Calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention: Why? Why Not?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] At its national convention in June 2014,the League of Women Voters approved a motion to begin a comprehensive three-part program of study and review focusing on three specific structures of American democracy: A study of the process of amending the U.S. Constitution; A review and update of the League position on campaign finance in…

End of Life Choices

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] End Of Life Choices End of life issues encompass many concerns, including advance directives, hospice care, palliative care, right-to-know, and do-not-resuscitate orders, among others. Specifically, this paper focuses on the pros and cons of laws that permit a terminally ill, mentally competent adult to obtain prescription medication to hasten death. This focus is chosen…

Citizens United Changed Almost Everything

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] From the very beginning, designers of the U.S. democracy have been concerned about undue influence of the very wealthy. Strategies to regulate the role of money in politics have changed with each new innovation in communication as people try to balance the need to protect the idea of at least a reasonably equitable system…