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Monday, June 25, 2018
Steven Rosenfeld
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Several States Purchasing Insecure Electronic Voting Systems

The open question is whether legislators and election officials are looking to embrace newer technology, or whether they are drawn to more opaque systems that they have grown familiar with.

June 23, 2018
burt neuborne

Why Political Reform Is So Difficult — And So Necessary

The system, which was instituted in 2010 and backed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, was promoted as elevating more moderate candidates.

June 8, 2018
propaganda

Facebook’s New Advertising Rules Hurting Grassroots Contenders In June Primaries

Facebook’s new political ad-buying rules are sabotaging grassroots candidates in June’s first primaries—and hurting ballot initiatives with upcoming filing deadlines—according to conservatives and progressives who say their campaigns are being suppressed.

June 3, 2018
Blankenship

‘Sore Loser’ Coal Baron Still Running For Senate

Blankenship stands a thin chance of prevailing, which was unusual when it comes to the 47 states that have “sore loser” laws, election experts said.

May 31, 2018
Democrat

Surfing That Blue Wave: A Democrat With The ‘Empathy Factor’

Progressive Democrat Kara Eastman campaigned in Nebraska’s congressional primary by emphasizing the personal side of the Bernie Sanders platform — and last week she won.

May 26, 2018
hack

Can Government Protect Our Elections From Cyber-Hacking?

That conclusion is one takeaway from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence just-released details on Russian-led cyber attacks on voting in 2016. Prior to this latest report, federal officials said 21 states had been targeted, but only one statewide voter registration database had been breached.

May 15, 2018

Republicans Threaten Facebook For Content ‘Censorship’

“There’s an issue of content discrimination,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington. “It is not a problem unique to Facebook. There’s a number of high-profile examples of edge providers engaging in blocking and censoring religious and conservative political content… What is Facebook doing to ensure that its users are treated fairly and objectively by content reviewers?”

April 12, 2018

Travels With Beto: A Progressive Live-Streaming His Campaign Is Closing In On Ted Cruz

One of 2018’s most remarkable campaign stories is unfolding on the back roads and small-town squares of rural Texas, where Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a three-term congressman from El Paso, is within striking distance of unseating arguably the nation’s most despised senator, Texas Republican Ted Cruz.

April 9, 2018
Foreign policy, Trump, Executive Order, Gag Rule

Trump’s China Trade War Will Affect Growth — And Votes — In Red States

On Wednesday, China announced tariffs worth $50 billion in retaliation against Trump’s just-imposed tariffs on Chinese steel, aluminum and high-tech goods. The Chinese will impose a 25 percent tariff on 106 U.S. products including soybeans, cars and chemicals, it announced. It will also target U.S. corn, cotton, beef, orange juice, whiskey, tobacco, and several lubricants and plastic products.

April 5, 2018
Paul Ryan,Mac Thornberry

Strange Fate Awaits Republicans In D.C.

Republicans may currently rule Washington’s federal government, but inside the District of Columbia the party is somewhere between an endangered species and space alien. According to Ballot Access News, edited by Richard Winger, the GOP is poised to lose its status as a “qualified political party” in Washington, D.C., because it has not recruited any candidates for citywide office in this spring’s June 19 primary elections.

March 29, 2018
Donald Trump Sexual Assault Allegations

Why Should Any Judge Uphold A Contract Protecting Trump’s Adultery?

The slow but steady developments in Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia—including possibly exposing his business deals with Russian oligarchs that skirt the law—will provide one nationwide lesson in civics.

March 23, 2018
Bannon

Why Cambridge Analytica’s Scam Matters Less Than You Think

The media frenzy and political umbrage over the apparent theft of upwards of 50 million Facebook user profiles in 2014 by Cambridge Analytica, a British-based voter targeting operation co-founded by Steve Bannon, to assist Trump’s 2016 campaign is overlooking a critical fact: Bannon’s data didn’t deliver.

March 21, 2018
brad parscale

How Campaigns Use Social Media To Bully, Intimidate, And Spread Fake News

Exhibit A for this dynamic is the 2016 Trump campaign’s use of digital media, especially Facebook. In late February, President Trump named Brad Parscale, his digital director, as his 2020 re-election campaign manager. In the meantime, Parscale has been helping the Republican Party raise millions from small donations online.

March 20, 2018
texas

Texas Democrats Gain Momentum But Lone Star Still Deep Red

But while there were some successes down the political ladder, from first-time candidates running for state legislature and judgeships, the blue voter turnout seen in 2018’s first primaries demonstrated that it will be years before red-run Texas becomes politically purple, despite its diversifying demographics.

March 8, 2018

Ryan Dumps Election Official — For Being ‘Too Nonpartisan’

This week, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed that he was not re-nominating Matthew Masterson, the current chairman of the four-member U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) who was known taking non-partisan approaches and lead the agency’s efforts to help states enhance cyber-security and anti-hacking protocols.

February 26, 2018

Reformers File Lawsuits In Four States To Fix Electoral College System

Harvard law scholar and democracy reformer Larry Lessig has launched his latest David-vs.-Goliath fight to change one of the most unfair, unequal and seemingly invincible pillars of presidential elections: the Electoral College’s winner-take-all system of awarding votes in 48 states.

February 24, 2018

Why Florida Legislators Can Ignore Those Parkland Teens

Surely, you’ve seen the pictures. A handful of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students watched in dismay as the Florida House blocked debate on a bill to ban assault rifles, less than a week after 17 people were gunned down at their school.

February 23, 2018

GOP Conducting Dirty Cyber Warfare To Win

As speculation builds over the extent of Russian meddling in 2018’s elections, the deceptive and influential tactics revealed in last week’s indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller—as well as some newer tactics—are already in use by U.S. politicos with pro-corporate, pro-GOP agendas.

February 21, 2018
Protesters march around the perimeter of the White House in Washington, DC, during the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony on December 4, 2014 to protest the death of an unarmed black man by a New York police officer (AFP/Paul J. Richards)

DC Police And Prosecutors Collude With Far Right To Jail Protesters

Washington, D.C., police and federal prosecutors have been collaborating with notorious right-wing groups known for fascist statements and using doctored videos to ambush their targets in an attempt to convict and jail protesters from President Trump’s inauguration.

February 15, 2018

Why Russian Hacking Isn’t Biggest Threat To US Elections

Americans who care about democracy and voting should stop jumping to conclusions about Russians hunkered down in Moscow cyber-bunkers, and instead look at what’s happening on these shores as shoddy journalists and Silicon Valley’s content curators are doing Vladimir Putin’s work for him.

February 11, 2018
Rep. Cris Dush

To Preserve Gerrymanders, GOP Mounts Judicial Coups

Hyper-partisan Republican legislators in Pennsylvania are now seeking to impeach five state Supreme Court justices who last month overturned the state’s congressional maps drawn in 2011 in an extreme gerrymander that gave the GOP twice as many U.S. House seats as Democrats.

February 8, 2018
dutch

Dutch Spies Caught Russian Hackers Invading Obama White House and Democratic Party

Dutch spies alerted their American counterparts as early as 2014 about Russian hacking into State Department and White House computers and subsequent Russian hacking of the Democratic Party in the 2016 election, according to a series of reports in Dutch media. The joint investigation by de Volkskrant newspaper and Nieuwsuur (“News Hour”), a current-affairs television program, describe how Dutch […]

January 27, 2018
women

Campaign 2018: A Tidal Wave Of Democratic Women Is Building

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. Politics in the Trump era often seems like a hall of mirrors and mirages. But something significant and undeniable is happening across the country that goes deeper than the White House’s daily distortions or whether dealing with Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O. Across the country, the first big political wave of 2018 […]

January 25, 2018
initiative

If This Initiative Gets On The Ballot, Florida Could Be Changed Forever

A grassroots campaign to amend Florida’s constitution to restore the voting rights of upwards of 1.5 million Floridians who have been convicted of non-violent felonies and completed their sentences is poised to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. By Wednesday, the Florida Department of State has certified more than 745,000 petition signatures of the 766,000 needed to […]

January 19, 2018

Why The 25th Amendment Route For Dumping Trump Will Probably Remain A Fantasy

Democrats and Republicans who are desperate to end Donald Trump’s presidency are looking with renewed interest at the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment, which provides a path for the vice president, Cabinet and Congress to remove a president if he is deemed “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

January 14, 2018