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A Progressive Corporation and Its Campaign to Take Down 10 Tea Party House Members

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

While the conventions and the two men who would be president have been uppermost in our minds for the past two weeks, we should not lose sight of other critical races going on across the country, in particular those in the House of Representatives.

Your Vote: Anyone Can Do It, and Everyone Should Do It

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.06.2012 | Impact
Craig Newmark

It's up to us of all to ensure the integrity of our voting process by getting registered right, and by encouraging everyone to vote, regardless of ethnicity or gender.

The Small Donor Revolution: Empowering Citizens to Combat Influence-Money in Politics

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

2012-08-28-scblog2.png While we cannot limit independent spending by outside groups, we can dramatically increase the role and importance of small donors in our elections and revolutionize the way campaigns are financed. Here's how.

We Must Protect Voting Rights

Barbra Streisand | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Barbra Streisand

The new laws requiring US citizens to produce photo IDs at the poll are designed to deprive elderly and minority citizens of the precious right to cast their vote. These regressive laws are themselves the most dangerous voter fraud threatening American democracy.

Cole Stangler

Voter ID Laws Hinder A Half-Million Votes | Cole Stangler | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A half-million Americans in 10 states with voter identification laws face serious challenges to obtaining the necessary photo documentat...

From Inconsistency to Incoherence

Jonathan Backer | Posted 06.28.2012 | New York
Jonathan Backer

By standing on the sidelines and criticizing all efforts toward greater disclosure, Mitch McConnell creates the impression that he seeks to allow wealthy and powerful individuals and corporations to wield great influence in election, without accountability.

Some Big News Around Voting With Voto Latino

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Craig Newmark

A good friend of mine, Maria Teresa Kumar, Co-Founder and President of Voto Latino, and actress America Ferrera began a new media, grassroots campaign called America4America. The campaign is doing good stuff, educating young folks about issues like voter ID laws and immigration.

Voter ID Laws: Silencing the American People

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Voter ID laws are the icing on the cake when it comes to public officials shutting Americans out of the decision-making process, silencing dissent, and making sure that those in power stay in power.

Did NYPD Spying On Muslims Violate The Law?

ProPublica | Justin Elliott | Posted 02.29.2012 | New York

Last August, the Associated Press launched a series detailing how the New York Police Department has extensively investigated Muslims in New York and ...

Can Occupy Overturn Citizens United? "Dear 99%ers..."

Mark Green | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Mark Green

Nothing could enhance American democracy more than if Occupy Wall Street helped enact the 28th Constitutional Amendment to end the pretense that corporations are people who speak with money. The 99% can stop the privatization of government.

John Celock

UPDATE: Democrats Get Enough Signatures To Overturn Ohio Voting Law | John Celock | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

Democrats and progressives in Ohio have just over a week to gather 10,000 more petition signatures to force a referendum to overturn the state's contr...

Colorado Tops Country in Bad Treatment of Some Registered Voters

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.24.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It seems crazy that in Colorado, you won't necessarily get a ballot in the mail, like other good and decent registered voters, if you missed voting in just one election.

Both Sides Now: War On Fraud Or Voters? GOP 'Fight Club'?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.23.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpg Matalin and Reagan differ on Voter ID laws that could undermine the right to vote. And will Obama win future GOP debates if Romney and Perry continue to audition for Fight Club?

Michael McAuliff

Dems Fear Voter Suppression Could Cost Them 2012 | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats alarmed by reports that new voter laws could bar some five million people from the polls are launching an ambitious onl...

John Celock

New Photo ID, Citizenship, Registration Laws Could Impact 5 Million Voters | John Celock | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- According to a new report, over five million voters could be denied the right to vote under new laws adopted in a dozen states. The s...

Stemming the Tide of Secret Corporate Money

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

When historians look back on the 2010 election, it will be remembered for three things -- a bad economy, the rise of the Tea Party, and the undertow of anonymous corporate money. Time for a pro-democracy Tea Party.

Budget: Late, Unbalanced

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

New York State lived up to its reputation, first reported six years ago by the Brennan Center for Justice, as having "the most dysfunctional legislature in the United States."

Disclose Now!

Bill de Blasio | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Bill de Blasio

After Citizens United, we need to use every available avenue to hold corporations and their boards of directors accountable for their political spending.

A First Amendment Litmus Test?

Monica Youn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Monica Youn

By Monica Youn, Attorney, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law The phrase "First Amendment thought police" may seem a contradiction in ter...

Lack of Legal Help: One More Way the Deck Is Stacked Against Homeowners

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Arianna Huffington

As bad as America's foreclosure crisis is -- and it's very bad, with over 300,000 homes receiving a foreclosure filing every month -- it's being made even more devastating by the lack of legal assistance available to beleaguered homeowners. READ MORE More HuffPost Game Changers: Politics and Style Announcing My First Pick for the HuffPost Book Club: In Praise of Slowness Attention Fellow Book Lovers: HuffPost's New Books Section Is Here WATCH: Arianna Discusses Race Relations, Letterman Scandal On Joy Behar Show

Sue 'Em Back to the Stone Age: The RNC Files Suit to Reverse the Small Donor Revolution

Monica Youn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Monica Youn

Last week, a panel of the D.C. federal court heard arguments in a case where the RNC is seeking to turn back the clock to a time before Obama's "small-donor revolution."

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Activist?

Monica Youn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Monica Youn

In all the hullabaloo about so-called "judicial activism," wouldn't it be refreshing to hear some questions about "judicial passivism" as well?

Sexism & the Supreme Court Nominee

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Even before the nominee was announced, there were already hints of bias against female candidates. Gender stereotypes appear to animate these critiques.

Just Say No to Federal Funding For Drug War

Bill Piper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Piper

Congress has yet again renewed the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program, a federal law enforcement grant program that is feeding the war on drugs and fueling racial disparities, police corruption, and civil rights abuses.