All-Mail Voting Is One Winner of Colorado's Primary

As pundits attempt to digest what Colorado's primary on Tuesday night means for incumbents and insurgents alike, there is one thing everyone can agree on: voting by mail saved counties much-needed money while boosting turnout.

OR: Appeals Court Ruling May Snuff Out Property Rights Claim

A federal appeals court may have doused a legal theory that threatened to blow up the uneasy truce on Oregon's land-use battlefield. Acting on a low-profile Jackson County case, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that property development rights granted under 2004's Measure 37 aren't legal contracts.

Up and Running: States Implementing Federal Health Reforms

The federal health reform law is only the starting point for achieving health care access for all Americans.  Many states are already moving forward, not only on implementing the basic provisions of the Affordable Care Act in their states, but are also planning how to build on its framework to further expand coverage and rein in costs for their residents.  The following are a few models of implementation and comprehensive reform underway.

Payday Lending Abuses Reined In, As Colorado Joins Other States in Reform

The payday lending trap has been shorting working families to the tune of nearly $5 billion per year ever since the industry exploded onto the scene in the 1990’s.  The number of payday lending institutions has jumped exponentially from 500 in 1990 to about 22,000 today (compared with 14,000 McDonald's), mainly targeting low-income African American and Latino communities. 

2010 Legislative Session Roundup: Oregon

Despite its brief legislation session, Oregon's State Legislature used progressive revenue increases to protect key priorities and pass major progressive bills to expand economic justice for job seekers and those seeking credit, extend environmental protections, protect religious freedom of teachers, stop predatory banking practices, and protect public employee whistleblowers.