Politics and Elections

House of Cards & Super Tuesday

Season 4 of the political thriller House of Cards goes live on Netflix this week. I love that show. Like probably too much. When Season 3 dropped I cleared my schedule, drove out to my friend’s place in Jersey and binge-watched the whole season start to finish in one sitting. Despite my love for the…

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Our Presidential Primary System Sucks

The HeadCount blog is an open forum where all opinions are welcome. The subsequent commentary reflects only the views of the author and not of the HeadCount organization. Anyone wishing to write for the HeadCount blog, with any viewpoint, may do so by emailing [email protected] We’re now a couple weeks 2016 primary season and here’s the real tally…

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HeadCount Rockin Road Trip to NH

As the leading non-profit organization that registers voters at concerts, HeadCount wanted to know what young people in New Hampshire really thought about the candidates as the primary approached. So we road tripped to the Granite State, to capture the energy of the primaries and interview young people volunteering for campaigns, attending rallies, or just…

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The Road to 2016: Music Video Edition

Bernie Sanders dropped a music video/campaign ad to Simon and Garfunkel’s “America” and people love it. Personally I think Paul Simon’s video for “You Can Call Me Al” featuring Chevy Chase is more entertaining. Yes, it’s nice to see a political ad with uplifting music, no negativity, and shots of Americans working and living together….

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The Road to 2016: Baseball and Momentum

It is hard not to view campaign politics through the lens of sports. There are winners. There are losers. There are TV pundits who have no clue what they are talking about. And there are 24 hour TV stations dedicated to both. I would love to be the brilliant writer that came up with a…

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Here Are My ‘New York Values’

“I think most people know exactly what ‘New York values’ are… the values in New York City are socially liberal, are pro-abortion, are pro-gay-marriage, focused around money and the media.” – Ted Cruz ‘New York Values,’ What could that mean? I think in some ways, Ted Cruz is right, New York has distinct values. I’d say…

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The Road to 2016: Hillary on UFOs; Bernie on Marijuana; Christie on a Roll

It’s 3am, your children are asleep, a phone rings in the White House. Who do you want to answer it? Well if the call is coming from aliens, Hillary Clinton is more than prepared. Sort of. I’m fairly sure this article about Hillary’s thoughts on aliens and UFOs isn’t satire – it’s from the Huffington…

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Donald vs. Bill: A Sexism Smackdown

Every week in 2016, HeadCount will throw a short update your way on the Presidential campaign named “The Road to 2016.” Here’s the fourth installment: REPUBLICANS The news cycle always slows down a bit around Christmas, which probably benefits those currently in the lead like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The biggest news came from the…

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Data Glitches and Immigration Disputes on The Road to 2016

DEMOCRATS The Democratic Presidential race got interesting this week thanks to a quirk in a software used by campaigns. I’ve worked with this software before and can try to explain what went down. Many campaigns use a service called NGP VAN. It tracks data about volunteering from at least as far back as ‘04. It is…

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Is Ted Cruz the new top dog? Did Paris Accords go far enough?

Every week in 2016, HeadCount will throw a short update your way on the Presidential campaign named “The Road to 2016.” Here’s the second installment: Republicans: Ted Cruz has had a week most of us would envy. Despite the release of this awkward piece about Cruz and his family, the Texas Senator has thoroughly overtaken Donald Trump…

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