2012 election

How to Make Sure That You Get to Vote

Posted on 11/2/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsYou may feel energized and passionate about the 2012 election, but that enthusiasm isn’t going to have much impact if you don’t actually cast a vote. Here are some tips on how to make sure that you make a personal impact on the nation’s future. Make sure you know where to vote. Vote411.org, a website created by the League of Women Voters, allows you to find your polling place by typing in your address. Once you’ve got that, Google Maps can …

Romney Narrows Gap With Obama On Medicare Issue

Posted on 10/31/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Phil Galewitz, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News As the race for the White House has tightened, President Barack Obama has seen his advantage on several key health issues narrow significantly among likely voters, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Oct. 31. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) Most troublesome for Obama is that, among likely voters, GOP candidate Mitt Romney has pulled nearly even with him on which candidate would do a better job …

On Medicare and Social Security, 12 Senate Races Worth Watching

Posted on 10/24/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe future of Medicare, Social Security and other programs for older Americans may well be shaped by these 12 key races for seats in the U.S. Senate, all of which have been rated as tossups by RealClearPolitics or major news organizations. This is the first of a series of posts that we’ll do in the final days of the 2012 campaign, looking at how these races are playing out. Each entry includes excerpts from — and links to — stories …

How Not to Be Fooled By Campaign Ads

Posted on 10/9/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThis is the time of year when many of us begin to dread the commercial breaks in our favorite TV shows. We know that we’re going to hear tense, horror-movie soundtrack music. We’ll see a grainy, unflattering black-and-white photo of some candidate. The photo will be emblazoned with headlines condemning the candidate’s record of shameful failures or conscience-shocking offense. Sometimes the ad has been authorized by the candidate’s opponent; often, though, it turns out to have been paid for by an …

Not Yet Registered to Vote? In Most States There’s Still Time, But You’d Better Hurry

Posted on 10/8/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsOne strange and sometimes troubling thing about American democracy is that a lot of us don’t participate in it. According to a 2006 Pew Research Center study, about one in five adults aren’t registered to vote, and another 23 percent are “registered but rare” voters, who hardly ever show up at the polls. It’s as if we’ve forgotten that there were was a time, not that too long ago — 1964, to be exact — when three American heroes named Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael …

Understanding the Presidential Debate Game

Posted on 10/2/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIf you’ve watched a few presidential debates over the years, you’ve probably been a bit puzzled by some of what takes place. Why do the candidates stand stiffly at podiums, instead of relaxing in chairs? Since it’s supposed to be an argument, why don’t they actually just talk to each other? Who writes the questions, and are they a surprise to the candidates, or do they get to see them in advance? Why are the Democratic and Republican candidates invited, but not …