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Why Texas Still Needs the Voting Rights Actnew

The ability to vote—to have this process be simple, accessible, free of intimidation—is the cornerstone of a functioning democracy.
San Antonio Current  |  Mary Anne Henderson  |  07-18-2013  |  Elections

Greg Abbott: Rick Perry 2.0new

Last week, standing before a crowd at the HOLT Caterpillar plant in none other than San Antonio, Gov. Rick Perry announced he would step aside to “pass the mantle” of leadership, officially marking the end of his painfully long reign as governor.
San Antonio Current  |  Mary Tuma  |  07-18-2013  |  Elections

Brian Sims' first six months as a state legislatornew

A profile of Pennsylvania's first elected openly-gay state representative, who finds that bridging the political divide is slow work—but he's determined.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Randy LoBasso  |  07-18-2013  |  Politics

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's Got To Gonew

We believe Donna Frye, and we've lost our confidence in the mayor's capacity to see his policy vision through.
San Diego CityBeat  |  David Rolland  |  07-15-2013  |  Politics

In N.C., 40 counties are no longer governed by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Actnew

Voting advocates worry that county and state leaders will now have the leverage to pursue redistricting intended to pack minority voters into districts, marginalizing their voting power.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  07-05-2013  |  Elections

Target Practicenew

How one free-swinging group helps Colorado conservatives make a splash in politics.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Chet Hardin  |  07-03-2013  |  Politics

Theft of the Courthouse: Where there's no justice, democracy failsnew

The U.S. Supreme Court continues to send down split decisions on our civil rights.
Random Lengths News  |  James Preston Allen  |  07-01-2013  |  Commentary

Fear of a Black (& Brown & Yellow) Electoratenew

On June 25, the Supreme Court struck the biggest blow against civil rights since Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, striking down a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional.
Random Lengths News  |  Paul Rosenberg  |  07-01-2013  |  Commentary

Texas Anti-Abortion Bill Defeatednew

In the end, after the 13-hour filibuster and all the wrangling over rules, Wendy Davis and her fellow Texas Democrats could do only so much. In the end, it was the citizens in the gallery who made the difference late Tuesday night.
The Texas Observer  |  Carolyn Jones  |  06-26-2013  |  Politics

Barry and the Wacky Weedusnew

When Barak Obama became president in 2008, there was hope among marijuana activists that federal authorities would not concern themselves with medical marijuana facilities and individuals in states that legalized the plant for medical use. Seems that hope was misplaced.
Metro Times  |  Larry Gabriel  |  06-12-2013  |  Commentary

SCOTUS Ruling May Greenlight PA Police to "Stop & Swab"new

The recent SCOTUS ruling on Constitutionality of seizing citizen DNA without criminal conviction may mean PA police will start to "stop & swab." But state police say the law would expand the backlog.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Murtha  |  06-10-2013  |  Politics

Confederacy of Duncesnew

Compared to South Carolina, our idiots notthat bad.
Creative Loafing (Charlotte)  |  John Grooms  |  05-24-2013  |  Commentary

A reality check on the Hallmark version of motherhoodnew

Motherhood is the leading cause of poverty for single women. The problem is that we've come to accept this as the status quo when someone chooses to mother outside our cultural norm of marriage.
INDY Week  |  Crystal Hayes  |  05-24-2013  |  Commentary

Florida Dems Search for a Gubernatorial Candidatenew

The speculation runs rampant as Democrats ponder who will run against Rick Scott.
Creative Loafing (Tampa)  |  Mitch Perry  |  05-17-2013  |  Elections

Great Black Hopenew

Can Nina Turner become the first African-American Democrat to win statewide office in Ohio?
Cleveland Scene  |  Chris Parker  |  05-17-2013  |  Elections

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