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From the Tea Party, to Occupy Wall Street, to the growing number of organizations like Votizen and Americans Elect, to informal movements like those opposing the Stop Online Piract Act (SOPA), to those on both sides of the gay marriage debate, non-partisans all over the United States are having an impact on local, state, and national politics. Activism often embodies the general voter sentiment and is an important element of a participatory democracy.
This Sunday, an event is going to take place that is designed to alter the ideas of Americans regarding the First Amendment, the presidential candidates, and the Internal Revenue Service.
In 2012, at least fifty bona fide independent candidates have run for the US House and Senate. About twenty of those candidates have already withdrawn or been defeated.
The Commission on Presidential Debates, the tax-exempt organization responsible for organizing the national presidential debates, has been under intense public scrutiny for excluding Gary Johnson and Jill Stein from the debates, and activist groups are now questioning who actually finances them. It seems that presidential debate funding is often convoluted and highly protected.
Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed the sexual reorientation therapy ban, SB1172, into law on Saturday. The bill, authored by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-CA), prohibits therapy that claims to change the sexual orientation of minors. This type of controversial therapy is also known as reparative or conversion therapy. The law will go into effect January 1, 2013.