So what’s in a poll? How do we know when one is good?
What role should truth or lies have in politics? There are really two questions: The first is to ask about the ethics of lying; the second is the permissibility and constitutionality of deception in politics.
Policing in America has been shaped from its early days by a military structure, a war mentality and a cloud of racism that continues to repeat itself over time.
With one sentence the conservatives on the Supreme Court obliterated a legal distinction central to American corporate law.
The DFL acted the way Democrats are expected to act, and they made no real missteps or mistakes in the process.
No matter how you look at it, the ostensible gains in jobs, opportunities and revenues never add up.
The race and class divide has long been with us — with or without ranked choice voting.
Two recent books, “The Entrepreneurial State” and “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea,” convincingly counter two economic theories.
Minneapolis’ election was a generation changer preparing the city for the future, while in St. Paul it was an endorsement of the status quo. In both cities, RCV was vindicated.
Voters like competitive horse races and will show up when they think their vote will make a difference.
Decisions about use of government authority to maintain national security should be debated in an open and transparent fashion.
The rulings also reveal much about whom the Supreme Court favors — and it is not the powerless and oppressed.
No matter what post-mortem is written up, this will forever be the session known for legalizing same-sex marriage.
Two items in the news point again to foolish decision making by some elected officials, especially when it comes to economics and business.
In both cases before the court, majorities seemed unwilling to want to rule in a way that would create a 50-state rule.
The DFL is proving to be timid, cautious and inept at governing; it seems to have defined its mandate as more rejection of the GOP for over-reach than a call for change.
President Obama’s political capital and presidential influence is waning, challenging him to adopt a minimalist agenda for the future.
Broader changes are demanded, beyond reversing Citizens United. These changes extend to the role of money in politics, voting, and the quality of political debate and information.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans should assume that the election returns mean the public is happy with them.
Pure political science suggests a Barack Obama victory next week. However, political intuition tempers that.