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How partisans view the parties’ ideologies

How partisans view the parties’ ideologies | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
Graphic: How partisans view the parties’ ideologies
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Donald Trump and the expanding power of the presidency

Donald Trump and the expanding power of the presidency | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
The White House is now so powerful Trump could legally fulfill many promises unchecked by Congress.
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Brexit is what happens when millennials don't vote - AMERICAblog News

Brexit is what happens when millennials don't vote - AMERICAblog News | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
The youngest voters wanted to remain in the EU, the oldest voters wanted to leave. Only the old voted.
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We must weed out ignorant Americans from the electorate

We must weed out ignorant Americans from the electorate | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
No, we shouldn’t erect physical barriers to the ballot. Let’s give voters the citizenship civics test.
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Was the Invention of Finance Responsible for Democracy?

Was the Invention of Finance Responsible for Democracy? | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
The ancient city of Athens paid its citizens for various civic duties, priming them into a mindset that paved the way to participatory government.
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Elites vs. Too Much Democracy: Andrew Sullivan’s Afraid of Popular Self-Government - BillMoyers.com

Elites vs. Too Much Democracy: Andrew Sullivan’s Afraid of Popular Self-Government - BillMoyers.com | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
British expatriate writer Andrew Sullivan, in critiquing the Donald Trump phenomenon and the political factors that gave rise to it, makes a few good points, but buries them under a ridiculous premise: the culprit responsible for Trump is too much democracy, and the cure is more elite control of the political process. Continue reading
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Republicans have a massive electoral map problem that has nothing to do with Donald Trump

Republicans have a massive electoral map problem that has nothing to do with Donald Trump | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it

"If Clinton wins the 19 states (and D.C.) that every Democratic nominee has won from 1992 to 2012, she has 242 electoral votes. Add Florida's 29 and you get 271. Game over.

The Republican map [is more difficult] — There are 13 states that have gone for the GOP presidential nominee in each of the last six elections. But they only total 102 electorate votes.That means the eventual nominee has to find, at least, 168 more electoral votes to get to 270. 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 5, 12:18 PM

This isn't just the about the presidential election of 2016, but the demographic configuration of the United States and potential voter base of parties in the future.  As American demographics have shifted, the appeal of particular parties as well as their platforms will eventually shift in response.  Future party realignments will center on maps and demographics as much as they do policies and platforms.

 

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How Majority Rule Might Have Stopped Donald Trump

How Majority Rule Might Have Stopped Donald Trump | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
An 18th-century vote-counting formula might have sunk the Trump candidacy long ago.
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Boaty McBoatface and the False Promise of Democracy

Boaty McBoatface and the False Promise of Democracy | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
Is the British government’s response to a naming contest tyrannical? Or the very definition of the democratic process?
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U.S. elections ranked worst among Western democracies. Here’s why.

U.S. elections ranked worst among Western democracies. Here’s why. | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
Americans are often proud of the democratic process here. Maybe they shouldn't be.
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These civic experiments are getting citizens more involved in governing themselves

These civic experiments are getting citizens more involved in governing themselves | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
The more involved citizens get, the more they want to be involved.
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This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering

This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
It would be easy enough to do. The only thing lacking is the political will.
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The Supreme Court seems suddenly worried about partisan gerrymandering

The Supreme Court seems suddenly worried about partisan gerrymandering | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it

ON DECEMBER 8th, the Supreme Court heard back to back arguments in cases involving the idea that everyone’s vote should bear roughly equal weight—the so-called “one person, one vote” principle that was developed in a series of cases in the 1960s. Evenwel v Abbott, a challenge to the calculus Texas uses to work out population, makes an appearance in this week’s paper. Harris v Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, which poses a similarly fraught question about district map-drawing, was argued one hour prior to Evenwel. Harris re-ignites a debate most court watchers thought was long settled: whether and to what extent America's constitution permits partisan considerations to factor into the drawing of electoral maps. Until last week, the justices looked askance only at racial gerrymandering. Now at least a few Supremes seem to be entertaining the idea that there may be sharp limits on partisan political considerations as well, at least where voter equality is at stake.

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For Every 10 U.S. Adults, Six Vote and Four Don’t. What Separates Them?

For Every 10 U.S. Adults, Six Vote and Four Don’t. What Separates Them? | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
People are motivated to vote by a combination of individual priorities, group culture, candidate outreach, and how easy or hard it is to cast a ballot.
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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter ID Requirement

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter ID Requirement | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
The decision on Friday upended voting procedures in a closely contested state about three months before Election Day.
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The Wrong Way to Improve Civic Life

The Wrong Way to Improve Civic Life | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
A piece in the Washington Post calls for taking away voter rights, but it can't quite explain why.
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Turn Your Democracy Up to Eleven

Turn Your Democracy Up to Eleven | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
A recent Op-Ed asked, is there too much democracy in America or too little? Kraft responds that we need smarter, sustained participation between elections.
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Is There Too Much Democracy in America or Too Little?

Is There Too Much Democracy in America or Too Little? | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
Despite appearances, the populist backlash reflects a democratic deficit.
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Unusual Flavor of G.O.P. Primary Illustrates a Famous Paradox

Unusual Flavor of G.O.P. Primary Illustrates a Famous Paradox | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
Sometimes a shifting set of coalitions can make a collective body appear that it has no idea what it wants.
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Bad drivers are a good indicator of a corrupt government

Bad drivers are a good indicator of a corrupt government | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
Traffic accidents kill 1.25 million people per year, and it's well-known that those deaths are disproportionately in low- and middle-income countries. Over at CityMetric, writer James O'Malley has added an interesting wrinkle, by showing a correlation between the number of traffic fatalities in a country and the corruptness of its government. As an example, he uses Romania
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Why Trump Can’t Break the G.O.P.

Why Trump Can’t Break the G.O.P. | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
Republicans have turned presidential defeat into political power in Congress and elsewhere.
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No Way To Pick A President? Here Are 6 Other Ways To Do It

No Way To Pick A President? Here Are 6 Other Ways To Do It | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
Critics say Iowa and New Hampshire are too old, too white and too small to have so much power in the presidential nominating process. There are lots of other ideas, but tradition is hard to change.
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Behind the Oregon Standoff, You’ll Find Big Questions About Democracy

Behind the Oregon Standoff, You’ll Find Big Questions About Democracy | Dreams and Dramas of Democracy | Scoop.it
America’s long history of land disputes is where deep questions — like what our nation is ultimately for — turn suddenly concrete.
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