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Study links Voter ID laws to bias among lawmakers

By Thomas Natalini A new study by researchers at the University of Southern California argues that bias among state legislators against Latino voters is an important factor in the passage of tough voter ID laws across the country. The laws ostensibly are designed to prevent voter fraud, but the researchers said there’s almost no evidence […]

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Amendment Opponents Duck a Central Issue

By Meghan Cleary Opponents of a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign spending had plenty to say during Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposal. But they were all but silent on one of the central issues: the dangers of very wealthy people buying our elections. You’d think that Republican leaders like Sens. Mitch McConnell […]

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Political Money Fuels Mass Incarceration

By Matthew Bly With more than six months still to go, outside interests have already spent $103.6 million in the 2014 election cycle. This is a good thing, right? I mean, if the Supreme Court is right and money equals speech in politics, there’s a lot of talking going on. So let’s get to it. […]

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A Healthy Democracy Demands An Open Internet

The health of our media is key to the health of our democracy. Traditionally, a vibrant local press was key to an informed electorate. But with newspaper reading and local TV news viewing in decline, the Internet is emerging as our 21st century public square, the place where voters inform themselves, advocates organize their constituents, […]

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Just Vote!

For some of us, this is our first opportunity to exercise our voices in government, and I suggest we use it.

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