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Seattle, Washington caucus-goers applaud a speaker during a caucus at White Center Heights School - February 9, 2008.Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Evaluating the Seattle Democracy Voucher Experiment

A 2017 program showed "democracy vouchers" for Seattle elections doubled the amount of users over traditional cash donors, and that participants were more representative of the city's population in terms of income, race, and age.

Elections Primary category in which blog post is published
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Donna Shalala Opposes Florida Drug Import Bill, and So Do Her Pharma Lobbyist Donors

The Democratic congresswoman and former HHS secretary called a bill to allow her state to import cheaper drugs from Canada “the silliest thing I’ve ever heard of.”

Finance Primary category in which blog post is published

Private Equity’s Latest Scheme: Closing Urban Hospitals and Selling Off the Real Estate

Thousands are expected to rally Thursday against the closing of Hahnemann University Hospital, a 171-year-old facility in Center City Philadelphia.