Inflation. We hear about it an awful lot. But what’s it actually mean? What causes it? And why is grandpa always complaining about stuff getting more expensive? Stop motion guru Josh Kurz explains it all in this two-part video (you can also watch the whole thing as a single video here).
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By Donelle Blubaugh
By Donelle Blubaugh
What are political party platforms and how much impact do they have in actual political decision-making?
During the Republican and Democratic national conventions this summer, you probably heard a lot about the party platforms” These are actual documents that communicate the key principles of a political party and its core ideologies. Namely, what’s our government for and how should it serve the people? Recreational reading, they are not. But understanding them can help voters steer through some of the election-season spin. The platforms actually provide some real, concrete insight into how party officials and candidates stand on critical issues – things like the economy, education and foreign affairs and social policies. Continue reading
Guest post by Jennifer A. Waggoner
President, League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Voting is essential to the democratic process; it allows citizens to participate in shaping the role and scope of government. And it remains one of the most powerful and interactive forms of civic engagement.
In most Democratic nations throughout the world, universal suffrage is a right that’s been fought hard for. And in some democracies, voting among the adult population is actually mandatory.
Yet in America, it’s a right that’s grown strikingly underutilized. Continue reading
In 1950, California had four state prison facilities and about 11,500 prisoners. By 2006, at the peak of the state’s prison overcrowding, there were 33 prisons and more than 172,000 inmates! That’s an increase of more than 900 percent!
Since 1950: California’s Prison Building Boom