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A turning point — if we make it one

There’s no getting around it; today is a bad day for our democracy. In McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court this morning struck a blow on behalf of the powerful and against the hundreds of millions of Americans whose voices now can be further drowned out by the wealthiest one percent. The decision is a […]

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New York Legislature backs National Popular Vote

New York’s Legislature has approved  the National Popular Vote (NPV) interstate compact, joining nine other states and Washington, D.C. in moving to ensure that the presidential candidate receiving the most votes on Election Day will be sworn in on Inauguration Day. If signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, which seems likely, the compact legislation approved 57-4 […]

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Scott Brown shouldn’t ditch the ‘People’s Pledge’

(A shortened version of this post was published as a letter to the editor in the Globe on Sunday March 30, click here.) In his column in the Sunday Globe, Tom Keane is quick to criticize the People’s Pledge (Scott Brown should ditch ‘People’s Pledge’, Mar. 23). He’s not so quick to back those criticisms […]

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Voters lose as Senate rejects Obama’s civil rights nominee

Debo Adegbile, by all accounts a whip-smart lawyer and legal scholar of impeccable integrity, lost his bid on Wednesday for Senate confirmation to serve as head of the civil rights division of the Justice Department. The 45-52 vote was cast in news accounts as an embarrassing defeat for President Obama, who saw seven Democratic senators […]

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