Vancouver It’s that time of the cycle. Reporters are riding from paper to television shouting the warnings: the elections are coming! the elections are coming! the elections are coming! Time to hide the small children it seems. And, of course do everything possible to suppress the participation of lower income voters.
New Orleans The Pew Charitable Trust has an elections initiative that has been looking at election administration in the states over recent cycles. They began by looking at 2008 and 2010, and most recently released a report on 2012 comparing both Presidential elections. I won’t lie to you, it’s very dry reading, and given the [...]
New Orleans What goes around, comes around, it seems, if you keep around long enough.
Reading about cutting edge political strategies, like the “Bannock Street project,” reminds me of frequent late discussions at the regular Wednesday night staff meetings of ACORN in Little Rock 40 years ago as we would debate whether to spend all of our [...]
New Orleans The IRS announced that it is proposing clearer rules to regulate the “social welfare” practices of C4 tax exempt nonprofits. I should start with a disclaimer. I’ve never operated a c4 organization, though I recognize the fact that they have recently become the rage, largely among lawyers and CPAs I would argue, but [...]
New Orleans Rob “Biko” Baker, the executive director of the League of Young Voters, wrote an interesting story in the Summer 2012 issue of Shelterforce daring to state plainly what has been obvious to virtually everyone concerned and biting their fingernails as the USA Election Day looms before us. His article, entitled “Picking up ACORN’s [...]
Victoria We are hardly more than a week until the USA Presidential election and predictably the conservative rightwing is pulling out the big guns and narrowing their sights for the kill, but surprisingly many are still aimed at ACORN, now almost two years gone. Sure, it’s not as bad as it was four years ago. One [...]