On the Road With Sean Carrigan – Democrat For SC-02

The Democrats in 2018, contrary to popular belief, are running on what they are for. Democrats across the United States are running on various versions of fairer wages, funding for education and infrastructure, and universal access to health care. However, there is one race where I am pleasantly invested in someone running against something: the…

A New Generation of Leaders: Jess Phoenix is running for Congress

In 2018 there are an unprecedented amount of candidates on the Democratic side that come from a scientific background and I was thrilled to be joined by one of them for Earth Day. Jess Phoenix is one of three Democratic candidates vying to unseat Representative Steve Knight in California’s 25th district and with a chorus…

GOP War on the Working Class – Vermont

The latest example of the Republican Party choosing the donor class over the American workers manifested in Vermont. In a state with a population of less than 624,000, about 30 thousand of them are employed by the state and Vermont State Employee Association (VSEA) represents about 6,000 of them. Under the claim of budget cuts,…

“It Hurts:” Physical Results of Bullying

By: Dr. Christine Eady Mann “I’m not as strong as you, when you punch me it hurts.”–Isaac, 11 year old bullying victim Bullying is distressingly common among school-aged children, and is most common during the middle school years. Research has shown that bullying occurs to between 25 and 33 percent of children, and 30% of…

Disrupting Systemic Bullying in America

When we think of bullying, most often we conjure up an overgrown kid throwing his weight around in school, menacing others and spreading fear like a little schoolyard terrorist. The bullying experience is so ubiquitous in American society that movies have been made about sensitive smart kids, who suffer at the hands of bullies, growing…

Why Single Payer? 18 Years in the System

“You’re born, you get Medicare. The end.” –Jim Hightower, at Saturday’s Healthcare Rally I’ve had a number of people ask me why I support Single Payer over other forms of Universal Coverage. The answer encompasses both practical and ideological reasons. First, let’s clear something up: Single Payer =/= socialized medicine. There are forms of Single…

Urge to Run – Tom Prigg is running to flip Pennsylvania’s 12th district

When you’re frustrated with how things work or don’t work, it’s easy to pick up your phone-pull up Twitter or Facebook-and like a football fan on Monday morning, pontificate about what the leaders and aspiring leaders of the nation should have done differently. It’s easy to forget that it’s people who make up the government:…

Bullies Must Be Confronted

As a high school teacher, I’ve spent decades dealing with bullies, and they haven’t changed much. What has changed is the number of platforms available to them to spread their hateful attacks and avoid accountability for their harmful actions. Social media has connected us in ways I never could have imagined when I started teaching…