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  • November 13, 2008 5:00 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Tony Perkins Attempts to Foment Racial Strife, Fails

    Those watching Anderson Cooper 360 last night got a real treat in the form of Dan Savage revealing Tony Perkins for the anti-gay, anti-family misanthrope he is. In addition to Perkins’ embarrassing ignorance on the role the Constitution plays in…

  • November 12, 2008 9:52 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Vibrations at the Supreme Court

    The nature of jurisprudence is that big issues can be settled over small fights. Hence, at the Supreme Court today, the tiny Summum Church was arguing about whether religious monuments in public parks constitute private or government speech.Adam Liptak at…

  • November 7, 2008 11:09 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Blame for Prop 8

    It was bad enough that the excitement about Obama's election had to share emotional space with the grim news about anti-gay initiatives passing in California, Florida, Arizona, and Arkansas.  But that news was made even worse by the destructive and…

  • November 5, 2008 9:55 pm | By Willard

    South Dakota Abortion Ban Fails – Again

    For the second consecutive election, a South Dakota ballot initiative to ban abortion has failed by double digits.The initiative proposed to criminalize abortions - with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 fine - except for…

  • November 5, 2008 7:02 pm | By Willard

    A Good Day for Small-“D” Democracy

    Yesterday was obviously a really good day for progressives, but it was also a pretty amazing day for democracy -- note the small "d." The Politico reports today:More than 130 million people turned out to vote Tuesday, the most ever…

  • November 4, 2008 8:19 pm | By Willard

    Problems at the Polls? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

    There are still several hours left to cast a ballot, even on the East Coast, where polls don't start closing till 6 p.m. (many states' polling places are open even later than that). So here's a quick reminder that if…

  • November 4, 2008 6:44 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Have You Voted?

    In case you needed more reason to get out and vote, the interwebs are virtually flooded today with stories of people voting, and loving it. In New York Even more people out there now. I walked across the street and down…

  • November 4, 2008 4:57 pm | By Drew Courtney

    On Exit Polls

    If you're anything like me, you're counting down the minutes until the polls close and we can finally see how this election will turn out.For people like us, Nate Silver at 538 has a cogent explanation of why one should…

  • November 3, 2008 10:52 pm | By Willard

    The New Poll Tax

    On a special Sunday episode of her show last night, Rachel Maddow made the great point that long voting lines — which people have been facing these past few weeks when casting early ballots, and will likely face tomorrow —…

  • November 3, 2008 7:23 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Pre-emptive Impeachment

    In case you needed another reminder that the Right isn't going to go away quietly, here's a web site demanding impeachment procedures against President Barack Obama. (Via Ben Smith.)

  • November 3, 2008 5:12 pm | By Drew Courtney

    A Long Night

    If Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, and Florida go decisively for Obama, those of us on the east coast may have a pretty good idea of who the next president will be and still get a good night’s sleep.But there’s at least…

  • November 3, 2008 4:39 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Farewell, Studs

    Last week, Studs Terkel, Pulitzer Prize winning author and activist, died at age 96. Pictured above with Barack Obama, Terkel spoke at People For’s Chicago Spirit of Liberty event in 2004, and his stories about the blacklist and Mahalia Jackson…

  • November 3, 2008 2:52 pm | By Willard

    Time’s A-Wastin’: Get the Information You Need to Vote!

    Unless you've been living under a rock these past two years, you know that Election Day is tomorrow.So the question of today -- Election Day Eve -- is: where the heck do I vote, when do I go, and what…

  • October 31, 2008 2:39 pm | By Willard

    People In The Middle

    The People For Voters Alliance recently released an exciting set of online-only videos made by Academy Award winning director Errol Morris.    Click here to see the rest of the videos.

  • October 30, 2008 10:52 pm | By Drew Courtney

    The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long

    The Austin-American Statesman has a story on a 109 year old woman – the daughter of a slave – who cast a vote for Senator Obama in this year’s election. Jones' father herded sheep as a slave until he was…

  • October 30, 2008 9:16 pm | By Willard

    Trouble Keeping Track of Ballot Initiatives?

    Having trouble keeping your propositions straight? Ballotpedia to the rescue! The collaborative site is like Wikipedia for local propositions and initiatives, helping citizens of states with lots (and lots) of such measures up for consideration to learn about and keep track of…

  • October 29, 2008 8:35 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Power to the Palm Cards

    Last night, volunteers in DC gathered to do People For the American Way Foundation’s part in a project that will touch hundreds of thousands nationwide. People For the American Way Foundation partnered with the SEIU to produce educational voter ID…

  • October 29, 2008 3:32 pm | By Willard

    Samuel L. Jackson Says: You Have the Right to Vote!

    Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, and Rosie Perez are helping the Election Protection coalition get the word out about the Election Protection hotline — 1-866-OUR-VOTE — which voters can call through Election Day for help if they're facing voter suppression…

  • October 29, 2008 12:13 am | By Marge Baker

    Democracy is about voting!

    Just caught this item on about Republican Governor Crist of Florida extending early voting hours to the dismay of some of his fellow Republicans.  Dismay that more people will find it easier to vote in this historic election?  I…

  • October 28, 2008 8:59 pm | By Willard

    Good News and Bad News on Hate Crime Rates

    The FBI released official statistics yesterday for how many hate crimes were committed last year. The good news: there was a slight decline in the total number of hate crimes, mostly due to a drop in the number of hate crimes committed…