It turns out Minnesota has the highest youth vote turnout in the nation thanks to its progressive voting laws. Via MTV, a recent examination of voter trends by Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement and the United States Election Project, young people in Minnesota had a turnout of 69 percent in 2004.
I read Courtney Martin's piece yesterday on the state of youth activism, and while it was good, I think she gets it wrong. Martin argues that institutions hold all the power and are killing radical individualism, but I think she forgets that not all institutions are bad. In fact, they can make youth more organized, better funded, and more effective. I'm an associate editor at Campus Progress, one of the largest and best funded progressive youth organizations in the country and I've been really impressed with some of the young people we've encountered. Martin's argument is that youth today are just too safe.
Two wealthy Wesleyan donors, including Jonathan Soros, created scholarships for up to 10 veterans to attend the elite school. The school admitted that right now they only have about two students that would qualify for the scholarships.
On December 22, 2005, Joshua Omvig, a 22-year-old reservist from Davenport, Iowa, committed suicide with a gun in his pickup truck, after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq a year earlier. He suffered post traumatic stress disorder, a common problem with soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Everyone seems to love to rehash the "Is Clinton running as a woman?" argument over and over again. Gender will of course play into Clinton's candidacy. She's often said she "can't run as anything other than a woman." It's unavoidable, so the campaign will take advantage of it to the best of its ability. And of course, as in the debate on Tuesday, when the only woman standing on stage is attacked by her male competitors, there is a subtext of gender politics, even if it is focused on a foreign policy disagreement. It feels different then when it's just men arguing.