from the defund movement and the anti-police sentiment that took the streets in the summer … Read more

We Talked to Five Young Voters About Crime and Policing

The question of what makes us feel safe is a complicated one, especially for Gen Zers. It’ll soon be six months since the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The four-year anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida was earlier this year and the 10-year anniversary of the shooting … Read more

Our State Lawmakers Tried to Block College Students From Voting

“If you’re a college student in Montana and you don’t have a registration or a bank statement or a W-2, it makes me kind of wonder why you’re voting in this election anyway,” said House Speaker Wylie Galt when SB 169, a voter ID bill disenfranchising students and other voters, was passed by the Montana … Read more

This Dull-Sounding Electoral Practice Fuels Mass Incarceration

Every 10 years, the Census Bureau attempts to count every resident in the United States. This process incites prison gerrymandering, which means counting incarcerated people as residents of their prison cells rather than as residents of their home communities. Because this population data is used to draw electoral maps, the practice severely limits political representation … Read more

What the Midterms Actually Are — And Why They Matter

Unlike state and local elections that happen every year, congressional midterm elections occur halfway through a president’s term and do not take place during general election years. For reference, the last midterm election occurred in 2018 during Donald Trump’s second year as president. There was no midterm election in 2020 as it was a general … Read more

Inside One of the Races That Will Decide Control of the Senate

Outside of a squat stucco house on the south side of Tucson, Senator Mark Kelly walks slowly toward a crowd of canvassers waiting to knock on doors in his name. He holds the arm of his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in a mass shooting in Tucson in 2011 … Read more

These Elected Officials Have Way More Power Than You Think

We watched in horror as the dark atrocities of January 6, 2021 unfolded in real time on American screens. Just months after the 2020 uprisings against police brutality, anger ran through us as we thought of the many lives lost over the years at the hands of authority for much less than what we saw … Read more

Imagine If There Were More Young People in Office

There are roughly 270 young candidates — all under 45 — running for Congress in the 2022 midterms. They couldn’t come any sooner: A new analysis shows our Congress is one of the oldest on average in recent history. While there’s lots of value in having older, experienced lawmakers serve in these roles, it does … Read more