Op-eds & Columns

Page Gardner/Celinda Lake in Politico: “Despite ‘autopsy,’ GOP could have revival in 2014″

April 8th, 2013

Read a new opinion piece in Politico from VPC founder Page Gardner and Lake Research Partners president Celinda Lake on the importance of the Rising American Electorate in the 2014 midterm elections…

Lopez: Voter Participation Center should be applauded

August 10th, 2012

By: Alfonso H. Lopez A recent news story, “Voter group has history of problems,” fails to address the history of barriers to registration that the Voter Participation Center and the National Voter Registration Act attempt to solve. This country, and Southern states in particular, have had a long history of manipulating voter registration laws and procedures […]

Fox’s Voter ID Coverage Goes To The Dogs

June 21st, 2012

by Adam Shah Fox News has repeatedly promoted GOP-led efforts to implement voter ID laws, but yet another conservative media figure acknowledged on Fox’s own airwaves that there is no widespread voter fraud problem in the country. Voter ID laws have long been a priority for right-wing media outlets even though experts say that such laws burden the voting rights […]

What’s Driving the Gender Gap Between Obama and Romney? It’s the Economy, Stupid

April 10th, 2012

By Bryce Covert 4/09/2012 @ 11:24AM The blogosphere was abuzz last week after polling numbers from USA Today/Gallup came out showing Obama with a 18-point lead over Romney with women in swing states. Many leapt to the conclusion that the more than a month-long fracas over birth control – when and how it should be covered, as well as whether […]

Rush Limbaugh and the poisoning of the GOP brand

March 7th, 2012

How the least-liked “news personality” in America became the symbol of the GOP — and just poisoned their brand BY STEVE KORNACKI Sponsors are still bailing on Rush Limbaugh, who is apparently uninterested in expanding his very limited apology to Sandra Fluke, the woman he called a “slut” on his radio show last week. Limbaugh still seems unlikely […]

2012 or Never

February 28th, 2012

Republicans are worried this election could be their last chance to stop history. This is fear talking. But not paranoia. By Jonathan Chait, Published Feb 26, 2012   Of the various expressions of right-wing hysteria that have flowered over the past three years—goldbuggery, birtherism, death panels at home and imaginary apology tours by President Obama abroad—perhaps the […]

A budget for women

September 26th, 2010

By Page Gardner As a woman, I was proud to help so many other women get registered to vote for the 2008 elections. “Women’s Voices. Women Vote,” the organization that I founded, registered over 900,000 women in the months leading up to the November elections. These women made the effort to get registered because they […]

Equal Pay: A Matter of Economic Survival

April 26th, 2010

Today is “Equal Pay Day,” the day that symbolizes how far into 2010 it takes for women to earn the same amount men made in 2009. Last year, men earned an average of $46,200 over the year, but women had to work all of 2009 and 4 months into this year to reach that mark. […]

On Labor Day and Every Workday, Single Women Struggle to Stay Even

September 4th, 2009

By Page S. Gardner “Women gain as men lose jobs.”  That was the gist of the first round of news stories about rising unemployment in USA Today, The New York Times, NBC and other major media outlets this week. As with much of the news media coverage about the economy, this headline misreads current economic […]

Expanding voter participation

April 29th, 2009

By Page Gardner Read the original article at Huffington Post. Almost half a year has passed, but the 2008 election still looms as an epochal event. With a record voter turnout, the American people, including members of many groups who have been excluded from the political process, changed the face of the nation’s leadership and […]