Fighting Voter Intimidation

| October 27, 2008 - 3:01 pm

I caught this item on Huffington Post that I thought might be of interest. It's about a lawsuit being brough in the federal courts in New Mexico by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (also known as ACORN).

"Joe the Plumber" Might Not Have Been Able to Vote

| October 20, 2008 - 8:49 am

Tags: voting

Check this out.  The Dayton Daily News reported last week that because Joe "The Plumber" Wurzellbacher's last name is spelled with an "o" not a "u" on the registration rolls, he could have been knocked off the rolls under a policy advocated by the Ohio Republican Party in a suit it had filed in federal court against the Ohio Secretary of State.  The GOP was trying to get the Secretary of State to send to county board of elections "mismatches" - including ones like these -- where the name on the registration is different from the name on DMV or Social Security records.

Biden v. Palin

| October 3, 2008 - 6:33 pm

Last night, I participated in the People For the American Way live blog of the Biden-Palin debate.  It was a lot of fun and affirming too.  Seeing other people react the same way I did to Palin's supeficiality, being moved by Joe Biden's talking about what it means to be a single father worried about whether his sons will survive their serious injuries, hearin

On Capitol Hill: Student Voting Rights

There was some great coverage in this morning’s Congress Daily of a press conference organized yesterday by the Student Association for Voter Empowerment (headed by former YP4 Fellow Matthew Segal) and People For the American Way Foundation with key Congressional leaders on the problems young voters are likely to face during this upcoming election season.

No Justice for the Powerless

| September 18, 2008 - 6:37 pm

People For the American Way Foundation released a stunning report today called The Human Toll:  How Individual Americans Have Fared at the Hands of Bush Judges.

Reflections from Denver

| September 5, 2008 - 10:58 am

Tags: Barack Obama, DNC, PFAW, Supreme Court

August was a wild month for me. I went from an incredible trip to Beijing to watch my son David compete in the Olympics as a member of the U.S. Rowing Team and then almost immediately to Denver, where People For the American Way hosted a forum on the Supreme Court and the 2008 elections.  Here’s a picture from the forum, which was really quite successful.

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A "Courts Matter" Anniversary

| April 17, 2008 - 7:41 pm

Promissory Note

| April 10, 2008 - 10:05 am

This past weekend, reflecting on the 40 years that have passed since the assasination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was sobering to say the least.  Contemplating how far we must travel in pursuit of the dreams Dr. King so compellingly described is daunting indeed.

More on "Wanna Vote"

| April 9, 2008 - 11:04 am

In Memoriam

| March 13, 2008 - 10:10 pm

Today we heard the sad news that former Ohio Senator Howard Metzenbaum passed away at the age of 90.  As the Washington Post said, "He was a cantankerous firebrand who didn't need a microphone to hold a full auditorium spellbound while dropping rhetorical bombs on big oil companies, the insurance industry, savings and loans, and the National Rifle Association, to name just a few favorite targets."  He was, as the Post continued, "unabashedly liberal."