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Better to Work with the Schools We Have

School board elections are usually placid affairs, but that wasn't the case in the recent Los Angeles election. Would-be kingmakers, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and media magnate Rupert Murdoch, spent nearly $4 million to defeat incumbent Steven Zimmer. Zimmer's sin was to question th… More

Alaska Shouldn’t Challenge Federal Gun Laws

As an Alaskan, I'm no stranger to guns - there was actually a shooting range in the basement of my elementary school (to be fair, it was closed during school hours). I've never had very strong feelings about the gun issue because I can see merit in both sides of the debate. That said, I think some gun ri… More

Ignite Inspires Young Women to Engage in Politics

Ignite Inspires Young Women to Engage in Politics

Fatimah Simmons (MPP '11) helps young women from low-income communities to become civically engaged and politically involved. She is the program director for Ignite, which sponsored the Tomorrow’s Women Leaders Today conference, drawing 150 promising young women from throughout the Bay Area. Read mo… More

How About Creating a National Energy Policy?

by Helen Walters Kicking off the TED conference would be a daunting prospect for most, but Jennifer Granholm has tackled both nastier challenges and less friendly audiences in her time. After all, she is the former governor of Michigan, a state that, as the blurb to her book A Governor’s Story: The Fight fo… More