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Citizens United

Chance to Vote on Citizens United!? Yes, This November

Michael Keegan | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhatever the issues you most care about, this November's election will be a choice between two Supreme Courts. And the two alternatives could not be more different.

Who Pays for the Parties?

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.06.2012 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe growing influence of money in politics threatens to corrupt our representative form of government, where the people -- through their votes -- are supposed to make the decisions.

Looking Back at 'The Newsroom,' Pondering a Free Market

Andrew Fish | Posted 11.04.2012 | TV
Andrew Fish

By inserting a fictional cast into the framework of real-world events, Aaron Sorkin has provided both an outspoken opinion on American politics and a starting point for research into any number of financial and political issues facing the country.

Prop 32's Rich Backers Trying to Bully Working People Out of Politics...Again

Amy B. Dean | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

In their attempts to silence the political voice of working people, conservative groups and millionaire donors have been disingenuous and anti-democratic. But you can't say they haven't been persistent.

How Karl Rove's Super PAC Plays The Senate

Bloomberg Businessweek | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

On Thursday, August 30th, the final day of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove gave a breakfast briefing to a group of about 70 of the Repub...

Domination as Politics

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Citizens -- real ones, not the corporate impostors -- across the United States defied the odds in 2008 and elected a president who has not rejected our revolutionary distaste for domination.

A Legitimate President or a New American Apartheid?

Glenn W. Smith | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Glenn W. Smith

We are in an extreme circumstance in which one candidate's strategy includes the manipulation of voting procedures to disenfranchise a significant segment of qualified American voters. Are there any circumstances under which an American election outcome would be considered illegitimate?

After the Romneyrama, and Serious Matters

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

For Mitt Romney, the convention provides his latest attempt to re-introduce himself to the American people. But what's that old ad tag line? "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." It's not a Don Draper line but it sounds like it ought to be.

Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now! Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC

Democracy Now! | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Democracy Now!

When Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke attempted to interview billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson inside the Repub...

Paul Blumenthal

GOP Ditches Support For Key Campaign Finance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Outside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the Republican convention is taking place, independent conservative groups huddle in strateg...

The Adelsons and Super PACS Are a Fair Counter to Incumbency

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Before we attack outside investment that might give a challenger some hope of prevailing, perhaps we should first discuss the need for terms limits or some other equalizing factor.

Our Akin Breakin' Democracy

Jonathan Backer | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

2012-08-28-scblog2.png In the post-Citizens United era of politics, no candidate can express a view so repugnant as to disqualify him from the support of a small but financially potent faction.

Will Conventions Put Super PACs in the Skybox or in the Platform?

Blair Bowie | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Blair Bowie

2012-08-28-scblog2.png The sad truth is that both parties are so focused on raising enough cash to win in a post-Citizens United world that they're unlikely to take a serious look at ways to change the playing field.

One Percenters Buying Themselves an Aristocracy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Way before the 2010 Citizens United ruling, 1 percenters were working on a takeover. If the 99 percent don't stop them soon, don't establish some sort of separation of wealth and state, then the nation will lose its founding precepts.

Conventions: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Josh Silver | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngBehind the pomp and circumstance of the conventions, you'll quickly discover unthinkable largess bestowed upon Republicans and Democrats alike in exchange for policies that are screwing just about everyone who doesn't happen to have a well-heeled lobbyist or Super PAC.

Paul Blumenthal

Obama Makes Big 'Constitutional' Endorsement

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In answering a question posed to him by a member of the Internet community Reddit, President Barack Obama stated his support for a const...

NEWS FLASH: Chief Justice Roberts Expounds on the New Chief Justice Roberts

Michael Solomon | Posted 10.29.2012 | Comedy
Michael Solomon

Supreme Court watchers were initially surprised when Roberts upheld the PPACA not because he found the law constitutional per se, but because he ruled it a tax. "I know that's not what the Justices on the Left think, not to mention those other jerks, but why split hairs?"

First Spending Cut: Paychecks for Congress

Annabel Park | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Annabel Park

Why should we continue to pay them when they're such miserable failures? We should consider making serving in Congress a part-time, minimum-wage job with no benefits.

The 2012 Campaign Theme: 'I Know You Are, But What Am I?'

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

This campaign season, each candidate has been accused of being a liar, out of touch with the middle class, clueless on how to fix the economy, or ending Medicare as we know it. It used to be if you were caught in a lie you had to apologize for it. Not today.

Citizens United and the Rise of Secret Campaign Cash

ProPublica | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
ProPublica

Actions -- and inaction -- by both the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenue Service have contributed just as much to the flood of tens of millions of dollars of secret money into the 2012 campaign.

On Presidents, Stem Cells and the Man Behind Citizens United

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Stem cells can and should be above politics.

The Sage of Monticello Would Be Turning Over in his Grave

Jamin Raskin | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

If Jefferson is going to be conscripted posthumously to any side in the debate over Citizens United, the Sage of Monticello belongs with the vast majority of Americans who reject the Court's decision to treat CEOs spending corporate money on political campaigns as a form of citizen speech.

Latino Voter Suppression and the Paul Ryan Choice

Jim Gonzalez | Posted 10.20.2012 | Latino Voices
Jim Gonzalez

No one will be allowed to deny Latinos and other minority groups their voting rights without facing severe legal consequences. This means legal consequences for every official at any level of government who attempts to suppress the vote.

What Role Can the Occupy Movement Play in the Upcoming Election?

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The Occupy movement seems to have all but disappeared from media coverage over the past months. Is this due to the fever pitch of the presidential campaign, or has the movement's time come and gone?

Democrat Embraces John McCain, Tweaking GOP Challenger

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

You wouldn't expect a Democrat to welcome Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) to town on a visit to help an opponent, but Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) wi...