From the daily archives: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

American elections for president just aren’t what they used to be, so says Larry Sabato, a leading elections guru and professor of politics at the University of Virginia Center for Politics who publishes a weekly, closely followed politics newsletter called Crystal Ball.

Sabato writes that there are now just seven “super-swingy states” — Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia, all of which backed Bush and Obama twice each, and Iowa and New Hampshire, which have voted Democratic in three of the last four elections. “So it’s no wonder that these special seven states start as the only obvious toss-ups […]

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President Barack Obama went Thursday to the Anacostia Library in Washington, D.C., where he discussed new efforts to strengthen learning opportunities by improving access to digital content and to public libraries. He announced two new efforts to strengthen learning opportunities by improving access to digital content and to public libraries: new eBooks commitments and the ConnectED Library Challenge.

Nearly a year ago in June, the president announced the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. ConnectED focuses on empowering teachers with the best technology and training in order to empower students through individualized learning and […]

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Happy Primary Election Day, Buckeye State voters. This is perhaps as good a time as any to reflect on our ability to exercise the franchise.

For some, it isn’t so easy, and those of us who believe in democracy know that we must continue to strive to eliminate barriers to the ballot box. One would think, in 2015, online voter registration would be a simple enough step to encourage and facilitate voter participation.

Apparently, one would be wrong.

In Ohio, the idea of online registration has been tossed about for years, but the American Civil Liberties Union recently released a […]

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