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Does Minnesota have the answer to campaign finance reform?

Wednesday, 12/2/2009 - 9:48 am by Gareth Rhodes | 2 Comments

line-of-american-peopleCity College sophomore Gareth Rhodes shows how Minnesota’s campaign finance system gives citizens a more vital role in the electoral process and political life.

Minnesota is no stranger to non-traditional politics. Though in the last 10 years they’ve sent a professional wrestler to the governor’s mansion and a comedian to the U.S. Senate, the land of 10,000 lakes is home to more than just wacky politics. The state is also home to a gutsy campaign finance system, the results of which should give new hope to campaign finance reformists across America.

Established in 1992, Minnesota’s Political Contribution Refund (PCR) program provides a $50…

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Youth and Reform: Roosevelt Institute Campus Network analyzes healthcare bills

Monday, 10/19/2009 - 12:40 pm by Awais Khaleel | Post a Comment

sick-pig-150The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network has developed an analysis that explains how each of the current health care bills measures up to the most important priorities for young Americans.

Young people make up a disproportionate percentage of those without health insurance: 15% of the population, but 30% of the uninsured. The common suggestion that our generation is not invested in health insurance reform is a fallacy, mitigated by the fact that young adults are more civically engaged than ever before in community service, in seeking public office, and at the polls. Health care is one of our top priorities. The time for…

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A generation on the edge

Tuesday, 09/29/2009 - 12:41 pm by Simeon Talley | 4 Comments

mortar-board-and-money-150Big banks get bailouts, but where’s the relief for the youngest Americans? The financial crisis has left an entire generation teetering on the brink.

Young workers, those aged 18-34, have struggled tremendously over the last year. But their troubles pre-date the Great Recession, and will likely last far beyond it.

To a lot of folks, it looks like we’ve walked back from the brink of economic collapse. There’s work to be done, they say, but there’s also optimism that the economy is beginning to turn the corner to recovery.


Things don’t look so cheery for young people. The economic condition of the 18-34 crowd has been…

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Financial Truth Commission - something to tweet about

Friday, 08/14/2009 - 10:20 am by Danny Townsend | 1 Comment


Danny Townsend, a Yale senior, explains why young people care about having a rigorous Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

The news isn’t that new: young people are getting hammered by the recession. While people of all generations have been suffering the pains of cut paychecks, layoffs, furloughs, and otherwise having their careers and lives put on hold, the youngest members of the work force are feeling like they might never make it out of the starting gate. No matter where you stand in the bracket of 16-25-year-olds, prospects are dim. Thinking of higher education? Enjoy the prospect of rising tuition, diminishing…

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Deal Breakers

George Will
“Before we go into a new New Deal, can we just acknowledge that the first New Deal didn’t work?”

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New Deal Dictionary

Glass Steagall Act

What is the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933?
The Glass-Steagall Act was introduced during the Great Depression by former Treasury Secretary Sen. Carter Glass (D-VA) and Chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee Rep. Henry B. Steagall (D-AL).

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