- Sep 19, 2016
In big news, a federal judge has ordered the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to do its job, and ensure that our political process is more open and transparent.
- Aug 29, 2016
Voters are challenging, under the Voting Rights Act, a 2012 city council redistricting plan that secures a white majority on the city council, even though Hattiesburg has a majority black population.
- Aug 24, 2016
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, while calling on his supporters to get out the vote on Election Day, has taken it one step further in urging them to “protect” the election from “cheating.” Voter intimidation tactics are not new, but they are illegal.
- Aug 23, 2016
Unethical lawyers and consultants have made a cottage industry out of forming PACs that send urgent solicitations asking for small donations, ripping off well-intentioned activists to line their own pockets. Now, they are about to get richer.
A Fitting Remedy to Decades of Discrimination: Restoring Voting Rights to Virginians Who Have Served Their TimeAug 22, 2016
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that he has restored voting rights to 13,000 individuals who have served their time for felony convictions.
- Aug 2, 2016
New ads from the Koch-backed Freedom Partners Action Fund attack candidates for allegedly supporting policies that benefited their campaign supporters, even as the Koch network fights to keep campaign spending secret.
- Jul 26, 2016
The Democrats unveiled a 2016 platform that includes robust and specific campaign finance reform language and strong protections for voting rights. Will they match their rhetoric with action?
- Jul 21, 2016
An often overlooked consequence of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder is that the federal government no longer sends federal observers on its own initiative to document and deter instances of voter discrimination on Election Day.
- Jul 19, 2016
The IRS Should Reject Charitable Status for Both Parties’ Host Committees
For the first time in recent memory, the Internal Revenue Service has rejected the Democratic convention host committee’s application for 501(c)(3) “charitable” status. This is a long overdue step, since corporations should not be getting a tax deduction for buying political access and influence at the party conventions.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the “IRS has turned down the long-running effort by the Democratic convention’s Philadelphia host committee to win a tax exemption. … a setback for efforts to raise the last of the $60 million needed to help pay for [next week’s] convention.”
- Jul 19, 2016
Even though presumptive nominee Donald Trump spent much of the primary campaign blasting the current out-of-balance and “rigged” political system, the 2016 platform continues the GOP’s hostility toward reforming our democracy.