Tips on influencing local government

“No individual is so insignificant as to be without influence. The changes in our varying moods are all recorded in the delicate barometers of the lives of others. We should ever let our influence filter through human love and sympathy. We should not be merely an influence,―we should be an inspiration. By our verypresence we should be a tower of strength to the hungering human souls around us.”—William George Jordan, The Majesty of Calmness, 1900 As a member of the city council in my small town I have an opportunity…

Public Opinion and Politics at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s favorability numbers have been falling steadily since 2000, when it issued its (infamous or not, depending on your perspective) decision in Bush v. Gore, which stopped the endless recounts and bickering over hanging chads, made George W. Bush President, and unwittingly set Al Gore on the path to fame and fortune. Currently, just over 50% of Americans have a favorable view of the Supreme Court, down from between 70 and 80 percent in the late 1990s and early 2000s. While it’s impossible to know the precise drivers of…