Other News to Peruse
Here's a collection of net-accessible resources and studies - some on general statistical data, others with much more specific topics - that can be used for many different purposes.
POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF SHIFTING DEMOGRAPHICS
(January 2015 by Center for American Progress)
"This issue brief identifies what the American electorate is projected to look like in key battleground states during the 2016 elections, and based on those projections, identifies the potential electoral influence of voters of color."
AN ANALYSIS OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, 1964-2012
(April 2014 by U.S. Bureau of the Census)
"Overall, younger Americans have consistently under-voted at the polls relative to their eligibility. The magnitude of these differences has fluctuated over time."
HOW COMPANIES ANONYMOUSLY INFLUENCE CLIMATE POLICY THROUGH THEIR BUSINESS AND TRADE ASSOCIATIONS
(January 2014 by the Union of Concerned Scientists)
"Trade and business associations are major actors in both business and public policy in the United States. These associations provide many benefits to their member companies, and one of the most important is the leverage they provide for influencing policy through political activities such as campaign contributions, lobbying of elected officials, and issue advertising."
THE COAST-TO-COAST FAILURES OF OUTSOURCING PUBLIC SERVICES TO FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS
(December 2013 by In the Public Interest)
"Too often, outsourcing means taxpayers have very little say over how tax dollars are spent and no say on actions taken by private companies that tcontrol our public services. Outsourcing means taxpayers cannot vote out executives who make decisions that hurt public health and safety. Outsourcing means taxpayers are contractually stuck with a monopoly run by a single corporation – and those contracts often last decades. And outsourcing too often means a race to the bottom for the local economy, as wages and benefits fall while corporate profits rise."
"Ahead of the 2012 elections, a wave of legislation tightening restrictions on voting has suddenly swept across the country. More than five million Americans could be affected by the new rules already put in place this year -- a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections."
Of course, this is occurring exclusively in states that have Republican majorities in their state congresses, and even though the odds of voter fraud are so slim that "one is more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit voter fraud."
Created by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU's School of Law. You can use the link in the title of above to read it, or just click on the image below.
The Impact of the Recession on Employment-Based Health Benefits