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