Author: Victor Allis

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Biden’s Slipping Approval Rating

The main story in the mainstream media after nine months of the Biden presidency is about his declining approval rating which in most polls has slipped from a high of mid-50s to now a low of mid-40s. Some opinion writers are already looking ahead to 2024 and make comparisons with recent 1-term presidents like Jimmy…
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Native American Voting Rights

Even if rules about voting are the same for everyone, they may affect different people differently. If you have lived in the same house all your life, you may only need to register to vote once. If you move from one rental property to the next every year, updating your registration is a yearly event.…
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Civic Holidays

Some holidays are special. For some people it may be Thanksgiving, originating from 1621. For others, perhaps with links to the military or memories of war, it may be Memorial Day, originating from 1868. Or, it may be Labor Day, originating in 1883. And for those striving for racial equality, it may be Juneteenth, which…
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Automatic Voter Registration

Tuesday September 28th, 2021 is National Voter Registration Day, a good day to reflect on how easy or difficult it is for people to register to vote. For some people, who have lived all of their adult lives at the same address, registering to vote may be a distant memory of something they did just…
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Infrastructure Week Results

Introduction As part of the Infrastructure Week ActiVote event, run in the ActiVote app from August 31st-September 16th, 2021, a poll on 11 topics, 2 bills, and 1 procedure question was executed. The policy topics were:– Cyber Security– Disaster Relief– Electric Vehicles– High Speed Rail– Lead Pipes– Legacy Pollution Cleanup– Ports– Power Grid Vulnerability– Public…
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National Service

Every now and again someone will bring up National Service as a solution to the problem of our country being divided.  In July 2021, in an op-ed in the New York Times, Jonathan Holloway, president of Rutgers University, argued for having every young American before their 25th year complete a year of compulsory national service…
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Private Sector Labor Unions

President Joe Biden has been overtly pro-union his entire career and has not changed his tune since he took office. By the end of April 2021, he established a White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment to ensure that his agenda is enacted. At the same time, a recent attempt to unionize an…
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Universal Broadband

A $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is making its way through Congress. While details are still being hammered out, it currently includes a $65 billion investment aimed at getting  broadband internet to all Americans. The spending is directed both to creating broadband internet in (mostly rural) areas where it currently does not exist, as well…
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Legal Representation in Eviction Court

The federal eviction moratorium which was created to stop evictions during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic ended on July 31st. It is widely believed that this will lead to a spike in eviction proceedings and evictions in the coming weeks and months. During eviction proceedings, landlords often have legal representation, while renters do not.…
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Vice President Approval Rating

In the first two centuries of our nation, the role of the vice president did not amount to much, except for being ready to take over from the president, which happened to 1 in every 5 vice-presidents in that period. Some have therefore described the vice president’s main task as to check in the morning…
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