Author: Ari Berman

Republicans Once Supported the Voting Rights Act. Today, They Voted Against Its Restoration.

On Wednesday afternoon, GOP senators blocked Democrats from advancing a key voting rights bill, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, marking the second time in two weeks and the fourth time this year that Republicans have filibustered voting rights legislation that would combat GOP voter suppression efforts. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called […]

Republicans Are Planning to Hijack the Next Election. Dems Are Squandering Their Chance to Stop Them.

In March 2021, before the Senate held its first hearing on the For the People Act, the Democrats’ sweeping democracy reform bill, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told me that her party had a “once-in-a-century moment to protect people’s right to vote.” But that historic opportunity to pass voting rights legislation is rapidly disappearing. And many […]

Texas Republicans Are Pulling Out All the Stops to Dilute the Voting Power of People of Color

In 2020, Democrat Candace Valenzuela, who was running to become the first Black Latina member of Congress, lost the closest congressional race in Texas to Republican Beth Van Duyne. She was considering running again in 2022 for Texas’ 24th congressional district, once a stronghold of suburban Republicanism between Dallas and Fort Worth, but when she saw […]

Tens of Thousands Rally Across America for Abortion Rights

Tens of thousands of pro-choice Americans marched at 650 events throughout the country on Saturday in support of abortion rights. They came out specifically to denounce a draconian six-week abortion ban passed in Texas, which the Supreme Court refused to block on September 1—a possible prelude to the Court formally overturning Roe v. Wade. Today, […]

Trump’s Candidate for Arizona Governor Says She Would Not Have Certified Biden’s Victory

On November 30, 2020, Arizona’s Republican governor, attorney general, and chief justice of the state Supreme Court certified the state’s electoral votes for President Joe Biden. If Donald Trump has his way, that will not happen again for the Democratic candidate in 2024.  Kari Lake, a former news anchor who is now the Trump-endorsed candidate for […]

Sinema Leaves DC for High-End Corporate Fundraiser as She Blocks Biden Spending Bill

As Congressional Democrats frantically tried to reach agreement on passing President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and $3.5 trillion social spending bill, Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz), one of the key moderates blocking the Build Back Better Act, abruptly left Washington DC for Arizona on Friday. Her spokesman said she had a medical appointment for a […]

Texas Republicans Just Passed a Slew of Extreme Laws. Now They’ll Gerrymander to Stay in Power.

In recent weeks, the GOP-controlled Texas legislature has passed some of the country’s most unpopular and divisive policies: a six-week ban on abortion enforced by citizen bounty hunters; a prohibition on teaching students about “critical race theory” and the 1619 Project; and a sweeping voter suppression law targeting communities of color. Despite the national outcry, […]