The decline of local news is threatening citizen engagement

The Washington Post By Danny Hayes 1/23/15 When the White House announced last week that President Obama would grant interviews to three YouTube stars after Tuesday’s State of the Union address, it not only marked the first time “fartbag” made its way into media coverage of the august annual speech. It also served as yet another reminder of how the evolving media environment is reshaping Washington politics. As important as these changes might be, it’s easy to forget that perhaps an even more politically consequential shift in the media landscape is … Continue reading

Commentary: A day for the disenchanted voter

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com November 5, 2014 INDIANAPOLIS – The 2014 election has a clear winner. Anger. None of the candidates for office at the state or national level elicited much enthusiasm. In fact, the polls tracking public approval ratings for Democrats and Republicans indicate that both parties are just slightly more popular than the common cold.  The public’s disgust with – and distrust of – politicians, regardless of their political affiliations, rarely has been higher. In Florida, for example, the two candidates for governor – Republican incumbent Rick Scott … Continue reading