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Lucas Carrol, a freshman at Boston College, was sitting on his bed in his dorm room, bored on a Sunday, when he decided to create an unofficial “Pete Buttigieg for President” Facebook page. It was four days after the South Bend mayor announced his exploratory committee in late January.
“I wanted to prove I could build a successful digital outreach campaign and show the importance of social media grass roots in elections,” Mr. Carrol, 18, said.
The page now reaches as many as a million people a week, has collected 19,000 likes and has brought 1,000 donors to Mr. Buttigieg’s campaign through a customized fund-raising link.
Mr. Carrol’s effort isn’t a surprising one. Dating back at least to the sit-ins against segregation in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960 and subsequent activism by young people in the 1960s, youth-led movements have often helped define political moments.
Reflecting the emphasis being put on young voters in the 2020 race, five Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to answer questions from students and young voters in CNN town hall-style events Monday night beginning at 7 p.m. from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.
The Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016 and a focus on young voters in the 2018 midterm elections have put increasing emphasis on them as an important demographic, particularly for Democrats. Nearly 60 percent of people 18 to 24 say they’re Democrats, while just a third say they’re Republicans, according to an analysis of Pew Research Center data over the last year.
But it remains to be seen whether young voters will turn out on a large scale. Even with the youthful support for Mr. Sanders in 2016, a study by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that Mr. Sanders “did not inspire a surge in turnout from young Democrats.” Less than 20 percent of young voters turned out in primaries in Nevada, Iowa and New Hampshire, according to exit polling by Edison Research.
Still, Democrats see enormous potential.
“Young voters are listed as low-propensity voters,” said Louis Elrod, president of the Young Democrats of America, the youth arm of the Democratic Party. He explained that because many young people don’t donate to campaigns, or don’t have a voting record yet, campaigns usually don’t take the time to talk to them like they would other voters. “You hear this bias all the time that young people are apathetic. We’re not apathetic.”
In the last four years, young people have called for big structural economic and social changes by forming organizations such as March for Our Lives, United We Dream and the Sunrise Movement. The ferment is a reaction both to the Trump administration and to legislative decisions of older generations who won’t bear the full brunt of their decisions on issues like climate change and student debt.
“This election feels like a question of our generation…
More than 190 million Indonesian voters are heading to the polls for an election that will test the country’s democracy. The two presidential candidates have similar ideas, but very different leadership styles.
The 2019 Indonesian election is a massive undertaking, with presidential, parliamentary, regional and local elections all taking place at the same time in a country with 193 million eligible voters spread across three time zones; from Papua in the east, to the tip of Sumatra over 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles) away in the west.
According to estimates by the Australia-based think tank Lowy Institute, these five simultaneous elections will combine more than 245,000 candidates, contesting a total of 20,000 seats in local, regional and national legislatures. This will involve nearly 6,000,000 election workers and 810,000 polling stations. Lowy dubbed it the “world’s most complicated election.”
The all-important presidential vote is a remake of the 2014 contest, with incumbent Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, once again going up against former general Prabowo Subianto.
Jokowi won the 2014 election with 53% of the votes, and ran his campaign by promoting Indonesia’s social plurality, while promising to boost the economy and improve infrastructure.
This time around, Subianto hopes to edge off Jokowi by running on a platform of law and order, combined with conservative Islamic values. Subianto is selling himself as a strongman, and has said he wants to transform Indonesia into an “Asian tiger.”
Whether this strategy will work with Indonesian voters is uncertain. Current opinion polls currently show Jokowi with a comfortable lead. Outside of conservative circles, Subianto is seen by many voters as a firebrand. And as the son-in-law of Indonesia’s former dictator, Suharto, for some voters, he represents a return to Indonesia’s authoritarian past.
Jokowi is known for his moderate and measured communication style and has built a strong voter base backed up by infrastructure projects along with health and education programs that have benefited rural communities in this far-flung archipelago nation.
WASHINGTON — Voters’ attitudes about the economy will be the driving force in the next presidential election, according to the first Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service “Battleground Poll” of the 2020 cycle.
The national bipartisan survey of registered voters, released Tuesday, found that 59 percent of voters say they are very or somewhat worried about an economic downturn.
While President Trump’s overall unfavorable rating has remained steady at 55 percent since he announced his candidacy in 2015, 58 percent of voters approve of the job he has done on the economy.
Democratic pollster Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners said the Democratic Party will need to focus on the economy or “it will find itself in serious jeopardy for the 2020 election.”
Lake has conducted the “Battleground Poll” since 1991 with Republican pollster Ed Goeas of The Tarrance Group.
Let us set aside the political issue for one moment, which is believed to be the bone of contention between “left” and “right”. On almost every issue on the agenda, most Israelis think, one thing and vote, the opposite.
A the numbers show, most of the Jews in Israel, 53%, support an amendment of the Nation-State law adding an equality clause, and 75% support adding the equality clause to the all basic laws.
Most Israelis, 74%, support the imposition of a core curriculum on ultra-Orthodox education. 72% support public transportation on the Sabbath, in one form or another. 72% are in favor of civil marriage and 55% do not want to marry through the rabbinate.
81% of the Jews in Israel support equality for all streams in Judaism and 60% of the Israelis support an easier conversion process.
62% support egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. Let us not underestimate this. It is one of the most divisive issues between Israel and American Jewry.
Interestingly these questions do not reflect a dispute between secular and religious, or between the general public and the ultra-Orthodox.
Some 50% of those who define themselves as religious support civil marriage while half of those defined as Orthodox support a core curriculum in all Orthodox learning institutions.
We can go on. There are many other surveys, and caution…
Brexit day has gone. Parliament can’t agree on its ideas now it’s in charge and the government can’t get its deal through again and again and again. What a pickle. Just Remain as we were, we had a great deal, perfect for our particularities. Just Revoke. Stop this nonsense. Or… give us a vote. Or… agree on a some sort of customs union and single market deal. Or… completely smash the nation with a no-deal real Brexit by 12 April. But make your minds up. jeekelemental
‘Sleep walking into disaster’
Sleep walking into disaster. Completely self-absorbed MPs have proven time and time again that they are not qualified to pull off something as complicated as Brexit. And if they are not lacking competence then they are acting with complete contempt for the people of Britain, as long as the deadline looms. FromEveryAngle
‘Time to pass the ball to some other sucker’
How does Theresa May not just step down and walk away from this mess? She didn’t call the referendum and she obviously isn’t getting any help implementing the shocking result. Sort of feels like she’s tried enough and it’s time to pass the ball to some other sucker. It’s painfully obvious that what really should happen is a general election and each party can craft their own platform on Brexit including whether to cancel the whole thing, and let the people vote. Skippy67
‘Put the decision back to the people’
We have a ‘moment in time’ narrow division of opinion which has been hijacked by powerful people for their own vested interests. Online and on the streets the voice of those who actually want to leave the EU is barely audible above that of…
British MPs are trying to break the Brexit deadlock in a series of dramatic votes on Monday. The string of indicative votes, as they’re known, comes after British lawmakers took control of the Brexit proceedings last week.
MPs will have another chance to cast their ballots on the eight indicative votes — some of which are being voted on…
Theresa May’s warring cabinet ministers will once again be instructed to boycott Monday night’s indicative votes, as MPs make a second attempt to coalesce around an alternative to her Brexit deal.
The prime minister had suggested she would “engage constructively” with the indicative votes process, set up by a cross-party group of MPs led by the former Conservative minister Sir Oliver Letwin.
But Downing Street sources confirmed that the government would whip Conservative MPs to oppose the business motion kicking off Monday’s votes.
Backbench MPs and junior ministers will then be allowed a free vote on the various options being considered, which are likely to include a customs union, a Norway-style “common market 2.0” deal, and a referendum.
The deeplydivided cabinet, which May’s own chief whip, Julian Smith, described in a BBC interview on Monday as the “worst example of ill-discipline in cabinet in British political history”, will be instructed not to vote.
Asked about Smith’s comments, May’s spokesman said she continued to have confidence in her chief whip. “I’ll leave it to historians to make their judgments on history,” he said.
Smith suggested the government should have been clearer in the aftermath of the 2017 general election it would have to tack towards a softer Brexit deal in order to build a majority in the hung parliament.
Jeremy Corbyn will whip Labour MPs to support a Brexit referendum in the indicative votes – but could face a wave of resignations from frontbenchers determined not to back it.
The Guardian understands a delegation of shadow ministers, including known second referendum sceptics Ian Lavery, Jon Trickett and Richard Burgon, held a meeting lasting more than two hours on Tuesday evening with John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor.
One shadow minister warned Labour would face “a very significant rebellion” if it tried to force MPs to back the motion, and another said: “If we whip for it, we won’t have a shadow cabinet by the end of the day.”
The motion, tabled by Dame Margaret Beckett, suggests parliament should not ratify any Brexit deal “unless and until” it has been approved in a “confirmatory public vote”.
One shadow cabinet source suggested the amendment went beyond what had been agreed by Corbyn in calling for a referendum on any deal passed by the house, which some believe undermines efforts to reach a compromise Brexit deal that Labour has pursued over recent weeks.
However, there was also a furious backlash on Wednesday morning from the pro-referendum wing of the party against an interview by the shadow international trade secretary, Barry Gardiner, in which he said Labour was “not a remain party now” and it could have difficulty supporting a motion for a referendum on any Brexit deal.
Gardiner also suggested Labour was concerned that the motion could suggest the party would allow Theresa May’s deal to pass if it led to a referendum.
“It would be saying we could accept what we have always said is a very bad deal. Therefore it looks as if the attempt to have a public vote on it is simply a way of trying to remain because nobody likes this deal,” Gardiner told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
“To put that up as the only alternative in a public vote and say we will let it go through looks as though you believe that, at the end of it, remain would be the result. It is not where our policy has been.
“Our policy is clearly that we would support a public vote to stop no deal or to stop a bad deal, but not that we would allow a bad deal as long as the public had the opportunity to reject Brexit altogether.”
He said Labour could not be portrayed as a party that wanted remain at any price. “The Labour party is not a remain…