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Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

RICHMOND, Va. – On a steamy early August afternoon outside Broomfield Christian Methodist Church, along a desolate stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway in this former Confederate capital, William Irvin Banks Jr. recalled rejoicing when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored his right to vote. But Banks’ eyes suddenly turned downcast. And he could hardly contain his […]

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

West Virginia became the latest state to approve automatic voter registration, when policymakers enacted a new law this month that registers voters when they receive or renew their driver’s licenses, the Brennan Center for Justice reported.  The new system suggests that automatic voter registration is gaining momentum around the country, with West Virginia joining Oregon […]

Virginia Approves In-State Tuition Rates for DREAMers

Virginia Approves In-State Tuition Rates for DREAMers

  Virginia has joined a list of states that will give in-state tuition access to immigrant youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, the state’s Attorney General announced Tuesday.  The policy change makes earning a college degree more affordable and affects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children […]

U.S. Judge Overturns Virginia’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

U.S. Judge Overturns Virginia’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia has become the first state in the South to have its same-sex marriage ban overturned, with a late-night federal court ruling that declared the voter-approved amendment unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen on Thursday issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in […]

Millions of People to Keep Health Care, as Obamacare Repeal Stalls

Millions of People to Keep Health Care, as Obamacare Repeal Stalls

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal bill off the House floor on March 24 after it became clear the measure would fail badly. It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation on the […]

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

When the Economic Development Authority of McDowell County in West Virginia announced the opening of a privately-owned prison in 2006, hundreds of laid-off coal miners expected jobs would flood into this rural county, where only one in three people is employed. In the following months, those jobs did come but a significant portion went to […]

2016: Trumping Politics, Voters Unite Around Bread & Butter Issues

2016: Trumping Politics, Voters Unite Around Bread & Butter Issues

Who knew preschool could bring Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters together? That’s what happened in Dayton, Ohio, where Trump and Clinton supporters came together around the unlikely issue of preschool expansion. X Enjoy that story? Weigh in on the issues you care about by endorsing the Equal Voice National Family Platform. The presidential election […]

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