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Here's an Idea: Massachussetts to Expand -- Not Restrict -- Voting Rights

Here's an Idea: Massachussetts to Expand -- Not Restrict -- Voting Rights
Unlike many red states who've in recent years restricted the ability of voters to get to the booths, the Massachusetts Senate has just passed a bill that expands voting rights. Early, day-of, and online registration are all part of this comprehensive package.
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San Diego City Council Urges Congress to Overturn Citizens United

The San Diego City Council has passed a resolution urging Congress to begin the process of amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn the controversial Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC. The resolution, introduced on December 4 by Councilmember Marti Emerald, was adopted unanimously.
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New Billboards Stand Up to Ballot Bullies

Those kinds of bullies are at work in Latino and African-American neighborhoods in places like Milwaukee and Cleveland this month. They’ve posted billboards calculated to discourage people from voting, warning that anyone involved in voter fraud can be sent to prison and hit with a hefty fine. The messages carry no signature and the billboard owner says the “family foundation” that placed them insisted on anonymity.
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Voter Registration Deadlines by State

Your vote is your voice, but you have to sign up before you can speak up. Make sure you’re REGISTERED to VOTE before the deadline in your state.
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Fundraising Gap Between Women and Men Gets Wider

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn 81 percent of what men do. Their wealth—assets like homes and savings minus debt—is half men’s, when neither are living with partners or over age 64. As the CBS article points out, women make up 17 percent of Congress and run only 18 of the Fortune 500 companies (that’s 3.6 percent). The higher you look on the ladder of financial well-being and power, the greater the inequality gets.
So as billionaires provide more of the money in politics, it stands to reason that the proportion of dollars with women behind them will shrink. The Center for Responsive Politics just provides evidence to support the logic. A similar breakdown of which donors are white, black, or Latino, would surely find the white/black and white/Latino wealth gaps likewise reflected in political giving.
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