Justice Department Backing Away from Civil Rights Enforcement
June 15, 2017
The Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions is gradually eliminating one of the judiciary’s most important tools for civil rights enforcement: “consent decrees” that give judges long-term oversight over individuals, groups and government agencies that have engaged in discrimination.
From Tragedy, a Moment of Unity on Capitol Hill
June 14, 2017
Could bipartisan grief produce bipartisan resolve to put aside the rancor that dominates our politics?
Troubled Times for the First Amendment
May 19, 2017
When the Constitution’s authors crafted the initial amendments to that document, the freedoms of speech and the press were part of the First Amendment. So every American should be on the alert for threats to First Amendment freedoms and troubled anytime First Amendment rights are violated.
Administration Looks to Hide Thousands of Government Records
May 15, 2017
A disturbing report in this morning’s Washington Post details what appears to be a Trump administration effort to shroud tens of thousands of government records that had been readily available to Americans online.
Finding Wisdom, Inspiration in the Great Southwest
May 12, 2017
This is a tough time for democracy reformers in Washington. So I was particularly pleased last week to get away from the national capital for a few days to meet Common Cause activists – and some new recruits – in Arizona and New Mexico.