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Political involvement during 2016 presidential election wasn't very different


New research contradicts claims media organizations and political commentators have made about unusually high levels of political involvement among the public during the 2016 presidential election.

The study finds that public interest and voter engagement in 2016 closely matched that of previous elections.

Outside money targets school board elections


The issue: Across the country, media organizations have spotlighted an influx of outside money targeting school board elections, which, historically, have been low-budget affairs. Wealthy individuals and national advocacy groups are using their cash to influence politics in various states by helping people who support their causes get elected to local school boards and state-level boards of education.