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

    Democracy is about voting!

    Just caught this item on politico.com 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…

  • October 27, 2008 5:18 pm | By Willard

    How to Get People to Vote

    Simply ask them if they're going to. So says Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist: You call and ask people ahead of time, "Will you vote?" That's all. "Do you intend to vote?" That increases voting participation substantially, and you…

  • October 27, 2008 4:36 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Best Pro-Marriage Ad So Far

    It’s a totally subjective distinction, I know, but this weekend I saw what is definitely my favorite pro-marriage ad so far. Constitutional principles aside, marriage remains a deeply personal institution, and the best way to win the fight is to…

  • October 24, 2008 9:33 pm | By Willard

    Change Doesn’t Just Happen

    With just over a week to go until the election, things are popping at People For. I want to let you know how we're using your support to make an impact on many fronts.The Voters Alliance: Building Progressive PowerPeople For…

  • October 24, 2008 3:21 pm | By Marge Baker

    Remembering Paul Wellstone

    It's hard to believe , but tomorrow will be the sixth anniversary of the death of Paul Wellstone, his beloved wife Sheila and daughter Marcia, as well as three exceptional and devoted staff members who were with the Wellstones on…

  • October 23, 2008 9:25 pm | By Willard

    U.S. Ranks 36th in Press Freedom Index

    Reporters Without Borders released its annual Press Freedom Index today.The good news: the United States moved up 12 points from last year. (A higher ranking indicates more press freedom.) The bad news: we're still only #36 out of the 173 countries indexed.RWB explains…

  • October 23, 2008 6:39 pm | By Drew Courtney

    The Choice Is Clear

    If you haven't already gotten a chance, be sure to read Joan Biskupic's article on the Supreme Court in today's USA Today, a good primer on the choice that voters face on Election Day. The appointment of life-tenured judges can be…

  • October 23, 2008 4:37 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Mixed Poll Numbers in California

    Nate Silver at 538 takes a look at poll numbers on California’s Prop 8 (the anti-marriage amendment on the ballot) and declares it a toss up. While it would be nice if the polls were showing that no one in…

  • October 22, 2008 6:48 pm | By Drew Courtney

    What’s That on Page A7 of the New York Times?

    We already mentioned that People For was taking out a full page ad in the New York Times.  Well, today it ran, and it's pretty cool.  The psuedo scandal seems to be getting a bit less media attention at the…

  • October 21, 2008 10:07 pm | By Willard

    Obama Endorsements and the Court

    As the Editor & Publisher reported yesterday, Barack Obama is winning the race for newspaper endorsements in a landslide, 112-39.  Especially notable is the fact that at least 25 papers that supported Bush in 2004 have endorsed Obama this time…

  • October 21, 2008 5:58 pm | By Marge Baker

    Voter Suppression and Intimidation

    You've seen a lot on this site about the inflammatory campaign being waged by the McCain-Palin team and the RNC against ACORN.  It's a desperate political ploy to cast doubt on the integrity of the elections and to divert attention from the…

  • October 21, 2008 5:22 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Everybody’s Voting Early!

    Andrew Sullivan has notes from a few readers on their experiences at the polls. Yesterday, DCist pointed out that in my own city (where we do have a vote for President but not *ahem* full representation in the House or Senate)…

  • October 21, 2008 4:32 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    More Ugliness from the Right: Anti-Gay Sentiment in Campaign Literature

    As we have documented in recent days, the approaching elections have, with an assist from the McCain campaign and GOP strategists, brought some real ugliness into the open, including outright racism.  Of course, an election year would not be complete…

  • October 20, 2008 10:13 pm | By Willard

    Palin Favors Federal Gay Marriage Ban

    Via ThinkProgress comes news that Gov. Palin said in a recent CBN interview that she (unlike her running mate) is in favor amending the Constitution to make gay marriage illegal: In Alaska, Palin said, I have voted along with the vast…

  • October 20, 2008 8:00 pm | By Willard

    What Do “Voter Fraud,” Unicorns, and The Tooth Fairy Have in Common?

    Answer: They don't actually exist -- except in the minds of right-wingers. (Well, I'm not actually sure if Pat Robertson and the like believe in unicorns or the Tooth Fairy, but given the outlandish nature of some of their other beliefs,…

  • October 20, 2008 5:03 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Powell Stands Up to the Real Muslim Smear

    In all the effort to defend Barack Obama against the rumor that he’s secretly a Muslim, too may people have missed the real point. Why would it matter if he were a Muslim? The Constitution clearly states that ”no religious…

  • October 17, 2008 9:09 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Uglier and Uglier and Uglier

    In case you didn’t think that attacks against Senator Obama could get any worse, they, umm, did.Barack Obama, the Democratic Party's nominee for President, has become a target for white supremacists and other extremists on various Websites and Internet forums…

  • October 17, 2008 8:38 pm | By Willard

    ACORN Is Not The Problem

    I'm not going to sit idly by while good people are thrown under the bus ... especially if that bus is John McCain's "Straight Talk Express." And I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- going to let the Right…

  • October 17, 2008 7:31 pm | By Kyle

    “Angry” Al Franken

    In his book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, Al Franken recalls an episode in Paul Wellstone’s 2002 run for re-election when, prior to his untimely death, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) ran an ad called “Pork”…