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Women in a voting booth

I don’t have simplistic fantasies about being rescued from oppression by figureheads alone. But I also know that women and people of color are a threat to the status quo.

EMILY's List Madam President video

Feminism is not any single person or outcome, it’s a practice, and a far more active one than Valenti gives credit for.

It’s tempting to let the GOP continue its slide toward irrelevance—but that would deny this country the robust political debate we need.

Tea Partiers

Obama’s re-election inspired residents of states like Louisiana and Alabama to push for independence from the rest of the country. They should be careful what they wish for.

Voting in California

It didn’t work for Republicans in this election—but their war on voting is far from dead.

Tea Partiers

In 2012, white supremacy not only lost the election. It was a crucial factor in explaining how Obama won.

Voting

From Senate races to state and city referendums, Americans made clear they wanted to limit the corrupting power of corporate money.

A prisoner

Though sentencing, the drug war and other criminal justice issues were absent from the presidential contest, November 6 saw a wave of voter initiatives that will change policy on “three strikes,” marijuana, and more.

350.org

350.org’s caravan heads to Washington, DC, to push President Obama to address climate change in his second term.

Blogs

Elections administrators gathered for a hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to unpack some of the shenanigans from last month.

December 20, 2012

Forty percent of voters didn’t participate last month. A new report outlines who they are, and why they didn’t cast a ballot. 

December 19, 2012

Your humble cartoonist goes crazy trying to catalog a year's worth of crazy.

December 17, 2012

Why does the Electoral College have the final say? It’s time to put voters in charge of choosing our president. 

December 17, 2012

Obama's recent court victory on early voting may have carved a legal path for fighting down felony disenfranchisement laws.

December 14, 2012

The biggest challenge voting rights advocates face right now is keeping people engaged without the spotlight of a presidential election.

December 10, 2012

The authors say the GOP was caught up in such a web of deceit they couldn’t ID reality if they hit it head on.

December 8, 2012

With the determination of newly elected senators like Elizabeth Warren, Democrats may finally have the power to change the rule that’s long held American progress hostage. 

December 4, 2012

Nevada's Secretary of State wants to implement a costly voter ID registration system to combat nonexistent voter fraud.

December 3, 2012

The largest oil lobbying group in the country, financed in part by foreign oil companies, helped funnel cash to pro-GOP dark money groups in the last election. 

November 29, 2012