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What’s the Real Costs/Benefits of Dirty Energy Sources in Indiana?

MUNCIE, Indiana NEWS- All the good news coming from SCOTUS over the past week has caused social media to explode with Hoosiers supporting Same-Sex Marriage and the Affordable Care Act. Buried beneath the good news was Governor Mike Pence’s letter to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), and later SCOTUS’ ruling against the EPA. According to […]

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Lawrence Lessig Has a “Moonshot” Plan to Halt Our Slide Toward Plutocracy

Harvard’s Lawrence Lessig, the crusader for campaign finance reform, feels that his fellow reformers don’t think big or boldly enough to inspire the kind of grassroots campaign that might break elite donors’ stranglehold on America’s political…

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McCutcheon Ruling Ignores Disclosure Reality

By Edwin Bender Executive Director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics MUNCIE, Indiana (Op/Ed) – The U.S. Supreme Court decisions in both McCutcheon and Citizens United placed great faith in ‘robust’ federal campaign-finance disclosure as an antidote to the corrupting influences of political donations and expenditures. The problem is, this relies on […]

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Republicans Prefer Lawsuits and Fear Mongering to Health Care

Since they took control of the House in 2011, Republicans have voted to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act fifty times. Conservative governors across the country would rather see millions of their most vulnerable citizens denied health coverage…

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SCOTUS: McCutcheon v FEC Ruling Could Unleash Mega-Donors

Minimum Give the Maximum Supreme Court could unleash mega-donors with McCutcheon v FEC Ruling HELENA, MT – As political reporters from throughout the nation await the Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission–which many believe will be handed down as early as next week–the National Institute on Money in State Politics’ October 2013 report […]

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The Creeping Expansion of Corporate Civil Rights

Last week, The Wire creator David Simon told Bill Moyers that the legal doctrine that spending money on political campaigns is an act of political speech protected by the First Amendment poses the greatest threat to American democracy. “That to me…

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Government

Citizens United: McCutcheon v FEC, The Sequel

Recommended Reading: McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission (via Moyers & Company) The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), in a case that could lead to huge changes in campaign financing. Below are some articles that shed light on where the case may be going. Chief Justice Roberts…

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SCOTUS: Moderately Legitimate

Moderately legitimate (via The Economist) THE SUPREME COURT struck down an unusually large number of statutes this term. Just this week, the court nullified Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), both federal laws. Last week, it struck…

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Culture

Gay Rights Victory: SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA

Top US court gives boost to same-sex marriage (via AFP) In landmark rulings for gay rights, the US Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a law denying federal benefits to homosexual couples and cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. Cheers rang out on both coasts among supporters of gay marriage…

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Voting Rights Act Receives Dagger by SCOTUS

US high court strikes down part of Voting Rights Act (via AFP) In what President Barack Obama branded a civil rights setback, the US Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key part of a federal law that safeguards the voting rights of blacks and other minorities. By a 5-4 decision, the court upheld the […]