Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is an associate editor at Talking Points Memo. She formerly worked at Raw Story, Washingtonian magazine, the Center for American Progress and The American Prospect. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Guardian, Jezebel, AlterNet and others. She graduated from the University of Minnesota. Contact her at

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Ed Kilgore weighs in on the messy Mississippi Senate primary between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R) and tea party upstart state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R): "But with the radicalization of the conservative movement and the Republican Party that has intensified during the Obama presidency, the perceived value of Cochran’s Grandee position has steadily declined, and he’s in real danger of being seen as that most hated figure, a Scalawag."

Conor P. Williams takes a look at California's "Parent Trigger" law, which allows parents who sign a petition to make dramatic changes to a school. Though this can be a force for evil, Williams takes a look at a case in which it seems to have been used for a force for good.

Earlier this week Rep. Ted Yoho's (R-FL) 2012 comments surfaced. "I’ve had some radical ideas about voting and it’s probably not a good time to tell them, but you used to have to be a property owner to vote," he told a cheering audience.

Alexander Keyssar, Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard University and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, weighed in on the multitude of reasons why Yoho (pictured, right) is just plain wrong:

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In the debate around the possibility of including "trigger warnings" on content in college courses, it's worth reading the words of Jade E. Davis over at Cafe, who teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill:

There was a day in a course where we were discussing race, media, popular culture, and educational attainment. There were black students in the classroom. I was at the front of the class, and in the middle of class discussion, a student said, “Well, all the black students are here because of affirmative action.”

Never mind that we were at one of the best public universities in the country, a school that can pick and choose who they admit from a group of top candidates across ethnicities. The assumption was still that those students — and even I — did not belong in the classroom space. There was no warning. The trigger was pulled. This is the experience the New York Times piece missed.

There is still an experience of race, of poverty, of out of place-ness for so many students that come up in classes all the time without any warning.

On the heels of a poll that shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tied with his Democratic opponent, Robin Marty wonders if it could it be his anti-women policies that could cost him re-election.

In light of this week's federal court decision overturning Wisconsin's Voter ID law on the grounds it was a disproportionate burden on the poor. Seth D. Michaels nails the motivation behind these restrictions: "It doesn’t mean 'only registered citizens vote.' It means 'only the right sort of people vote.'"