Effectively Engaging Young Voters - 2 Mutual Interviews with Leaders of the Bus Federation

Here are two brilliant guys. On the heels of my post about how the Spiritual Progressives are failing to get young people involved, I got two interviews with guys who are masters at that game.

Meet Jefferson Smith of the Oregon-based Bus Project and Matt Singer of Forward Montana. Check out The Bus Federation and Trick-Or-Vote for some of the great work they're doing.

A Weekend in Denver

Flying to Denver was both stressful and exciting. On one hand, I was leaving my children to start a new school year without me. I have never missed a first day of school. On the other hand, I was flying off to the experience of a lifetime.

My flight was uneventful. I arrived in Denver and as we all walked up the path to enter the main terminal we were greeted with DNC volunteers holding and waving Barack Obama signs welcoming us to Denver. It wasn't a raucus welcome, but I got a bit of a lump in my throat and the excitement immediately started to build.

On Economic Forecasting, Or, Notes From The Golf Tournament

Once a year the professional golf community comes to visit my neck of the woods, in the form of the PGA’s Champion’s Tour.

It’s an event that changes the character of the community in several ways: spectators swell the size of the town, there’s a media focus that usually doesn’t exist...and an actual, no kidding, traffic jam might develop—on a weekend.

It’s a great economic barometer, as well. Despite the efforts of the Professional Golfers Association (the PGA), there is a lot more of an upper-income demographic attending the tournament than there is a Happy Gilmore kind of crowd.

Which brings me to the point of today’s examination: what can we learn about the state of the economy from the perspective of the tricklers, as opposed to how it looks from the point of view of the trickled upon?

"No Way, No How, No McCain!" Day 2 Democratic National Convention Highlights (Videos)

Rachel Maddow is right. Hillary hit it out of the park tonight.

Hillary didn't just tell her supporters that she's supporting Barack Obama, she asked her supporters why they supported her (read WHY would you support John McCain)?

While it was anticipated that speakers would slam McCain, the hits exceeded expectations.

BAM!

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