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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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.'"

Conor P. Williams documents that the conspiracy theories surrounding common core range from inspired by the Hitler Youth to contributing to the Islamification of America.

Coming off of the news of a new study saying that the U.S. is closer to an "oligarchy" than a democracy, academic Nick Carnes brings up his own research that might just explain why: We keep electing the rich to public office. Carnes writes, "just 3 percent [of members of Congress] came from the kinds of working-class jobs that the majority of Americans hold."

Jonathan Taplin explains the deal with the new FCC decision that everyone seems to be freaking out about that creates a separate track for video streaming. He should know -- he helped write the principles the new decision is based on back in 2006.