David ('Axis of Evil') Frum & Bob ('Dream will never die,') Shrum clash over whether Obama got traction with 'Give America a Raise!' Are his unilateral actions unconstitutional or inevitable? And will GOP agree to reforms that encourage more minority/young voters?
The newly filed legislation to repair the Voting Right Act and stop the flood of voter suppression is both possible and realistic. The League of Women Voters believes it is crucial for Congress to act swiftly to repair the Voting Rights Act and protect the voting rights of Americans everywhere.
Austin, Texas - A bill that would require voters in Texas to show proof of their registration with the Republican Party easily passed the Republican-controlled senate Friday. The bill has the support of Governor Rick Perry and is expected to be signed into law as early as this week.
In 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters to democratize the vote. Since then, League members across the country have worked tirelessly to strengthen our democracy and ensure equality for all.
It's a busy time for APSCU, the trade association of America's for-profit colleges. The group spends its time trying to block reasonable measures to hold the worst actors in its industry responsible for their systematic abuses of students and taxpayers.
Facts? They'll go with feelings... ...
In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we've been sharing a look at just some of what the League has done to increase political participation and strengthen our democracy -- and our country -- in 2013.
A simple before-and-after turnout test won't ever be up to the task. It's bad math that leads to bad legal analysis. Think of it as cotton-candy statistics: It looks tempting, at least at first, but there's absolutely no substance to it. It should not be used to gum up the conversation.
Folks, we are gearing up for midterm elections and that means that you should be aware of your rights. There are some real bad actors out there trying to implement laws to stop eligible people, including women, from voting.
Didn't we win this one already? ...
The Supreme Court decisions on voting and affirmative action at the University of Texas, the Senate's vote on immigration and the People's filibuster that killed a bill set to all but outlaw abortion in Texas, are all part of a strategy to take Texas and the nation backwards and keep power in the hands of a few.
The most powerful impact of the Supreme Court's decision on Voting Rights may not be on the size of the minority vote. Instead, its most profound -- and insidious -- effect may reside in the weight it lends to an emergent narrative that racism is no longer a serious problem and that the real threat to equal justice now is "reverse discrimination" against whites.
Voters under the age of 30 turned out in record numbers in last year's election. But many of those young voters might not have been able to participate at all if the Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down a crucial part of the federal Voting Rights Act had been in effect last year.
As history has shown, radical Republicans won't be content with stealing the vote from the black guy down the street or that Latina woman at church or the college student next door or the senior citizen who relinquished his driver's license. They're coming for your right, too.
Absent gross mischief to hold down or dilute minority voting, key southern states are on track to shift from red to purple, (Texas, Georgia) and from purple to blue (Florida, North Carolina, Virginia). Other states that used to be reliably Republican such as Colorado are becoming more heavily Democratic thanks both to shifting demographics and changing views on social issues. So we have quite simply a race between demographic and ideological change and flat-out voter suppression. In the 1960s, thanks to the civil rights movement, the liberal wing of a still moderate Republican Party, and Lyndon Johnson's legendary arm-twisting, the great civil rights acts of 1964, 1965 and 1968 passed Congress with a lot of Republican support. It was the Democrats who were split between northern progressives and diehard segregationist Dixiecrats. Today, however, the obstructionists and vote suppressors are all Republicans. Ultimately, this will not be lost on a changing electorate. The forces of anti-democracy have won this round, but if the progressive movement gets itself organized, this victory for Republicans will be Pyrrhic.