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Six take-aways from the Census Bureau’s voting report

Today’s report from the Census Bureau on the diversifying American electorate in 2012 confirms an historic turnout milestone first noted last …

Poll: Will Spending Cuts Create Job Growth? Americans Of 2 Minds

Republican Party operatives have seized on a recent survey that they believe proves the GOP has a "winning message" when it comes to cutting government spending. Their widely touted internal poll was replicated in part by a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finding that most Americans see an economic …

Politicians, Not the Public, Have Moved on Guns

Much has been made of a recent CBS poll showing declining support for "stricter gun control laws." But as argued in a new report for Center for American Progress (written by myself, an all-star bipartisan team of pollsters, and CAP Senior Fellow Arkadi Gerney), a survey question focused on broader …

Gay Marriage Support Grows In All 50 States Over Eight Years: Williams Institute Poll

Support for same-sex marriage has grown across all 50 U.S. states over the past eight years, a new report has found.<p>Published by the UCLA's Williams Institute, “Public Support for Marriage for Same-Sex Couples by State" examines each state's current stance on the legality of marriage equality, as …

DOMA Undone! Seeing Beyond the Inequality of the "Times that Blind"

As predicted here, and elaborated in blog posts for the <i>California Lawyer</i> as well, DOMA is dead, most likely 5-4, though I retain the belief that the Chief Justice will join for reasons explained at length earlier in this space.<p>DOMA constitutes discrimination against a class of citizens. Treating …

Industrial Age Education Is a Disservice to Students

Both of my parents are educators, and from my travels around the world, there is a clear understanding that we need a major change in how we educate students. The traditional model of education, born in the industrial age with a one-size-fits-all approach, is not meeting the needs of our knowledge …

10 Tax Laws That Are Holding The Economy Back

Currently, terms to describe the current code are more like "complicated," "obscure," and even "unconscionable," all of which have appeared in reports by tax policy groups looking at how to fix the system. The cost of navigating this maze to taxpayers and businesses hit $163 billion in 2010, more …