What We're Reading Today: Drastic Cuts

August 8, 2011

What We're Reading: a daily round-up of quick hits, clips, and opinion pieces touching on key issues of democracy, justice, liberty and national security.

After the House Appropriations Committee proposed drastic cuts to civil legal aid, the Brennan Center's Rebekah Diller comments on how the cuts will affect states, such as Mississippi.

Is voting a right or privilege? Thirty-two states are pushing limits on voting access, leaving minority voters without a voice in elections.

Edward W. Conard stepped forward over the weekend as the person who donated $1 million to a Super PAC supporting Mitt Romney. The donation spurred calls for an investigation after it was made through a corporation, W Spann LLC, which has since disbanded.

All eyes are on Wisconsin this week, as tomorrow's recall elections "carry implicatons for 2012."

"Most Americans are convinced that their government is fundamentally broken." Yoni Appelbaum of The Atlantic details Progressivism and why the Progressive Party is falling short on capturing votes.

Can California's redesigned public financing plan become a model for all? "The result would be a new hybrid system of private fundraising and public financing."