People Power

Who’s Lobbying for Millennial Interests? Meet the “AARP for Young People”
by Araz Hachadourian
This is the first election year with the same number of millennial voters as baby boomers. Here’s how lobbyists for young people could change our politics on prisons, climate, and student debt.
Bernie Stole My Feminist Heart (But It’s Complicated)
by Katie Quirk
I was caucusing for Hillary, when a 20-something, impromptu-Bernie-stumping man revived my hope for American feminism.
40,000 Former Convicts in Maryland Just Got New Voting Rights. Here’s How It Happened
by Lynsi Burton
Just in time for this year’s presidential primary, a new law in Maryland will allow former offenders on probation or parole the right to vote.
Meet America’s New Election-Integrity Watchman
by Dave Levinthal
From Internet voting to automatic registration, the chairman of the Election Assistance Commission discusses what it takes to ensure honest elections.
Are Candidates Exploiting the Families of Black Victims for Votes? Sandra Bland’s Mom Says “No”
by Tyree Boyd-Pates
Black votes matter, but some question whether Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s endorsements from relatives of police brutality victims are appropriate.
How to Pick a President Without Being Sexist
by Jeremy Adam Smith
The presidential race is basically an expensive hiring process with 319 million stakeholders. If businesses and government agencies go to such great lengths to eliminate gender bias in their hiring, shouldn’t we do the same for our elections?
The Economy We Want Starts With a Constitutional Amendment
by Keith Harrington
A more democratic and equal election system is the first step toward a more democratic and equal economy.
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.