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The Voting Rights Playbook

Voting book_alt2 icon Report In addition to addressing the aggressive voter suppression tactics that states have taken post-Shelby County, this report details the importance and power of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and the tools that remain in Sections 2 and 3 to combat voting-related discrimination.

By Joshua Field | Monday, February 3, 2014

Religious Liberty for Some or Religious Liberty for All?

article icon Issue Brief The conservative campaign for “religious liberty” undermines fairness and liberty for all.

By Joshua Dorner | Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Supreme Court Considers Compulsory Prayer

Mandating prayer at local town board meetings mixes government and religion in a way that is harmful to both.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Criminals and Campaign Cash

Campaign Cash book_alt2 icon Report The findings of a new CAP analysis show that as campaign cash increased, the courts studied began to rule more often in favor of prosecutors and against criminal defendants.

By Billy Corriher | Monday, October 28, 2013

Greece v. Galloway: Why We Should Care About Legislative Prayer

U.S. Supreme Court article icon Issue Brief The Supreme Court’s decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway will not only determine what is and is not permitted when it comes to legislative prayer but could also instruct all aspects of religion in the public sphere.

By Sandhya Bathija | Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius: Crafting a Dangerous Precedent

Hobby Lobby article icon Issue Brief A lawsuit brought by Hobby Lobby, a giant retailer, to avoid ACA compliance highlights why for-profit corporations do not have religious freedom rights.

By Julia Mirabella and Sandhya Bathija | Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Infographic: From the Civil Rights Era to the Present

Although our nation has made great progress since the civil rights era, the struggle for economic opportunity and equality in America continues.

By Joy Moses | Thursday, August 22, 2013

The March on Washington: Looking Back on 50 Years

March on WashingtonThe march helped advance the cause of economic justice, and although conservative efforts to defeat this progress have had some success, there is cause for optimism and a need for action.

By Joy Moses and Zach Murray | Thursday, August 22, 2013

Judging the High Court Justices

Proposed changes to North Carolina’s judicial election code would weaken judicial-oversight rules and allow more money into campaigns, which have the potential to seriously undermine citizens’ perceptions of their justice system.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Dodging a Billion-Dollar Verdict

Judge Lloyd Karmeier article icon Issue Brief A lawsuit alleges that State Farm secretly spent millions of dollars to help elect an Illinois Supreme Court justice who would later overturn a huge verdict entered against the insurance giant.

By Billy Corriher and Brent DeBeaumont | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fixing Wisconsin’s Dysfunctional Supreme Court Elections

Wisconsin state supreme court book_alt2 icon Report This month a task force recommended that Wisconsin justices be limited to a single 16-year term.

By Billy Corriher | Monday, July 29, 2013

Domestic Data Collection and Privacy Rights

John Podesta delivers remarks at a Center for American Progress Action Fund event with Sen. Ron Wyden.

By John Podesta | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Clarence Thomas: The Anti-Thurgood Marshall

Clarence ThomasWith his recent comparison of affirmative action to slavery, Justice Clarence Thomas appears determined to undo the civil-rights and equal-justice accomplishments of his predecessor, Justice Thurgood Marshall.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Speaker Boehner’s Raid on the Treasury Enabled the Supreme Court to Strike Down DOMA

John BoehnerUsing funds appropriated for congressional operations to fight court battles on behalf of the Defense of Marriage Act turned out to be a bad deal for taxpayers and DOMA supporters alike.

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, June 27, 2013

Why Courts Matter

play_alt icon Video The federal courts will have an enormous impact on our lives and the future of the law. It's time progressives start making who sits on these courts a part of their advocacy efforts.

By Sandhya Bathija and Andrew Blotky | Thursday, June 27, 2013