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Voting & Elections 08.12.2019

The FCC’s Proposal to Cap Broadband Funding Would Leave Millions of Americans Without Internet Access

Universal service is the principle that all Americans, regardless of location or income, deserve ubiquitous and affordable access to communications services, which have become integral to our lives. Communications services allow us to connect with friends, family, employers, schools, government institutions, and ultimately participate in our democracy.

Voting & Elections 08.7.2019

The Devastating Accuracy of #MoscowMitch and Devastating Inaccuracy of Buck Sexton

Politics is a series of moments that, over time, frame issues and define candidates -- occasionally with such devastating accuracy that the politician targeted is forced to react. Last week, #MoscowMitch blinked. That ensures we'll see the meme everywhere and vulnerable Senators in his caucus must be growing anxious. Unfortunately, conservative talk show host Buck Sexton is devastatingly inaccurate in his assessment of the costs of protecting our democracy from foreign influence.

Voting & Elections 07.29.2019

Is Trump Following Russia’s Lead on Elections?

President Trump has sided with Vladimir Putin over the US intelligence community about Russia's influence on the 2016 election. With police cracking down on public dissent in Moscow and efforts in the US to curtail protest, engineer minority rule, consolidate media ownership and concentrate wealth into fewer and fewer hands, is Russia Trump's model for America's future?

Voting & Elections 07.26.2019

#MoscowMitch: Joe Scarborough Lays Out the Threat to Democracy From Russia and the Senate

We have solutions that can protect our elections. The House has passed a bill. The Senate Intelligence Committee report warns that Russians are attacking us again. #MoscowMitch says nothing, does nothing. And Trump? #Nyet.

Voting & Elections 06.26.2019

Is “one person, one vote” really controversial? The case for the National Popular Vote

The flaws in the Electoral College are increasingly clear—but the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact may hold a new answer to the outdated system. With 15 states and Washington DC signed onto the plan, that answer may be closer than ever.

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