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Lawrence Lessig

A Social Justice Case for Campaign Finance Reform

Talmon J. Smith | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Talmon J. Smith

In the Jim Crow South, before blacks had their turn to vote, states often held a white primary -- so that even in districts where blacks were the majority, black political priorities were nullified and black voters were subjected to picking from a crop of 'general election' candidates preselected by the white population.

'Green News Report' - November 3, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.03.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: First-ever hurricane for the nation of Yemen; Hillary Clinton come...

The Democrats Have Now Changed the Rules, And Forced Larry Lessig Out

Steve Jarding | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Steve Jarding

It is sad and it is wrong for the Democratic National Committee to change their rules, and block him from the debates just as he was on the cusp on getting into them and giving America a chance to hear his critical message. That is our loss.

Let Larry Speak

Michael Golden | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Michael Golden

In the year of the "outsider," one side of the aisle's frontrunner is a billionaire barker. On the other side of the aisle, they're silencing the true outsider. The bold one. It's wrong, and it's time to let Larry speak.

Biden's Exit Might Clinch the Race for Hillary

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Her strong showing in the debate began this trend, and if Biden's supporters put her comfortably over 50 percent in the Democratic race, the trend may become irreversible.

What Was Missing From The Democrats' Debate Stage

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Last Tuesday, five Democrats took the stage in the party's first national debate. There were differences no doubt. But what was striking was how much they agreed upon  --  if not in what they said, at least in what they ignored.

Lawrence Lessig Withdraws 'Totally Stupid' Plan To Resign Presidency After Passing Key Law

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

Lawrence Lessig, a constitutional law professor seeking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has renounced a widely ridiculed campaign pledge...

Why Is the DNC Enabling a Clinton/Biden Coup?

Jane White | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Jane White

With the first Democratic Presidential debate scheduled, what's even worse is that the media isn't digging beneath Democratic Nation Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's refusal to sanction more than six presidential debates -- compared to a total of nine for Republicans.

How the Elizabeth Warren Wing Shifted Tuesday's Democratic Debate (Video)

Adam Green | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics
Adam Green

As Democrats get ready for a presidential debate in Las Vegas, it's clear that the Elizabeth Warren wing of American politics has fundamentally shifted the ground on which candidates will stand Tuesday night.

Democratic Debate Preview

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Next Tuesday, we will finally get some degree of parity in the world of televised presidential debates, as the Democrats come together for the first time to make their case to the American public.

'Green News Report' - September 10, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.10.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

A new entry into the 2016 Democratic presidential race -- and yes, we've got his position on climate change.

The Next Amendment

Michael Golden | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Golden

Gregory Watson proved the power of what one man can do. Imagine the power of a huge cross-section -- millions of Americans -- coming together to make this priority a reality. To push our leaders to pass a measure that's waiting to be passed.

Ten Things To Know About Lawrence Lessig, The Quirky College Professor Running For President

Shannan Adler | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Shannan Adler

Much of the news coverage of Lessig has treated him more as a concept than as an individual. Even if his bid is a long-shot, he is breaking all the political rules, and he might just make an impact. Voters should know who he is and what he wants to do.

Harvard Law Professor To Join The Race For Democratic Nomination For President

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.07.2015 | Politics

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The Unlock Congress Candidate

Michael Golden | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Golden

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have bemoaned the corrosive power of money in our political system, albeit through varying campaign styles and word choices. But that statement came from someone else. Someone most Americans have never heard of.

Lessig: Winter Is Coming

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

If you're among the 82 percent who agree "the system is rigged," the question is not what you think about my proposal in the abstract. The question is comparative: How does my proposal stack up to the proposals of others? Whose is more likely to succeed, and at what cost?

Calling Out Corruption

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Only three candidates are willing to say that the system is corrupt: Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Lawrence Lessig. But Trump has no solution to the problem, while the other two do.

Lawrence Lessig: Bernie Sanders Is 'Running A Campaign To Win, Not To Govern'

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard professor who is exploring a long shot presidential run, said on Tuesday that Democratic presidential candi...

Larry Lessig's Half-Serious Plan to Hold the Country Hostage

Allen Dickerson | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Allen Dickerson

Invoking the ghost of Eugene McCarthy, Harvard law professor Larry Lessig has announced that he will run for president as a single-issue candidate. Just as McCarthy, in 1968, "made the Vietnam War an issue," Lessig will campaign on a platform solely dedicated to campaign finance reforms.

We Are Not Thinking Big Enough

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

We need to dream not of turning conservatives into liberals, but of uniting America behind a principle that comes before "conservative" and "liberal." We need to recognize the core problem with America's democracy -- that its citizens are not equal as citizens.

Why Lessig Should Run For President As A Republican

Derek Cressman | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Derek Cressman

Lessig has said he would run as a Democrat and would choose someone like Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders as his vice president. That person would take over and run the country once the reform agenda had passed. And that is precisely why his plan won't work, even if he miraculously was elected.

Bernie Has It. Trump Has It. Joe Has It. Does Hillary?

Marty Kaplan | Posted 08.17.2015 | Media
Marty Kaplan

As Joe Biden polls family and friends about entering the presidential fray, he's getting two kinds of advice -- personal and political. The personal is about his life, his values and what he can give to his country. The political is about Hillary Clinton's vulnerability.

Harvard Professor Leaves Ivory Tower to Fight Money in Politics

David Cahn | Posted 08.13.2015 | College
David Cahn

The Harvard Professor likens his candidacy to that of Eugene McCarthy, who turned the Vietnam War into the central issue of the 1968. Today, 80 percent of Americans say there's too much money in politics but less than 1 percent say that it is the most important issue they consider when voting

Why I Want to Run

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

I want to run. But I want to run to be a different kind of president. "Different" not in the traditional political puffery sense of that term. "Different," quite literally. I want to run to build a mandate for the fundamental change that our democracy desperately needs.

The Demise of American Democracy and the 2016 Election

Dave Pruett | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Democracy in America is on life support. If we don't soon rally en masse to its defense, corporate interests will pull the plug. Sanders is the only candidate to fully realize what's at stake, to tell the truth, and to articulate what WE, the People, must do.