Brennan Center (@BrennanCenter )

Brennan Center

Bio We are a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to reform, revitalize — and when necessary defend — our country’s systems of democracy and justice.
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Sprout Social : The FIRST STEP Act compromise shows that there is, in fact, a way to work across the aisle toward meaningful criminal justice reform.

Sprout Social : It is time to rethink whether our current legal framework for national emergencies is the right one, or whether changes are needed to preserve the balance of powers the Founders intended.

Sprout Social : The moment the president declares a “national emergency” — a decision that is solely up to his discretion — more than 100 special provisions become available to him. But what if a president were to declare an emergency for the sake of holding on to power?

Sprout Social : In Wisconsin, both chambers of the GOP-led state legislature approved legislation that will weaken the new administration’s powers. In Michigan, a similar bill passed in the House on Wednesday and awaits a Senate vote on Thursday.

Sprout Social : While the political class may still be divided along partisan lines about fixing gerrymandering — voters aren’t.

Sprout Social : When Americans vote, they should have confidence that the wealthy won’t tip an election through outsized influence.

Sprout Social : The Trump administration continues to harm immigrant families through painful separation at the border & forcefully collecting invasive data from detained children. We must fight against this and #KeepFamiliesTogether.

Sprout Social : 2018 was a banner year for redistricting reform, with voters in five states — Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah — putting limits on extreme partisan gerrymandering. #FairMaps

Sprout Social : New York is poised to overhaul its campaign finance system and limit the dominance of wealthy special interests in its elections. #MoneyInPolitics

Sprout Social : Giving predictive abilities to watchlist software will present only the veneer of impartiality, says the Brennan Center's Faiza Patel.

Sprout Social : Emergency powers offer a broad array of tools that would otherwise be unavailable to the executive branch. Some are highly potent and subject to abuse, while others are already being misused as convenient fixes to non-emergency problems.

Sprout Social : It's not too early to start fixing what Trump has broken. "These issues are bigger than our party. They're about our democracy, they're about our country, they're about what makes us a great country," Our Task Force co-chair, Gov Christie Whitman tells Errol Louis.

Sprout Social : Many who see Trump as a threat to democracy comfort themselves with the belief that the limits set by Congress and the Constitution will hold him in check. But there are over a 100 emergency powers available to the president that are ripe for abuse.

Sprout Social : H.R. 1 is a comprehensive bill that includes voting rights, public financing, redistricting, and ethics reform — which voters made clear they want.

Sprout Social : As William Barr's confirmation process unfolds, lawmakers should pay close attention to his positions on criminal justice, too.

Sprout Social : A series of SCOTUS rulings, including Citizens United, have crippled campaign finance laws—and worsened a political system that favors corporations, special interests, and a small group of wealthy Americans.

One key solution: small-donor public financing.