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Will California's Legislature Let Citizens Vote on Citizens United?

(18) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Silicon Valley Assemblymember Paul Fong's legislative committee has until April 23 to consider whether Californians should be allowed to instruct their members of Congress to overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC with a constitutional amendment. If Fong and his fellow legislators are serious about restoring voters'...

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We Can't Tolerate 'Silent Filibuster' on Guns

(39) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 11:33 AM

The initial shock has faded, but nearly four months after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gun violence and school safety are still on the nation's radar screen.

The Council of State Governments reports that more than 40 states are considering or have passed new gun laws. It...

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Hawaii Showing the Way Toward Cleaner Elections

(10) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 3:39 PM

With luck and some hard work, there could soon be another good reason for the rest of us to love -- and maybe emulate -- Hawaii.

Legislators in the Aloha state are pushing toward approval of a broad overhaul of the state's system of public financing of campaigns for the...

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What Kind of Legacy, Mr. President?

(122) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 9:52 AM

Would you like some face time with the president of the United States, a chance perhaps to share your ideas about how he might perk up the still-lagging economy, make our schools safer from deranged gunmen or bring peace to the Middle East?

Write a check for $500,000 to Organizing...

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A Good Start on Voting Reform, But Let's Get On With It

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 12:32 PM

President Obama made a good start in his State of the Union speech at honoring his election night promise to fix the breakdowns that left tens of thousands of Americans standing in hours-long lines at the polls last November.

His moving introduction of 102-year-old Desiline Victor, who had to wait...

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Dear Mr. President: For Real Progress, We Must Break the Power of Big Money

(47) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 5:41 PM

January 22, 2013

Dear Mr. President:

Your inaugural address was an inspiring call to action by "we the people" to address the great challenges posed by economic inequality, climate change, immigration reform, human rights and security at home and around the world. I write to suggest respectfully...

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Want Gun Reform? Follow the Money

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 3:48 PM

One week after the Newtown massacre, it's clear that we Americans are in for a long overdue debate on what we can do to fashion what former President George H.W. Bush called "a kinder, gentler nation."

The challenge is mind-boggling. The statisticians tell us that gun violence overall is actually...

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Why Do Politicians Lie?

(93) Comments | Posted November 10, 2012 | 1:30 PM

TED and The Huffington Post are excited to bring you TEDWeekends, a curated weekend program that introduces a powerful "idea worth spreading" every Friday, anchored in an exceptional TEDTalk. This week's TEDTalk is accompanied by an original blog post from the featured speaker, along with new...

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The Missed Messages of Election Day

(21) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 2:25 PM

The campaign post-mortems -- and recriminations on the Republican side -- already are underway and some big messages sent on Election Day already are being missed. Here are just a few:

• People are fed up with big money in our elections. Almost nobody in the media has noticed that...

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Wanted: Truly Nonpartisan Election Administrators

(8) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 12:16 PM

Every four years, in the home stretch of the presidential campaign, troubling stories slip from the sleepy offices of a handful of state officials with an underappreciated but vital job: running the election.

In most places, this officeholder carries the pretentious and frankly misleading title of "Secretary of State." Along...

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Ethics: The Unfinished Business in the Supreme Court's New Term

(12) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 4:39 PM

It's the first Monday in October, so the big news outlets and legal blogs were full over the weekend of stories and posts on the opening of the Supreme Court's 2012-13 term.

We're told that the court's docket is dominated by civil rights issues: How much can colleges consider...

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A Peek Into the Hidden, Big Money Campaign

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 6:20 PM

Pundits from across the political spectrum, along no doubt with millions of everyday citizens, are aghast at Mitt Romney's assertion that nearly half of Americans are "victims" who've become dependent on government.

But what struck me most about Romney's remarks was the place he delivered them, a private dinner with...

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The DISCLOSE Act and the Public's Right to Know

(16) Comments | Posted July 14, 2012 | 10:50 AM

What surely is the most neglected and among the most important issues of this election season will likely be aired for at least a few hours in the Senate early next week. It would be a wonderful surprise if senators make the most of it, and voters should pay close...

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D.C. Scandal Points the Way to Legalized Corruption

(21) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 6:23 PM

Members of the Supreme Court and other innocents who think we needn't worry too much about the way money is being thrown around in politics these days might want to pay attention to what's been happening lately to Washington, D.C.'s local government.

Since January, two city councilmen have pleaded guilty...

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Pennsylvania Republican Blows His Party's Cover on Voter ID Laws

(5) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 2:34 PM

"Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania -- Done"

In that single sentence, part of a recitation of accomplishments by the Republican majority in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives, one of the state's senior GOP lawmakers blew the cover Saturday on...

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The "Thurmond Rule" -- Another Blot on the Senate

(77) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 8:53 AM

Just when I was thinking that the U.S. Senate couldn't possibly become sillier or more dysfunctional, along comes Mitch McConnell to prove me wrong.

The Senate Republican leader announced Wednesday that he's invoking the "Thurmond Rule," or the "Thurmond-Leahy" rule as some call it, to block action on...

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Florida's Disgraceful New Attack on Voting

(10) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 2:15 PM

Elected officials typically go out of their way to avoid alienating voters, particularly large and growing groups of voters. Most are deferential, some even pander.

But Florida Gov. Rick Scott has hit on a different approach to the Sunshine State's politically potent minority vote. Rather than wooing African-American and Hispanic...

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The Constitution Rules, Even Over Senators

(30) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 4:25 PM

If the U.S. Senate adopted rules allowing its female members to vote only on even-numbered days, or requiring male senators to stand on their heads when voting, constitutional law experts would rightfully race to the courthouse to file suits challenging it.

So why are some of those experts racing to...

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Restoring Majority Rule in the Senate

(187) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 10:05 PM

I spent 12 of the most interesting years of my life in Congress and I grew to love the place. I was fortunate to work with people of good will and good ideas in both political parties; service was particularly satisfying when we were able to cross Washington's partisan divide...

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ALEC Running Tax Scam for Big Companies

(86) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 2:04 PM

Once upon a time, an American business that was part of a scheme to systematically and secretly lobby state legislators to win passage of laws tailored to fattening its profits at the expense of the public good would have been shunned by customers and marginalized in the marketplace.

Today,...

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