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Candidate Confusion? Decipher the Issues and Choose Your Candidate

Monday, January 14th, 2008

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I know we’ve posted about a candidate picker quiz recently, but a friend sent me Glassbooth.org, and I thought it was a good one to share.  Not only does it ask you questions, but it links to Wikipedia to give you explanations of the topics.  (And I admit, I had to learn a bit more about the Kyoto Protocol.)  It tallies your answers and gives you the percentage match to your top 3 candidates. (Unfortunately my answers produced a 3-way tie. Literally. Sigh.)  You can then click on the links that tell you why you are in strong/moderate/slight agreement or disagreement with candidates, thus furthering your understanding of where the candidates stand. 

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And if you have DISH network, you can use your remote control to access DISH Decision 2008, an election portal which provides viewers with a different way to access national, state and local political info.  Very cool.  So go ahead and take the quiz during a commercial break.

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Political Picker Pages

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

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This presidential candidate compatibility quiz created by Minnesota Public Radio is relatively accurate with matching political ideology with candidate. It asks questions based upon all The Major Issues™, along with each item’s importance in choosing a candidate. I wasn’t surprised by my primary pick, but I found the gradation of runners up interesting.

Unrelated to primaries, but also equally neat-O (and slightly entertaining if you’re into this sort of thing) is the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. It breaks the current paradigm of Left vs. Right / Democrat vs. Republican by replacing that dividing line with a two-dimensional grid. The score is based on "personal issues" compared with "economic issues." Created by a  libertarian political theorist named David Nolan, the quiz has gained a wide reputGrumpy_bear_screenieation as being a more accurate predictor of political leanings.

Of course, as with anything quiz-based, Your Mileage May Vary. For instance, the "Ultimate ‘What Care Bear Are You’?" quiz told me that I was Tenderheart Bear. This is completely wrong: I am clearly Grumpy Bear. So, please remember to take any quiz result with a few grains of coarse sea salt.

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Hey, When Do I Get To Vote?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

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In all of the excitement over the early primaries (New Hampshire’s up today, as I’m sure you’ve noticed by the huge amount of coverage) it occurred to me that I had no idea when my state’s primary was! Oops. Check out this list from Project Vote Smart of each state’s primary and caucus dates, and mark your calendars. If you want a little more in-depth primary info, I like this New York Times’ election guide, and for a quick cheat sheet on the (still pretty big) field of candidates, try our Parents 2008 Meet the Candidates guide.

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Getting Involved in Politics, Part I

Friday, January 4th, 2008

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Last night and this morning, as I read and watched the news of the Iowa caucuses, there were lots of things I found inspiring, but the main one was the record turnout. According to the Des Moines Register, more than 346,000 Iowans showed up to have their voices heard—many of them getting involved in presidential politics for the very first time! This made me very hopeful about Parents 2008, Parents magazine’s initiative to encourage moms and dads across the country to stay on top of what’s happening during this election season—and to make sure that issues concerning kids and families remain at the top of the agenda. I hope that you, like me, will be inspired by all those Iowans and get involved!
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The Candidates and College Costs

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Good_logoIf you’re like most parents, you probably worry about how you’ll ever be able to afford to pay for college when the time comes around.  (For me, the time is now, and even though my husband and I started saving when our kids were babies, we still didn’t accumulate quite enough to pay those painful tuition bills!)  There’s a bright spot on the horizon: It seems that concern about college costs is so widespread that there’s pressure for someone to do something about them. This week, Harvard announced new tuition breaks for middle- and even upper-income families. And even the presidential candidates are starting to talk about the issue on the campaign trail.  Their proposals are all over the place, and if you’re interested in hearing who wants to do what, check out this interesting article in the Des Moines Register . Don’t hold you breath, though. You still should start socking away money as quickly as you can.  Toddlers turn into teenagers pretty quickly, you know.   

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Put Kids on the Campaign Trail!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Parents08logo_3Okay, not kids literally—but kids’ issues.  As the race for the White House starts to gear up, we want to make sure that issues important to children and families get the attention they deserve.  So we’ve launched an initiative called  Parents2008.  If you log on, you’ll learn all about what we’ve been doing—and what we’ve got planned. You may remember that Parents magazine held a conference last month where we gathered child advocates from around the country here in New York to talk about American families’ most pressing needs. Well, our website has all the details about that pow wow—as well as links to help you find out where your favorite candidates stand on these issues.  Better still: There’s a place where you can chat with other parents about issues important to you. Yeah, November ’08 is a long time away.  But the sooner we all get involved in trying to make children a top priority, the easier our job will be.

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Breaking: Parents Give “F” to Government Officials On Family Issues

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

2008logoMore than 75% of parents of children under 12 say that the government is not doing enough to address the key problems that modern families face according to a just-released poll that we commissioned to kick off Parents 2008: Putting Children on the National Agenda. The results don’t just reflect disgruntled Democrats—respondents expressed high levels of dissatisfaction across the board, regardless of income level, age of children, and even party affiliation. A whopping 71% of parents who identified themselves as Republicans said they felt the government could be doing more to help families. This poll is just the beginning of our magazine’s campaign to make sure that in this election year, family issues stay front and center. Tomorrow we’re holding a working conference with members of our Board of Advisors and leading advocates for children. We want to try to draw attention to the needs of American families and to give our policy makers the opportunity to change the dialogue and to focus on the critical issues that today’s parents are confronting. I’m going to post more about our conference tomorrow.  Here are the complete results of What Keeps Parents Up at Night. Do these results reflect how you feel? Comments please?

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