Members of Congress, along with the president, have had a lot to say about working together in a bipartisan fashion after the election. The preservation of voting rights has a fine tradition of such bipartisan support. It is time to revive it.
We need to have a national effort to counteract what has taken place in the last decade. We need to restore the millions of names that have been purged from the voter rolls.
Long before today's Republicans made obstruction their raison d'etre, Gilded Age Democrats turned "No" into a political rallying cry, and, in the process, rolled back some of the era's most important social reforms.
Research finds that felon disenfranchisement laws have influenced the outcomes of both presidential and Senate elections. Such laws disenfranchised almost 6 million voters this year -- most of them poor and people of color.
Today is Veterans Day, and every year the poppies blossoming from lapels mark a time to reflect upon the personal sacrifices that it took for us to have many of the freedoms we enjoy, as imperfect as our democracy may be.
The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization seems to be their first innovation. But I shouldn't get snarky about their branding, because the basic idea is a good one: counterbalance the impressive inroads Republicans have made in state legislatures.
Democrats are adrift again. Liberal and progressive commentators have been saying we're winning the culture war for years now, and yet even when Democrats manage to win elections (which is rare enough these days) it doesn't translate into political victory.
In 2014, where Blacks and Latinos are overwhelmingly subjugated to carceral punishments, is it sensible to make the claim that if you don't vote you can't complain?
The GOP's dogged vow to hamstring Obama with the tag of a go-it-his-way president and further straightjacket his presidency poses the real likelihood that Lynch could be on the GOP's hot seat. If so, the issue again will not be Lynch, but Obama.
Yes, the election hurt. We feared it would be bad -- and it was worse. By now we've all heard the analyses of how and why the Democratic Party gave up control of the Senate and lost a bunch of other races around the country. For the Sierra Club, it's especially painful.
To my wife, and surely to most if not all of those giving their oath of citizenship, "civic literacy" of the sort she and all naturalized U.S. citizens have to demonstrate is at the core of setting an American free.
SAP is a particularly big loss for ALEC, because its representative at ALEC, lobbyist Steve Searle, is the Chair of ALEC's corporate board, and the former corporate chair of ALEC's Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.
Why do the Republicans feel a need to engage in such shady voter intimidation schemes year after year? Why are they so afraid of letting people go to the polls and choosing whichever candidates they prefer, free from interference with their right to vote?
"American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later. So why can't Hong Kong wait for a while?" Recently Laura Cha, a Hong Kong politician, made this rather unnerving statement in reference to pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong who have been protesting having their election ballots limited to China-vetted candidates only.
Whether it's voter ID laws, onerous registration procedures, limits to early voting or reductions in polling places, the burden falls hardest on the same communities who have always had to fight hardest to cast votes and have them count.
With lawn signs, TV ads, phone calls and more, it's a rich time for grandparents and all older adults to teach young people how important it is to be a good citizen.