Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is an associate editor at Talking Points Memo. She formerly worked at Raw Story, Washingtonian magazine, the Center for American Progress and The American Prospect. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Guardian, Jezebel, AlterNet and others. She graduated from the University of Minnesota. Contact her at

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On the heels of a poll that shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tied with his Democratic opponent, Robin Marty wonders if it could it be his anti-women policies that could cost him re-election.

In light of this week's federal court decision overturning Wisconsin's Voter ID law on the grounds it was a disproportionate burden on the poor. Seth D. Michaels nails the motivation behind these restrictions: "It doesn’t mean 'only registered citizens vote.' It means 'only the right sort of people vote.'"

Conor P. Williams documents that the conspiracy theories surrounding common core range from inspired by the Hitler Youth to contributing to the Islamification of America.

Coming off of the news of a new study saying that the U.S. is closer to an "oligarchy" than a democracy, academic Nick Carnes brings up his own research that might just explain why: We keep electing the rich to public office. Carnes writes, "just 3 percent [of members of Congress] came from the kinds of working-class jobs that the majority of Americans hold."

Jonathan Taplin explains the deal with the new FCC decision that everyone seems to be freaking out about that creates a separate track for video streaming. He should know -- he helped write the principles the new decision is based on back in 2006.

Conservatives are not pleased with Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in yesterday's affirmative action case, even if they reaffirmed the right to ban it. Instead, Sahil Kapur reports they're complaining that she's "legally illiterate" and writing about "emotion." If those aren't codes for her race and gender, I don't know if I know what is.

Ed Kilgore: Despite its origins with business-minded Republicans, "opposition to Common Core is rapidly becoming a 'true conservative' litmus test, and a major factor in the 'invisible primary' leading into the 2016 presidential cycle."

Sarah Erdreich argues that, no matter how pro-life legislatures try to paint anti-abortion laws that put burdensome requirements on abortion clinics, they are not at all about protecting women's health.