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Senate Holds Hearing on Need for Disclosing Money in Federal Elections
If sunlight is the best disinfectant, our system of funding elections could use a whole lot more of it. This morning a Senate committee is holding a hearing on the DISCLOSE Act and the need for increased transparency surrounding money in federal...
The Right Wing's Inflammatory Reaction to the Border Crisis
As we’re dealing with the refugee crisis on the southern border, right-wing elected officials have amped up their inappropriate, inflammatory rhetoric to dehumanize immigrants and attack immigration reform: Sen. Ted Cruz announced last...
Fourth Circuit Unanimously Upholds Obamacare Subsidies
Judge Davis's concurring opinion blasts the illogical premise and political nature of the anti-ACA lawsuit.
D.C. Circuit Old Guard Strikes Down Key Obamacare Subsidies Provision
Today's ruling from two GOP-nominated DC Circuit judges exemplifies why the Senate GOP fought so hard to prevent President Obama from naming anyone to that court.
PFAW and Allies Host Young Political Leaders Event at Netroots Nation in Detroit
As Netroots Nation wrapped up its visit to the Motor City on Saturday, PFAW partnered with LaunchProgress and the Michigan Democratic Party’s Youth Caucus to celebrate a strong slate of young progressive candidates running for office in the...
President Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers
Today President Obama signed an executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from workplace discrimination. In remarks this morning, the president said that our government “will become just a little bit fairer” today...
Diversity Milestone for Obama's Judicial Nominees
President Obama reached a diversity milestone last week: 100 people of color nominated and confirmed to our federal circuit and district courts.
National Candidates Share Their Views on Money in Politics in the 2014 Elections
Most Americans recognize money in politics to be a pressing issue, but no one understands it quite like the candidates running for office to try and change our campaign finance system. In a candidate forum yesterday at Netroots Nation​, moderator...
Will Anti-Gay Groups Learn from Florida Court Ruling for Marriage Equality?
Judge cites marriage equality opponents' own legal brief as evidence of animus.
Grassley's Hypocrisy Comes Out in the Ronnie White Debate
Grassley sharply criticized White for something that he was fine with when Samuel Alito did it.
Filibuster of Hobby Lobby Bill Sends Clear Message: Republicans Value ‘Rights’ of Corporations Over Rights of Women
WASHINGTON — Today the Senate failed to overcome a Republican filibuster of the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act (S. 2578), a bill to fix the harm done by the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision....
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Dissenting For Democracy
Share this:   "The Federalists have retired into the Judiciary as a stronghold … and from that battery all the works of republicanism are to be beaten down and erased." —Thomas Jefferson,...
Senate Corrects a 15-Year Old Injustice and Confirms Ronnie White
The Senate did today what it should have done in the 1990s when Ronnie White was nominated by President Clinton.
PFAW Action Fund Announces Young Elected Progressive Endorsements
People For the American Way Action Fund announced today the endorsements of a slate of dynamic young progressive candidates running for public office across the United States. The endorsees are a diverse mix of candidates 35 and under who are...
Sen. Joe Manchin Expresses his Support for Getting Money out of Politics
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin explains why he supports the Democracy for All Amendment.
PFAW Applauds House Introduction of Amendment to Get Big Money out of Politics
WASHINGTON — Today a companion resolution to the Senate’s Joint Resolution 19, a proposed constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics, was introduced in the House of Representatives. The Democracy For All Amendment (HJ Res...
Barney Frank: This Year’s Midterm Elections Define Our Courts
In an op-ed printed in the Portland Press Herald this weekend, retired congressman Barney Frank offers a sharp critique of the far right Supreme Court under John Roberts. Explicitly noting the importance of the Court in defining law that affects all...
Tell Congress to Override Hobby Lobby: Pass the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act!
Tell Congress to pass the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act, the proposed legislation that would prevent corporations from refusing women equal access to healthcare.
Judge Strikes Colorado Marriage Ban
If you’re having trouble keeping track of the rapidly falling state marriage bans, you’re likely not the only one. In the latest of a dizzying streak of pro-equality decisions, a judge in Colorado struck down the state’s same-sex...
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