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Consumer Politics in the Facebook Era

Social media has breathed new life into the old concept of boycotts.

Case in point: I was perusing my Facebook newsfeed last weekend when I came across a post by someone urging his "friends" to follow him in boycotting Hy-Vee grocery stores. The reason: Hy-Vee (apparently) advertises on the the Rush Limbaugh radio show.

The comment was linked to an online petition at signon.org with this...

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<p>From left to right: Sharif Liwaru, Sarah Moore, Nikole Roach of UNO's Attendance Collaborative</p>

Showing Up

“Attendance is one area where 90 percent does not equal an A,” according to Sharif Liwaru, Elementary Schools Director at UNO’s Attendance Collaborative. That is because a 90 percent attendance rate equals 20 days of absence -- the number that triggers a referral to the County Attorney as mandated by LB 933. 

“A kid missing a couple days of school every couple of weeks may not seem like a lot of...

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Dancing About Architecture

Before we get started, a caveat: I’m not a huge fan of museums.

I know, what’s not to like about majestic limestone-carved capsules of history? How could you not want to spend hours studying the miracles and wonders of our great civilization’s past?

There’s just something about museums that bore the piss out of me.

Maybe it’s the static nature of it all, like staring at a bug encased...

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<p>Zach Wahls and Moms</p>

My Two Moms

With gay marriage being assailed during an Iowa House Judiciary Committee public hearing in 2011 Zach Wahls offered counter testimony that not only charged the proceedings but the national dialogue about the issue.

Raised by same sex partners, Wahls made the case that sexual preference has nothing to do with effective parenting. He used himself as a case in point. The 21-year-old University of...

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The Project, Pt. 2: Growing Up Brady

This is part two of a series that began in the Dec. 20 issue of The Reader. Read Pt. 1 here.

A quick scan of the internet showed that The Brady Bunch house had been on the market for more than a year. Once we finally got a look inside, we found out why.

The four-foot-wide solid oak door swung open to reveal a virtual lumber yard of blond wood paneling that stretched from the narrow,...

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From Juggernaut to Commission: 16 Days in February

The first four and half hours of the Revenue Committee hearing on February 6 on Legislative Bill 405, one of the Governor’s proposals to eliminate state income tax for a broader sales tax, seemed noisy and riddled with insider banter. From 1:30 to 6 p.m. senators, bureaucrats and the Governor talked to each other about the bill while the public and lobbyists waited to speak.

From time to...

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Standing in the Street Naked

“I would not want my neighbor who was mentally ill not to have the medication that he couldn’t afford,” Commissioner Marc Kraft said during a February 4 presentation by consultants Health Management Associates of Michigan on the operation and finances of the Douglas County Health Center. 

“I don’t know if he was eligible for Medicaid. But, he went to CMHC on a regular basis,” said Kraft...

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Oscar’s Dilemma: You Can’t See ‘em All

The annual Oscar telecast is Sunday night, and I have yet to see all the movies up for “Best Picture.” I bet you haven’t, either.

A few years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Blah-blah-blah made an obvious money-grab move for the studios and upped the number of nominees for Best Picture from five to 9 or 10. It would be as if the NCAA increased the number of teams invited to its annual...

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