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VOICES: Right-wing attempts to shorten early voting period are aimed at progressive base

June 17, 2011 - By Cristina Francisco-McGuire, Progressive States NetworkThe 2008 early vote proved beneficial to progressives, with self-identified Democrats making up a disproportionate share of the early vote. Barack Obama's success in engaging the Democratic base and, in particular, targeting early voters was especially evident in the fact that, though 80% of first-time early

State Policy Watch: Alabama and Kentucky close tough legislative sessions

May 20, 2010 - NOTE: With state legislative sessions coming to a close, in the coming weeks Facing South will be offering reports on key policy decisions in Southern states. The following comes from the excellent weekly dispatch published by the Progressive States Network.Session Roundup: ALABAMAAlabama's three month legislative session that adjourned on April 22 was dominated by three issues -- passing a state