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This November 8, in just six days, voters will find a tiny 2.5-inch essay line on the ballot. Anyone with handwriting will find this space insufficient to qualify their vote for Hillary Clinton. It will definitely be difficult to list any concerns still remaining about her e-communications: drawing the twisty diagram that connects the FBI to Comey to Congress to Clinton to Huma to Weiner to Weiner's Computer to Weiner's Pedophilic Online Interests—and back again—will take at least...
One of my most vivid childhood memories is of voting with my parents. My mother would bring me with her into the heavily curtained booth; she'd flip the switch next to her preferred candidates' names; I'd get to pull the enormous-to-me lever that would simultaneously register her selections and draw back the curtain, releasing us from the musty metal booth. Because I could see whom she'd voted for, I never asked. But I remember the first...
Have you ever thought the American political process is kind of a sham? Does it ever seem that budgetary decisions are usually based on what a wealthy minority and corporations want? Well, you're mostly right unless you're a lucky resident of one of the city council districts with participatory budgeting. As a resident of the 36th district, unfortunately I'm outta luck and will have to abide by whatever my representative feels will get him...
Two weeks ago, New Yorkers went to the polls to cast votes in the Democratic Party primary. Far down the ballot—and far outside the spotlight shone on the Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Governor races—were the District Leader races. The District Leader is a little-known, volunteer position that nevertheless wields key influence in local politics. Each party elects District Leaders for a two-year term to represent at least one Assembly District. In the District encompassing Greenpoint and Williamsburg,...

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