Author: Victor Allis

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Automatic Voter Registration

Tuesday September 28th, 2021 is National Voter Registration Day, a good day to reflect on how easy or difficult it is for people to register to vote. For some people, who have lived all of their adult lives at the same address, registering to vote may be a distant memory of something they did just…
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Infrastructure Week Results

Introduction As part of the Infrastructure Week ActiVote event, run in the ActiVote app from August 31st-September 16th, 2021, a poll on 11 topics, 2 bills, and 1 procedure question was executed. The policy topics were:– Cyber Security– Disaster Relief– Electric Vehicles– High Speed Rail– Lead Pipes– Legacy Pollution Cleanup– Ports– Power Grid Vulnerability– Public…
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National Service

Every now and again someone will bring up National Service as a solution to the problem of our country being divided.  In July 2021, in an op-ed in the New York Times, Jonathan Holloway, president of Rutgers University, argued for having every young American before their 25th year complete a year of compulsory national service…
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Private Sector Labor Unions

President Joe Biden has been overtly pro-union his entire career and has not changed his tune since he took office. By the end of April 2021, he established a White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment to ensure that his agenda is enacted. At the same time, a recent attempt to unionize an…
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Universal Broadband

A $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is making its way through Congress. While details are still being hammered out, it currently includes a $65 billion investment aimed at getting  broadband internet to all Americans. The spending is directed both to creating broadband internet in (mostly rural) areas where it currently does not exist, as well…
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Legal Representation in Eviction Court

The federal eviction moratorium which was created to stop evictions during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic ended on July 31st. It is widely believed that this will lead to a spike in eviction proceedings and evictions in the coming weeks and months. During eviction proceedings, landlords often have legal representation, while renters do not.…
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Vice President Approval Rating

In the first two centuries of our nation, the role of the vice president did not amount to much, except for being ready to take over from the president, which happened to 1 in every 5 vice-presidents in that period. Some have therefore described the vice president’s main task as to check in the morning…
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Bipartisanship

There has been a lot of talk about bipartisanship lately. President Joe Biden campaigned on his ability to work with Republicans. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) wrote op-eds in defense of the filibuster and bipartisan lawmaking. At the same time, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed Congress strictly along party lines,…
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NATO Membership

President Biden and former President Trump disagreed on many things, one of them being NATO. It has been widely reported that in 2018 Mr. Trump thought that “NATO was a bad deal for America” and that he privately repeatedly stated that he wanted to withdraw America from the alliance. During Mr. Biden’s visit to NATO’s…
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Presidential Approval Rating

After 150 days in office Joe Biden expressed his satisfaction with what has been achieved in battling the coronavirus, with 300M shots administered. While it is great to know that Biden is happy with his administration, we were wondering what the American voters think of their president. So, we asked close to 1000 of them…
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