People Power

5 Ways Voters Stood Up to Big Money, Despite Losses
by Araz Hachadourian
From campaign finance reform to protecting small business, Tuesday's elections had a few big victories.
Can Seattle Boot Big Money Out of Elections By Giving Everyone “Democracy Vouchers”?
by Marcus Harrison Green
Early results show Seattle passing the Honest Elections ballot initiative. Voters will receive four $25 “democracy vouchers” every election year, which they can donate to the campaign of their choice.
Pardon the Interruption, Bernie: Why Black Lives Matter Is in Politics to Stay
by Marcus Harrison Green
The criticism aimed at Marissa Johnson and Mara Willaford has ranged from the deeply piercing to the explicitly racist. But what they did was necessary, a welcome harbinger of more direct disruption.
Can Bernie Sanders Win Over Black Lives Matter? He Seems to Be Trying
by Marcus Harrison Green
The progressive candidate has been making a sharper distinction between racial and economic issues. If you like his campaign, that’s really good news.
Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? An Interview with Ralph Nader and Daniel McCarthy
by Sarah van Gelder
Partisan gridlock keeps the focus on the fight—but we might have some radical ideas in common.
North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out
by Mary Hansen
In the far north of the Great Plains, you have to be a pharmacist to own a pharmacy. Next week, voters could overturn that rule—putting the state's thriving independent drugstores at risk.
Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It's About More Than Just Getting High
by Yessenia Funes
If those three measures pass, more states will be added to the list of places where healing from the drug war can begin, places where people will no longer face jail time because of a little nugget in their pockets.
When Big Money Controls Big Media, There’s a Big Decline in Democracy
by David Kortava
“Dollarocracy” examines innovations in other democratic nations to solve our money-in-politics crisis.
The Supreme Court Just Gave You One More Reason to Join the Clean Elections Movement
by Fran Korten
The McCutcheon decision will boost the political power of the one percent at the expense of the rest of us. But it also adds to the urgency of the movement that's working to take back our democracy.
A Welcome Surprise: There Are More States Working to Expand Voting Rights than to Restrict Them
by Sue Sturgis
In 2013, 46 states introduced 237 bills designed to make voting easier, while restrictive measures were introduced in only 33.
Video: New Hampshire's Campaign to Make 2016 About Money in Politics
At a time when politicians spend more time fundraising than making policy, the New Hampshire Rebellion aims to make political corruption the number-one issue in the 2016 election cycle.
Monsanto May Have Won the Battle for I-522, But the Future of Food Is Not Lost
by Erin Sagen
As final results come in for Initiative 522, advocates of GMO labeling are saying we need to change the system, not just the supermarket.
5 Signs the Voting Rights Act Will Survive
by Brentin Mock
Despite a recent Supreme Court ruling that hurt the Voting Rights Act, it's far from dead. Meanwhile, popular movements to defend voting rights are gathering momentum.
Supreme Court Ruling Is “Call to Action” on Voting Rights
by Katrina Rabeler
Civil rights advocates are calling the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder “a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act” and “a call to action.”
Delaware Is 15th State to Seek Overrule of Citizens United
by James Trimarco
Eight in ten Americans oppose the Supreme Court ruling, which allows unlimited corporate spending on U.S. elections. Delaware is the latest state to demand that Congress step in and overturn it.