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Massachusetts Does Not Need More Money in Politics: Why State Legislators Should Not Increase Campaign Contribution Limits

John Bonifaz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
John Bonifaz

If Massachusetts legislators want to double the contribution limits in state politics, they should, in the light of day, create a stand-alone bill to do that and try to pass it. But, they should not bury it in a disclosure bill and call it reform.

TRAP Laws Restrict Abortion Rights the Same Way Poll Taxes and Literacy Tests Restricted Voting Rights

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

In Louisiana, a new law has the potential to shut down every abortion provider in the state. Does that law ban abortions? No, not specifically. But it's an example of something that has become much more prevalent in recent years, namely TRAP laws.

National Review and Voter ID

Andrew Pavelyev | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Andrew Pavelyev

National Review used to be a serious magazine of conservative thought. But now it has degenerated into partisan cheerleading.

Dust Off Those Poll Tax Laws, Dixie

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

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.

Supreme Court Helps the GOP Revive the Era of Jim Crow

Bob Cesca | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Here's a fantastic example of cognitive dissonance. On Tuesday, Republicans continued their collective screeching about the rapidly fizzling IRS non-scandal and how the government unfairly targeted conservatives, while also applauding a ruling which allows Republican-controlled states to deliberately target and disenfranchise Democrats.

The Irony of Margaret Thatcher

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Nigel Hamilton

Margaret Thatcher didn't listen, because to have listened might have diminished her absolute conviction she was right, as well as her determination to change radically the way Britain did business, regardless of the social fall-out. But her inability to listen would be her undoing.

Young People Are Voting. Why Do Politicians Want to Stop Them?

Joy Lawson | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Joy Lawson

Rising civic participation among young voters should be greeted with the same bipartisan joy with which the 26th Amendment passed. But instead, it's been met with the opposite: a barrage of state-level laws meant to make it harder for young people to vote.

Janell Ross

Florida Voter Purge Battle Escalates

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 09.28.2012 | Latino Voices

Two days after Florida reignited the fight to purge suspected noncitizens from the state’s voter rolls and announced plans to refer 36 noncitizens w...

Conservatives Seek to Celebrate the Constitution by Undermining It

Doug Kendall | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As long as conservatives believe they can win elections by changing the ground rules, the battle over voting rights will continue. And as long as conservatives are weaponizing the Constitution for political purposes, progressives must aggressively tell our own story about the Constitution.

The Biggest Mitt Romney Lie (So Far)

Bob Cesca | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Over the weekend, Mitt Romney, while clearly benefiting from Republican voter purges and Voter ID laws meant to discourage minority and working class voters, accused the Obama Justice Department of somehow trying to disenfranchise military voters -- his biggest lie yet.

Dan Froomkin

In Philadelphia, Voter ID Law Hits Blacks, Latinos Harder

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

A Pennsylvania law that would turn away voters who don't have a valid photo ID would disproportionately suppress voting in Philadelphia's minority nei...

Republicans Have Made It Harder to Vote, Easier to Buy Guns

Bob Cesca | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

In a Republican world, it's mandatory for government to regulate voting even though the Constitution repeatedly deregulates voting, while it's a trespass against patriotism to regulate firearms, even though the Constitution explicitly calls for firearms to be "well regulated."

Republicans Are Using the Democratic Process to Curtail Democracy

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The fraud that actually exists is not in voter identification but rather in the alleged justification for legislation that requires it. There is no epidemic of voters misrepresenting their identity at the polls.

Mandatory Voter ID Disenfranchises Poor, Students, Elderly

The Daily Nebraskan | Posted 05.30.2012 | College
The Daily Nebraskan

Requiring photo ID cards to vote seems logical. Obviously, we want citizens at the polls to be legal and not misrepresent themselves. And mandating a photo ID is the best way to do this, right? Wrong.

How the GOP Is Fast Becoming the Poll Taxing Party of Jim Crow

Karl Frisch | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Karl Frisch

No one would be foolish enough to argue that the 2012 elections will be a cakewalk for either side. It will be tough, it will be dirty, it will be expensive, and it will be close. So, what is the GOP doing to tilt this relatively level playing field to its advantage?

Voting Rights Under Attack

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting laws prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, language, ethnicity, religion and age, there is still no law that affirmatively guarantees citizens the right to vote.

Homeless in Columbia: Photo ID and the Silent Voting Bloc (VIDEO)

Paul Bowers | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Paul Bowers

If you're used to instant gratification, homelessness might not be for you. I found that out during our three days on the streets, and it became especially evident later when I walked (literally) through the steps of obtaining a photo ID.

The Power of the Ballot: One-Person, One-Vote, en Masse

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

The importance of the black vote in last Tuesday's election can only be fully appreciated when considered against the historical backdrop of black enfranchisement.

Slow Voting Process in St. Louis

Jeanine Molloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeanine Molloff

Long wait times to vote represent a covert 'poll tax.' Many people in low-income neighborhoods in Missouri are hourly wage earners who cannot afford to lose a day's wages.

Fifty Years later, the Oldest Survivor of Death Row USA Casts Ballot for Obama

Joan Cheever | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Joan Cheever

Moreese Bickham spent 13, 695 days behind bars; 37 years and six months in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. He stayed 14 years and 10 months on Loui...