Policy Brief

“Same Day Registration” (SDR) allows eligible citizens to register and vote on or before Election Day.  In doing so, SDR greatly enhances the opportunity for Americans to participate in the electoral process and cast a ballot that will be properly counted. States that allow for Same Day...
02/04/2010
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Report authors R. Michael Alvarez and Jonathan Nagler have analyzed the likely impact on voter turnout should New Mexico adopt Same Day Registration (SDR). Under the system proposed in New Mexico, eligible voters who miss the current 28-day deadline for registering by mail may be able to register...
01/27/2010
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When drawing legislative districts, New York State counts incarcerated persons as "residents" of the community where the prison is located, instead of counting them in the home community to which they will return, on average, within 34 months. This practice ignores more than 100 years of legal...
12/21/2009
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Increasing numbers of low- and middle-income families use credit cards for basic living expenses. As health care costs have increased and health insurance coverage has become inadequate, medical expenses have become another basic cost that families increasingly cover through credit cards.
12/14/2009
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"Public structures" has proven to be an effective organizing idea for more constructive conversations about the role of government in American life. The concept was first developed by the principals of the Topos Partnership in research they conducted for Public Works in 2005, and since then, it has...
12/11/2009
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For nearly a decade, Demos has conducted research and analysis on the link between high-cost consumer credit, deregulation and widespread economic security among working American families. Demos has endorsed the creation of a strong, non-preemptive Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) as...
12/11/2009
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Watch LIVE today, Wednesday, October 26, the CFPB's Raj Date will speak in Minneapolis about student loans at 1 PM Eastern. Streaming video below. America's students are facing a serious threat from subprime private loans, and the situation could worsen unless Congress votes to close a...
12/02/2009
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The United States has long granted trade preferences to developing countries that meet various criteria. These criteria, which are stipulated by the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), have changed with time — reflecting U.S. economic and foreign policy priorities. While the criteria...
11/17/2009
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Ten years after the capstone of financial industry deregulation — the Financial Modernization, or Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Act — the United States is facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The following policy brief outlines six key principles for comprehensive and meaningful...
11/10/2009
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Creating Public Will to Shape an Economy that Works for All We are living in a time of unprecedented public interest in the relationship between government and the economy. While Americans are deeply concerned about the impact of the economic downturn, they are equally cautious about large-scale...
10/10/2009
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