Author: Victor Allis

Plot Your Politics

Student Loan Debt Relief

On August 24th, 2022 President Joe Biden announced his plan to forgive about $500 billion of the total almost $1.8 trillion in student debt held by some 43 million borrowers. For the average borrower it means a reduction in their debt of $10,000 or $20,000, depending on various rules, where eligibility is focused on those…
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Support for Abortion Rights Increased post-Dobbs

After the landmark Dobbs vs. Jackson (June, 2022) Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey (1992), it is now up to the states to decide whether abortion is legal in their state. While the dust has not settled on the actions taken by each of the state legislatures,…
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Joe, It’s About Time To Get Back Up

On the campaign trail, Joe Biden liked to quote his father telling him: “Champ, when you get knocked down, you get back up”. Biden would follow it with: “I’ve been knocked down a lot in my life .. but always got back up”. It is that kind of resilience that he will need, looking at…
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Biden is Bouncing Back

After sliding in the polls during all of 2021, last quarter Joe Biden bounced back from his all-time low. Our Q1 (January-March) poll among 1086 ActiVote users shows Biden receiving a 2.8 approval rating (up from 2.5). He is still 6% underwater with 37% approval and 43% disapproval, but that is a significant improvement from…
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Joe Biden is Running Out of Time

Bill Clinton started his presidency with the trifecta: control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. His main legislative push in his first years was for universal healthcare. He and Hillary failed to get it done and during the 1994 midterms lost the House and the Senate. The Democrats did not…
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Reconciliation Review

Introduction As part of the Build Back Better event, run in the ActiVote app from November 3rd -November 17th, 2021, a poll on 11 topics and 2 bills was executed. The topics were:– Child Tax Credit– Earned Income Tax Credit– Expanding Medicare– Global Minimum Tax– Home Health Services– Pell Grants– Pre-K– Rural Development– Section 8…
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To Cancel or Not to Cancel

Many opinion pieces have been written about Cancel Culture, what it is and whether it is positive or negative. Vox wondered in 2020 whether we can’t stop fighting about it, and whether it “is a mob mentality, or a long overdue way of speaking truth to power”? An opinion piece in the New York Times…
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Planning Your Vote

Former heavyweight boxing World Champion Mike Tyson famously said: “Everyone has a plan: until they get punched in the face”. We were wondering whether his words also apply to voting. First, we wondered whether people actually have a plan (to vote). Second, how often do these plans get derailed? ActiVote helps our users plan their…
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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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