Jay Rosen of NYU, second from right in the photo, gave some great remarks about what he learned from the Assignment Zero project, which Barnett and I found to be very applicable to what we’re doing here. Jay has also posted those lessons on his blog, so check them out.
Thanks to everyone who made this week’s launch possible. Our goal is to make election reform a subject that our elected officials cannot afford to avoid, and we’re off to a good start. Lots more to come, including a new episode each and every Tuesday. A recap of some of those who helped spread the word this week, including Rocketboom, pictured above, is after the jump.
Yesterday we launched our Candidate Challenge from Colonial Willaimsburg, Virginia. When we were there shooting, I got to spend some time picking the brain of our nation’s third president about the state of voting in America. But most of the interview didn’t make it into the final cut.
We’ve teamed up with Rocketboom, the New York Times of the video blog world, to bring you this special report: my interview with Thomas Jefferson in its entirety. Enjoy.
[The] plan faces opposition and skepticism, notably from the Democratic and Republican national committees, which both registered their opposition, and said the parties should control the nominating process.
“The responsibility for establishing the rules, procedures and dates for selecting delegates to national presidential nominating conventions lies, as it always has, with the national parties, not Congress,” GOP Chairman Robert Duncan wrote Alexander.
We’ll stay on top of it. Look for a vlog about our primary election calendar and why its important to the health of our elections in the weeks ahead.
Monday I’ll be in New York attending an event put on by friend of Why Tuesday? the Drum Major Institute. It’s a symposium about clean elections — getting big money out of politics to give voters a bigger say — featuring Dennis Burke, the former head of Arizona’s Common Cause, and others. For the info from the DMI, click below.
Recently the election reform group and friend of WT? FairVote launched an election reform video-for-cash contest of their own, and they even throw in a trip to Washington for the winner! The contest is called Upgrade Democracy, and here’s the prompt from them, complete with a video!
“If you could change anything you wanted about elections, what would our democracy look like?”
You could win $2000 and have your video seen by celebrity judges like filmmaker Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Dazed and Confused), political guru Donna Brazile,The Daily Show’s Dan Bakkedahl, and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic!
For ideas, see FairVote’s reform proposals — a national popular vote for president, instant runoff voting for executive offices, proportional voting for legislatures, universal voter registration and a constitutional right to vote — but let your intellect and imagination run wild.
A cool contest, and a cool group. Learn more at upgradedemocracy.com. Some video responses to FairVote’s contest are after the jump. (more…)
Patrick, France is a post-Christian secular country. Relatively few of them attend church, and voting on Sunday does not interfere with their religious practices, because most of the population is not religious...