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Why Congress is Broken (And How We Can Fix It)

By Garrison Lovely Published October 31, 2013

America believes in a deeply personal political system. Across the country, from newsrooms to dinner tables, individual characteristics of Presidents and Speakers, Representatives and Senators, Republicans and Democrats are attributed to successes or failures in politics. The reality is, the failures of our government to govern are largely caused by institutional obstacles and the politicians that take advantage of these obstacles for political gain.


Rethinking the Minimum Wage

By Garrison Lovely Published October 3, 2013

This Labor Day, something strange happened: people actually talked about labor in America. This was due to a coordinated strike of fast food workers in over 60 cities at the end of August. The strikers demanded a doubling of their wage from the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour to a "living wage" of $15 an hour.


The Last Great Struggle

By Garrison Lovely Published May 1, 2013

In a country where elected officials and Supreme Court justices compare gay sex to bestiality and incest, where overt and tacit discrimination still exists, where there is a living history of legal persecution, a public display of support goes a long way.