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The Impact of Conservative Courts

January 8, 2020

The Trump Administration has been nominating judges at breakneck speed, and the Senate has been confirming them at a similar pace.

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Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review

December 26, 2019

We recently talked with Jane Suiter and David Farrell, who were instrumental in the implementation of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly. The Citizens’ Assembly uses deliberative mini-publics to recommend policies to the Irish Parliament. Listen to our interview with them here! While we were talking, Jane discussed a deliberative democratic initiative happening on the other side […]

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Why the US Doesn’t Declare War

December 23, 2019

Earlier this season, we talked with Stephen Wertheim of The Quincy Institute. During our interview we spent some time discussing the ways in which the US wages war, and how we seem to get ourselves into an awful lot of conflicts without having Congress declare war. So, we thought we’d give a brief overview of […]

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4 of Illinois’s Last 7 Governors Were Jailed. Why?

December 4, 2019

Our newest episode with David Greising of The Better Government Association really opened our eyes to the impact of investigating, and the role that good journalism and concerned citizens play in making sure our policymakers stay honest. Listen to our interview with David Greising here! It’s no secret that Illinois has a problem with corruption, […]

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Why We Vote on Tuesday

November 26, 2019

Our latest episode with Seth Flaxman of Democracy Works is all about how his organization is making it easier than ever to vote. We thought we’d look at why Tuesday was chosen as a “convenient” election day.

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The Impact of Shelby v. Holder

November 20, 2019

We talked with Marcia Johnson-Blanco of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Election Protection program. One of the most worrying election issues we talked about was the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court Case, and the damage it did to certain states’ electoral infrastructure.

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