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  • December 3, 2008 12:20 am | By Drew Courtney

    Bush Against the Constitution. Again.

    When Bill Clinton left the White House, the right wing message machine started pushing they myth that his staff had trashed the place on the way out. President Bush seems to be doing something similar, but instead of pulling the…

  • December 2, 2008 11:46 pm | By Ben Betz

    Vote for Ideas to Change America

    Change.org is running a great contest to get ideas for real change and innovation from the public and presenting some of the best ones to the Obama transition team. From Change.org: What's Your Big Idea for Change in America? President-Elect Obama says he wants…

  • December 2, 2008 3:20 pm | By Marge Baker

    Excellent Choice for Homeland Security

    One of the very best cabinet picks that President-elect Obama has made got a bit lost in yesterday's "team of rivals" coverage.  Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to head the Department of Homeland Security is a brilliant pick. She'll bring a…

  • December 1, 2008 9:58 pm | By Ben Betz

    New Senate Can Deliver Some Quick Victories

    A Washington Post article today points out that even not counting the two yet-undecided Senate contests in MN and GA, the Democrats could have the filibuster-proof 60 votes to move several key pieces of legislation by picking up a few Republicans. The article highlights several…

  • November 25, 2008 2:42 pm | By Willard

    As my daughter would say… OMG!

    It's been quite a time here in Washington DC. Lots of excitement in the air about he new administration. People we know and love are taking new jobs with the Obama administration (how good does that sound!) and helping to…

  • November 24, 2008 10:22 pm | By Willard

    Virgil Goode Loses Seat

    Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode (R) lost his reelection bid to Democrat Tom Perriello by 745 votes, according to official results certified today by the Virginia State Board of Elections. Goode gained prominence when he joined the far-right attack on Rep. Keith…

  • November 24, 2008 9:30 pm | By Drew Courtney

    How to Create a Good Voting Website

    Voting rights activists and web designers alike should take a look at the Election Assistance Commission's new best practices for voter information websites. Most of the information to be included on a website seems to be pretty obvious: Answers to…

  • November 24, 2008 9:07 pm | By Willard

    Obama Chooses Barnes for Key White House Position

    President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Melody Barnes to be Director of the Domestic Policy Council: Melody Barnes is co-director of the Agency Review Working Group for the Obama-Biden Transition Team, and served as the Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to Obama…

  • November 17, 2008 10:34 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Protesting For the Right to Stay Home And Skip Future Protests

    Kudos to Join The Impact, which by all accounts organized some terrific protests this weekend against anti-family attacks like Prop 8 in California. Here in Washington, DC we had a pretty sizable crowd which was all the more impressive considering…

  • November 15, 2008 3:21 am | By Willard

    This American Moment

    I think one of the most exciting things about the recent presidential election is the amazing number of Americans who have been inspired to get involved -- to work phone banks, join neighbors in door-to-door canvasses, talk to friends about…

  • November 14, 2008 8:30 pm | By Drew Courtney

    We’re Number One!

    Actually, you are. National Journal recently ranked People For the American Way as the most successful advocacy group of the ’08 election cycle. And since People For is made up of hundreds of thousands of members from coast to coast,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 —…