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All France was transfixed as presidential candidates conducted a passionate, freewheeling debate this week. Why are American debates so intentionally stupid?

Working For Us, a new coalition of unions and Internet activists, seeks to reform the Democratic Party from the ground up.

Resolving a disputed Congressional election in Florida is key to setting the stage for a fair nationwide election in 2008.

In Montana, grassroots campaigns elected politicians and influenced policy. The same can happen across the country.

As America embarks on the longest, most costly presidential race in history, Russ Feingold is asking Congress to apply the brakes.

Nothing personal, but Hillary Clinton is a candidate of the past.

Affordable healthcare is rapidly emerging as the top domestic policy issue in the 2008 presidential race. Candidates, got ideas?

Thank you, Ann Coulter, for reviving the principled but media-neglected presidential candidacy of John Edwards.

This should be a time for vision and bold ideas, yet caution is the order of the day--and activist voters are demanding more.

Instead of front-loading political races with early primaries, we need a rotating calendar of regional primaries.

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The Voting Rights Act is, in some ways, living on borrowed time. 

November 14, 2012

Voter ID laws have been blocked in South Carolina and Mississippi, the latter where a Tea Party leader says women don’t deserve to vote.

October 10, 2012

Representative Daryl Metcalfe says judge who blocked state’s voter ID law yesterday enables the “entitlement mentality” and people who live off others’ labor. 

October 3, 2012

It's complicated ... especially for voters.

October 2, 2012

Republicans did not want to mention their former president in Tampa. But in Charlotte Democrats followed their former president’s lead. And it could take them all the way in November.

September 6, 2012

Thursday’s federal court ruling was a major victory for voing rights advocates, but the campaign against voting rights continues nationwide. 

August 31, 2012

After exposés on Rachel Maddow and Al Sharpton news shows, the Ohio secretary of state abandons True the Vote.

August 25, 2012

As the RNC adds support of voter ID legislation to its platform, the DOJ backs Virginia’s voter ID law and California lawmakers pass same-day voter registration legislation.

August 24, 2012

Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan all have me thinking of June Jordan’s great “Poem about My Rights.”

August 22, 2012

Changes to Florida’s voting rules target people of color, and not those who have done anything wrong. Our newest community journalists reports what’s happening on the ground.

August 22, 2012