It was a bad weekend for the NRA’s ‘good guy with a gun’ myth

While the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun advocates often claim that the answer to America’s alarming rate of gun violence is the presence of a so-called “good guy with a gun,” a pair of incidents over the weekend further debunked that claim. On…

Virginia Senate Democrats and rogue Republicans approve Medicaid expansion

Advocates have been trying to get the Virginia Legislature to expand Medicaid for at least five years, and on Wednesday, Senate lawmakers handed them a big win. Three Republicans joined all 19 Democrats to give preliminary approval, by a vote of 22-18, to a two-year…

New data shows low support for banning abortion across all US states

As Trump rallies anti-abortion advocates for the upcoming midterm elections, there is no state in the United States where support for banning abortion reaches even 25 percent, according to recent analysis. The numbers were compiled using Congressional Election Studies data by the progressive Data for…

More than 100 organizations call on oil and gas industries, banks to opt out of Arctic drilling

Environmental advocates and organizations are calling on major industries to move against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The groups behind the push to keep oil and gas extraction out of the wildlife refuge include indigenous representatives, national environmental activists, and institutional investors representing…

Trump administration sued after it changes rules about housing segregation

Housing advocates are suing the Trump administration over its decision to delay an Obama-era rule intended to combat housing segregation. The rule would force cities to abide by the 1968 Fair Housing Act by forcing them to submit a comprehensive plan to combat segregation in…

New study shows the power of invoking public health in climate lawsuits

By Jeremy Deaton Climate advocates have battled long and hard to pass major legislation to rein in carbon pollution, and they have repeatedly come up short even when Democrats have controlled both houses of Congress, and even in deep-blue states like Washington and Oregon. So…

NRA sues Florida for passing gun reforms following Parkland shooting

Under intense pressure from advocates — namely teenagers who survived a horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead — the Florida state legislature passed new bill that placed several restrictions on purchasing firearms in the state….

Immigrant advocates arrested as they urge Congress to support legal remedies for Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Capitol Police arrested multiple immigrant advocates after they blocked an intersection near the Capitol building Monday, following public calls urging congressional lawmakers to pass permanent legal remedies for young immigrants known as “Dreamers.” Police used bolt cutters to split apart protesters…

House overwhelmingly passes a bill that conflates sex work and sex trafficking

On Tuesday, the House voted 388-25 in favor of a bill that advocates say conflates sex trafficking and sex work, and would result in more dangerous conditions for sex workers. Eleven Democrats and 14 Republicans voted no, with 18 abstentions. The House bill, introduced by Rep. Ann…

Ballot box battle over clean energy is brewing in three states

Clean energy advocates have their eyes on three states — Michigan, Nevada, and Arizona — where they hope to strengthen renewable energy policies by getting voters to pass citizen-led ballot initiatives. As with previous battles at the ballot box over clean energy, the campaigners are…