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  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Prevent Trial on Bias Claim by Latino Police Detective
    June 4, 2019 2:10 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Prevent Trial on Bias Claim by Latino Police Detective

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  Trump Fifth Circuit Judge Kurt Engelhardt cast the deciding vote in Inocencio v. Montalvo to affirm a decision granting summary…

  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominees Richard Hertling and Ryan Holte Should Not Be Confirmed
    June 4, 2019 10:27 am | By Marge Baker

    Judicial Nominees Richard Hertling and Ryan Holte Should Not Be Confirmed

    Floor votes are expected the week of June 3 on Trump judicial nominees Richard Hertling and Ryan Holte, both of whom are being considered for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The vacancies that Hertling and Holte would fill both…

  • News and Analysis
    Jay Inslee: “Judges Need to Support the Constitutional Rights of Everyone”
    June 3, 2019 1:01 pm | By Bettina Ramon

    Jay Inslee: “Judges Need to Support the Constitutional Rights of Everyone”

    As the 2020 presidential primary season continues to heat up, PFAW is continuing its focus on protecting the federal courts by encouraging Democratic candidates to make the courts a key issue in their campaigns. On May 24, Washington Governor Jay…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Vote Again to Authorize Prisoner’s Painful Execution
    June 3, 2019 11:17 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Vote Again to Authorize Prisoner’s Painful Execution

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties. In a bizarre sequel to an April order in which the Court reversed two lower courts and authorized the…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Holistic Gun Violence Prevention
    May 31, 2019 2:28 pm | By Diallo Brooks, Derrick Crowe

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Holistic Gun Violence Prevention

    Many people only hear about gun violence in the context of mass shootings. Americans are rightfully horrified and urgent in our call for gun violence prevention, but gun violence is about more than mass shootings – and too often, those…

  • Trump Continues His Assault On the Transgender Community with More Backward Policies
    May 30, 2019 10:42 am | By Tori Slatton

    Trump Continues His Assault On the Transgender Community with More Backward Policies

    Since the 2016 election, President Trump and his administration have systematically targeted our most vulnerable populations to score political points with his political base. In addition to broader attacks on LGBTQ+ rights, the transgender community in particular has often endured…

  • State and Local Update
    Next Up Victory Fund Celebrates 11 Endorsee Wins
    May 29, 2019 5:36 pm | By

    Next Up Victory Fund Celebrates 11 Endorsee Wins

    This May, 11 young, progressive candidates and Next Up endorsees won big in primary and special elections in New York, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. Among these notable wins is Korin Kirk’s re-election to the Binghamton School District Board of Education in Binghamton,…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Four Trump Judges Try to Immunize Flint Officials from Liability for Flint Water Crisis
    May 29, 2019 5:00 pm | By

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Four Trump Judges Try to Immunize Flint Officials from Liability for Flint Water Crisis

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties. Four Trump Sixth Circuit judges on the Sixth Circuit Court – Judges Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen, John Nalbandian, and…

  • News and Analysis
    On Possible SCOTUS Vacancy, McConnell Gets Candid about GOP’s Corruption and Hypocrisy
    May 29, 2019 11:42 am | By Paul Gordon

    On Possible SCOTUS Vacancy, McConnell Gets Candid about GOP’s Corruption and Hypocrisy

    On May 28, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted what we already knew: The reason he gave for blocking Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court was a lie. As reported by CNN:  Speaking at a Paducah Chamber of Commerce…

  • Understanding and Combatting Abortion Restrictions in the States
    May 26, 2019 3:24 pm | By Tori Slatton

    Understanding and Combatting Abortion Restrictions in the States

    Although anti-abortion legislation in the states has long been a concern, many reproductive rights activists have become increasingly alarmed in 2019 as state legislators throughout the South and Midwest are implementing extremely restrictive and near-total abortion bans. These extreme bans…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Impact of the Right’s Judicial Takeover
    May 24, 2019 1:35 pm | By Diallo Brooks, Christin “Cici” Battle

    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Impact of the Right’s Judicial Takeover

    Regular listeners of the podcast know that the importance of our federal courts is a topic we revisit regularly. And with the Right being clearer than ever about their goal to overturn Roe v. Wade and Trump’s judicial nominees refusing…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Supports the Passage of the Democracy For All Amendment
    May 24, 2019 11:04 am | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Supports the Passage of the Democracy For All Amendment

    The Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United was one of the most devastating decisions in recent history, and further enabled the spread of big money in our politics to undermine our democracy. The amount of election spending has skyrocketed with…

  • People For in Action
    Activists Across the Country Rally to #StopTheBans
    May 23, 2019 11:18 am | By Tori Slatton

    Activists Across the Country Rally to #StopTheBans

    Emboldened by Trump’s conservative Supreme Court agenda, including the push to overturn Roe v. Wade, many state legislators are moving to limit reproductive rights by passing some of the most restrictive abortion bans we’ve seen in recent history. Although these…

  • Federal Update
    Rep. Raskin Joins the Mueller Book Club
    May 23, 2019 11:10 am | By Rio Tazewell

    Rep. Raskin Joins the Mueller Book Club

    PFAW has partnered with our allies in the Trump Is Not Above the Law coalition to organize a weekly internet broadcast featuring legal and political experts reviewing the Mueller report, section by section, providing insight, discussing its implications, and answering…

  • News and Analysis
    D.C. Circuit is Critical in Protecting the Rule of Law from a Lawless Trump
    May 22, 2019 4:54 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    D.C. Circuit is Critical in Protecting the Rule of Law from a Lawless Trump

    The day after federal judge Amit Mehta flatly rejected Donald Trump’s claim that the House Oversight Committee could not subpoena financial records from Trump’s accounting firm, Trump’s lawyers appealed the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C.…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Supports the Equality Act and Urges Mitch McConnell to Schedule a Vote in the Senate
    May 22, 2019 2:18 pm | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Supports the Equality Act and Urges Mitch McConnell to Schedule a Vote in the Senate

    On May 17, the Equality Act (H.R. 5), which seeks to ensure the right to live free from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, among other provisions, passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan 236-173 vote. Although…

  • People For in Action
    The Election Assistance Commission is Critical to Protecting our Democracy from Unprecedented Threats
    May 22, 2019 1:55 pm | By Jen Herrick

    The Election Assistance Commission is Critical to Protecting our Democracy from Unprecedented Threats

    The Election Assistance Commission is tasked with supporting election officials on issues of election technology, election management, and voting access and opportunity. These are especially critical functions with voter suppression on the rise, the ongoing fallout and threat from Russian…

  • People For in Action
    Challenging the Invisibility of Black Women: A Speaker at the VASHTI Convocation
    May 22, 2019 10:30 am | By Amenah Gulamhusein

    Challenging the Invisibility of Black Women: A Speaker at the VASHTI Convocation

    Research suggests that Black women are more likely than any other racial or gender group to go unrecognized and unheard because they live at the intersection between two marginalized groups. When our society challenges sexism, it typically centers white women's…

  • News and Analysis
    Judicial Nominee Stephen Clark Claimed Same-Sex Marriage Leads to Polygamy
    May 21, 2019 3:49 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Judicial Nominee Stephen Clark Claimed Same-Sex Marriage Leads to Polygamy

    The Senate is planning to vote on Stephen Clark’s nomination to be a federal judge in the Eastern District of Missouri. Those who vote to confirm Clark might as well be putting a “kick me” sign on the United States…

  • News and Analysis
    Over a Trump Judge’s Dissent, A Win for DACA at the 4th Circuit
    May 21, 2019 3:32 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Over a Trump Judge’s Dissent, A Win for DACA at the 4th Circuit

    On May 17, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit struck down the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA, over the dissent of Trump judge Julius Richardson. The case is Casa De Maryland v. DHS. In ending DACA, the administration relied…