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Number of New Voters Doubles in Chicago Outreach Effort

Number of New Voters Doubles in Chicago Outreach Effort

  So what’s motivating people to register to vote in Chicago these days and to do so in such large numbers that a community group has doubled its amount of people ready to cast ballots? Well, try raising the minimum wage in the state to $10 per hour and improving the city’s public education. A [...]
Fla. Draws New Congressional Districts – Questions RemainTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Monday swiftly approved new maps that will alter several of the state’s congressional districts after a judge ruled the current districts were illegally drawn to benefit the GOP.  The changes would reshape the boundaries of seven of the state’s 27 congressional districts, but it’s not certain [...]
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U.S. Companies Should Pay All Taxes in U.S., Obama SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday. A smaller federal tax base would lower the dollars Congress can approve to support services and programs, such [...]
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Voters of Color are in Demand in 2014BOSTON (AP) — With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, Democrats are looking to minority voters — especially Black voters who heavily supported President Barack Obama — to turn out and help them forestall a Republican takeover of Congress this November. Democrats are pushing hard and early to encourage Black and Hispanic [...]
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House Neglects Poor Families in Child Tax Credit BillWASHINGTON (AP) — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are [...]
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Chicago Coalition Registers Voters, Boosts Democracy  A dozen grassroots groups in Chicago have given civic participation added energy by registering more than 11,100 voters in just one month, the organizations announced on Friday. The registration effort is part of a nonpartisan engagement program that seeks to bring more voices into the democratic process, Grassroots Collaborative, the umbrella group, said in [...]
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Judge: Florida Congressional Districts Need to be RedrawnTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state’s congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge has ruled, and has ordered them redrawn.  Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said in a 41-page ruling Thursday that legislators relied on GOP political operatives who worked in secret to craft the final political maps [...]
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The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Five Key Facts to KnowWASHINGTON (AP) — On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most significant civil rights achievements in U.S. history. This new law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; It ended school, work and [...]
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Improving Federal Laws To End Poverty in Indian CountryPoverty on Indian reservations and tribal lands is persistent and more severe than for any other population in the United States. This is due in large part to federal laws that treat tribes as if they have no constitutional rights and make economic development extremely hard for Indian communities. Bad Law Creates Poor Living Conditions [...]
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Court: Public Unions Can’t Mandate Fees From WorkersWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining. In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment [...]
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