“Tennant accused of violating election law”

by Rick Hasen on October 24, 2014

News from West Va.: Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s rally on the steps of the Kanawha County Courthouse on Wednesday to celebrate the start of early voting may have violated state election law, officials said. Tennant, the Democratic candidate for … Continue reading →

Music Plays Crucial Role in Non-Violent Civic Movements

by Viola Gienger on October 24, 2014


From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Viola Gienger

In Libya’s 2011 uprising, protesters pumped loud music from radios or CD players in the streets in front of government buildings, then fled from the inevitable rush of security Continue →


This is an important and volatile time for democracy in the world, says Stanford University’s Larry Diamond, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he directs the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Many people are questioning the Continue →

Fascinating: A potential tech-work around to the Senate’s inexcusable reluctance to require electronic filing of campaign finance data. … Continue reading →
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October 24th is United Nations Day –meant to commemorate the passage of the Charter of the United Nations.  One of the principles of the UN Charter, enshrined in the preamble, is:

“to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights Continue →


Normal Countries? 25 Years After Communism

by Demdigest on October 24, 2014

  The prevailing gloomy narrative about the postcommunist world is mostly wrong. Media images aside, life has improved dramatically across the former Eastern bloc, say two prominent analysts. Since their transition, the postcommunist countries have grown rapidly; today, their citizens live richer, longer, and happier lives, according to Andrei Shleifer, Continue →


Our Hearts Are Full of Ferguson ~ Mid MO FOR

by Jeff Stack on October 24, 2014

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Al-Wefaq member Majeed Milad released a report today, which declares that the new distribution of electoral constituencies in Bahrain is worse than it was in the 2010 elections. Comparing stats from 2010 to the current distribution revealed that 13,600 votes won by the opposition in 2010 Continue →


Window of Opportunity to Change US Nuclear Spending Trajectory

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on October 24, 2014

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You might not have noticed, but the U.S.’ plans to replace our aging nuclear weapons triad have been in the news a lot lately. Folks are understandably confused by the juxtaposition of the exorbitant price tag attached to current plans to upgrade all three legs of the triad at once, Continue →


From Ferguson to Hong Kong: Youth on the front lines

by Guest Writer on October 24, 2014


By Rafi Hoq, Amnesty International USA Student Activist Coordinator for Georgia

This week, I’ve been reading the latest updates from student-led “umbrella movement” in Hong Kong with a deepened diligence, and continuing to follow the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri with newfound excitement. Youth are leading the fight for human rights around the Continue →

Providence Journal opinion piece. … Continue reading →

“Could non-citizens decide the November election?”

by Rick Hasen on October 24, 2014

Jesse Richman and David Earnest at the Monkey Cage with some provocative findings on the extent of non-citizen voting. I will be very interested to hear what others think of the methodology in this forthcoming article in Electoral Studies. … Continue reading →