10 ways to stay politically engaged, even after winning the 2012 election

Obama won. But we’re far from done. How long did it take after President Obama won the popular vote and the electoral college for Republicans to assert that, despite all that pesky evidence, their ideas won and that, basically, nothing has changed? Hours? So, it’s clearly not realistic for Democrats and the left to enjoy…

St. Louis Post-Dispatch endorses President Obama for re-election

In a very thoughtful, eloquent and balanced editorial published on Sunday, October 7, 2012, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called for voters to re-elect President Obama on Nov. 6. Calling President Obama “a serious man,” the Post-Dispatch lauded his positive vision for the country and outlined his first-term achievements. Here are some excerpts: Mr. Obama sees…

Leo Burnett changes the conversation from “anti-tax” to “public good”

I never thought I would be writing in praise of an advertising agency, but Leo Burnett of Detroit deserves credit for its Effie award-winning, breakthrough advertising campaign to save the library in Troy, Michigan. Utilizing bold creativity and controversial messaging, they won a tax increase for the community and saved the town’s library from having…

Term limits? Why not office limits?

In St. Louis County, Missouri, there are approximately 45 elected political offices.  (The exact number is  difficult to determine and varies among  jurisdictions). If there were primary elections in each party, but none contested, and no third parties,  citizens would need to be aware of 90 candidates.Usually, though,  primary nominations are contested, so there can…

Big government, micro-government, and freedom of political speech

Can your homeowners’ association or subdivision board prevent you from planting a political sign in your front yard? That’s a question that comes up just about every time there’s an election, and 2012 is no exception. This week, in exurban Wentzville, Missouri, homeowner Don Prinster had to settle for taping his favorite candidate’s sign in…

What do Congressional staffers earn?

Angling for a behind-the-scenes staff job on Capitol Hill? If so, you’re probably curious about what salaries are like in the capital of the free world. Even if you’re not hoping to put that poli sci degree into play in DC, you might be interested in knowing what Congressional representatives and Senators pay the staffers…

Vexation about DC representation

One of the new Republican Congressional majority’s first moves in January 2011 was a smack-down of the 600,000 residents of Washington DC.  On the very first day of the 112th Congress, the Republican-controlled House revoked DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC) right to vote in the Committee of the Whole—an already essentially ceremonial practice. And…