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#WhyImRunning for State Senate in Tennessee – Jamie Ballinger

    By Jamie Ballinger I am an attorney running for State Senate in Tennessee. My inspiration comes from my grandmother and my mother. Whenever I think of my grandmother, it's not her steely eyes or mischievous smile that first comes to my mind. It's her hands: Large and knotted, they were made strong from wrapping bundles while working in a laundry, canning, carrying me, and pl...


We Need Solutions

  I'm runnning for NJ State Assembly in District 21, as a first-time candate. One of the reasons I decided to run was to do something about New Jersey's rising cost of living. We must reduce residents' financial burden. I'd like the Garden State to be a place where my children can afford to one day settle down and raise their own families. But to accomplish that, we'd need solutions. ...


“Voting doesn’t matter” and Other Myths that Enable Political Corruption

Now I can only speak as an American, but one that has been immersed in the seedy underbelly of New Jersey politics. Add to that a stint as a political coordinator for a major NYC labor union (during the last mayoral primaries), and you can start to imagine the things I’ve seen and heard. My approach to any work environment always comes with an anthropological lens. I not only seek to understand ...


Women and Future of American Democracy

We’ve all heard about the war against women. What hasn’t gotten the same amount of press is that the war goes beyond reproductive health to an attack on women’s most basic civil rights. Ninety-two years ago, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granted American women the right to vote in national and local elections. The amendment is beautiful in its brevity and clarity: ...


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