National Disability Leadership Alliance

On Mass Shooting and Mental Disability

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Disability & Politics

You're a disability activist. Maybe you’ve been involved for years; maybe you’re just learning about disability issues. Either way, you might be wondering how to respond to the terrible shootings in Orlando.

What do you say when politicians, journalists … and probably your family and friends … say that of course mental disability is a major cause of these kinds of mass public shootings?

Nothing But Questions

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Disability & Politics

The Primary debates are over. So, where are we now?

Unless serious weirdness breaks out at the Republican Convention, we pretty much know Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. And it’s still a bit early, and wounds in the party are still raw, but it already looks like Trump will get at least superficial support from the party bigwigs.

Undecided: 9th Democratic PResidential Debate

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Disability & Politics

Tweet by Alex Burns, NYT -- “Theatrical stuff aside, @CNN debate is an excellent distillation of the most important differences between the candidates.”

By the end, I was doubting even that. Watching this debate was unpleasant. Clinton and Sanders have clashed and gotten personal before, but not like this. As Paul Begala of CNN said afterwards, these two candidates are clearly “done with each other.” 

Deepish Thoughts From A Contentious Debate: 8th Democratic Presidential Debate

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Disability & Politics

Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m burned out on debates. There were moments during Wednesday night’s Democratic Presidential debate when I wanted to shove an ice pick into my left ear, just for a bit of distraction.

It was still a more issue-centered, substantive debate than many we have seen, but only because both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton tried to steer things back to real issues, while the moderators took every opportunity to bait them with accusations of inconsistency and hypocrisy.

A Bit of Republican Tone Policing: 12th Republican Presidential Debate

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Disability & Politics

The last Republican Presidential Primary debate stood out from all the others in one respect: tone.

It was obvious from the very start. The Republican Party Chairman gave a surreal address to the crowd … and, presumably, the candidates … reminding them to behave themselves if they want to beat the Democrats in the Fall. It seemed like the candidates heard and listened. While they did tear into each other again later in the debate, the debate itself was much more substantive and far more calm. Trump, in particular, showed that he is fully able to deliver his message without yelling and without obvious, up-front contempt for his rivals … when it suits him. It’s all relative of course, but the difference was dramatic, and lasted pretty much through the whole event.

Just Stop It: 7th Democratic Presidential Debate

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Disability & Politics

It took me longer than usual to write this post about Sunday’s Democratic debate. I thought I knew what I wanted to say shortly after the debate ended, but then I went to bed. I woke up the next morning to find two very different worlds of Internet comment about one aspect of what was, in general, a pretty good debate.

No Midwestern Sensibility Here: Democratic Debate #7

Emily MunsonBy Emily Munson
Disability & Politics

Flint, Michigan was home to Sunday night's Democratic debate. The city received media spotlight after it was discovered that residents have been drinking lead-contaminated water. Both Democratic presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, have criticized government leaders for failing to take necessary action to keep residents safe and repair deteriorating pipes. Thus, the debate was poised to focus on issues such as the relationship between government and health, federal obligations to individual communities, and social programs for the underprivileged. While some of these topics were discussed, the candidates again failed to deliver for voters with disabilities.

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