Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Marco Rubio Robot Bull—-

Much of the political press leans left and has zero experience in politics. Perhaps they graduated Ivy League, did a tour or two at Salon or some lefty blog, then got in on the ground floor at a national media outlet covering politics.
Source: The Marco Rubio Robot Bull—-

Uber Discount on Primary Election Day in NH? Kosher!

Alex Seitz-Wald has the scoop. It does not appear this is limited to voters, and courts have ruled that providing transportation to the polls does not violate anti vote-buying prohibitions. (There was a case some years ago in Alaska about discounted gasoline.)
Source: Uber Discount on Primary Election Day in NH? Kosher!

An alternative to nonstop political fundraising

America’s campaign finance laws are often a convenient scapegoat for all of our country’s ills. Witness Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders invoking campaign spending in response to seemingly every other debate question. Now comes Republican Rep.
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“Getting a Handle on the Super PAC Problem”

Here is a paper Bob Bauer gave this weekend at the Stanford Law Review symposium. Bob’s solution is more transparency and letting the parties raise more money and spend it in coordination with candidates.  Some might say this is a cure worse than the disease.
Source: “Getting a Handle on the Super PAC Problem”

The Federal Election Commission's Role in A Reform Program -

The Federal Election Commission has not solved the “Super PAC problem,” but then again the Commissioners cannot agree on what the problem is. Others outside the agency are divided in this same way. A number of questions in contemporary campaign finance are like that.
Source: The Federal Election Commission's Role in A Reform Program -

Politics and Techno-Consciousness

“[W]e don’t know how to deal with rumors. Rumors that confirm people’s biases are now believed and spread among millions of people. . .We tend to only communicate with people that we agree with, and thanks to social media, we can mute, un-follow and block everybody else.
Source: Politics and Techno-Consciousness