Aaron Huertas

Aaron Huertas

Jul
07
How Does Ranked Choice Voting Make Us Feel?

How Does Ranked Choice Voting Make Us Feel?

New York City's Democratic primary was incredibly competitive, partially thanks to ranked choice voting. And now we think we know
2 min read
Jun
27
Process is Power: What Joe Manchin Wants

Process is Power: What Joe Manchin Wants

Evan Osnos has a nice profile of Sen. Joe Manchin in the New Yorker. It underscores a few points about
3 min read
Jun
19
Stop Feeding the Trolls on Anti-Teacher, Pro-Censorship "Critical Race Theory" Attacks

Stop Feeding the Trolls on Anti-Teacher, Pro-Censorship "Critical Race Theory" Attacks

The debate over "critical race theory" in schools is a right wing troll campaign. Too often, writers, media outlets and
4 min read
Jun
09
Attorney General Barr Closely Monitored Violent Crackdown on Protestors Ahead of Trump Photo-Op

Attorney General Barr Closely Monitored Violent Crackdown on Protestors Ahead of Trump Photo-Op

A little more than year ago, I watched federal agents and local police violently attack demonstrators and journalists outside the
5 min read
Jun
04
Barack Obama Gets the Media Problem Right—But What Are the Solutions?

Barack Obama Gets the Media Problem Right—But What Are the Solutions?

Barack Obama's recent interview with the New York Time's Ezra Klein is rich and worth listening to fully. I wanted
6 min read
May
28
U.S. Politics is Broken, But What if Politicians Don't Fix It?

U.S. Politics is Broken, But What if Politicians Don't Fix It?

Political scientists and advocates are raising alarm bells — again, louder, and with renewed enthusiasm — that American democracy is declining. The
6 min read
Apr
28
Democrats don't have a messaging problem, they have a power problem

Democrats don't have a messaging problem, they have a power problem

James Carville kicked off another round of media + Democratic navel-gazing on messaging yesterday in Vox. As someone who's worked in
6 min read
Apr
22
Moving to Ghost

Moving to Ghost

This is just a quick signpost to note that I'm moving my writing from Medium to Ghost. As you may
2 min read
Apr
22
Yes, DC deserves statehood. No, none of the arguments against statehood make sense.

Yes, DC deserves statehood. No, none of the arguments against statehood make sense.

DC deserves statehood. The arguments against it are bunk.
4 min read
Jan
16
Which Members of Congress Were Giving Capitol Tours to Right Wing Attackers?

Which Members of Congress Were Giving Capitol Tours to Right Wing Attackers?

Several days after the startling attack on the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal…
2 min read