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  • June 9, 2010 8:47 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Progressive Candidate Wins Soundly in Iowa Gay Marriage Battleground

    Among the interesting results of lower-profile races in yesterday’s primaries was the victory of progressive incumbent Ako Abdul-Samad over a well-funded socially conservative challenger in Iowa’s 66th House District. The victory is significant because the Des Moines district is at…

  • June 9, 2010 4:05 pm | By Miranda Blue

    The Roberts Court’s Pro-Corporate Batting Average

    The Constitutional Accountability Center has just released a statistical study of the current Supreme Court’s pro-corporate voting patterns. And guess what? The numbers back the trend that’s anecdotally hard to miss.CAC’s statistical study tests empirically the idea that the conservatives…

  • June 9, 2010 3:24 pm | By People For Blog

    Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico: Reflections of Rev. L. Charles Stovall

    Editor's note: Rev. L. Charles Stovall, a member of People For's African American Ministers in Action, contributed this post. Rev. Stovall is a pastor at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. I met a man recently at a…

  • June 9, 2010 2:00 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Corporate-funded Calif. Ballot Measures Too Close To Call

    Two California ballot measures funded by corporations are still too close to call after Tuesday’s elections. A utility company spent $46 million on a measure to make it harder for municipalities to set up their own utility companies; a car…

  • June 8, 2010 6:40 pm | By Miranda Blue

    A New Brand of Umpire

    In a compelling new piece at Slate, Doug Kendall of the Constitutional Accountability Center and Jim Ryan of the University of Virginia argue that when Elena Kagan faces the Senate Judiciary Committee she shouldn’t ignore or reject strict Constitutionalism—she should…

  • June 8, 2010 5:52 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Supreme Court Leaves Publicly Funded Arizona Candidates Up a Creek

    The Supreme Court ruled today that Arizona candidates who have opted in to the state’s public financing system can’t collect matching funds—the money allotted to candidates who are up against particularly well-funded opponents or interest groups—until the Court has time…

  • June 7, 2010 9:38 pm | By People For Blog

    Equal Protection Under Attack: Doe v. Vermilion Parish School Board

    Last week, People for the American Way Foundation signed on to an amicus brief urging the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court’s decision allowing a Louisiana middle school to segregate classrooms by sex. The amicus brief,…

  • June 7, 2010 2:20 pm | By Miranda Blue

    New Statement, Old Points from Sessions

    Jeff Sessions is at it again. In a statement following the release of tens of thousands of pages of documents related to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Friday, Sessions concluded:Kagan’s memos unambiguously express a leftist philosophy and an approach…

  • June 4, 2010 2:33 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Reframing and Reclaiming the Conversation on the Courts

    In a new piece for the Huffington Post, People For’s Michael B. Keegan argues that the confirmation process for Elena Kagan provides progressives with the perfect opportunity to take back a debate that the Right has dominated for far too…

  • June 3, 2010 6:58 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Souter’s Case Against Originalism

    In his commencement address at Harvard last week, former Supreme Court Justice David Souter offered up an eloquent and thorough debunking of the popular conservative delusion of constitutional “originalism.”E.J. Dionne sums it up nicely:At issue is "originalism," an approach to…

  • June 3, 2010 4:52 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Keeping the Courts Corporate

    Corporate courts don’t happen by accident.Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club, has written an account of the efforts of the business lobby and Republican Senators to keep Rhode Island environmental lawyer John McConnell off the federal bench.McConnell’s offense? Representing…

  • June 1, 2010 7:27 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Supreme Court: Suspects Must Speak in Order to Remain Silent

    The Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled today that suspects being interrogated can only invoke their right to be silent if they say so explicitly—they can’t just remain silent. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in a dissenting opinion, called the ruling a "substantial…

  • June 1, 2010 6:31 pm | By Miranda Blue

    And the waiting room gets a little more crowded…

    Today’s nominations obstruction update:With the Senate facing a full legislative calendar and a Supreme Court debate ahead, the outlook for the more than 100 names on the executive calendar appears grim for the rest of the year.As we have pointed…

  • May 28, 2010 9:21 pm | By Miranda Blue

    House Passes Defense Bill with Path to Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

    The House has just passed a Defense authorization bill that includes a path to repealing the discriminatory and way too long-lived Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. The vote was 229 – 186.Earlier today, People For President Michael Keegan said of…

  • May 28, 2010 8:41 pm | By Marge Baker

    Video: African American Ministers Leadership Council Signs Immigration Reform Covenant

    People For has been documenting the dangerous and divisive Right Wing rhetoric surrounding immigration reform….rhetoric that has led to, among other things, Arizona’s new civil liberties-smashing anti-immigrant law. But, despite the overwhelmingly cynical national dialogue on immigration reform, there remain…

  • May 28, 2010 8:24 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Rand Paul, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the “Right” to Discriminate

    Matt Coles at the ACLU has written an interesting blog post outlining some major reasons why the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is so important. One of his points especially resonated after last week’s firestorm around Republican Senatorial Candidate…

  • May 28, 2010 6:32 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Reproductive rights for military women

    Yesterday the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 18-10 to approve the Defense authorization bill. This legislation, which includes conditional repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, also takes an important step toward equality in reproductive rights for military women. Existing law…

  • May 28, 2010 2:14 pm | By Miranda Blue

    A Step in the Right Direction on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    Last night, we got one step closer to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.The House voted Thursday to let the Defense Department repeal the ban on gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military, a major step…

  • May 26, 2010 9:07 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Oil and the Courts: Will History Repeat Itself?

    As BP begins a risky attempt to stem its still-leaking oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and oil starts to lap against the shores of the Gulf Coast, lawsuits against the oil giant have begun. The devastating oil spill…

  • May 26, 2010 9:01 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA tell Congress: Repeal DADT

    People For the American Way and African American Ministers in Action wrote to Congress today urging repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Votes are imminent in both the House and Senate. According to PFAW’s Michael B. Keegan and Marge Baker:…