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This is the official radio network for Coffee Party USA. Our shows are listed at: http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/blog_talk_radio_show_schedule Our shows have audience participation from all over the country. All are hosted, researched, and produced by Coffee Party volunteers.

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Americans all across the country are now or are about to have the opportunity to vote. But will they? Today we will be discussing voter participation in America with two experts in the field: Tomas Lopez, Brennan Center for Justice, and Rob Richie, Executive Director of FairVote.org Center for Voting and Democracy. According to The Brennan Center for Justice: ince the 2010 election, new voting restrictions are slated to be in place in 22 states; in 15 states, 2014 will be the first major federal election with these new restrictions in place; the courts will play a crucial role in 2014, with ongoing suits challenging laws in seven states. Voting restrictions for the most part have to do with voter identification. Laws to improve the election system and increase voting access passed in 16 states since 2012, and these laws will be in effect in 11 states this November. The most common improvements were online registration and other measures to modernize voter registration, and increased early voting. According to FairVote: voter turnout in the US fluctuates in national elections, but has never risen to levels of most other well-established democracies. In countries with compulsory voting, turnout hovered near 90% in the 2000s. Other countries, experienced turnout rates near 80%. Overall, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries experience turnout rates of about 70%, while in the US, about 60% of the voting eligible population votes during presidential election years, and about 40% votes during midterm elections.
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These are difficult days for America. The shooting in Tucson has been a wake up call for many across the country. Let's talk. Let's call for a renewed commitment to civility and cooperation. Let's begin to heal our country. Petition:... more

Meet Rick Shenkman, New York Times best selling author, publisher of the History News Network (http://hnn.us) -- principal at VoteIQ.com, a new social networking site for all things politics -- and writer of "Just How Stupid Are We?:... more

Join Annabel Park and Jeffrey Abelson, co-hosting a special series of interviews with some fascinating people Jeffrey has filmed as part of his "Song Of A Citizen" project. First up is Maya Enista, CEO of Mobilize.org -- one of America's leading... more

Looking back at 2010 and looking forward to 2011 with Annabel and Coffee Partiers. Please call in!

Have coffee w/ the authors of Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life, a powerful critique of the current political system. They emphasize the importance of strong citizen engagement in solving problems.

Have coffee with filmmaker, writer and citizen journalist, Jeffrey Abelson. http://www.songofacitizen.com/songofacitizen.com/About_The_Founder.html The Coffee Party began collaboration with Jeffrey and his Song of Citizen project... more

Have coffee with Sabina Virgo, Chris Rigopulos and other Interim Board members to discuss their work and the future of the Coffee Party movement. What does it take to go from a popular facebook page to a sustainable nonprofit organization?

Have coffee with Annabel and Elisa Batista, mother, blogger and activist. We'll discuss the dysfunctions of Congress to address the devastating economic crisis and what we need to do about it.

John Bonifaz of Free Speech for the People on Citizens United and what needs to be done to reverse the ruling: "To restore the First Amendment to its original purpose, we need to enact a constitutional amendment that puts people ahead... more

How do we achieve institutional impact as a grassroots movement given the obstructionism, gridlock and corruption in Washington? Discussion w/ John Steiner, Acting Chair of the Transpartisan Center, visionary thinker, organizer... more
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