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Whipper Snapper Phone Banking for Obama

Posted by Ann | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] Have you guys met Henry? No? Well, allow me the pleasure of introducing you. Henry lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He loves comedy, bowling, Barack Obama, and walleye fishing, but we're thinking he has a future in speech writing. Henry blogs about fishing, contributes to wikiHow, ...

Dueling Signage 2008!

Posted by Ann | Friday, October 31st, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] As early voting wraps up across the nation in the final weekend of this campaign, signage blooms. Ruth E, photographer of weddings, pets and babies, snapped this lawn pic outside a colonial duplex in Pittsburgh. On the right side, an enormous McCain/Palin sign stands proud and ...

Obscure Presidential Candidates, Part II: Viva Splatt!

Posted by Ann | Friday, October 10th, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] Bolobilly, an animal control officer from St. Paul who would like it to be known that he is both "male" and "taken," was inspired by the simple message of a relative unknown: [Bolobilly / Flickr] He says: "Finally--someone I can really believe in." Splatt is keeping his campaign ...

Obscure Presidential Candidates: Never Ever EVER Give Up (Ever)

Posted by Ann | Thursday, October 9th, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] Mary Asbach of Ashland, Wisconsin, uses Flickr to engage in occasional political discourse, which she lists as one of her interests along with Mystery Science Theater 3000 and giant fiberglass monuments. Asbach's parents seem to share her taste for the irreverent. Every presidential election they ...

Campaign Issues: A Family Affair

Posted by Ann | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[Lapsklaus / Flickr] [Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] If our politics is genetic, then how come it's (often) so difficult to talk to our parents about campaign issues? If they don't share our views, we revert to our 15-year-old selves, petulant and hysterical over the very notion that we share DNA ...

Special-Needs Children Left Behind

Posted by Ann | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

[allatseawithabucketandspade / Flickr] [Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] There has been a heaping helping of criticism piled on No Child Left Behind, the 2001 law designed to improve public education. At the policy level, we hear criticism about inadequate funding of of NCLB programs. On the ground, you hear that NCLB ...

David Remnick and Rebekah the Ron Paul Twin

Posted by Ann | Friday, July 18th, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] It is frequently remarked that politics makes strange bedfellows. Well, last week New Yorker editor David Remnick and Ron Paul Twin Rebekah, two media figures who would be hard pressed to have less in common, found themselves in similar positions. Both Remnick and Rebekah were ...

What Will Evangelical Christian Voters Do?

Posted by Ann | Thursday, July 17th, 2008

[stuckincustoms / Flickr] [Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] Evangelicals just might be the known-unknowns of this election. How will these traditionally Republican voters cast their ballots in November? It's always been assumed that their beliefs on hot-button issues like homosexual marriage and abortion dictate their votes. This year things might ...

Presidential Campaign Slang, 2008 Edition

Posted by Ann | Monday, June 30th, 2008

Dictionary [sAeroZar / Flickr] [Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] Urban Dictionary is a free-for-all dictionary of slang, where anyone can post words or definitions. With little regulation other than a thumbs-up/thumbs-down poll rating a definition's veracity, the site has come to include proper nouns, colloquial expressions, and a plethora of portmanteaus. Feelings ...

Co-Curator: Ann Raber

Posted by Ann | Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

[Ann Raber] I live in Texas and spend my time cleaning, reading, studying and occasionally making radio news for Pacifica. Ballotvox is a perfect opportunity to give my internet habit some direction. I'm interested in what much younger and much older people are thinking about American politics, and in how they ...