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From the Tea Party, to Occupy Wall Street, to the growing number of organizations like Votizen and Americans Elect, non-partisans all over the United States are having an impact on local, state, and national politics. Organizations also play a critical role in highlighting public issues and providing the political will for policy solutions. In the United States organizations come in varying types and sizes, but they are undeniably the driving force behind many political outcomes.
Canada’s single-payer health care system is the focus of a new documentary, The Healthcare Movie. A recent screening in San Diego, California, harbored a lengthy community discussion about the possibility and implications of a single-payer health care system in the United States.
Thirty-four states and Washington D.C. have been granted waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. States can opt out of the federal law if it meets.
Earlier this month, a prominent and award-winning political watchdog group in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, had its budget cut in half after losing funding from one of its biggest donors.
In November, California voters rejected the abolition of the death penalty by voting against Proposition 34. However, advocacy groups are fighting to keep the conversation going about the death penalty…