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  • May 17, 2010 8:37 pm | By Miranda Blue

    YEO Network Member Kyrsten Sinema Discusses Arizona Immigration Law

    Arizona State Representative Kyrsten Sinema, in Washington for the annual convening of PFAW Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network, went on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Saturday to discuss Arizona’s new immigration law. Watch the full clip here: Sinema, recipient of last…

  • May 17, 2010 6:13 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Coalition Urges Holder to Reconsider Moves to Weaken Miranda Rights

    A coalition of 35 progressive organizations, including People For the American Way, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder this morning urging him to reconsider his stance on weakening Miranda rights. Holder has said the Obama Administration is open…

  • May 17, 2010 4:38 pm | By Miranda Blue

    People For Signs on to Arizona Travel Boycott

    Last month, Arizona’s governor signed a draconian anti-immigrant law that has come under fire from civil rights and civil liberties groups, sports teams, the president, and even the occasional outspokenly anti-immigrant politician. People For has now joined a number of…

  • May 14, 2010 9:54 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Big Money in State Elections

    The PFAW Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network is gathering this week in Washington, in part to discuss how to work on national progressive issues on the state and local levels. A panel this afternoon discussed local activism to fix the…

  • May 13, 2010 9:44 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Party Line Vote on Goodwin Liu in Committee

    In a vote that surprised absolutely no one, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously against the confirmation of Goodwin Liu, President Obama’s nominee for a seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals. Nevertheless, he passed out of…

  • May 12, 2010 8:56 pm | By Marge Baker

    At a Crossroads

    This past Sunday as I was waiting to go on Fox News to talk about the importance of the upcoming debate about the kind of Supreme Court Americans wanted, I had an extra few minutes to walk around the Capitol…

  • May 11, 2010 6:01 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Kagan v. Rehnquist

    In their uphill battle to paint Solicitor General Elena Kagan as unqualified for the Supreme Court, some Republicans are complaining that she doesn’t have any experience on the federal bench. It’s an attack that doesn’t hold water for several reasons.…

  • May 10, 2010 10:03 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Candidates Begin to Appeal to Voters’ Disappointment with Corporate Court

    Republicans say they’re plotting to use any Supreme Court nomination battle to their advantage in November. But polls show that the issue cuts strongly the other way—the American public is overwhelmingly concerned about the current Court’s pro-corporate sympathies and its…

  • May 10, 2010 7:07 pm | By Miranda Blue

    GOP Strategy Call: Obstruct Supreme Court Nomination to Delay Policy Debates

    The day Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement, Senate Republican leadership vowed to obstruct the confirmation of whoever was nominated to replace him. Today, Republican Senators who had previously praised nominee Elena Kagan’s intellect and qualifications have become strikingly…

  • May 7, 2010 10:45 pm | By Miranda Blue

    GOP Blocks Confirmation of Bush’s Press Secretary

    The Senate GOP spent the day repeatedly refusing to remove their holds on 108 of President Obama's picks to fill executive branch and judicial vacancies. In case you thought they actually object to these nominees:One of the blocked nominees: former…

  • May 7, 2010 7:07 pm | By Miranda Blue

    On Ellis Island, African American Ministers Leadership Council Are First to Sign Immigration Reform Covenant

    Members of the African American Ministers Leadership Council and African American Ministers in Action gathered on Ellis Island to sign an immigration reform covenant. On Wednesday, members of People For the American Way Foundation’s African American Ministers Leadership Council (AAMLC)…

  • May 7, 2010 4:53 pm | By Miranda Blue

    People For’s Full Page Ad in the Post: “Is The Supreme Court Corporate America’s Newest Subsidiary?”

    People For and a coalition of progressive groups will run a full page ad in the Washington Post next week, criticizing the Supreme Court’s increasing deference to corporate interests. The ad, which pictures judicial robes embroidered with the logos of…

  • May 7, 2010 4:26 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Give the gift of equal pay on Mother’s Day

    As we mark Mother’s Day this Sunday, think about taking action to support women’s rights. Ask your Senators to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Be sure to thank them if they’re already cosponsors. Equal pay in America needed to be…

  • May 6, 2010 6:34 pm | By Miranda Blue

    On Hold

    The AP has counted up the presidential nominees currently awaiting Senate confirmation. Most of those nominations are being held up by individual Republican senators. Most of those senators remain anonymous. There’s quite a logjam:These "holds," which frequently have nothing to…

  • May 6, 2010 1:20 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA tell House: Pass ENDA now

    People For the American Way and African American Ministers in Action wrote to the House of Representatives today urging swift passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act – as a clean bill with no harmful amendments or motions to recommit. This…

  • May 4, 2010 7:40 pm | By Miranda Blue

    The Return of Soft Money

    In the New York Times today, Adam Liptak predicts that in the wake of Citizens United, the Supreme Court will reconsider, maybe as early as this summer, the constitutionality of limits on “soft money”—unlimited contributions to political parties. The lawyer…

  • May 3, 2010 10:19 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Judiciary Committee Schedules Vote on Goodwin Liu

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote for this Thursday on the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.Richard Painter—who, as George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer helped to shepherd through the nominations of Justices…

  • May 3, 2010 8:42 pm | By Jen Herrick

    DOD puts breaks on DADT repeal, veterans to lobby Congress

    Late Friday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen urged Congress to hold off on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell until the Pentagon completes its policy review. This was followed by a White House statement (cited…

  • April 30, 2010 7:08 pm | By Jen Herrick

    LGBT families included in immigration reform framework

    Senate Democrats made news this week with the release of their framework for moving forward on immigration reform. It is by no means perfect, and there is much work left to be done. However, these Senators should be commended for…

  • April 30, 2010 2:35 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Majority of Americans Comfortable with Obama Picking Supreme Court Justice

    Jeff Sessions take note: a new Washington Post-ABC News poll has found that a large majority of Americans are just fine with President Obama picking the next Supreme Court Justice.Overall, two-thirds of Americans say they are comfortable with Obama selecting…