What The Elections Tell Us About The Future Of Marijuana Legalization

While voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia passed measures in favor of legalizing pot, Florida rejected the use of medical marijuana. The various campaigns and their outcomes offer valuable insights into the politics of pot, now that 17.5 million Americans live in states that permit retail marijuana. » 11/06/14 8:40am 11/06/14 8:40am

9 Incredibly Nice Animals Who Ran for Public Office

Have you ever looked into a the soulful eyes of a dog or the steely, merciless peepers of a shark and thought, "I would follow you anywhere, if only you would lead." Sometimes, they've done just that. We're going to take a look at the best animals ever to hold, or run for, public office. Get ready to lay some… » 10/22/12 10:10am 10/22/12 10:10am

Would democracies work better if politicians were selected at random?

Democracies are built are the idea of citizens selecting their representatives in government, but what if we chose some of our politicians at random? We'd certainly cut down on those obnoxious political ads and robo-calls, and, according to a new study, our governments might actually run more efficiently. » 4/21/12 8:00am 4/21/12 8:00am

How Bender Bending Rodriguez was elected head of the Washington school…

In 2010, the Washington, DC, election board set up an electronic voting system to collect absentee ballots. But a few weeks before the election, the system was flooded with votes for the hard-drinking, grave-robbing robot Bender for school board head. So who launched this plot to put a robot in charge of our… » 3/03/12 7:30am 3/03/12 7:30am

6 Science Fiction Classics To Help You Choose The Next President

Click to view » 10/06/08 2:20pm 10/06/08 2:20pmWe asked six political pundits, including Andrew Sullivan and DailyKos' Markos Moulitsas, to pick one piece of science fiction that you read or watch before stepping into the voting booth next month. After all, science fiction often deals with some of the biggest what-ifs and alternate futures…