An analysis by States Newsroom found that eight states had voter turnout rates of below 50 percent when averaged between the last two national elections, and several of those states have since imposed new restrictions that are likely to make voting harder. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

States with low election turnout did little in 2023 to expand voting access

BY: - June 18, 2023

Eight states had turnout rates of below 50% when they were averaged between the last two national elections.

Protesters in front of the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol urged Congress to pass the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, in December 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

‘We’re just trying to live our lives’: DACA hits 11-year mark still mired in the courts

BY: - June 17, 2023

For more than two decades, Congress has tried and failed to pass immigration reform.


How have states been deciding abortion rights since Roe v. Wade was overturned? | Analysis

BY: - June 13, 2023

Four essential reads on what voters at the state level have been doing about abortion access.

Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado speaks during a debate against Republican Colorado state Sen. Don Coram at the Sky Ute Resort and Casino in Ignacio on May 26, 2022. (William Woody for Colorado Newsline)

Lauren Boebert is more dangerous than ever | Quentin Young

BY: - December 20, 2022

The bigoted, election-denying U.S. representative from Colorado was awarded a second term, and now her party’s in the majority.

Pa. U.S. Rep. Scott Perry among lawmakers on text chain about efforts to overturn 2020 election

BY: - December 13, 2022

Perry, the chair of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, was one of the most active correspondents on the text chain.


How old is too old to run for president? The answer isn’t cut and dried | Ray Landis

BY: - December 4, 2022

That decision should be based on how best to move the United States forward – not on the date on a birth certificate.

Election workers sort ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 9, 2022, in Phoenix. John Moore/Getty Images

Three ways to restore public faith in our elections | Opinion

BY: - December 2, 2022

A healthy democracy requires trust in our institutions. Here's a path toward that.

Pa.’s Kelly joins House GOP in ousting Liz Cheney from leadership for rejecting Trump’s ‘big lie’

BY: - May 12, 2021

GOP lawmakers in a closed door meeting removed Cheney, R-Wyo., in a voice vote. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., introduced a resolution to strip Cheney of her post as conference chair, the No. 3 leadership job.

U.S. Senate panel advances Deb Haaland’s historic nomination to lead Interior Department

BY: - March 4, 2021

“Two hundred and thirty years after Washington called his first Cabinet meeting, it is long past time to give a Native American woman a seat on the Cabinet table,” U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said.


Starved for some good news? Listen to new Secretary of State Tony Blinken | Dick Polman

BY: - February 8, 2021

As Blinken said, “This is a critical moment for protecting and defending democracy, including right here at home.” There’s not a moment to lose.

Pa. Republicans stand by QAnon congresswoman as House votes to strip committee assignments

BY: - February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Eight out of nine of Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. House members voted against removing Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments on Thursday night. According to an official House roll call, U.S. Reps. Dan Meuser, R-9th District; Scott Perry, R-10th District;  Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District; Fred Keller, R-12th District; John Joyce, R-13th […]


The white supremacists who stormed U.S. Capitol are only the most visible product of racism | Opinion

BY: - January 19, 2021

Extremists like the Proud Boys are putting American white supremacy in the headlines today, just as the Ku Klux Klan did 50 years ago. But they are merely its most visible product.