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This month, public policy organization Demos and the ACLU filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court detailing how Ohio is violating the National Voter Registration Act by targeting registered voters who fail to vote in a two-year period for eventual removal from the registration rolls—even if they have not moved and are still fully eligible to vote.

In 2015, more than 40,600 registrants in Ohio’s largest county, Cuyahoga, were purged from the rolls using this process. A number of voters in Ohio have been denied their right to vote as a result.

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Another solution — though one that is often a struggle to achieve — is to unionize, which has worked before in industries like teaching, policing, and manufacturing. “If retail workers were able to organize strong unions across the country, there’s no reason retail jobs couldn’t be good jobs like manufacturing jobs,” Amy Traub, Associate Director for Policy and Research at public policy organization Demos, tells Bustle.

Even before the Equifax breach, the integrity of credit reports was murky at best. A Federal Trade Commission report found that as many as one in five consumers had a credit error from one of the top reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). But the fundamental problem isn’t data integrity—it’s economic justice. According to a survey by the think tank Demos, declining credit was associated more with misfortunes and unforeseeable crises than with a lack of financial responsibility.

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TRANSITIONS -- Arlene Corbin Lewis has joined the D.C. office of the public policy think tank, Demos, as the director of communications. She previously was at the Case Foundation where she was the VP for communications

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Opponents are lining up to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out Ohio's system for removing inactive voters from the rolls.

The briefs Monday argue the system is illegal. They came from 12 other states and the District of Columbia; 27 black congressional representatives; 17 former Justice Department officials; 36 former and current county election administrators; and Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

"These consumer protections are important, yet they are far from sufficient to prevent credit checks from becoming a barrier to employment," said Amy Traub, a senior policy analyst at Demos, a public-policy think tank in New York City. "My research finds that poor credit is linked to economic stress. Weak credit is correlated with unemployment, lack of health coverage and the presence of children in a household.

The need for books as a source of knowledge was on display in a conversation between Heather McGhee, president of liberal think tank Demos, and Chris Hayes, a Brooklyn native and cable news pundit on MSNBC. [...]

 

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A Colony in a Nation: Chris Hayes talked about his book, A Colony in a Nation, on race relations in America. He spoke with Heather McGhee, president of Demos. This talk took place at the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival.

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“If you’re a college and you’re offering a very low level of prospective debt to students, that means nothing if the people who overall have more unmet financial need, or are more likely to have to borrow, can’t get into your institution,” said Mark Huelsman, a senior policy analyst at Demos, a left-leaning think tank.

Rankings can also subtly push colleges away from spending on financial aid for needy students and, instead, toward things rewarded by the rankings, like small faculty-to-student ratios, Huelsman said. [...]

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