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  • September 29, 2008 5:56 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Big Business and Prop 8

    Google made a welcome splash recently by coming out against Proposition 8 in California (the anti-marriage amendment) but Google always likes to be hip and different, right? Actually, they were catching up to some decidedly old-school companies.  Firedoglake points out…

  • September 29, 2008 2:19 pm | By Willard

    Name This Blog!

    It probably hasn't escaped your notice that this blog doesn't have a proper name yet: have any clever suggestions? Send them our way at blogtalk@pfaw.org. If we choose your moniker idea, you will win both our undying devotion and your name…

  • September 27, 2008 5:00 am | By Willard

    A Rollercoaster Week

    What a roller coaster of a week! I spent a couple of days in New York this week meeting with board members, supporters and potential donors. The turmoil in the financial markets and the uncertainty about what kind of plan…

  • September 26, 2008 7:37 pm | By Drew Courtney

    The Debate is Saved!

    Thanks to your (very expeditious) support of our Save the Debates petition, People For the American Way joined with allies to drop off more than 170,000 signatures calling for the debate schedule to remain intact.  And guess what?  It worked! …

  • September 26, 2008 5:10 pm | By Kyle

    Lopez’s Tinkerbell Strategy

    Kathryn Jean Lopez has a rather staggering column up over at NRO in which she basically announces that she is going to cover her eyes, stick her fingers in her ears, and stop watching any interview with Sarah Palin because…

  • September 25, 2008 9:41 pm | By Drew Courtney

    No Suspension Here — Save the Debate

    We considered suspending all action on the People For Blog to focus our attention on the economy, but then we realized that, umm, there’s a lot of other stuff going on too.  Like, for instance, some upcoming debates. Or at…

  • September 25, 2008 4:38 pm | By Willard

    A Taste for Contact: McCain’s Debating Style

    The first debate between McCain and Obama is this Friday—unless McCain’s call to postpone it is successful, that is.  In preparation, the New York Times has put together analyses of the debating styles of both candidates.  Notably, they spotlight McCain’s…

  • September 25, 2008 2:02 pm | By Stacey Gates

    People For Joins Members of Congress, SAVE to Open Dialogue on Student Voting Rights

    Today, student voting rights took center stage on Capitol Hill as People For the American Way and the Student Association for Voter Empowerment (SAVE) joined Congressional leaders including Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn to call attention…

  • September 24, 2008 6:45 pm | By Kyle

    It’ll Start a Debate Alright

    Via Think Progress comes this article from the Times-Picayune detailing state Rep. John LaBruzzo’s novel solution to fighting poverty: Worried that welfare costs are rising as the number of taxpayers declines, state Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, said Tuesday he is…

  • September 24, 2008 2:09 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Palin Takes Page from Bush-Cheney Abuse of Power Manual

    Here's some more evidence of just how well Sarah Palin would have fit in with the Bush-Cheney style of governing, where the executive claims all the power with no accountability. It's a pretty astonishing article about how Palin's attorney general…

  • September 22, 2008 9:40 pm | By Josh

    Double Talk Express: McCain and Fair Pay

    At a town hall meeting last week, John McCain appeared to pledge in earnest to fight discrimination and, if necessary, take offenders to court: But it was McCain who sided with corporate lobbyists earlier this year and opposed the Lilly…

  • September 22, 2008 1:31 pm | By Willard

    Activists Rally in Rochester to Say “Sarah Palin Doesn’t Speak For Me”

    Photo: Ira Srole Vicki Ryder, a rock-star People For the American Way supporter in Rochester, New York, rallied 300 women this weekend to say "Sarah Palin Doesn't Speak For Me." A Rochester news crew got some footage of the rally, including…

  • September 20, 2008 12:00 pm | By Willard

    Don’t Mourn, Organize!

    If you're following the election news as closely as I am, you're probably finding a lot of reasons to holler at your TV. How about Todd Palin refusing a subpoena from the legislative committee investigating "Troopergate" in Alaska, and Sarah…

  • September 19, 2008 9:50 pm | By Marge Baker

    More on the Human Toll

    Earlier this week, People For the American Way Foundation released its Human Toll report with eye-opening stories of American men, women and children whose cases have come before judges nominated by George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate. It…

  • September 19, 2008 6:51 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Bad Medicine

    Legal terms are often so dry that it's hard to get excited about them.  After all, who could possibly be affected by something as abstract as "preemption?" From the Times: In the spring of 2000, suffering from a migraine, Ms.…

  • September 19, 2008 4:32 pm | By Willard

    One in 10 Hispanics Questioned about Immigration Status

    Via ThinkProgress, news of a recent Pew Hispanic Center study that found one in 10 Hispanics are stopped by authorities who question them about their immigration status. Forty percent of the Hispanics surveyed say they worry "a lot" about deportation…

  • September 18, 2008 10:02 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Washington Post Reports Problems on Election Day Imminent

    From today’s Washington Post: Faced with a surge in voter registrations leading up to Nov. 4, election officials across the country are bracing for long lines, equipment failures and confusion over polling procedures that could cost thousands the chance to…

  • September 18, 2008 9:23 pm | By Drew Courtney

    The Human Toll

    Today, People For the American Way Foundation* put out a report titled The Human Toll: How Individual Americans Have Fared at the Hands of Bush Judges.  It’s essentially a review of the stories of individual Americans who have found themselves…

  • September 18, 2008 7:14 pm | By Kyle

    “Macaca” Does Minority Outreach

    Considering that George Allen's electoral hopes essentially crashed at the moment he called one of his rival's volunteers "macaca" during a campaign event in Virginia back in 2006, how does the Virginia Republican Party think this is a good idea:  Northern Virginia Republicans, realizing they need to improve their appeal…

  • September 18, 2008 5:43 pm | By Kyle

    Holding Goodling Accountable

    It seems that at least someone is attempting to hold Monica Goodlling accountable for her law-breaking - from the Richmond Times Dispatch:A request for a disciplinary investigation of a former U.S. Justice Department official who improperly screened job candidates has been…