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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S., May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

What Team Sanders Should Do Now

Passion is a valuable commodity in politics, and the time has come for team Sanders to redirect it. There are two useful paths at this point. No. 1 is joining Democrats, sensible Republicans and the rest of civilization in defeating the appalling Donald Trump. No. 2 is turning that liberal energy into an enduring political force. The thorny question is, how much of Sanders’ support is tied to one man?

May 10, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington March 25, 2016. REUTERS/David Ryder -

Bernie Sanders’ Staffers Want To Replace Congress By 2018

The group has a three-year plan: Throughout 2016 they will continue recruiting organizers and selecting a set of more than 400 candidates — from across the political spectrum, apparently — who conform to the Sanders brand of political integrity, and by January 2017 they’ll begin a hard push to the midterm elections in November 2018.

May 7, 2016
Democracy Spring

Over 1,000 Arrests In Anti-Corruption Democracy Spring Protests

Since April 11, hundreds of protesters have stood outside the U.S. Capitol, protesting political corruption and getting arrested in scores. Over the past week, over 1,000 protesters were arrested not far from the steps of the Capitol.

April 20, 2016
Hillary clinton

Hillary Clinton’s Secret Weapon In Campaign Finance Reform: Shame

The Securities and Exchange Commission is under pressure to do exactly what she is demanding.

September 14, 2015
Hillary, Iowa, Campaign, 2016, Voters

In Small-Town Iowa, A Mixed Reception As Hillary Kicks Off

Nice and polite as Iowans were toward Hillary Clinton, many of them — even Democrats — aren’t quite ready to commit for 2016.

April 16, 2015

Pilot Lands Gyrocopter At Capitol In Apparent Protest; Charges Pending

The tiny aircraft flew in low over the National Mall, whizzing past a row of trees and a statue of Ulysses S. Grant, as a group of onlookers stood by. Both houses of Congress were in session at the time.

April 16, 2015

Supporting Campaign Finance Reform Is A Conservative Value

A Republican legislator explains why his party should want big money out of politics.

January 20, 2015

What Next For Campaign Finance?

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 yesterday to overturn an Arizona state law that provided matching funds to publicly-financed candidates who are outspent by privately financed opponents.. The intent of the law was clear: to level the playing field, so that rich candidates and their wealthy backers couldn’t simply buy elections. And, for Chief Justice Roberts, […]

June 28, 2011

Campaign Finance After Supreme Court Decision

In an unsurprising decision, the Supreme Court yesterday ruled that Arizona’s matching-funds form of public campaign finance was unconstitutional. The Arizona law provided candidates who opted for public financing with as much money as their privately-financed candidates managed to raise. The intent of the law was clear: to level the playing field, so that rich […]

June 28, 2011