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PHOTO: The president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, Chris Stombaugh, says the GM recall shows how the civil justice system is a check on corporations. (Photo provided by WAJ)

MADISON, Wis. – General Motors recently recalled 2.6 million vehicles to repair a faulty ignition switch that’s blamed for 13 deaths. Christopher Stombaugh, an attorney and president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says the only reason the public became aware of the problem w ...Read More

PHOTO: The high-profile battle over a cattle roundup near Bunkerville, Nev., has First Amendment implications, ACLU says. Photo: BLM.

BUNKERVILLE, Nev. - The ACLU Of Nevada is claiming a First Amendment victory in the cattle battle near Bunkerville, which has captured national media attention. Tod Story, ACLU executive director, said the free speech win resulted from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removing so-called "free spe ...Read More

Photo: Sen. Andy Kerr is a co-sponsor of the Reproductive Health Freedom Act. Photo courtesy of: www.andykerr.org

DENVER - Today, the Colorado state Senate will debate the Reproductive Health Freedom Act (SB175). Supporters say if passed, the landmark legislation would safeguard women's reproductive health decisions and prevent passage of anti-choice laws in the future. Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood is co-sponsori ...Read More

Photo: Mary Jamis, left, and Starr Johnson married in New York after being together for 14 years. Courtesy: Jamis and Johnson

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Tuesday is the dreaded April 15 tax deadline. It's a daunting enough task for anyone, but for the thousands of legally married, same-sex couples in North Carolina, it's that much more complicated. Mary Jamis and her partner of 14 years, Starr Johnson, married in New York ...Read More

According to federal figures, nearly 5000 pre-school kids were suspended from school in the most recent year. A disproportionate number were minority children. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost 5000 American children have been suspended from pre-school for behavior issues, acording to the latest federal figures, and a disproportionate number were minority kids. According to Jerri Derlikowski, education policy director at Arkansas Advocates for Families and Chil ...Read More

Americans for Prosperity, funded oil and chemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, is campaigning aggressively in West Virginia, but the group's own positions are less well known. PHOTO courtesy of the Center For Public Integrity.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A shadowy billionaires' political organization is campaigning heavily in West Virginia. But what economic policies would Americans For Prosperity actually put in place? According to Steve Wamhoff, legislative director for Citizens for Tax Justice, billionaire brothers Charles a ...Read More

Photo: Kenneth Young was sentenced to four life sentences for a series of armed robberies he committed when he was 14, under the direction of an adult. Courtesy: www.15tolifefilm.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today the Florida Senate is scheduled to consider a bill that would bring the state in compliance after two Supreme Court decisions determined the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. It's too little, too late for inmates such as Kenneth Young, who was s ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Nevada says Washoe County commissioners have reversed a budget-cutting measure that would have reduced the early-voting schedule for the upcoming primary election. Photo courtesy Mahoning County, Ohio.

RENO, Nev. - Nevada's Washoe County, which includes Reno, has reversed a proposed budget cutback that would have reduced the early-voting schedule for the upcoming primary election, according to the ACLU of Nevada. Vanessa Spinazola, legislative and advocacy director at the Nevada ACLU, said Washoe ...Read More

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