Policy Shop Round-Up: Last Week's Highlights

How to Make Voting Count

New Demos Counsel Liz Kennedy makes her first appearance on Policy Shop with an analysis of the recent Montana Supreme Court decision upholding restrictions on direct corporate political spending.

Are caucuses genuinely democratic? Adam Lioz explains the many obstacles that the current caucus structure poses the participation of marginal citizens in the U.S. and suggests some important reforms.

Jobs News You Didn't Hear About

Is the manufacturing sector becoming the new Wal-Mart? While Friday's jobs numbers reported solid gains in manufacturing, many of these jobs are low-wage positions, writes Jack Temple.

Defenders of the Keystone Pipeline can spin the numbers any way they want, but the facts are clear: Keystone continues to pose serious risks for workers and the environment, writes Mijin Cha.

Most people are workers and shoppers, so it's good news that President Obama has filled long-standing vacancies in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board, writes Amy Traub.

Eyes on Energy and Education

Now that the federal tax incentive for ethanol production has expired, the U.S. can finally devote serious attention and support to more promising alternative fuels, writes Mijin Cha.

The license for New York State's Indian Point nuclear reactor expires this year -- advocates for safe alternative energy and responsible regulation must seize this opportunity to raise awareness of the many risks posed by this site, writes Richard Brodsky.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's efforts to address teacher accountability and student achievement are important, writes Jennifer Wheary, but incomplete so long as they ignore the need for professional development for teachers themselves.

Private colleges have an obligation to reach out to America's veterans, writes Jennifer Wheary -- after all, our volunteer service members have made it possible for countless other American students to finish college without fear of a draft.

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