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Three Ballot Initiatives That Could Change America

David Morris | Posted 10.31.2016 | Politics
David Morris

On November 8th citizens in 35 states vote on 163 ballot initiatives. They cover a wide range of subjects (e.g. marijuana, minimum wage, taxes, gun co...

To Bernie Sanders Supporters From Someone Bernie's Age

Linda Bergthold | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Perhaps younger people don't realize the damage that a conservative state legislature can do to all of the proposals Sanders so strongly supports. You name the issue -- voting rights, reproductive rights, a fair and equitable wage, the right to organize -- all those issues are being systematically threatened at the state level.

Chief Justice Roberts Tells Politicians to Serve Their Donors

James Heffernan | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
James Heffernan

With the wording of his opinion in Williams-Yulee vs. Florida bar, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States has effectively told all the politicians in this land to sacrifice their judgment (if they have any) in just this way--but not to their constituents. Oh no.

Enough Already

Paula Gordon | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

At the end of a campaign, we should know more about our country, our fellow citizens and those who want to represent us. Instead we are awash in malicious advertising and name-calling.

A Solution to Citizens United

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

In the wake of Citizens United decision, and the more recent McCutcheon case, there has been lots of discussion about campaign finance reform and the ...

The Frightening Future of Campaign Finance Laws

Jason Kander | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Jason Kander

We've had a virtually lawless campaign finance system in Missouri for more than four years. Here's what it looks like.

'Right to Work' Weakens Democracy

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

We all know that those politicians who would gladly vote for "right to work" in Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan don't really care about workers' rights. Right to work takes away the workers democratic right decide what terms they want to negotiate into their contract.

'Fixing' Citizens United Will Break the Constitution

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

If there is one thing we absolutely should not be doing, it's tinkering with our founding document to prevent groups like the ACLU (or even billionaires like Sheldon Adelson) from speaking freely about the central issues in our democracy.

Pols Apart

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 07.21.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Strengthening the civic education of the next generation of Americans through exercises in which students have to agree on controversial issues might help. But that will take time. And we can't afford to wait.

Democrats Worried About Big Money Skewing Congressional Races: Organize Online, and Do It Now

Colin Delany | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Colin Delany

Big money can dominate the airwaves, and embattled campaigns will need plenty of cash to balance it out. But they can also use bodies and brains -- the ones belonging to their supporters.

GOP Gave Obama No Choice But to Go After the Fat Cats

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama's reversal on Super PACs is not a betrayal of principle. It is a reflection of the brutal reality that to run and keep the White House, it will cost a pretty penny.

The Kinde Durkee Scandal and Political Reform

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Durkee may be the Bernie Madoff of California Democrats, having allegedly embezzled from hundreds of campaign accounts. While it might be tempting to view this as an isolated case, the problem cuts much deeper.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: a Correctable Flaw in his Thinking

Daniel Hough Jones | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Daniel Hough Jones

This email was sent to Howard Schultz in response to his invitation to attend a telephone conference he has arranged for next Tuesday: Dear Howard, ...

A Grass Root's Win in Wisconsin

Jim Worth | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

The recall elections, though described as a waste of time by Governor Scott Walker, was democracy in action, exactly the political battles our founder's envisioned.

Dan Froomkin

I'm Mad As Hell And I'm Not Gonna Write Any More Checks | Dan Froomkin | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics

The CEO of Starbucks wants Washington to wake up and smell the coffee. Infuriated by what he described as irresponsible behavior, Howard Schultz is...

Obama Has No Choice but to Tap the Fat Cats

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The fault for the outrageous cost of a presidential campaign is certainly not with Obama. It just points up the bitter reality that politics is a hard, dirty, cash-soaked game, and those with the most cash will always have the edge.

Dan Froomkin

Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Law But Leaves Public Financing Intact | Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court struck down a controversial Arizona public financing measure on Monday by its usual 5-4 margin -- but it resisted the ...

My Conversation With Jimmy Carter (VIDEO)

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

2010-10-26-carter.jpgEarlier today, I sat down with former President Jimmy Carter for an extensive conversation about a number of issues, including the debate over the amount of money being spent on campaigns.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Plutocracy

Beth Broderick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beth Broderick

America has apparently not gotten the memo that our democracy is for sale. It seems the saps plan to have their vote counted, and last I looked it is votes that we count here... not coins.

The Apocryphal Midterm Election

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

If a for-profit wants to spend secretively, they can send their dollars through a non-profit who will do the spending for them. More than any election since Watergate, this midterm is looking like a win for obfuscation and loss for transparency.

Silver Lining in Corporate Attack on Democrats

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

In the past, corporations and rich donors were savvy enough to split their giving to both political parties so that both sides would have a financial incentive to protect them.

Ryan Grim

Donor Strike: Rich Progressives Pledge To Withhold Cash | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A group of 27 major donors is vowing to withhold campaign cash from lawmakers who stand in the way of legislation that would allow for public funding ...

Congressional Campaign Accounts Invested in Stock Market Now Boosted By Wall Street

Roll Call | Alex Knott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The recent surge on Wall Street has created a windfall for some Congressional campaigns that invested their political contributions in the stock marke...

Obama's White House is for Sale Just like All the Others

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama thundered he was the only candidate who didn't take a dime from Washington lobbyists. He hadn't taken a dime directly from them, but the favored few wealthy donors who don't have an L scribbled on their backside.

Obama Raises $150 Million in September: "Thank You, Sarah Palin!"

Ben Arnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Arnon

I'd like to take this opportunity to personally thank Sarah Palin for single-handedly contributing $70-80 million to Barack Obama's campaign during the month of September.