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Voting & Elections 05.14.2019

Voting is a right that should not be taken away. Our history with systemic racism means we must first restore that right for millions of Americans.

The history of denying incarcerated people the right to vote is rooted in the history of African American voter suppression. And while restoring that right is gaining traction in the 2020 campaign, Tierra Bradford says many Democratic hopefuls still don’t get the point.

05.10.2019

Missouri Politicians are Playing Dirty with Clean Missouri Initiative

States are supposed to be laboratories of democracy, just as the Framers of our Constitution intended. But Missouri legislators are ignoring the efforts of citizens from every corner of the state who developed creative policy, collected signatures, and voted overwhelmingly for Amendment 1.

The Stakes of Barr’s Obstruction

The Trump administration’s repeated refusal to deliver the full, unredacted Mueller report to Congress is worse than just dirty politics; it’s a constitutional crisis in the making.

A Contemptible Path Chosen by Attorney General Barr

The people are clear even if one party in Congress is not -- a new poll shows only 29% approval of Barr. In a battle between Barr and the DOJ prosecutors who signed a letter calling him out for obstruction, the people agree with the prosecutors over Barr. This is a path he and President Trump have chosen.

From Prison to Gerrymandering: My Journey is the Only Straight Line

I've always been fascinated by politics. My time in prison in West Virginia enhanced that. Now I'm fighting for #FairMaps and against all kinds of racial-, partisan-, and prison-gerrymandering. Hey-Hey, Ho-Ho, gerrymandering has got to go!