Steven Hill

Steven Hill

Steven Hill is co-founder of FairVote and the author of seven books, including10 Steps to Repair American Democracy and Fixing Elections: The Failure of America's Winner Take All Politics.” Follow him on Twitter: @StevenHill1776

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Prop 22 California Views
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Why Uber's Desperate Prop 22 Is Bad for Drivers and Society
Like so much about politics today, the debate around Uber and Lyft’s Proposition 22 in California has quickly become polarized. Simplistic media narratives like “ Silicon Valley versus labor unions ,” or Uber’s self-serving argument that its drivers prefer flexibility over security, leave voters...
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett puts her mask on during her Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away in September. (Photo:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Here's One Good Way to Reform a Battered US Supreme Court
Like most Americans, I feel weary watching the partisan pit bulls in the US Senate Judiciary committee, sparring over the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett. High courts and supreme judges are supposed to float above the partisan fray as paragons of fairness and a rules-based order. Yet the Senate’s...
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Sunday, October 04, 2020
How to Avoid Banana Republic Elections
Is the US about to hold another banana republic election? The ghosts of 2000, hanging chads and Bush v. Gore are rapping loudly at the door. For many members of the public, voting has become a confusing ritual, with a president making threats to ignore the results if he loses, and confusion over...
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People stand in line, spaced six apart due to Covid-19, in order to vote early at the Fairfax Government Center on September 18, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia. Voters waited up to four hours to early vote in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Forget 'Vote By Mail'—To Safeguard the Election, Put on Your Mask and Vote Early In-Person
Joe Biden and the Democrats are walking into a trap in the battleground states that will decide the upcoming presidential race, as well as key Senate elections. That trap is called "vote by mail." In normal times, I am a proponent of vote by mail. But these are not normal times. For the November 3...
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Friday, August 26, 2016
Here’s a Bold Idea for Hillary’s Troubled Campaign
Hillary Clinton is ahead in the polls, but it's more due to Donald Trump’s many blunders than excitement with Mrs. Clinton. She has benefited from being the anti-Trump. But new allegations about the FBI finding another 15,000 missing emails, as well as evidence of a possible “pay-to-play” donation...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Can Workers Get a Fair Deal in the Gig Economy?
More and more businesses are exploiting what is known as the “1099 worker loophole”—hiring workers as “independent contractors” instead of as regularly employed workers. In some cases, companies have laid off all or most of their regular workers and then hired them back, but as independent...
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Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Are Uber Drivers Figuring Out a Way to Fight Back?
The behemoth ride-sharing service Uber has jolted city after city like a mighty earthquake. It has gained a momentum that seems almost unstoppable. Some say it portends the future of the U.S. economy. At the least, taxi companies and their antiquated medallion system are being crushed. And yet Uber...
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Monday, September 14, 2015
How Stephen Colbert Blew It with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Stephen, I realize it's only entertainment and that your job is to make people laugh. But when you bring on a very un-funny fellow like Travis Kalanick, it seems you and your production team should think a little more cleverly about how you put lipstick on that pig. This is not at all a defense of...
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Wednesday, September 09, 2015
How Uber Could Be Part of the Solution (Instead of Embroiled in Controversy)
With an eye on future development, it becomes increasingly important to view our streets as a public utility, as much as our electricity, sewage and communication systems. The subways, buses, personal autos, trucks, taxis and now on-demand ridesharing vehicles together form a transportation system...
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Europe's Quiet Revolution
The overarching challenge in the world today is: how do we advance the institutions and practices capable of enacting a desirable quality of life for a burgeoning global population of 6.5 billion people? And how do we accomplish that in a way that does not burn up the planet in a Venus atmosphere of our own creation? That is a tall order to fill, yet it is the defining task of the 21st century. RootsAction is calling for a bold jobs plan to address poverty.
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