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Governors Propose Solutions to End Mass Incarceration

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 03.30.2014 | Crime
Inimai Chettiar

While New Jersey has already made progress in lowering the state's prison population and recidivism rates, all while keeping crime down, Christie warned that "we can do better, and we must." Whether Christie's motivation is political or moral, his stated commitment to rolling back mass incarceration deserves recognition.

Texas Government Working Hard to Prevent Women From Voting

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Craig Newmark

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.

Can a Balance Between Privacy and Security Ever Be Struck?

Monte Frenkel | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Monte Frenkel

It is tempting to think that advancing technology has launched us into a brave new world of surveillance in which history can provide no guidance. But that is rarely the case, and it is not so here.

Supreme Court Rulings on Marriage and Voting Rights Raise the Stakes for Democratic State Legislators

Michael Sargeant | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

The Supreme Court has essentially thrown the ball to state legislatures to take up the future of voting rights and LGBT equality. To move forward we need Democrats to have majorities so they can move the ball in the right direction.

Colorado Passed Broad Election Reform, Other States Should Follow

Myrna Pérez | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics
Myrna Pérez

Some states continue to push needless restrictions on the ability of citizens to participate in elections, and voters and their advocates must remain vigilant against any such efforts. Still, the trend is unmistakable: After years of backsliding, states are embracing free, fair, and accessible elections.

Performance Incentive Funding Can End Juvenile Mass Incarceration, Too

Gabriel Daniel Solis | Posted 05.01.2013 | Crime
Gabriel Daniel Solis

Although the decline in juvenile incarceration is encouraging to advocates, there is still little reason to celebrate. The criminalization of youth behavior and the school-to-prison pipeline continue to feed young people into the criminal justice system.

Chelsea Kiene

Obama's Election Commission Offers 'Business As Usual' Without Reform, Activists Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's creation of an independent Presidential Commission on Election Administration to address voting problems has sp...

Controversial Queens DA Interrogation Program Ruled Unconstitutional

Roopal Patel | Posted 02.05.2013 | New York
Roopal Patel

A New York appeals court ruled last week that Queens prosecutors' violated the constitution through their interrogation program, which identified people without counsel to interrogate before reading them their Miranda rights.

Chelsea Kiene

How To Fix Long Lines On Election Day: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the federal government works to address the long lines and administrative problems voters nationwide faced on Election Day, a new rep...

Ryan J. Reilly

Elections Officials Combat 'Perception' Of Voter Fraud

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The perception that America's electoral system is rife with voter fraud presents a challenge for elections officials, several secretarie...

A Step Forward in Virginia on Restoring Voting Rights

Vishal Agraharkar | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Vishal Agraharkar

In using his annual address to call for automatic rights restoration, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell joins other Republican politicians who recognize automatic voting rights restoration is a smart-on-crime reform that it is consistent with American values and ideals.

Behind The Massive New Liberal Plan To Remake American Politics

Mother Jones | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

It was the kind of meeting that conspiratorial conservative bloggers dream about. A month after President Barack Obama won reelection, top brass fr...

Vote to Have Your Say: Register Now

Erik Opsal | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics
Erik Opsal

Everyone's voice does matter. Don't like the job Obama is doing? Let him know. Not happy with Romney's policies? Have your say. if you think you're vote doesn't matter, think again. Voting is not only a right, it's a civic duty.

A Progressive Corporation and Its Campaign to Take Down 10 Tea Party House Members

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

While the conventions and the two men who would be president have been uppermost in our minds for the past two weeks, we should not lose sight of other critical races going on across the country, in particular those in the House of Representatives.

Your Vote: Anyone Can Do It, and Everyone Should Do It

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.06.2012 | Impact
Craig Newmark

It's up to us of all to ensure the integrity of our voting process by getting registered right, and by encouraging everyone to vote, regardless of ethnicity or gender.

The Small Donor Revolution: Empowering Citizens to Combat Influence-Money in Politics

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

2012-08-28-scblog2.png While we cannot limit independent spending by outside groups, we can dramatically increase the role and importance of small donors in our elections and revolutionize the way campaigns are financed. Here's how.

We Must Protect Voting Rights

Barbra Streisand | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Barbra Streisand

The new laws requiring US citizens to produce photo IDs at the poll are designed to deprive elderly and minority citizens of the precious right to cast their vote. These regressive laws are themselves the most dangerous voter fraud threatening American democracy.

Cole Stangler

Voter ID Laws Hinder A Half-Million Votes

HuffingtonPost.com | Cole Stangler | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A half-million Americans in 10 states with voter identification laws face serious challenges to obtaining the necessary photo documentat...

From Inconsistency to Incoherence

Jonathan Backer | Posted 06.28.2012 | New York
Jonathan Backer

By standing on the sidelines and criticizing all efforts toward greater disclosure, Mitch McConnell creates the impression that he seeks to allow wealthy and powerful individuals and corporations to wield great influence in election, without accountability.

Some Big News Around Voting With Voto Latino

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Craig Newmark

A good friend of mine, Maria Teresa Kumar, Co-Founder and President of Voto Latino, and actress America Ferrera began a new media, grassroots campaign called America4America. The campaign is doing good stuff, educating young folks about issues like voter ID laws and immigration.

Voter ID Laws: Silencing the American People

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Voter ID laws are the icing on the cake when it comes to public officials shutting Americans out of the decision-making process, silencing dissent, and making sure that those in power stay in power.

Did NYPD Spying On Muslims Violate The Law?

ProPublica | Justin Elliott | Posted 02.29.2012 | New York

Last August, the Associated Press launched a series detailing how the New York Police Department has extensively investigated Muslims in New York an...

Can Occupy Overturn Citizens United? "Dear 99%ers..."

Mark Green | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Mark Green

Nothing could enhance American democracy more than if Occupy Wall Street helped enact the 28th Constitutional Amendment to end the pretense that corporations are people who speak with money. The 99% can stop the privatization of government.

John Celock

UPDATE: Democrats Get Enough Signatures To Overturn Ohio Voting Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

Democrats and progressives in Ohio have just over a week to gather 10,000 more petition signatures to force a referendum to overturn the state's contr...

Colorado Tops Country in Bad Treatment of Some Registered Voters

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.24.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It seems crazy that in Colorado, you won't necessarily get a ballot in the mail, like other good and decent registered voters, if you missed voting in just one election.