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In Minnesota, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is predicting this state's voters will again lead the nation in voter turnout, perhaps falling just shy of 80 percent voter turnout.
But voter turnout varies widely across the nation and one op-ed by Temple University law professor Jan Ting recently revisited the question of whether voting should be mandatory. It's something other nations do, including Australia, Brazil and Singapore. What about the United States?
Ting said one reason voting should be mandatory is that it will truly force our elected officials to actually represent the people they claim to represent.
Next week we’ll be featuring three great young adult authors on The Daily Circuit. Rainbow Rowell, Gene Luen Yang and local author Carrie Mesrobian exemplify the kind of smart, insightful writing coming out of the genre today. While their books are classified as YA, they feature great writing and interesting characters that appeal to adult…
The year end book lists are coming out. Here are 4 varied lists. Amazon’s Top 20: Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” tops a combined list of fiction and non-fiction. It’s hard to articulate just how much — and why — “The Goldfinch” held such power for me as a reader. Always a sucker for a good…