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PFAW Edit Memo: Senate Republicans' Failure to Confirm Obama Nominees — By the Numbers
To: Interested Parties From: Paul Gordon, Senior Legislative Counsel, People For the American Way Date: March 27, 2015 Re: Senate Republicans' Failure to Confirm Obama Nominees—By the Numbers Three months into the 114th Congress, it...
PFAW Commends NH Senate for Passing Bill Supporting an Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Politics
Today the New Hampshire Senate unanimously passed a bill (S.B. 136) in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United v. FEC. The bill also calls for a committee to study the proposed amendments currently being...
Supreme Court’s Denial of Wisconsin Voting Rights a Motivator for Millennials
The following is a guest post by Zachary Koop, a 2014 Young People For Fellow. This past Monday, the US Supreme Court made a troubling decision: it rejected an appeal to overturn Wisconsin’s voter ID law, considered one of the strictest in...
Supreme Court Sends Alabama Racial Gerrymandering Case Back to Lower Court
The Supreme Court rules in favor of those challenging Alabama's redistricting as racially gerrymandered and harmful to African Americans.
PFAW Member Telebriefing: Preview of Upcoming PFAW Foundation Report, The Supreme Court in the Citizens United Era
Yesterday, PFAW Foundation Senior Fellow Jamie Raskin previewed his upcoming report, The Supreme Court in the Citizens United Era, during a member telebriefing. Executive Vice President Marge Baker and Senior Legislative Counsel Paul Gordon also...
Peggy Young Will Get Her Day in Court
The Supreme Court rejects a company's narrow interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
Shining a Light on Corporate 'Dark Money'
This op-ed was originally published at OtherWords.com. If 2014 was the “Year of Dark Money” in elections, then 2016 is likely to be the “Year of Way, Way More Dark Money” — that is, unless something big changes soon....
PFAW Calls Out Ted Cruz for His Doublespeak on Immigration
If Ted Cruz is so proud of his anti-immigrant stance, why won't he talk about it in Spanish? In launching his campaign this week, Ted Cruz released an English-language video celebrating both his immigrant history and his work “putting...
Many Say Schock’s Too Young to Serve. Here’s Why They’re Wrong.
This op-ed by Andrew Gillum, Director of Youth Leadership Programs, People For the American Way Foundation, was originally published at The Huffington Post. In the quick unraveling of Rep. Aaron Schock's political career, some have questioned if...
PFAW Calls Out Ted Cruz for His Doublespeak on Immigration
In launching his campaign today, Ted Cruz released an English-language video celebrating both his immigrant history and his work “putting everything on the line to stop President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional amnesty.” In...
People For the American Way & Allies: Vote “No” on Question 1 to Keep WI Supreme Court Non-Partisan
MADISON - Today, People For the American Way joined with Democracy 2020 coalition organizations to call for a defeat of Question 1, a constitutional amendment from right-wing extremists in the Wisconsin Legislature to make the Chief Justice of the...
Wisconsin Voter ID Reminds Us of the Importance of Circuit Courts
Supreme Court's decision not to hear Wisconsin voter ID case highlights consequences of GOP efforts to prevent President Obama from filling circuit court vacancies.
Payday Loan Interests Funneled Dark Money into Fight Against Oversight
On Tuesday the Huffington Post’s Paul Blumenthal revealed that in 2012, the Online Consumers Network, an “arm of the online payday loan empire industry,” gave $200,000 to two dark money groups connected to top House Republicans...
The Animus Amicus: Archive Activism and Marriage Equality
Note: This article first appeared at Huffington Post.  In April, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of state laws that ban same-sex couples from getting married. The historic case has attracted a wide array of...
GOP's Delay for Loretta Lynch Gets More Ridiculous By the Day
If anyone had said four months ago that we’d still be waiting for the Senate to hold a confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch, no one would have believed it.  Yet here we are.  Although she was approved by the Judiciary Committee three...
Signs of Progress on Voting Rights for Formerly Incarcerated Persons
It's fitting that Maryland is showing signs of progress just as its US Senators are reintroducing the Democracy Restoration Act in Congress.
#DemandDemocracy: Franciscan Action Network Speaks Out on Money in Politics
In the seventh installment of our #DemandDemocracy video blog, Jason Miller with the Franciscan Action Network discusses the impact of big money in politics on issues important to the faith community. With powerful individuals and corporations...
Eleven NH Towns Pass Resolutions Calling for Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Elections
Last week, 11 new towns in New Hampshire passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn cases like Citizens United v. FEC. The resolutions direct state and federal legislators to guarantee that Congress and states can once...
Alabama's Shame Grows with Bill to Make It Harder for Gays to Marry
No one should be fooled for a moment that this has anything to do with religious liberty.
Seriously? Republicans Target Birthright Citizenship Again?
This op-ed by Randy Borntager, Political Director of People For the American Way, was originally published at The Huffington Post. After the vast majority of Republicans voted to shut down the Department of Homeland Security to oppose President...
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