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Democracy works best when all eligible persons are able to participate and make their voices heard. This ideal is under attack because of restrictive photo identification laws passed recently in many states that will prevent hundreds of thousands of eligible persons from participating in elections...
04/16/2012
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Participation on corporate and influential non-profit boards is a critical measure of the integration of any group—in this report African-Americans—into the fabric of decision- making in our society. While government is one place where decisions are made that affect the lives of Americans, these...
04/10/2012
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This report examines how state disinvestment in public higher education over the past two decades has shifted costs to students and their families. Such disinvestment has occurred alongside rapidly rising enrollments and demographic shifts that are yielding more economically, racially, and...
04/03/2012
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This paper present profiles of Americans struggling with credit card debt and bankruptcy, due to economic insecurity.
03/22/2012
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As policymakers, election officials, and the public consider whether New York should change the way in which voters are allowed to register to participate in elections, and bring New York State election law into compliance with the Help America Vote Act, we provide an analysis of the potential...
03/22/2012
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An exploration of the importance of social trust in U.S. society and troubling ways in which rising economic inequality since the 1970s has helped to decrease trust between Americans.   Executive Summary   Americans face twin crises of social solidarity. The first is a crisis of declining...
03/22/2012
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NEW: SECOND EDITION. "Retiring in the Red" is part of the Borrowing to Make Ends Meet Briefing Paper Series. Reports an 89% average increase in credit card debt among America's seniors from 1992 to 2001. Key Findings: Seniors (over age 65)   Average revolving balances among indebted seniors...
03/22/2012
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Using new data, this report explores how families are increasingly using credit cards to meet their basic needs. This report also examines the factors driving this record-setting debt and the impact of deregulation on the cost, availability and marketing of credit cards. Executive Summary  ...
03/21/2012
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Election Day Registration (EDR) is a variety of Same Day Registration (SDR) that allows eligible voters to register and cast a ballot on Election Day. This “how-to guide” on EDR implementation and administration distills election officials’ first-hand insights into the effective implementation of...
02/15/2012
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The presidential race had barely gotten off the ground when it became clear that 2012 would be the year of the Super PAC. The millions of dollars raised and spent by these strange and powerful court-created entities have created a kind of parallel campaign.   Super PACs represent much of...
02/08/2012
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