There was a time when corporations were a creature of the state, set up and licensed to aggregate capital to achieve certain public purposes. These roles are now nearly reversed, but certain steps are needed to complete the process.
Corporations are made up of people, but given their juggernaut of financial power which also gives corporations the ability to live long and prosper to borrow a phrase from Star Trek, does that make corporations people too?
Money dictates the political agenda. An event like the tragedy in Connecticut can put a dent in that agenda. But the fact remains that the issues that progressives are concerned with typically are not even discussed in Congress.
For the candidates, it's all over except for the voting, but for those of us who follow money in politics, it will take months to close the books on what will be the most expensive election in history.
Marriage-equality opponents' constitutional legal principles are endlessly shifting to best serve their latest political opportunities. As a result, NOM's First Amendment right on one day is their opponents' so-called illegal act on another.
Actions -- and inaction -- by both the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenue Service have contributed just as much to the flood of tens of millions of dollars of secret money into the 2012 campaign.