Tag: New York

Can You Do The Con-Con? Explaining New York’s Constitutional Convention Vote

On November 7th, New Yorkers will vote on whether a state Constitutional Convention will happen in 2019. This Constitutional Convention vote lands on the ballot every 20 years, theoretically giving each generation an almost Jeffersonian opportunity to re-write the state’s laws. The last two times that the con-con appeared on the NY ballot, in 1997…

Posted in Politics and Elections

Not Just Trump’s Kids: New York’s Voter Suppression

If you follow political news you probably saw a story earlier today about how two of Donald Trump’s adult children didn’t register in time to vote for their dad in the New York primaries. At first it’s kind of funny. It’s easy to mock a candidate (or their family) for these minor mistakes. I’m guilty…

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…

Posted in Politics and Elections

I can get married?

A HeadCount blogger shares how – despite his sexual preferences – he never felt a strong connection with the LGBT community or its cause. But now that same-sex marriage could become legal in New York State, he has appreciation and gratitude for everyone who fought on his behalf.

Posted in Uncategorized, Personal Liberty, Human Rights

HeadCount Is Hiring

HeadCount will add a full-time, salaried position early next year to work in our New York City office. Candidates must be passionate about both music and grassroots organizing, dedicated, self-motivated, creative and ready for a true adventure. Most importantly, he or she must bring a unique set of skills and demonstrate a clear ability to…

Posted in HeadCount Community

This American Phish

Forget about Phish 3.0. For a long time I reckoned there were only two Phish eras: the Clinton years and the Bush years. Having seen the band all three nights at Madison Square Garden last week, however, I’m forced to update that notion. Phish has now fully entered their – and our – Obama phase….

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

How Marijuana Became Legal (For White People)

Since thirteen states have legalized marijuana for medical use, with another fifteen possibly doing the same by next year, Roger Parloff argues in a humongous Fortune magazine feature (“How Marijuana Became Legal”) that the plant has essentially been legitimized, at least on a “local-option” basis. Moreover, medical marijuana in California offers the benefit of an…

Posted in Personal Liberty

Primary Election Day: Get Out And Vote

Primary elections are taking place across the country. Right now! So if you haven’t already, hie thee hence out the door, down the street, and into a voting booth. (If you live in Utah, don’t forget your ID.) In areas where one party dominates, the primary election is tantamount to a general election, making it…

New York City Mayor Floats Election Reforms

Election Reform is nothing new. The State of New York ratified the U.S. Constitution in 1788 and fewer than 40 years later altered the Property Qualification statute to extend voting rights to all white males regardless of whether they owned or rented property. A few years later, the office of Mayor became an elected position…