Category Archives: Democracy

Shouldn’t Voting Be Easier?

By Nora Kenty, WLP Intern Tomorrow, on October 1, Pennsylvanians will be flocking to the State Capitol in Harrisburg to encourage the House of Representatives to pass SB 37, also known as the Online Voter Registration Bill.  This bill, aimed … Continue reading

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Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin – Let’s End This List

By Kaitlin Leskovac, WLP Summer Intern Three weeks ago, under the watchful eyes of six male state legislators (photo), Governor Kasich (R) of Ohio signed the new state budget. As many have noted, the symbolism in this photo is marked, … Continue reading

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U.S Department of Justice Launches Investigation into PA Voter ID Law

Nikki Ditto, WLP Intern The U.S Department of Justice has begun a formal investigation on the legality of Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID Law, which was passed in March of this year. The law, which we have blogged about before, stipulates … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Voter I.D. Law Disproportionately Impacts Women as Election Draws Near

Molly Cohen, WLP Intern When Pennsylvania passed a law earlier this year imposing a voter ID requirement on voting in every election and narrowing the list of acceptable forms of ID, critics quickly pointed out that the law targets specific … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton Launches the Women in Public Service Project

Molly Duerig, WLP Intern Monday, June 11th, marked the official launch of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), a program created by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that aims to mentor emerging female leaders from all over the world … Continue reading

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“It’s the Economy, Stupid” – Occupy Pennsylvania and Legislative Priorities

Like most Americans, Pennsylvanians want jobs, fair taxation, and smarter spending… but all they’re getting are ill-advised spending cuts, bickering across party lines and moral grandstanding about women’s healthcare.  A few weeks ago, the Occupy movement, a grassroots movement for … Continue reading

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Voter ID Bill Would Disenfranchise PA Citizens

On June 23rd the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 934, a bill that would require voters to always show unexpired government-issued photo ID before casting a vote in an election. This is a stricter measure than current law … Continue reading

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PA House Committee Passes Bill That Would Have Detrimental Impact on Low-income Voters

On Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives State Government Committee passed HB 934, which would require voters to present identification each time they visit their polling place. This change was enacted in order to curb voter fraud, which of course, … Continue reading

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First Two Openly Transgender Judges in the U.S. Appointed Last Month

A positive step for transgender visibility was taken in November, when two openly transgender people became judges in two states. California voters elected Judge Victoria Kolakowski to the Alameda County Superior Court on November 2, making her the first openly transgender … Continue reading

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Help Ensure All Workers Have the Right to Earn Paid Sick Days

If you live in Philadelphia, you have an opportunity to ensure that all workers have the right to earn paid sick days. How can you do this?  By joining the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces for a Letter Writing … Continue reading

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