The First 100 Days

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Obama has one of the highest initial job-approval ratings (68%) of any post-WWII president. The flip side of it: The Expectations. Dave Rex Wood is a software engineer and enthusiastic amateur photographer in Colorado. On inauguration day, he revived the post-election Message for Obama phenomenon and sent six more requests to ...

Arne Duncan: Secretary of Education

Posted by Katherine | Friday, December 19th, 2008

Building up education [kokeshi / Flickr] Obama announced this week that he'd picked Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education. The battle over education policy seems to be fought between two main camps: accountability/achievement and unions/funding. The president-elect apparently kept a toe in each one during the campaign, and conventional wisdom says ...

A Nerd He Can Believe In

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

New York hip-hop vlogger Jay Smooth -- a ballotvoxregular featured here and here -- usually has something to say about whatever the rest of us are talking about. Only he's better at it. This is Jay on the confusion of the economy. He'd like to have "the annoying smart guy" at ...

Against Palin… Before He Was (Sort Of) For Her

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

On the fence [slavetothemusic / Flickr] Ann Raber just discovered an interesting new blogger. He writes anonymously at Black Men for McCain. He says he's a black Republican and a Christian who dislikes Obama and intended his month-old blog to support McCain. Until, at least, McCain picked Palin: I’m a Republican because this ...

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 ...

Ludacris’s Endorsement Backfires

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Obama praised rapper Ludacris as a great talent recently (though he wished he didn't have to worry about his daughters "getting bad images of themselves" should they listen to his music). Last week, Ludacris presumably thought he returned the favor with Politics As Usual, his endorsement of Barack. The ...

New G.I. Bill for Education

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

[Jayel Aheram / Flickr] About a month ago, Congress passed and President Bush signed a new GI Bill proposed by Senator Jim Webb. This is a bill that Bush threatened to veto and McCain opposed (and didn't vote on) because they were afraid it would encourage people to leave the military. ...

Alternative Terrorism

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

James Pence of Glendale, Kentucky, doesn't mince words. He explains here, in a calmly biting commentary on the Bush administration's handling of the economy, healthcare, civil liberties, and other issues central to the election, how he -- if he were a terrorist -- would undermine America: That rocking chair somehow takes ...