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  • 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…

  • September 17, 2008 9:45 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Fair Pay Issue Growing in Campaign ‘08

    As you may have seen, the Obama campaign is running ads focusing on McCain’s opposition to fair pay for women.  I think it’s safe to say that everyone around here is glad to see Obama talking about the issue and…

  • September 17, 2008 8:43 pm | By Marge Baker

    Supreme at Home, But Increasingly Ignored Abroad?

    The New York Times reports a declining reliance around the world on what American justices have to say.And I thought we couldn’t slip any further in the eyes of the world.Of particular note:The new [more sophisticated constitutional courts around the…

  • September 15, 2008 5:04 pm | By Willard

    GOP Gearing Up for a Comprehensive Voter Challenge Campaign

    Well, I guess some people sit around and think, hey this group of people just lost their homes, why don’t we take their vote too? Civil right groups nationwide are up in arms about a reported Michigan GOP scheme to…

  • September 15, 2008 2:15 pm | By Willard

    Talk About Judging a Book By Its Cover

    More information came out this weekend about Sarah Palin's attempts to ban books while mayor of Wasilla, AK. From a story in Sunday's New York Times: Witnesses and contemporary news accounts say Ms. Palin asked the librarian about removing books from…

  • September 12, 2008 8:41 pm | By Willard

    Have They No Shame?

    In an election in which so much is at stake, and so many crucial differences between the presidential tickets, our national conversation keeps getting stuck — and not by accident. It dawned on me this week that race and gender…

  • September 12, 2008 2:32 pm | By Willard

    Victory for Equal Rights in Maryland

    Need a bit of good news this gloomy-weather Friday? Here's some: there was a great victory for equal rights in Montgomery County, Maryland earlier this week.As the good women of Feministing report, the county council passed a law a year ago…

  • September 11, 2008 9:26 pm | By Willard

    We’re All “Pro-Life”

    Pop quiz, fellow progressives: how do you refer to the two sides of the abortion debate? Did you say "pro-life" and "pro-choice"? Those are the terms I generally use when talking about the issue too. And, as I was reminded by a conversation…

  • September 10, 2008 7:19 pm | By Drew Courtney

    ABC News on Sarah Palin’s Book Banning Past

    ABC News ran a story last night on Sarah Palin’s attempt to pressure a librarian to censor the town’s collection of books. It’s stories like this that make me really love librarians.

  • September 8, 2008 9:43 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Cheer Up, Gary Bauer

    Gary Bauer is all gloom and doom about the prospect of Obama-appointed Supreme Court Justices. “[I]f the next two or three Supreme Court appointments are appointments made by Barack Obama, confirmed by a Democratic Senate...' -- my friends, the things…

  • September 8, 2008 9:19 pm | By Willard

    Need to Brush Up on Your Wonk Lingo?

    Luckily, the good folks at the ACLU have your back. They've just posted the concluding installment of "Congress-ese," a series of blog entries aimed at teaching you stuff about Congress you didn't learn in social studies class. Find the answers to questions…