Back in early October, we highlighted The Fragmenting Religious Right & Emerging Progressive Faith Networks--
a foreshadowing of the gains progressives would make among faith voters
in the mid-term elections. With the November election victories for
progressives, this Stateside Dispatch will...
Even more than simply marking the end of one-party rule in Washington,
last Tuesday's elections indicated what may be the beginning of
long-term progressive strength: a strength fueled, in part, by
increasing strength among Latinos and young voters, as well as huge
turnout from American workers,...
For years, Latinos have been among the most important swing bloc of
voters in the country. While typically breaking for Democrats,
Republicans knew that with the right campaigning, they could perform
well among this large and growing demographic group. In 2004, exit
polls showed Bush receiving as...
The Millenials are with us. America's youth -- the biggest generation
since the Baby Boom -- are voting more frequently than Generation X and
are voting far more progressively than the Reagan-raised generation
that proceeded them. You have probably already heard one of the most
Union workers voting for progressives isn't news. Even as Democrats
have lost white, working class voters over the years, union members and
their households have voted reliably Democratic. But 2006 was still a
banner year in terms of turnout and the sheer margin by which union
members voted for...
Even with the good news that came last Tuesday, all too much evidence exists that the basic machinery of democracy in America is broken. Election Day is like Groundhog Day and the first stories of problems with voting machines, long lines, or voter intimidation hit the wires in the early A.M....
Tuesday's election saw a nationwide repudiation of the rightwing
agenda-- and the emergence of new progressive leaders and ideas across
the country, from Congress down to the statehouses. Change in control
of the US House and Senate is dominating the headlines, but sweeping
change is also coming to...
In the final days leading up to the election, there is an ugly trend of
dishonesty running through state ballot initiatives. Deceptively titled
initiatives are confusing voters and masking their true nature: "property rights protection"
would actually result in a huge burden to tax...
An Oregon State Senate commission has approved a framework to provide universal health care in the state and to control costs.
State Senator Alan Bates, who co-chairs the Commission on Health Care
Access and Affordability, called the agreement "the first step on a
very, very long journey....
It's a big year for ballot issues. Mid-term elections, when no
President is being elected, typically see less activity on the ballot
issue front than Presidential years, but 2006 is proving to be an exception. Eighteen states will consider 76 ballot issues this fall, as high as its been since 1914...
Someday soon, we will all be experts in Ohio election law. The
state's rules are under fire yet again. This time, a labor union and an
advocacy organization for the homeless have teamed up to file suit regarding the state's new ID rules, which the plaintiffs say are being enforced differently...
Two years ago, Oregon voters were sold Measure 37 as a property rights issue. The measure, they were told, would
close loopholes governments used to regulate homeowners and prevent
unnecessary regulation. Backers downplayed other ramifications that are
now coming to light, ramifications that other...