South Dakotans voted to adopt state campaign finance & ethics reforms. But voters may not have the final say: legislators and other power players tried to prevent reform by either repealing voter initiatives or filing lawsuits to invalidate them.
The urgent need for these commonsense reforms should transcend partisan politics, and Sens. Grassley, Durbin, and Speaker Ryan should be commended for their leadership and support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
There are reports the Trump administration is planning dramatic cuts to the budget, including DOJ's Civil Rights Division. That raises troubling questions about the incoming administration’s commitment to protecting citizens’ ballot access.
The Democrats are behaving like a traditional opposition party. The effect is to “normalize” Donald Trump. It will be up to the press and advocacy groups to show how far outside democratic norms Trump falls.
In 2015, the prison population fell by a little over 2 percent, with similar decreases in the jail, probation and parole populations. It marked the largest drop in the incarceration rate in over 45 years.