I’ve been thinking a lot about endorsements lately. This topic has weighed on my mind for years.
Endorsements are a good thing, when they help an organization’s members understand where a candidate stands on issues related to the group’s mission statement. For example, if I were a member of a feminist group, I would appreciate the group evaluating where candidates stand on feminist issues. Continue reading
For the past few years, I have been conducting an auto-ethnographic study of my experiences in electoral politics, and the first piece of that project just got published!
Claire Snyder-Hall, “Battling the Prince: A Political Memoir,” New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture (December 2017), published online 27 Sept. 2017.
Leaving the Ivory Tower and entering the world of realpolitik led to a number of surprising discoveries. This first published piece addresses some of what I learned about political culture during my forays. Continue reading
I once wrote a book about the citizen-soldier tradition in the United States. We have a civilian-controlled military in order to protect our free, democratic society from those who would destroy it. That is why I find it so disturbing when any of our military men and women espouse support for white supremacy, misogyny, or Nazism — all of which are profoundly anti-democratic. Continue reading
The right of all citizens to vote forms the bedrock of our entire system of government, yet that basic right is currently under attack by people who would undermine our precious democracy to advance their own self-interested agenda. Continue reading
Should socialists and progressives work to move the Democratic Party to the left or focus on building a new party? Continue reading
The Sussex County Democrats had their Caucus on March 27th, and they overwhelmingly elected Jane Hovington as their new chair, reportedly shocking establishment Dems.
Jane had the support of progressives, because she opposes the death penalty, takes criminal justice reform seriously, and has a long history as a leader in the NAACP, among other things. And as an added bonus, she is the first African American woman to hold the position.
I know getting Jane and her team elected took a lot of hard work, so I send heartfelt congratulations to everyone who supported the transition to new leadership, especially all the new people Jane’s candidacy mobilized. Here’s the official press release: Continue reading
Is a cop’s life worth more than a firefighter’s? Is it worth more than a nurse’s? Than a little kid’s? Than a young mother’s? Than somebody’s grandmother’s? Than a homeless person’s? Continue reading
It troubles me deeply when I hear people say that undocumented people should be deported because “they broke the law and there must be consequences.” We need to remember the importance of proportionality.
First of all, you can’t criminalize human nature. Continue reading
When you take on a leadership role in an organization, you generally become attached to it, hoping for its continued success, even after you step down. That is how I feel about the Sussex County Democrats, having served as chair of the 14RD Committee for 4 years, and sitting on the County executive committee because of that role.
Consequently, I’ve been asking myself these questions: Democrats had a registration advantage in Sussex County in 2014 (49,865 v. 49,615) and only a slight disadvantage in 2016 (57,522 v. 59,907), so why can’t Democrats get elected in Sussex? Why did every single Democrat lose in 2014 and 2016, except for the one Trump supporters love? Is the County just hopeless, best written off as a lost cause? Continue reading