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Election 2012


Gay marriage wins in Maine

While some groups — including the National Organization for Marriage — claim otherwise, much of the data available points to a significant shift in American public opinion on gay and lesbian marriage since 2001. According to Pew Research Center reports from this year, growing support for same-sex marriage is no longer limited to card-carrying liberals. […]


Democracy at stake

One week after the presidential election,  it is time to worry about new problems such as the fiscal cliff and the stubborn partisan divide. But before we move on, Americans need to know:  What happened in Florida?  And should Florida be in electoral receivership? As President Obama said in his election night speech, “Whether you voted for […]


  President Obama wins second term

Watch: President Barack Obama gives his victory speech. Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you have made me a better president. Governor Mitt Romney concedes the presidency after a hard-fought campaign. This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray […]


The green new deal

Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, climate change has caught the attention of many Americans. What’s your take? JS: The crisis of the moment and the question of the hour is whether this election will be the response that we need to the climate crisis. It took the storm of the century, an unprecedented storm, […]


Where’s Alexander: Battleground Youth in Heartland U.S.A.

Alexander Heffner presents the fourth installment of his tour assessing the youth vote on America’s college campuses. Read Part I: In search of the college vote, Part II: Chasing the dream & Part III: Demographics and the millennial vote. The hours are counting down until Americans will elect a new president. While 18 to 29-year-olds comprise a significant […]


  Need to Know: Nov 2, 2012: Dubuque, Iowa

This week, Need to Know’s John Larson reports from Dubuque, Iowa — a town in a swing state worth six electoral votes in the road to the White House.


  What’s at stake?

This year’s PBS Election special, What’s at Stake, presents viewers with an up-to-the-minute review of this year’s top campaign issues and considers how the outcome of the election could impact voters’ lives. In the past few years the United States has suffered from unusual weather; from the worse drought in over sixty years to Tropical Storm […]


  Need to Know, October 26, 2012: The voter fraud debate, opposition research in the digital age and Dean Obeidallah

This week, Need to Know’s Rick Carr reports on controversial changes to election rules in the battleground state of Florida- will they root out voter fraud or keep legitimate voters from the polls?


American Indians make voices heard this election cycle

American Indians – long a forgotten and ignored constituency in U.S. politics – are increasingly getting themselves involved in the system, saying the stakes are too high this election season to sit on the sidelines waiting to be courted. The activism is everywhere, from large political donations to the presidential candidates to participation in the […]

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