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Past articles by Adam:

The For the People Act Isn’t Dead

Don’t believe the pundits—there’s a growing grassroots movement to save American democracy and pass sweeping voting rights reform. → Read More

Far-Reaching Prison Reform Must Be Part of Racial Justice Movement

The systemic racism and brutality of the criminal justice system extend far beyond police misconduct... The death of George Floyd has prompted rightful fury and mass protest across the country. Police brutality against communities of color has persisted for far too long, and meaningful reform — not mere platitudes and the promise of future action — is now required. → Read More

Republicans have rigged the maps and manipulated elections — why won’t Democrats talk about it? – A

As Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and the other leading Democratic presidential contenders prepared to debate in Houston last week, Crystal Mason readied for an important hearing of her own less than 200 miles away. In 2016, Mason unknowingly committed a crime by casting a provisiona → Read More

Republicans have rigged the maps and fixed elections — why won't Democrats talk about it?

2020 Democrats won't talk about our rigged electoral system. But if we don't fix that, their ideas won't matter → Read More

It’s time to talk about our broken democracy

We need a candidate to push for reform as fiercely as Jay Inslee did for addressing climate change. → Read More

It’s time to talk about our broken democracy. Will tonight's Democratic debate moderators step up?

We need a candidate to push for protecting democracy as fiercely as Jay Inslee did for addressing climate change → Read More

Toward an Electoral College–Free Future

As has been the case for over 200 years, the next president will be chosen by an 18th century anachronism. American voters deserve better. → Read More

The Case Against the Electoral College Is Stronger Than Ever

As has been true for over 200 years, the next president will be chosen by an eighteenth-century anachronism. American voters deserve better. → Read More

After 48 Years, Democrats Still Haven’t Gotten the Memo

Lewis Powell once drafted a how-to guide for maximizing political power. Only one party took his advice. Here's how Democrats can catch up. → Read More

Advocates Want Everyone Counted, No Matter the Fate of the Citizenship Question

The Supreme Court ruled Trump officials needed a better reason to tinker with the census; Democracy watchdogs aren't waiting for them to find one. → Read More

Will New York Democrats stand up for climate justice? Green New Deal faces crucial test

With days to go in the Empire State's legislative session, a critical climate justice bill hangs in the balance → Read More

Democracy Fights Back

Republican attempts at voter suppression have inspired a movement to restore and expand access to the polls. → Read More

We Need Ranked-Choice Voting in the Presidential Primaries

The Democratic Party should signal to state lawmakers and party leaders that RCV would be welcome.. If the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary were held today, the results would be disastrous. That is, at least as far as representative democracy is concerned. → Read More

A Crowded 2020 Presidential Primary Field Calls for Ranked Choice Voting

With dozens of Democrats lining up to run for President in 2020, now is the time to adopt ranked choice voting in early states to guarantee that primary winners have clear majority support. Greater choices for voters is welcome, but crowded primaries can produce “winners” with less than 25 percent of the vote. Meantime, millions of Democratic voters could fail to elect any → Read More

Americans Not Only Favor Democrats, They Favor Democracy

This election cycle, voters vigorously embraced broader enfranchisement, campaign-finance reform, and an end to partisan gerrymandering—Democratic leaders should, too. → Read More

This Pennsylvania Legislator Is an Open White Supremacist—and He’s Up for Reelection

Can November’s blue wave wash away Butler County’s foremost bigot, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe? → Read More

The case for giving every American $25 “Democracy Vouchers” for every election

Refusing corporate donations is just a start — we need real campaign finance reform to revive democracy → Read More

The Case For Giving Every American $25 “Democracy Vouchers” For Every Election

Refusing corporate donations is just a start—we need real campaign finance reform to revive democracy. A radical experiment in Seattle may point the way forward. → Read More

Millennials overwhelmingly support Democrats. Will they vote in the midterms?

Why aren’t young people more involved in politics? → Read More

Why Aren’t Young People More Involved in Politics?

The midterms are fast approaching and, once again, voter turnout among young people is expected to lag behind other age demographics. According to Gallup, for example, 82 percent of people age 65 and up have an interest in voting, whereas only 26 percent of those under 30 do.Young people have an image problem. Even if they turn out in the midterms, they likely still will be berated for not… → Read More