Monthly Archives: September 2011

Working-(For Free)-Class Americans

Jake Laperruque The Huffington Post has a history of causing controversy by maneuvering to acquire free labor.  Now, the news website is again raising eyebrows, this time for its use of a new type of employee to keep its blogs updated: Unpaid children. The issue brought forth by this policy is whether blogging constitutes labor (which in…

Invoking Foreign Precedent: A Dead End for Marriage Equality?

Peter Dunne  Over last the last week, there has been considerable discussion about the movement for marriage equality.  An interesting, but rarely addressed question is the role that foreign precedent might play should any of the current live actions make it to the Supreme Court. Lawrence v Texas is obviously one of the most important federal…

New State Laws Threaten Voting Rights

Billy Corriher  There’s been a lot of discussion recently about a perceived assault on voting rights. There have been media reports on a campaign by Republicans and their supporters to enact stricter voting laws. Many states have implemented shorter early voting periods, stricter rules for absentee ballots, and tougher registration requirements. Twenty states have considered new voter ID requirements, and others have…

Life after Troy

Jessica Jackson  Last night the world sat silently holding its breath as it once again waited to hear whether Georgia would be allowed to kill Troy Anthony Davis.  Troy’s case, unlike most death row inmates, received international attention, extensive media coverage, and celebrity awareness.  In fact, the hashtags #TroyDavis and #TooMuchDoubt were tweeted by over fifty thousand people in…

Are Social Media Good for Democracy?

Jonathan Peters The more students use social media, the more they support free expression, according to a report released last week. Policy researcher Kenneth Dautrich surveyed 12,090 high school students and 900 teachers about free expression, from April to June. His findings, published Friday in a Knight Foundation report, were many and varied—and contextualized, because the survey was…

Troy Davis Denied Clemency

Frank Housh  The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles announced this morning that it has denied Troy Davis’ request for clemency. He will be executed by lethal injection at 7:00 P.M. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21, 2011.

Death Be Not Cheap

Mark Wilson  Death is in the news!  Hot on the heels of Rick Perry’s avowed affection for the death penalty, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of Duane Buck, a Texas man so close to execution he had already eaten his last meal.  Buck does not dispute his conviction, but rather disputes his death sentence.  During…

The Danger of DOMA In Limbo

Jake Laperruque This has been a year of tremendous progress for marriage equality.  For the first time in America’s history, a majority of Americans support same-sex marriage.  In June, New York – the third largest state in the country – legalized same-sex marriage.  And in February, the Justice Department announced that it would no longer…

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