Alex Rausch
Alex Rausch

Alex is a graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in both Journalism (Strategic Communications) and Political Science. He tends to lean/is a liberal and has been a part of numerous campaigns and worked in the Kansas legislature (as, what Kansans would consider, a crazy liberal) for multiple years. His favorite subjects to write about include education, entrepreneurship, social parity, the far east, law and civil rights. Alex believes that the right answers and best answers are not always the most appealing, but tends to be an optimist in most of what he does. When not writing for PolicyMic, he focuses on building his own businesses from the ground up, meeting new people, helping create ways for citizens to be active in their local political discussions and catching the latest episodes of "Futurama" or "The Walking Dead."

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Oct. 29, 2013

The Tea Party is Like a Bratty Teenager — And the GOP Needs to Send It Packing

It's time for the GOP to pack the Tea Party a bag, give it a loving embrace, and drop it off at the bus station to start its own life as a separate party.

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Oct. 23, 2013

New Mexico Gay Marriage Case Could Be the One the Country's Been Waiting For

New Mexico's supreme court is about to rule that without an explicit ban or law protecting gay marriage in the state, same sex couples should be allowed to marry.
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Oct. 22, 2013

NSA Update: Spying on France is Weakening the United States

France is the latest nation to slam the U.S. for the NSA's massive surveillance programs. At this rate, the U.S. will burn bridges with all its closest allies with every new update.
Oct. 11, 2013

How Many LGBT People In the U.S.? It's a Harder Question Than You Think

Dear America, there are queers among us, and the numbers show that the majority of us are okay with it. Why then is it so hard to quantify the community of gay Americans?
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Oct. 6, 2013

Government Shutdown Update: Furloughed Feds Could Get Retroactive Pay

Federal employees will get retroactive pay for the time they have been furloughed, and 400,000 DoD employees will return to work next week.
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April 11, 2013

Campaign Finance Reform Has Made Every Local Election a National One

It would make far more sense for candidates' campaigns to be solely funded by entities within their respective states. However, we now live in a globalized political world.

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April 4, 2013

3 Easy Ways Any College Graduate Can Make a Million Dollars

Millennials might feel like getting rich is an impossible goal, but these three alternative career suggestions are sure bets for making your first million!
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April 3, 2013

James Holmes: Death Penalty Costs 3x More Than a Life Sentence

The death penalty is killing an American ideal. Which is more important, the execution of criminals like James Holmes, or the preservation of justice for all?
March 29, 2013

March Madness 2013: Kansas Basketball Turns An Entire Red State Blue

March Madness is the only time you'll ever see this state go blue.
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March 29, 2013

Chicago School Closures: 150 Arrested in Protests Over Largest Mass School Closing in U.S. History

Chicago Public Schools plan to close 54 schools next year. Parents, students and union activists aren't having it - they have chosen civil disobedience to fight for their cause.
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March 27, 2013

The Supreme Court Must Allow Gay Marriage in the U.S.

It's not just the right decision, it's the only decision. Anything less than marriage equality would set the fight for civil rights by minority groups back by years and shame all Americans.

March 26, 2013

Jim Carrey Anti-Gun Video Insults NRA and All Gun Owners

Carrey's new Funny or Die video, "Cold Dead Hand," is a pointedly insulting, blatantly offensive take on gun owners and their rights. Is this how we shape political discourse now?
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Feb. 12, 2013

2013 State of the Union Address LIVE: Follow President's Obama's Address to the Nation

The State of the Union address is yet another opportunity for the president to prove just how low the democratic process has gotten and prove that the forces of partisan polarization are intact.
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Feb. 12, 2013

Live with President Obama: Organizing for Action

Live on the Organizing for Action Call.
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Feb. 12, 2013

Obama State of the Union: Follow Analysis - Placing the Challenge on the Congress, People

President Obama places the burdens on Congress and the nation to make our home a better, more secure place.
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Feb. 12, 2013

Obama State of the Union on Foreign Policy

"Today the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of itself."

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Feb. 12, 2013

Obama Proposes Changes to Federal Aid

Where you get the most value for college will also cost you the least.
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Feb. 12, 2013

Education and Entrepreneurship: SOTU 2013

What makes a successful nation? It's entrepreneurship for jobs and education for children.
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Feb. 12, 2013

Obama Hits on Climate Change at State of the Union 2013

Finally, the US is doing something about climate change.
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Feb. 12, 2013

Cutting, Taxing, Spending and Deficit Reduction

How President Obama says we're getting past the old and ringing in a new tax code.