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  • September 24, 2010 5:00 am | By Michael Keegan

    Hung out to dry

    Republicans have given us a sneak peek of what they have in store for America if they succeed in taking over Congress on Election Day ... and it's not pretty. On Tuesday, Republican senators voted in lockstep to block the…

  • September 23, 2010 4:34 pm | By Miranda Blue

    The GOP Displays Effective Use of Taxpayer Dollars

    The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning voted to approve seven federal judicial nominees. Four of these nominees are Judiciary Committee pros by now—they’ve already been approved by the committee, but were blocked by Senate Republicans, and had to start the…

  • September 23, 2010 3:25 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Unprecedented Obstruction: Exhibit “A”

    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse just made a forceful presentation at the Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting about the unprecedented obstruction currently being waged by Republicans against judicial nominees. The statistics are powerful: from 1949, when Senate rules were changed to provide…

  • September 22, 2010 6:53 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Scalia’s Selective Originalism

    Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told an audience of law students that the Constitution does not protect against sex discrimination. In a great column for Time today, Adam Cohen outlines what has gone so wrong with the…

  • September 22, 2010 3:22 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Citizens United Impacts Ohio Senate Race

    Senator Sherrod Brown, in this morning's debate over the DISCLOSE Act, noted an article in today's Columbus Dispatch demonstrating the great need for this law: Before a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in January, the most Cincinnati billionaire Carl Lindner could…

  • September 22, 2010 3:06 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Barbara Boxer: Supporting the DISCLOSE Act and the Voters’ Right to Know

    The U.S. Senate is currently debating the DISCLOSE Act. Passage of the DISCLOSE Act is essential if we are to mitigate the damage done to American democracy by Citizens United. This deeply flawed opinion has led to the unleashing of…

  • September 22, 2010 3:06 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Senator Sessions Can’t Get His Stories Straight

    In a “Critical Judiciary Alert” released today on Facebook (where else?), Senator Jeff Sessions went on the attack against five of President Obama’s judicial nominees that the GOP has worked overtime to obstruct. The whole piece is a fine example…

  • September 21, 2010 8:36 pm | By Miranda Blue

    A Reasoned Debate on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

    Another popular, common-sense, pro-equality measure ground to a standstill this afternoon as a unified minority of Republican Senators, joined by two Democrats, succeeded in filibustering a bill that included a repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Let’s take…

  • September 21, 2010 7:03 pm | By Brian

    “The Money’s Flowing,” But From Where?

    Michael Luo and Stephanie Strom of The New York Times profiled the rapid growth of political organizations that can receive unlimited contributions but do not have to disclose their donors. 501(c)(4) groups* have become more numerous, and unlike 527’s, do…

  • September 21, 2010 1:20 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Voter Suppression Plan Uncovered in Wisconsin

    In 2008, Republican operatives tried to create a narrative of widespread voter fraud being perpetrated across the country by young and minority voters and the people trying to register them. There was hardly a widespread conspiracy—the non-partisan Brennan Center of…

  • September 20, 2010 6:31 pm | By Miranda Blue

    So Much for “Prompt Disclosure”

    When the Supreme Court decided earlier this year to allow corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, the justices in the majority (save Justice Clarence Thomas) took care to note that “prompt disclosure” of political spending would…

  • September 17, 2010 8:13 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Republicans Annoyed They Can’t Obstruct Elizabeth Warren

    President Obama today appointed Elizabeth Warren to oversee the new consumer regulatory agency created by the recently enacted Wall Street Reform legislation.What’s interesting is that he chose to appoint her to a position that doesn’t require Senate approval.From the moment…

  • September 17, 2010 2:01 pm | By Brian

    Obama Speaks Out, Again, on Citizens United

    While addressing a fundraiser in Connecticut for Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is running against self-funding multimillionaire Linda McMahon, President Obama laid into the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and its devastating consequences. With the possibility of the Senate passing…

  • September 16, 2010 8:25 pm | By Miranda Blue

    PFAW Sends Letters to GOP Leaders Urging them to Denounce Fischer, Skip Values Voter Summit

    People For's President, Michael Keegan, sent the following letter today to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and Delaware…

  • September 16, 2010 5:37 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Women Are Not WorthLess

    With time running short in the 111th Congress, National Women’s Law Center wants the Senate to know that Women Are Not WorthLess. National Women’s Law Center produced this new video as part of their ongoing efforts to pass the Paycheck…

  • September 16, 2010 3:24 pm | By Miranda Blue

    The Citizens United Fallout Reaches Ohio

    Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, state-level laws regulating corporate election spending have been crumbling. Today, yet another bit the dust:An agreement between Ohio elections officials and an anti-abortion group voids a state ban that kept…

  • September 16, 2010 1:48 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Is “Eagerness to Obstruct” a Requirement for New GOP Senators?

    Yesterday, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte narrowly defeated Tea Party insurgent Ovide Lamontagne in the state’s Republican senate primary.Ayotte is hardly a political moderate—Sarah Palin has anointed her a “Mama Grizzly”—but that didn’t keep her from being attacked…

  • September 15, 2010 9:46 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Yesterday’s Big Wins for Young Progressive Candidates

    Gustavo Rivera, a young progressive candidate endorsed by the PFAW Action Fund, won a big victory yesterday in a New York state senate district in the Bronx, ousting the current Senate Majority Leader in the Democratic primary. Rivera won a…

  • September 15, 2010 5:52 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Important votes next week on DADT, DREAM, and secret holds

    It could be a big week next week for the Senate. When Majority Leader Reid brings the FY 2011 Defense authorization bill to the floor, we are likely to see consideration of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the DREAM Act, and…

  • September 15, 2010 5:29 pm | By Miranda Blue

    How Much Extremism Can the “Mainstream” GOP Handle?

    For several years now, our RightWingWatch blog has been reporting on the bigoted shenanigans of one Bryan Fischer. Fischer, a leader of the American Family Association and host of a weekly show on the AFA’s radio station, is one of…