Will Texas Senators Help Delay 5th Circuit Judicial Nominee Gregg Costa?
Cornyn & Cruz should urge their GOP colleagues not to block a committee vote on a consensus nominee to fill a 5th Circuit judicial emergency.
Behind the Scenes with the Right-Wing on Arizona's "Right to Discriminate" Bill
Now that SB 1062 has been vetoed, we're learning more about the Center for Arizona Policy's involvement.
Florida Senate Committee Takes Up Voting Rights Bill
SPB 7068 – which cleared a procedural hurdle on March 10 and is expected to come back before the Committee later this month – addresses a number of issues, including the use of certain drop-off locations for the submission of absentee ballots. Last year, Secretary of State Ken Detzner issued a directive against the use of some drop-off sites, such as tax collector offices and county library branches, despite their use in Pinellas County since 2008.
Sarah Palin Rewrites Green Eggs And Ham For CPAC
This article originally appeared on our Right Wing Watch blog. Michele Bachmann kicked off Saturday’s program at CPAC by explaining that the Tea Party is “at its core is an intellectual movement.” It was only fitting, then, that...
Wisconsin Democracy Advocates Push Back Against Voter Suppression and Big Money in Politics
Today, under the banner of the Coalition to Protect Wisconsin Elections, a group of seventeen grassroots nonprofit organizations including People For the American Way gathered in the Wisconsin Senate Parlor to protest a batch of anti-democracy...
North Carolina School Board Votes to Keep ‘The House of the Spirits’ in Curriculum
Last October, a parent at Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina asked the local school board to remove Isabel Allende’s internationally-renowned The House of the Spirits from the curriculum. After making its way through a multi-step...
AAMIA member and United Clergy of Greater Cleveland protest early voting cutbacks
Sunday early voting has been especially important to "Souls to the Polls" churches that organize their congregations to turn out and vote early.
Voting Rights News – 3/6/14
Ohio, a perennial hotbed of voter suppression activity, has been in the news recently for its brand new restrictive voting laws and its cuts to early voting. But Ohio is not the only state with voting rights issues on the agenda.
Why the Defeat of Arizona’s “Right to Discriminate” Bill Matters
Ryan Hurst is the membership services program coordinator for affiliate People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network. Last week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, a bill that would have made it legal for...
Supermajority now supports marriage equality; half believe it's a constitutional right
The margin for marriage equality has essentially reversed over the last ten years.
“Rebranded” GOP Votes for 50th Time to Undermine Obamacare
Today House Republicans led by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) voted to delay the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. In case you haven’t been keeping track, this is the House GOP’s 50th vote to dismantle Obamacare. In a speech last...
Mobilizing to Defend and Strengthen Public Education
I wish politicians and pundits who make a habit of railing against teachers and public schools had spent some time at the conference put on by the Network for Public Education (NPE) last weekend. The organization’s first national...
Contempt for the Constitution Shows in Opposition to Adegbile
Today's shameful demagoguery against Debo Adegbile slights the constitutional protections that keep us free.
PFAW Calls Senate Vote on Adegbile “A Triumph of Demagoguery”
Today the Senate voted to block the nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice despite extensive qualifications, an extraordinary career and a record of commitment to civil rights. People For the...
Steve King: Being Gay Is 'Self-Professed Behavior' That Can't Be 'Independently Verified'
This post originally appeared in our Right Wing Watch blog. Rep. Steve King of Iowa joined Des Moines’ WHO TV yesterday to discuss Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of a bill that would have strengthened the ability of businesses to...
Senate to Hold Cloture Votes on TN and AR Judicial Nominees
Early this week, the Senate is scheduled to hold cloture votes on four judicial nominees, including Timothy Brooks, nominee for the Western District of Arkansas and Pamela Reeves, nominee for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Brooks and Reeves have...
At Grimes’ Fundraiser, Clinton and Kentucky Dems Call Out GOP Obstruction
Weighing into one of the most watched Senate races this election cycle, Bill Clinton spoke at a campaign event in Louisville on Tuesday putting his political weight behind Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging Sen. Minority Leader Mitch...
A Small, But Important, Step Towards Common Sense in Judicial Confirmation Process
Last week, in advance of a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on six Arizona district court nominees, senior legislative counsel Paul Gordon asked if Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain would be able to convince their Republican colleagues to...
Flake and McCain's Next Steps for AZ Nominees
Will Arizona's senators try to convince their GOP colleagues to eliminate the bottleneck of stalled nominees who are ahead of six Arizona nominees?
Grassley Says Every Senator Has Right to Vote on Nominees He Filibustered
After trying to block the Senate from holding confirmation votes, Grassley says each senator had a right to a recorded vote on those nominees.