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Cycling and democracy

Action Speaks, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues October 10 with a discussion of cycling and protest culture.
Action Speaks
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 05, 2012

At RISD: designing ballots, designing democracy

Hanging chads were not the only problem with the Florida ballots at the center of the Bush-Gore election fight in 2000.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 21, 2012

It might never happen

The Very Smart People have proclaimed that the Democratic Party is about to reclaim control of the Maine House of Representatives.
Democrat domination
By AL DIAMON  |  January 13, 2012

A defiant mayor in a defaulting city

It's been a year since the state appointed a receiver to take control of a nearly insolvent Central Falls and Mayor Charles Moreau, reduced to a mere figurehead, rides shotgun in a blue Chevy Impala — surveying all that he's lost.
Urban Affairs
By MALCOLM BURNLEY  |  July 08, 2011

Brown's Mark Blyth on austerity, virtue, and why the Democrats are like your mom

On the heels of this fall's Tea Party tempest, austerity is all the rage in Washington. Witness President Obama's call for a five-year freeze in domestic spending in his the State of the Union speech this week and the GOP's push, in response, for a far
Cutting back
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 28, 2011

Examining the state of Iraq's democracy

Why don't people laugh out loud, or at least guffaw, when they hear about US troops overseas assisting elections? Too many US states and municipalities have dysfunctional voting systems for us to be proudly tutoring anyone else.
Only eight candidates for office were murdered during this year's campaigning, down from 200 in 2005
By ANDISHEH NOURAEE  |  February 18, 2009

Democracy in China

That December morning in the year 2010 began oddly. The sun rose in the west. The river reversed itself and flowed upstream. The tide went out and didn't come back.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 31, 2008