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Political Quick Hits: September 26th Edition

QuickHitsHere’s your weekly quick look at a few developing stories in the political arena:

  • Eric Holder, the first black American to serve as Attorney General, announced on Thursday that he would be resigning after 6 years heading the Justice Department. Holder, speaking at the White House, said “I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals.” Holder has agreed to stay on until President Obama names a successor that is confirmed by the Senate. Speaker of the House John Boehner, a critic of Holder’s, called this resignation “long overdue.” Holder said he never intended to stay through all of the President’s second term and pointed out that protecting voters’ rights and gay rights, easing federal drug sentencing rules that he argues disproportionately burden minorities, and defending the use of criminal courts to try terrorist suspects are critical issues we still face. The attorney general is one of only three remaining members of Obama’s original Cabinet.

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The Ballot 2014: Guns

gunWith the 2014 mid-term elections quickly approaching, we are taking a look at some of the big issues on ballots across the country. We previously featured  the states that will vote on marijuana laws, and now we’ll discuss the states voting on measures with firearms. Gun violence is still a major issue across the country and yet nearly 2 years after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, nothing has been done nationally on the legislative side of gun control.

Two states however do have gun measures on the state ballot for these important upcoming mid-term elections. Is your state one of the two?  Click through to find out!

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It’s National Voter Registration Day

Get registered to vote!

In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2014, we want to make sure no one is left out.

Today, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise.