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  • Tell President Obama What's On Your Mind

    Posted on 10/14/2010 by Mary

    At 4pm et today, President Obama will be having a live Town Hall -- with YOU. Is there anything you want to say to him? Anything you want to ask? Whether it's about the economy, Afghanistan, the environment, gay rights, health care, college money, your school and your teachers, bullying... whatever's on your mind, we want to know about it. And MTV News wants to let President Obama know, too.

    You can tweet questions and comments for the event NOW -- click here to check out MTV's Twitter Tracker, and tweet your own questions using hashtags like these:

    #askjobs
    #askeconomy
    #askcollege
    #askeducation
    #askhealthcare
    #askLGBT
    #askenvironment
    #asktaxes

    Or make up your own #ask hashtag...

    MTV will also be looking at tweets with #mygreatesthope and #mygreatestfear ... so you can let the president know what's on your mind.

    We'll see you there.

  • The vote has now been rocked.

    Posted on 05/18/2010 by Mary

    I just saw that episode of One on One where Breanna and her friends vote for the first time, which was apropos 'cause I totally voted today (for the umpteenth time). There were primaries for a lot of states' governors, and senate seats, and all sorts of other foofaraw.

    Those smaller elections can seem a lot more "who cares" than the big circus-like presidential ones, but I actually love the little elections -- because a lot of times, you're voting on things that affect stuff going on literally next door to you. (Like, do you want the pro-casino woman on the city council, or the guy who wants to make the city shelter a no-kill shelter, or the person who wants a public skate park?)

    Or, if your state leans heavily toward one party or the other (democrat or republican), sometimes the primary is where the eventual winner pretty much get chosen. (The primary is when we choose who ends up on the ballot for the ELECTION election.)

    Or, for instance, here are some of the effects of little elections in the news today:
    It was little elections that populated the current school board of Texas, which is now making some big moves to change the way their history textbooks are written. And then a small-election person in California is proposing not to allow the Texas version of history in their schools . And it's all very crazy and fascinating and it all really comes down to boring rainy days like this one, where people you've never heard of end up in obscure political positions with surprising amounts of power.

    Anyway. Yay voting! Anyone out there get to vote today?