democracy

Misinformation, violence and a paper shortage threaten midterm elections, officials say

BY: - May 23, 2022

Members of a U.S. Senate panel and election administrators raised a bevy of concerns Thursday about the challenges elections officials will face this fall, saying problems ranging from a lack of paper to coordinated misinformation campaigns could affect confidence in U.S. democracy. A bipartisan panel of current and former elections officials and experts told the […]

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We have the tools to build an extraordinary civilization. We ought to use them

BY: - April 28, 2022

Too often sharing the news feels like being a messenger of madness. Every day, foundational democratic institutions suffer sustained assault while a corrupt, extremist right-wing tyranny over Ohio politics and policy reigns. As important as it is to chronicle the “first draft of history” by finding the facts and holding power to account, the American […]

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Misinformation is deadly. What are we going to do about it?

BY: - April 27, 2022

Misinformation is deadly. It kills humans and democracy. All of us have some responsibility for this serious threat to society. All of us are affected by it, regardless of whether we use social media. And all of us need to do something about it. The examples are hard to ignore: An insurrection at the U.S. […]

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Authoritarianism v. democratic self-governance: The battle of the ages

BY: - April 21, 2022

ROME — When I’m not helping chronicle the charade of governance that is Ohio policy and politics, I’m most often studying the history of human civilization, with an emphasis on America and antiquity. Taking a short hiatus from the circus maximus of the Ohio Statehouse, standing amidst the ruins of the Roman Forum, I pondered […]

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The biggest threat to American democracy comes from within

BY: - April 6, 2022

Ukraine’s desperate fight to avoid authoritarian rule is a stark reminder of how important our democracy is — how much we need to treasure it, protect it and continue to work to make it better. Ensuring that our democracy prevails must be done in every unit of government in this great republic. The threats that […]

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Bookman: ‘We the people’ are in dangerous territory

BY: - March 4, 2022

The state of our union is precarious. It is precarious not because of some outside threat – outside threats we can still handle. It is precarious because we have forgotten our way, because we find ourselves increasingly seduced by a perverted, stunted and selfish notion of freedom. It is precarious because some of us have […]

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In speech to Congress, Biden bet on democracy. It’s up to America to prove him right

BY: - April 30, 2021

During his anything-but-typical address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Joe Biden used the word “democracy,” over and over again. Some were run-of-the-mill evocations, as was the case when he spoke of “revitalizing” our democracy — a promise made by more than one more president, and a bromide meant to soothe […]