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Uncounted Votes

book_alt2 icon Report A first-of-its-kind analysis of county-level 2012 election data finds that, in 16 states, voters in counties with a higher percentage of minorities cast provisional ballots at higher rates.

By Joshua Field, Charles Posner, and Anna Chu | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In Texas, No Justice for Injured Patients

play_alt icon Video This new video from Legal Progress documents the damaging effects of Texas’ 2003 tort reform legislation, which makes it virtually impossible for emergency room patients to hold hospitals accountable for medical malpractice.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Coal ash in Dan River

Keeping Campaign Cash Out of North Carolina Courts

article icon Fact Sheet The repeal of public financing for judicial candidates could give corporate polluters and other donors more influence in North Carolina courts.

By Billy Corriher and Sean Wright | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Infographic: The Ripple Effect of the Hobby Lobby Decision

Allowing corporate religious liberty to trump employees’ religious liberty can lead to a cascade of poor health outcomes for the nation.

By Donna Barry, Laura E. Durso, and Chester Hawkins, with Amelia Esenstad and Hannah Hussey | Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Big-money groups in Washington are spending big on judicial elections

Koch Brothers and D.C. Conservatives Spending Big on Nonpartisan State Supreme Court Races

book_alt2 icon Report Big-money groups in Washington want to protect state legislatures’ agendas from legal challenges.

By Billy Corriher | Monday, August 11, 2014

People pray in front of the Supreme Court.

A Blueprint for Reclaiming Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

book_alt2 icon Report Religious liberty protections must strongly protect both individuals and religious institutions, but must be limited when the exercise imposes costs or burdens on others.

By Donna Barry, Sandhya Bathija, Laura E. Durso, Joshua Field, Carmel Martin, and Sally Steenland | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hobby Lobby

Re-Establishing Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

Federal and state lawmakers must ensure that religious liberty is not used as a force to discriminate or impose costs on others.

By Carmel Martin and Joshua Field | Monday, June 30, 2014

obama and kids

Moving Forward with ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign has embraced the White House’s charge to become our brothers’ keepers.

By Sam Fulwood III | Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Justice David Prosser

State Judicial Ethics Rules Fail to Address Flood of Campaign Cash from Lawyers and Litigants

article icon Issue Brief Judges and legislators fail to address the conflicts of interest inherent in multimillion-dollar judicial elections.

By Billy Corriher and Jake Paiva | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Most States Flunk a Test of Their Recusal Rules

cursor icon Interactive A CAP analysis finds that states have failed to strengthen their judicial ethics rules to address the growth in campaign cash.

By Billy Corriher and Jake Paiva | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

McCutcheon

Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Jurisprudence Displays a Naïve View of Political Corruption

The ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC will give the wealthiest 1 percent even more influence over politicians, including elected judges.

By Billy Corriher | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cornyn and Cruz

Texas, Where Are the Judges?

article icon Issue Brief Federal court judicial vacancies in Texas are creating an untenable backlog of cases and denying Texans access to justice.

By Sandhya Bathija, Joshua Field, and Phillip Martin | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Derek Schmidt

Conservative Politicians are Lashing Out at Courts that Order Equal Funding for Education

article icon Issue Brief When judges rule in favor of students seeking a better education, they risk incurring the wrath of conservative legislators with an austerity agenda.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hobby Lobby

Discrimination? Corporate Loopholes? Law Avoidance? Hobby Lobby’s Potentially Slippery Slope

article icon Fact Sheet A poorly decided Hobby Lobby ruling has the ability to dramatically redefine religious liberty from a fundamental value that protects genuine religious beliefs to a loophole that can be used to discriminate and create unfair advantages in the corporate world.

By Joshua Field | Monday, March 24, 2014

Infographic: Hobby Lobby’s Slippery Slope

The outcome of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius has the potential to dramatically transform religious liberty.

By Joshua Field | Monday, March 24, 2014

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