In Jon Stewart’s Absence, All Politics Became Satire

There was a time when Jon Stewart was among the most trusted people in news. As comical as that statement sounds, it’s exactly what a 2007 Pew Research Center poll found. Stewart, who hosted “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central and never purported to be a journalist or news anchor, was nonetheless viewed as the one of the most reliable by a majority of respondents. Naturally, this said a lot about the political climate. Network news established itself in firm partisan camps. Depending upon which network one watched, there would…

The Electoral College after 2016

A divided nation produced an astonishingly divided result in the presidential election on Nov. 8. While Donald Trump, the billionaire business magnate, captured enough Electoral College votes to secure the presidency, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earned more popular votes. Currently, she stands over two million votes ahead of the president-elect. This occurrence illustrates a divide between urban and rural America, which received little focus leading up to the general election. The Electoral College, as defined by the National Archives, was established by the founding fathers “as a compromise…

The Post-Trump Market Rally

Florida was falling. So were all of the battleground states. The so-called firewalls in Wisconsin and Virginia, too, were up in flames. It was a catastrophic failure of the Democratic machine – a blistering surprise delivered by a surge of Trump voters that lifted him from the depths of what had been believed to be almost certain defeat into a resurgent, euphoric victory. Few had expected it (disclaimer: including me) – and certainly not the financial markets. According to analysts, they’d priced in a Clinton win long ago. But when…

A Unique Election Season in the Age of Social Media

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about the 2016 election. After all, it’s all around us, permeating our conversations, splashed on the front page of every newspaper, and receiving constant television coverage. For months we’ve been unable to escape the constant onslaught of speculations on who will win and how, and talk is unlikely to slow now that there’s been such a stunning reversal of expectations with Donald Trump’s victory. In fact, I bet your social media platforms are especially saturated with election coverage. Scroll through Facebook and what was…

The Polls Aren’t Working Against Donald Trump

As this election cycle enters its waning moments, there’s been a lot of talk from Donald Trump about a “silent majority” of voters who secretly support him but are too afraid to say it in public or over the phone to pollsters. The term comes from one of Nixon’s 1969 speeches, and it’s been used unsparingly ever since by candidates seeking to shed light on a section of the electorate that they feel isn’t being fully illustrated by polling data. Recently, Trump has latched onto the idea, arguing that many…

Trump’s Path to 270

Over the past week, the presidential race has tightened prodigiously between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to a virtual standstill. Particularly newsworthy events over the last seven days that have contributed to the narrowing of the polls include a favorable jobs report, news about an expected hike in Obamacare premiums for the upcoming year, and perhaps most impactful, the FBI’s announcement to reopen the Clinton email investigation after finding new evidence in an unrelated probe on Anthony Weiner (on Sunday, the FBI disclosed that it would ultimately not bring charges…

There Are More Than Two Sides to Politics: Chad Peace speaks about Independent Voters in 2016

Chad Peace is a leader in the independent voter community. He serves as the legal strategist for the Independent Voter Project (IVP), the publishing editor for IVP’s publication IVN.us, president of IVC Media, and partner at the law firm Peace & Shea LLP. Peace has dedicated his life to reforming the electoral system in favor of all voters, not just party affiliates. Welcome Chad. Thank you for joining me today. Do you mind discussing a bit of what the Independent Voter Project (IVP) does?  The Independent Voter Project was founded…

Hillary’s October Surprise

For an historically calamitous presidential election cycle, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was handed a deafening blow just a week out from Election Day. In an October that broke historically low ground for scandal and controversy, mudslinging, and inflammatory remarks, it is altogether fitting that the month culminated with what has been the crème de la crème of controversies this election cycle: Clinton’s emails. FBI Director James Comey’s ostensibly impromptu decision to reopen the probe on Clinton’s emails after discovery of new revelations linked to the server of vilified former congressman Anthony…