Pump the brakes in reaction to Bears Ears

The hot story this week is the presidential decree establishing the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. With a swipe of his pen, President Obama set aside over one million acres of Utah wilderness as land too sacred, too historical, too intergenerational and too pristine to be left in the control of anyone and anything short of the all-seeing and all-powerful federal government. Utah conservatives are up in arms. They say President Obama abused the Antiquities Act (he did). They say his timing in doing so as he leaves…

The Two Things That MIGHT Impact Voter Turnout and What They Mean for Count My Vote

Voter turnout is down, but why fewer voters show up is complicated. Competition and duty help explain it, but only partially. Even with Count My Vote changes taking effect this year, don’t expect higher voter turnout.   A New Low for Democracy As a nation, we don’t turn out to vote very consistently, and we’re getting worse.  A New York Times article claims that turnout during the recent mid-terms was the lowest turnout in 72 years with “43 states, less than half the eligible population bothered to vote, and no state broke 60 percent.”…