If you live in Alabama and need to register to vote before the 2016 presidential election, it just got a little harder, especially if you live in any of the counties where black Americans make up more than 75% of the registered voting population.
Because due to "budget constraints" - 31 DMV offices are losing their driver's licenses examiners.
Who would have thought that "The Donald" - the leading candidate for the GOP Presidential nomination - would on two occasions bring up the issue of buying off members of Congress with donations? The first time was during the first GOP debate in early August in front of a national TV audience of millions. The obscene amounts of money buying politicians during this cycle will surely surpass the amounts raised in the last Presidential and Congressional elections, and those Super PACs are taking in unprecedented amounts of cash, all the while being allowed to conceal the identities of their donors. This amounts to little more than legalized bribery, which the Supreme Court has aided and abetted with their rulings on McCutcheon, Citizens United, and similar decisions. The McCutcheon decision by the Roberts Court removed aggregate limits on donations, making the former $123,000.00 per person, per cycle limit seem like peanuts compared to what can be given now.
Businesses in Columbia, Missouri attempted to use their political pull to throw taxes at consumers instead of themselves, but a massive failure in their gerrymandering effort left them with one major roadblock: a 23-year-old college student who, on February 28, became the only registered voter in the district.
The NAACP 'Journey for Justice' from Selma, Alabama will conclude in Washington D.C. with a rally, but the people's movement may decide to stay.
The Moral Monday protests that galvanized disenfranchised voters across North Carolina—and elsewhere—may soon become a regular fixture in the halls of Congress.
Kansas loves them some voter fraud hysteria. From going to the Supreme Court to try and make doubly-sure that non-citizens can’t vote in their elections to setting up a voter fraud website where citizens can reportevery kind of voter fraud except the kinds that have actually happened in the state, Kansas is on the forefront of voter fraud readiness and protection.
Except, perhaps, when it comes to the machines they use to record their votes.
A botched voter purge prevented thousands from voting—and empowered a new generation of voting-rights critics.
On November 7, 2000, Willie Steen, a Navy vet who had served in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm, went to cast his ballot for president at the St. Francis Episcopal Church in Tampa, Florida.
One of the nation’s whitest, coldest and most rural states may have a new superlative to add to the list: most democratic.
After taking 22 factors into account, Maine’s democracy ranks healthiest in the nation in a new report from the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the advocacy wing of the liberal Center for American Progress. Alabama’s was weakest, though even top-ranking Maine was far from perfect.
Fifty years ago, African-Americans were denied the right to vote. Now the vast majority of Americans are being denied the rightful value of their vote.
In November 1963, Evelyn Butts, a seamstress and mother of three from Norfolk, Virginia,
filed the first lawsuit in federal court challenging her state’s $1.50 poll tax. Annie Harper, a retired domestic worker from Fairfax County, filed a companion suit five months later. In March 1966, the Supreme Court overruled two previous decisions and overturned Virginia’s poll tax, stating that economic status could not be an obstacle to casting a ballot.
The United States is the world’s largest democracy, we spend an obscene amount of money on elections–more than any other country–and we have the lowest voter turnout. The trend has been: the more money that is spent, the lower the turnout.
Since the 2014 election– which had the lowest voter turnout since 1942– many people have been asking: Why aren’t Americans voting? When you consider thehorrible financial mess the Tea Party is making of red states like Arizona, there also been a lot of non-voter bashing and shaming. But does that do any good? I think not.
New bill signed Monday means that any eligible voter who does business with the Department of Motor Vehicles will be automatically registered
Bucking the nation-wide trend of eroding voting rights, the state of Oregon on Tuesday signed into law a bill that will make it easier to cast a ballot—by implementing the country's first automatic registration for eligible voters when they get drivers' licenses and identification documents.
Yesterday Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced that he was ending his campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. It was a week to the day after placing all bets on his record as a union buster to propel himself into the White House.
The Pope’s visit to the USA this week comes just two months before pivotal UN climate talks that could lead to a global climate agreement. Climate change will be high on his agenda in planned addresses to the UN and Congress, and it is likely that one of his central…
Hundreds of cab drivers at O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago halted service late Wednesday morningin protest of new rules in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2016 budget. The action, which was organized by Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 (CDU), saw drivers blocking traffic near cab stands for roughly two hours,…
The U.S. Census Bureau released data this week showing little to no improvement in poverty and family incomes in 2014, despite a falling unemployment rate. This frustrating state of affairs is directly related to high levels of inequality andstagnant wages, which have kept poverty rates much higher than they should be given…
Sept. 17, 2015 After a month of major mobilizations from Jackson Hole, WY to Washington, DC, the Fed Up campaign today released the following statement, celebrating the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates. “This is a victory for the working families who stepped up with innovative organizing to…
'A higher interest rate means that fewer jobs will be created, and that the wages of workers at the bottom will remain too low to live on.' Update 3 PM EDT: In a decision that aligns with progressive demands, the Federal Reserve announced on Thursday that it would keep interest rates near zero…
"Using arrests to solve homelessness...is contrary to a fair and just community."
The ACLU filed suit against Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday over the city's raids of homeless encampments, saying officials violated constitutional rights of individuals dwelling in the camps by throwing out food and vital belongings during massive sweeps.
A response to my critics and the case for a guerrilla war within the Eurozone. When my essay on Greece after the referendum “The Courage of Hopelessness” was republished by In These Times, its title was changed to “How Alexis Tsipras and Syriza Outmaneuvered Angela Merkel and the Eurocrats.” The substance of what…
With a potential strike deadline looming at one of its largest U.S. warehouses, Sweden-based home furnishings retailer IKEA is facing renewed skepticism over its self-proclaimed commitment to fair labor policies, both in the United States and elsewhere.
Ten years after the historic landfall of Hurricane Katrina, how have federal, state and city policies affected the people of New Orleans? Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, a new documentary from The Laura Flanders Show and teleSUR English explores the race, class and gender outlines of the reconstruction of New…