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    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,…

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    Texas Bill Could Lead to Women Being Executed for Having an Abortion
    April 10, 2019 6:07 pm | By 41753

    Texas Bill Could Lead to Women Being Executed for Having an Abortion

    This post originally appeared on Right Wing Watch. A Texas house committee heard testimony this week on a bill that would allow women who have abortions to be convicted of homicide and executed. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, told…

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    PFAW and AAMIA Oppose “Project Blitz” Campaign to Undermine Church-State Separation
    January 31, 2019 5:23 pm | By 41734

    PFAW and AAMIA Oppose “Project Blitz” Campaign to Undermine Church-State Separation

    People For the American Way and PFAW's African American Ministers In Action are deeply troubled by a national Religious Right campaign to undermine church-state separation. "Project Blitz" is based on an escalating series of state legislation that proponents believe will…

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    Maine Officials Demand ‘Due Diligence’ from Senators in Evaluating Kavanaugh Nomination in Telebriefing
    August 21, 2018 8:11 am | By 62609

    Maine Officials Demand ‘Due Diligence’ from Senators in Evaluating Kavanaugh Nomination in Telebriefing

    On August 14, Maine state and local officials, in partnership with People For the American Way, held a telebriefing for members of the media on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Maine State Senator Justin Chenette, City of…

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    Right Wing Watch Report: Far-Right Candidates in the 2018 Elections
    May 9, 2018 2:44 pm | By

    Right Wing Watch Report: Far-Right Candidates in the 2018 Elections

    On April 30, Right Wing Watch released a report on 12 extreme and fringe candidates that are exercising influence in the 2018 elections by attempting to pull their races to the far right. Find highlights here on 12 of the…

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    9 Major Legislative Actions Taken By Young Women in Elected Office
    May 1, 2018 2:36 pm | By 53561

    9 Major Legislative Actions Taken By Young Women in Elected Office

    Women are running for office in record numbers, and it's a massive win not just for women but for the entire country. Women serving on our school boards, in our state houses, and on the Hill are already improving the…

  • State and Local Update
    PFAW Announces Endorsements of History-Making Candidates for Governor
    February 15, 2018 3:52 pm | By 53562

    PFAW Announces Endorsements of History-Making Candidates for Governor

    People For the American Way is proud to endorse three dynamic 2018 gubernatorial candidates—all young, all people of color, and all running in winnable states against right-wing Republicans (who all, unsurprisingly, happen to be white men). The endorsements were announced…

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    After the Landslide: The Latest in the Fight Over the Virginia House of Delegates
    January 5, 2018 11:53 am | By 53562

    After the Landslide: The Latest in the Fight Over the Virginia House of Delegates

    The Virginia House of Delegates is set to convene on January 10 after the landmark election in 2017 that flipped 15 seats in the legislature and brought the Democrats close to a tie. But two Republican-held seats are still in…

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    5 Virginia Bills That Would Be Law If It Weren’t For a Democratic Governor
    September 28, 2017 2:30 pm | By 53561

    5 Virginia Bills That Would Be Law If It Weren’t For a Democratic Governor

    On November 7, Virginia voters will head to the polls to decide who will take the governor's seat after Governor Terry McAuliffe's term comes to an end: Democrat Ralph Northam or Republican Ed Gillespie. Traditionally, progressive voter turnout is suppressed…

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    In Georgia Special Election, Negative Out Of State Money Dominated
    June 22, 2017 2:14 pm | By 55623

    In Georgia Special Election, Negative Out Of State Money Dominated

    Much has been made of the amount of money raised by Democrat Jon Ossoff, who lost on Tuesday night to Republican Karen Handel in a special election to represent Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. But while Ossoff raised much more money…

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    Big Resistance Wins in New York and New Hampshire: Republicans Lose Their First Two Seats
    May 31, 2017 3:17 pm | By 55374

    Big Resistance Wins in New York and New Hampshire: Republicans Lose Their First Two Seats

    Last week, progressives scored two key victories in New Hampshire and New York. Two Republican districts that Donald Trump won flipped, with Democrats winning these crucial state legislative seats. These are the first two Republican seats to switch since 2016…

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    Montana Special Election Shows Outsized Impact of Money in Politics
    May 26, 2017 2:13 pm | By 44533

    Montana Special Election Shows Outsized Impact of Money in Politics

    This week, despite being charged for assaulting a reporter who was asking about the American Health Care Act, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte came out on top in the special election to fill the Montana congressional seat vacated by Interior Secretary…

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    Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Reaches New Milestone
    May 26, 2017 1:29 pm | By 44533

    Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Reaches New Milestone

    This week Nevada became the 19th state to officially call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Supreme Court decisions, such as Citizens United, which have led to an explosion of political spending by powerful special interests seeking to advance their…

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    South Dakota Lawmakers Declare ‘State of Emergency’ to Block Reform
    January 27, 2017 5:52 pm | By 44533

    South Dakota Lawmakers Declare ‘State of Emergency’ to Block Reform

    This week state legislators in South Dakota declared a ‘state of emergency’ in order to try and repeal a campaign finance and ethics reform initiative that won at the ballot box last November. However, after significant public outcry and national…

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    First Win in a Trump Era: Georgia Rejects Anti-Muslim Bigotry
    November 21, 2016 5:06 pm | By 45589

    First Win in a Trump Era: Georgia Rejects Anti-Muslim Bigotry

    Following the shocking election results, hate, bigotry, and xenophobia are now on the rise again, and American Muslims, and those perceived to be Muslims, have become some of the first targets. President-elect Trump appears to be seriously considering a registry…

  • State and Local Update
    November 10, 2016 11:19 pm | By 44533

    Local and State Ballot Victories for Democracy

    While the outcome of the election this week is deeply troubling on many levels, there were a number of important ballot initiative victories that will ultimately help pave the way for a democracy that is truly of, by and for…

  • State and Local Update
    October 31, 2016 2:40 pm | By 44533

    Proposed Local Ban on Super PACs Considered in St. Petersburg, FL

    The fight to create a democracy that stands up to wealthy special interests is a battle that must be fought on many fronts—and much of the progress is occurring on the local level. All around the country towns and cities…