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Protesters Are Coming Together to Rally Against Trump

Protesters Are Coming Together to Rally Against Trump

CHICAGO (AP) — College students, civil rights activists and other opponents of Donald Trump’s Republican presidential candidacy tried again to disrupt his events on Saturday after shutting down his rally a day earlier in Chicago. Here’s a look at how activists quickly organized Friday’s protests in Chicago and whether a sustained protest movement might be […]

Protesters Flood Trump Rally, Prompting Him to Postpone It

Protesters Flood Trump Rally, Prompting Him to Postpone It

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump canceled one of his signature rallies on Friday, calling off the event in Chicago due to safety concerns after protesters packed the arena where it was to take place. The announcement the billionaire businessman would postpone the rally until another day led a large portion of the […]

West Coast States Move Towards Automatic Voter Registration

West Coast States Move Towards Automatic Voter Registration

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a typical month, 2,000 people register to vote in Oregon. In the first six days of this year, more than 4,300 joined the voter rolls under a new initiative that automatically signs up voters when they apply for driver’s licenses. Oregon is the first state to adopt the idea that […]

Homeless Youth Hold ‘Sleep In’ in Chicago Over Budget Impasse

Homeless Youth Hold ‘Sleep In’ in Chicago Over Budget Impasse

Homeless youth and those concerned about social services in Illinois held a “sleep in” protest in Chicago on Monday to voice displeasure that Gov. Bruce Rauner has declined to support two funding options for housing, organizers said.  Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and its members organized the protest at the James R. Thompson Center, […]

For Super Tuesday, New Voting ID Requirements Were in Effect

For Super Tuesday, New Voting ID Requirements Were in Effect

Five states in the South and Southwest enforced stricter voting identification requirements on Super Tuesday, as citizens in a dozen states cast ballots for their presidential choices.  The states, which have stricter photo identification policies before a citizen can vote, were Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, the Brennan Center for Justice, which is monitoring […]

Election 2016: Voters Want Jobs and Social Security Protection

Election 2016: Voters Want Jobs and Social Security Protection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finally, something that polarized Americans can agree on. Ask people what economic issues will be important for the next president, and Democrats, Republicans and independents alike all put a high priority on protecting Social Security and reducing unemployment. Beyond that, though, their lists of top economic concerns for the next president are […]

San Diego Vote on Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Days Is Set

San Diego Vote on Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Days Is Set

For at least three months in 2014, the minimum wage vote in San Diego was at the epicenter of the movement to help working families earn more so they could pay their monthly bills. The issue soon turned into a back and forth, including the City Council, grassroots supporters and Mayor Kevin Faulconer.  The City Council […]

Obama’s $4T Budget Focuses on Education, Health Care and Taxes

Obama’s $4T Budget Focuses on Education, Health Care and Taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks. The progressive wish list, which comes as the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook is deteriorating, underscores the initiatives pushed […]