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The Cost To Save Our Democracy Is $4 Billion. McConnell Is Refusing To Pay It.
This chaos and voter suppression are entirely preventable. Secretaries of States and election officials should be doing everything in their power to expand mail-in voting, guarantee no-excuse absentee ballots, and expand early voting. And Congress should be providing them the resources to do so.
The US Has Become The World’s Top Exporter Of White Extremism
It’s time for the U.S. to confront this transnational movement.
It’s Time For Biden To Be More Specific On His Voting Rights Platform
Biden should be at the forefront of the democracy fight, especially as President Trump attempts to polarize voting by mail by promulgating myths about voter fraud. This requires a strong, clear, and detailed vision of what American democracy should look like.
Super-Spreader Cops: Police Conduct, Crack Down On Protesters Endangers Everyone Amid COVID
In addition to the direct physical assaults of protesters at the hands of police, the use of tear gas, pepper spray and the arrests of citizens for non-serious alleged offenses has put us all at deeper risk of contracting the deadly and highly contagious coronavirus.
WI Dems Acted Quickly To Spur Voter Turnout In April. Can They Maintain That Momentum This Fall?
If the Wisconsin Democratic Party truly can learn and adapt on the fly, as it seems to have done in April, it could be a game-changer for the state and even the country.
Elections During A Crisis: Vote-By-Mail Is One Of Several Solutions
States should modify election procedures as necessary to deal with the rise of COVID 19. Having a diversity of avenues for voting in person, absentee, curbside, on site at hospitals and other such facilities enhances the stability of the system, maximizing the likelihood that elections may continue despite whatever unexpected threat emerges.
Dear Media Workers: Don’t Listen To Your Boss. Unionize Your Workplace.
You're going to hear a lot of misinformation. Don't be fooled.
Ongoing Outcry Over The Death Of Ahmaud Arbery Is Key To Returning Sovereignty To Black Americans
Certain Americans risk their lives when walking, driving, or jogging, while others can carry assault rifles into the Michigan statehouse in their unified protest. Such discrepancies point to the fact that although many enjoy some semblance of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, others are denied the right to life, period.
We Can’t Let Him Get Away With It: Trump Chose Wall Street Over Main Street
The Trump administration played a central role in crafting the CARES Act, a piece of legislation that has bailed out Wall Street and not Main Street. The designers of the CARES Act must be held responsible for their actions.
Five Ways Immigrants Are Helping Their Fellow Americans Fight COVID-19
Trump's exclusionary rhetoric on immigrants was never true. But it is especially harmful to the United States as the country works to fight against this deadly pandemic and rebuild its economy in the aftermath.
Trump And Other Top Officials All Vote By Mail. But There’s A Reason You’d Never Know That.
For the last several weeks, Trump has used the White House podium to denigrate the very practice he’s been taking advantage of, and he’s deployed his Republican cronies to spread mail in voting conspiracies to the public.
The Voting Rights of Florida Citizens Hang in the Balance Once Again
The trial in Jones v. DeSantis started last week.
Fed Govt’s Paltry Effort On Heightened Hunger Amid COVID Will Prove Unforgivable
Our country is on the brink of the most widespread hunger crisis since the 1930s. Sadly, we face this specter dreadfully ill-equipped.
NY Presidential Primary Cancellation Was An Anti-Democratic Move That Harmed A Pro-Democracy Campaign
While much has rightfully been written about the “socialism” of Bernie Sanders' democratic socialism, the “democratic” portion of his platform is where he left a particularly indelible mark.
It’s Time For Congress To Lead By Example. It’s Time For Remote Voting.
We are writing as former Hill staffers. We know what happens on the floor is important. And yet, we believe the time has come for remote voting. In this time of pandemic, Congress should temporarily change the rules to allow for remote voting.
Roadblocks? Mandatory Quarantine? In Times Of Crisis, How Much Power Do Governors Have?
As Trump feuds with governors over reopening, a look back at the power states reserve.
Leaders Must Learn The Lessons Of COVID In Time To Fight Climate Change
We still have an opportunity to listen to experts and take strong action on climate change before the worst overwhelms our best intentions.
COVID Has Forced A Drop In Pollution. How Can Cities Maintain Climate Advances When This Is Over?
While the Trump administration has used the pandemic’s tumultuous months to roll back vehicle emissions standards, mercury limits and enforcement of existing environmental laws, cities have stepped in to advance policies that put the needs of residents first
Our Constitution Is No Longer Working For Us
Reflection, choice, and constitutional improvement.
Racial Inequality Helped Fuel This Crisis. Fixing It Will Help Get Us Out.
The rapid unemployment we’re seeing now gives us a glimpse at the extent to which work has become precarious in the United States, especially for low-income people and communities of color.
The Media Can Play A Crucial Role In Preserving Democracy Amid COVID. Here’s How.
To ensure the legitimacy of this year’s elections, the media should offer regular, timely instructions about how to vote during this national emergency. And they should start right away, every day and in every publication.
What History Has Taught Us: When A Crisis Passes, Emergency Measures Often Stay Intact
Without strict oversight, emergency powers put our democratic institutions at risk.
What Will Feds Do About Corporate Bailout Bill Corruption? Look To Walmart’s Opioid Case
If and when we learn that bailed-out companies and multi-trillion dollar slush funds misuse the public disaster relief dollars doled out by the Trump administration in the wake of the pandemic, we should turn back to this Walmart story for further evidence of why big corporations are rarely held accountable.
Activists Have Been Trying To Change The Electoral College For More Than 200 Years
But so far, they haven’t met with any success. Will it be different this time?
How To Fight A Politicized Supreme Court The American Way
When the Court is far enough out of step, the elected branches can use a range of constitutional hardball tactics to induce the Court to change direction.
We Need A Constitutional Amendment That Guarantees The Right To Vote
That amendment must also have a punishment for states that keep up their voter suppression schemes.