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  • December 12, 2008 6:19 pm | By Josh

    Kathryn Kolbert Discusses Obama and the Supreme Court on Pacifica Radio

    People For President Kathryn Kolbert joined American University law professor Jamin Raskin on Tuesday to discuss Barack Obama and the Supreme Court on Pacifica's What's at Stake. Among other things, Kolbert and Raskin discussed what progressives should look for in…

  • December 12, 2008 5:45 pm | By Ben Betz

    Right On, Leahy

    Trying to "send a message" and indicating he may try to obstruct Obama's efforts to restore constitutional values in Washington, Sen. Arlen Specter (the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee) is now pushing to delay confirmation hearings for Attorney General-nominee…

  • December 11, 2008 9:17 pm | By Ben Betz

    Letter to Obama from Feingold: “Concrete Steps” to Restore Rule of Law

    Following up on my previous post about Sen. Feingold....My main man Russ yesterday sent a letter to the President-elect "urging President-elect Barack Obama to take 'concrete steps' to restore the rule of law after the eight-year assault by the Bush…

  • December 10, 2008 10:26 pm | By Ben Betz

    NY State Senate Democratic Leader: “Real reform should not ever include limiting civil rights”

    We are suspending negotiations, effective immediately, because to do so otherwise would reduce our moral standing and the long-term Senate Democratic commitment to reform and to change.  We believe that ultimately, we must do what is right for the people…

  • December 8, 2008 9:42 pm | By Ben Betz

    Supreme Court Says No to Obama Citizenship Challenge

    The Supreme Court just rejected an appeal in a case challenging the validity of President-elect Obama's birth certificate, his citizenship and, in effect, his constitutional eligibility to assume the office of President. The fact that it took more than one split second…

  • December 8, 2008 5:30 pm | By Ben Betz

    Bill Moyers Journal: Russ Feingold On The Rule Of Law

    Senator Russ Feingold, one of Washington's leading voices for civil liberties and constitutional rights, was on Bill Moyers Journal over the weekend discussing some of the steps he hopes the incoming Obama administration will take to restore the rule of…

  • December 8, 2008 3:35 pm | By Willard

    Putting the Justice back in the DOJ

    In Washington, we're hearing rumblings that the Right may be looking to start a fight over Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, whose confirmation hearing will be in early January. It's tough to imagine the kind of audacity it would take…

  • December 3, 2008 10:23 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Trending Toward Greater Acceptance

    GLAAD today published a new survey of Americans' feelings on GLBT issues.  The news, I'd say, is generally positive. Three-quarters of U.S. adults (75%) favor either marriage or domestic partnerships/civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Only about two in 10…

  • December 3, 2008 8:32 pm | By Ben Betz

    Great Idea Posted at Change.org/ideas: Dept. of Innovation

    I wrote a post yesterday about a Change.org in which People For the American Way is participating: Ideas for Change in America. It's actually a collaboration with MySpace as well, and many organizations and everyday citizens have become involved. The ideas so far are GREAT. I…

  • December 3, 2008 12:20 am | By Drew Courtney

    Bush Against the Constitution. Again.

    When Bill Clinton left the White House, the right wing message machine started pushing they myth that his staff had trashed the place on the way out. President Bush seems to be doing something similar, but instead of pulling the…

  • December 2, 2008 11:46 pm | By Ben Betz

    Vote for Ideas to Change America

    Change.org is running a great contest to get ideas for real change and innovation from the public and presenting some of the best ones to the Obama transition team.From Change.org:What's Your Big Idea for Change in America?President-Elect Obama says he wants to hear ideas…

  • December 2, 2008 3:20 pm | By Marge Baker

    Excellent Choice for Homeland Security

    One of the very best cabinet picks that President-elect Obama has made got a bit lost in yesterday's "team of rivals" coverage.  Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to head the Department of Homeland Security is a brilliant pick. She'll bring a…

  • December 1, 2008 9:58 pm | By Ben Betz

    New Senate Can Deliver Some Quick Victories

    A Washington Post article today points out that even not counting the two yet-undecided Senate contests in MN and GA, the Democrats could have the filibuster-proof 60 votes to move several key pieces of legislation by picking up a few Republicans. The article highlights several…

  • November 25, 2008 2:42 pm | By Willard

    As my daughter would say… OMG!

    It's been quite a time here in Washington DC. Lots of excitement in the air about he new administration. People we know and love are taking new jobs with the Obama administration (how good does that sound!) and helping to…

  • November 24, 2008 10:22 pm | By Willard

    Virgil Goode Loses Seat

    Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode (R) lost his reelection bid to Democrat Tom Perriello by 745 votes, according to official results certified today by the Virginia State Board of Elections. Goode gained prominence when he joined the far-right attack on Rep. Keith…

  • November 24, 2008 9:30 pm | By Drew Courtney

    How to Create a Good Voting Website

    Voting rights activists and web designers alike should take a look at the Election Assistance Commission's new best practices for voter information websites.Most of the information to be included on a website seems to be pretty obvious:Answers to common voter…

  • November 24, 2008 9:07 pm | By Willard

    Obama Chooses Barnes for Key White House Position

    President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Melody Barnes to be Director of the Domestic Policy Council: Melody Barnes is co-director of the Agency Review Working Group for the Obama-Biden Transition Team, and served as the Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to Obama…

  • November 17, 2008 10:34 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Protesting For the Right to Stay Home And Skip Future Protests

    Kudos to Join The Impact, which by all accounts organized some terrific protests this weekend against anti-family attacks like Prop 8 in California. Here in Washington, DC we had a pretty sizable crowd which was all the more impressive considering…

  • November 15, 2008 3:21 am | By Willard

    This American Moment

    I think one of the most exciting things about the recent presidential election is the amazing number of Americans who have been inspired to get involved -- to work phone banks, join neighbors in door-to-door canvasses, talk to friends about…

  • November 14, 2008 8:30 pm | By Drew Courtney

    We’re Number One!

    Actually, you are.National Journal recently ranked People For the American Way as the most successful advocacy group of the ’08 election cycle. And since People For is made up of hundreds of thousands of members from coast to coast, that…