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No Justice for Anyone Until All Lives are Valued
This weekend, thousands of Americans from all walks of life took to the streets to protest the unaccountable deaths of unarmed African American men at the hands of police officers.   The multiethnic, multi-racial, multi-generation, LGBT and...
Michigan’s Lame Duck Session Ends Without Passage of “Right to Discriminate” Bill
In a victory for LGBT equality and genuine religious liberty, Michigan’s state legislature ended its 2014 lame duck session last night without passing a bill that would have allowed individuals and businesses to cite religious beliefs to...
Patrick Leahy and This Year's Success on Judges
This year's great success on judicial nominations owes a great deal to Sen. Patrick Leahy.
PFAW Edit Memo: 2014 – A Year of Striking Success on Judicial Nominations
To: Interested Parties From:  Paul Gordon, Senior Legislative Counsel, People For the American Way Marge Baker, Executive Vice President, People For the American Way Re: 2014 – A Year of Striking Success on Judicial Nominations Date:...
Judge With a Political Ax to Grind Strikes Down Obama's Immigration Action
A Bush-43 judge writes a ruling that in several ways seems more appropriate for a politician than a federal judge.
PFAW Member Telebriefing: What We Can Expect From the Right in 2015
On Friday PFAW members and activists joined senior staff on a telebriefing about the types of priorities and tactics we can expect to see from the Right in the coming year. PFAW Communications Director Drew Courtney kicked off the call with a...
Vivek Murthy’s Confirmation as Surgeon General is a Loss for the NRA, a Victory for Common Sense
Last night, after months of delay, the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as the new U.S. surgeon general. Dr. Murthy's confirmation was strenuously opposed by the National Rifle Association and its allies in Congress, due to his belief...
PFAW Applauds Confirmation of Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General, Progressive Groups Calls Confirmation Loss for NRA, Victory for Common Sense
People For the American Way today applauded the confirmation of Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General after months of delay and obstruction instigated by the National Rifle Association. “Today’s vote is a victory for public health and...
Wall Street Giveaway in Spending Bill is Big Money Political Influence at its Worst
It’s hard to know where to begin when running down the list of harmful special interest giveaways in the omnibus spending bill narrowly passed by the House yesterday. Earlier this week, we wrote about a rider in the bill that would allow the...
New Report Highlights the Racial Inequities of Big Money in Politics
The infusion of big money into our democracy is helping to perpetuate racial inequalities, according to a report released yesterday by Demos. As we have seen in recent election cycles, the most aggressive and influential political donors are...
Twelve More Judges to Go
The Senate should not leave town before confirming all the pending judicial nominees, including the three cleared by committee yesterday.
Proposed Spending Bill Would Let Wealthy Political Donors Give Even More
Just what our country needs after the most expensive midterms in history: a bill that lets big political donors spend even more money. The government spending bill released by the House last night includes a rider that would drastically increase the...
New Study Examines Corporate Echo Chamber at Supreme Court
A Reuters study documents the influence of a small number of Supreme Court lawyers, most representing corporations.
Michigan House of Representatives Passes ‘Right To Discriminate’ Bill
The Michigan House of Representatives today passed a bill explicitly designed by its sponsor to allow discrimination against LGBT people. The proposed law, the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would mirror the federal Religious...
Pregnant Workers' Rights at the Supreme Court
Peggy Young's employer made her choose between her job and her pregnancy, but can employers do that?
Soon-To-Be Senate Majority Leader McConnell Tests the Waters on Further Gutting Campaign Finance Laws
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is poised to become the new Senate Majority Leader when Republicans take over the Senate in January, is well known for his opposition to limits on big money in politics – whether through his unabashed support...
Federal Judge Gives History Lesson on Anti-Gay Discrimination
The federal court ruling striking down Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples getting married is worth reading for many reasons. Paul wrote earlier about U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’s compelling explanation of the role of the...
Mississippi Judge Striking Down Marriage Ban Explains the Role of Courts
Judge Carlton Reeves explains the importance of the courts while demonstrating how important it is who serves on them.
Whose State of Emergency?
This post was original published at The Huffington Post. On the evening of the announcement that a grand jury decided Darren Wilson, the Missouri police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, would not face charges, two storms were...
Republicans Revive Bold Scheme to Rig Presidential Elections
This was originally published at The Huffington Post. After Republicans failed to capture the White House in 2012, they dusted off a tried-and-true plan to improve their future electoral prospects. No, they wouldn't moderate their views or...
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