WHY THE VOTING GAP MATTERS…BRENNAN CENTER TALK *TODAY*…THE NATION DEBATES CUOMO…INVASION OF THE DATA SNATCHERS…Protect All Women…Min Wage Mythbusters…Protect All Women…More on the Wonk Wire…

WHY THE VOTING GAP MATTERS – Demos published a new report finding that voter turnout–especially during midterm elections–is dominated by high-income individuals who tend to favor more conservative economic policies. Demos Research Assistant and report author Sean McElwee: “Politicians respond to voters, not non-voters“ …  Meanwhile, big money groups are increasingly the biggest influence on politicians in the post-Citizens United landscape, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. READ: “Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit,” by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship over at AlterNet.

TO MAKE MEN FREE — The Brennan Center is hosting a discussion *TODAY* at 6:00 pm in New York with Historian Heather Cox Richardson about her new book, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party. The discussion will center around “the implications and unintended consequences the Republican Party’s ideological vacillations have had for minorities, the middle class, and America at large.” RSVP HERE.

PP MUST READS: “Vote Working Families Party to Pressure Andrew Cuomo” and “No Quid Pro Quo, No Cuomo: Vote Howie Hawkins on November 4” over at The Nation.

INVASION OF THE DATA SNATCHERS — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) launched “Invasion of the Data Snatchers,” a new video exposing the inadequacy of privacy laws in the age of technology. WATCH HERE, SIGN a petition supporting limits on information that government and corporations can collect HERE, and READInvasion of the Data Snatchers: Big Data and the Internet of Things Means the Surveillance of Everything.”

PROTECT ALL WOMENBetween 2001 and 2012, 6,410 women were murdered in the US by an intimate partner with a gun--more than the total number of US troops killed in action during Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined, according to the new campaign Protect All Women. The website–organized by the Center for American Progress (CAP)–showcases state-specific information about gun violence and domestic violence and highlights the work of groups including Americans for Responsible Solutions, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Everytown for Gun Safety, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Protect All Women Leadership Network. FIND OUT more HERE, READWomen Under the Gun: How Gun Violence Affects Women and 4 Policy Solutions to Better Protect Them,” and TWEET #ProtectAllWomen.

DID YOU KNOW?? — The minimum wage buys LESS today than it did in 1950–Business for a Fair Minimum Wage crunches the numbers HERE … Meanwhile, the Roosevelt Institute breaks down the CEO Pay Debate HERE.

A GRASSROOTS VICTORY – Tar sands developers have lost $30.9 billion from 2010-2013–$17 billion of which can be attributed to citizen protests against pipelines and tar sands, according to a new report by Oil Change International and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Oil Change International Executive Director Steve Kretzmann: “Industry officials never anticipated the level and intensity of public opposition to their massive build-out plans. Public opposition has caused government and its administrative agencies to take a second and third look.” READMaterial Risks: How Public Accountability is Slowing Tar Sands Development” and SIGN the NoKXL Pledge of Resistance organized by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, and the Other 98% HERE.

TERM LIMITS FOR SCOTUS? — The American Constitution Society published “Supreme Court Term Limits: Pursuing Apolitical Predictability,” a three-part blog series by Bell Nunnally Associate and ACS Dallas-Ft. Worth Lawyer Chapter President Jason Steed that explores the idea of term limits for Supreme Court Justices. READ Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

FERGUSON 2 ORLANDO — A coalition of organizations–including Advancement Project, the Organization for Black Struggle, Ohio Student Association, and Dream Defenders–gathered at the 121st Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Orlando, FL on Monday to demand police accountability and a fundamental shift in relations between police and communities of color. Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne-Dianis: “It’s time for the IACP, police chiefs, and all policymakers around the country who have ignored the cries of Black and Brown youth to hear us. We are all Mike Brown. We are all John Crawford. We are all Eric Garner. We are all Shantel Davis. We are here to say to the Police Chiefs, no more.” READ more about the coalition’s demands HERE, SIGN a petition from ColorOfChange.org HERE, and TWEET #Ferguson2Orlando.

ANCHORS AWEIGH – Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report outlining how “anchor institutions” such as universities and hospitals can play a large role in community revitalization and economic growth with aid from the federal government. READ: “Eds, Meds, and the Feds: How the Federal Government Can Foster the Role of Anchor Institutions in Community Revitalization.”

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VOLATILE VOTING RIGHTS: Advancement Project Co-Director and Top Wonk Penda D. Hair explains how the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act last year has left voting rights in a precarious position.

INEQUALITY AND OPPORTUNITY: EPI President and Top Wonk Lawrence Mishel praises Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s no-nonsense speech about income inequality and social mobility.

A FAILURE OF FUNDING: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker criticizes politicians for their selfishness and shortsightedness in failing to fund an Ebola vaccine.

HARDLY A TYRANT: Brennan Center for Justice Program Director and Top Wonk Inimai Chettiar argues that President Obama is not abusing his power, but is rather doing what is necessary to pass legislation in spite of a gridlocked Congress.

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JUST THE (MIN WAGE) FACTS…REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL PART DEUX…WORKING MOTHER Q&A *TODAY*…BLOCKING THE VOTE…SKEWED JUSTICE…Who’s At Risk?…Invest In Students…GOTV Training Tools…More From the Wonk Wire!…

JUST THE FACTS — Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would save the government $7.6 billion per year and ensure 1.7 million Americans would no longer need to rely on public assistance programs, according to new data from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) … These findings come on the heels of Walmart and Starbucks announcing that they would both be raising their wages … Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) doesn’t think that the minimum wage “serves a purpose,” Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is “tired of hearing about the minimum wage,” and Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) balked, “How would I know?” when asked what the minimum wage should be. READ: “Republicans Say Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt Job Growth. Here’s What the Evidence Says.”

Small Business Majority published “Just the Facts,” a set of state-specific online guides on the impacts of raising the minimum wage in Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. CHECK them out HERE.

REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL PART DEUX — The Agenda Project Action Fund released RCK II: Joni Ernst Wants to Cut, an Iowa state specific follow-up to “Republican Cuts Kill.” WATCH the ad HERE, READ the accompanying report HERE, and CONTRIBUTE to put the ad on TV HERE … Meanwhile, Media Matters SUMS UP how conservative media is still denying the connection between GOP budget cuts and the Ebola crisis HERE.

Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden applauded the President’s appointment of Ron Klain as the Ebola ‘Czar’: “Having a proven manager at the helm will allow health and disease professionals, such as CDC Director Thomas Frieden and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, to focus on ensuring their agencies are operating at their greatest potential in order to combat the disease.”

PP MUST READ: “Dear Democrats: Please All and You’ll Please None” by Don’t Buy It author Anat Shenker-Osorio and Lake Research Partners Co-President Celinda Lake.

WORKING MOTHER Q&A *TODAY* — The FAMILY Act coalition–including CLASP, Family Values @ Work, MomsRising.org, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and Working Mother Magazine–are hosting a Q&A and conversation TODAY on the Working Mother Magazine Facebook page from 1-2pm EST. The discussion, in honor of National Work and Family Month, will feature Working Mother Magazine Editorial Director Jennifer Owens, author Sharon Lerner, State Senator Gayle Goldin (D-RI), and Environmental Science Associates Vice President Annette Bonilla. CHECK it out HERE.

BLOCKING THE VOTE – Brennan Center for Justice President and Top Wonk Michael Waldman breaks down the costs and consequences of recent voter ID policies: “Are these laws malevolent? (In Texas, at least, yes.) Do they provide a benefit that outweighs their cost? (No.) Do they suppress the vote (Alarmingly, it seems, yes.) And can we prevent fraud without disenfranchising Americans? (Yes absolutely.)” READ his full analysis HERE and “The War on Voting” over at The Nation.

SKEWED JUSTICE — The escalation of television attack ads exacerbated by the Citizens United decision has made courts less likely to rule in favor of criminal defendants, according to a new study by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS). ACS President and Top Wonk Caroline Fredrickson: “The amount of money spent in state judicial elections has skyrocketed and the results of that spending are clear. The flood of interest group money set free by Citizens United are endangering what should be impartial judicial decision-making and putting the fundamental constitutional rights of every American at risk.” READ: “Skewed Justice: Citizens United, Television Advertising, and State Supreme Court Justices’ Decisions in Criminal Cases” and a New York Times profile of the study HERE.

$4 BILLION: The amount candidates, parties, and outside groups will have spent in the 2014 midterm elections, making it the most expensive midterm in history. The Center for Responsive Politics breaks it down HERE.

WHO’S AT RISK?5.4 million Californians currently live within a mile of at least one oil or gas well–3.7 million of whom are people of color, according to new findings from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). NRDC Senior Scientist Miriam Rotkin-Ellman: “California’s communities of color have long been dumping grounds for industrial pollution–and our analysis shows that fracking is poised to pile on more if the oil and gas industry has its way.” READ: “Drilling in California: Who’s at Risk?

INVEST IN STUDENTS — The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a new report finding that most states are still spending less per-pupil in grades K-12 than they were before the recession. Although funding in most states has increased from last year, it has still not made up for large cuts in past years. READ more HERE.

GET OUT THE VOTE — The Analyst Institute released a new GOTV training video for progressive field organizers and volunteers. If you are an Analyst Institute member, WATCH HERE. If not, EMAIL info@analystinstitute.org for a video-only login.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

WHAT’S UP, CHEVRON?: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wonders why Chevron is spending millions of dollars in a municipal election in California.

DIVESTMENT SUCCESSES: Journalist, author, and Top Wonk Naomi Klein praises divestment efforts for challenging the moral legitimacy of making profits from fossil fuels.

ECONOMIC ETHICS: University of Missouri-Kansas City Economic and Law Associate Professor and Top Wonk William Black slams the NYT Dealbook for asserting that Citi can’t afford to run an honest bank in Mexico.

THE WORLD WE CREATE: NRDC President and Top Wonk Frances Beinecke released a new book The World We Create: A Message of Hope for a Planet in Peril. READ more HERE and order a copy HERE.

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REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL…WE STILL WANT JUSTICE AFTER FERGUSON…VOTING RIGHTS REGRESSION…OVERCRIMINALIZED…LGBTQ Discipline Disparities…The Equal Payback Project…A Quick Guide on the Human Rights of Women…More from the Wonk Wire!…

REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL – The Agenda Project Action Fund (AP Action) released “Republican Cuts Kill” on Monday–a multi-pronged blitzkrieg attack ad that implicates GOP budget cuts for the Ebola crisis. Daily Kos says: “..the toughest political attack ad in memory” … The Young Turks says: “Damn…that was a really aggressive ad” … AP Action President and Founder Erica Payne tells PP: “Republicans have run for 40 years on cutting government. It’s about time people understood the downside of their reckless fanaticism” … WATCH the ad HERE, read the accompanying report HERE, and CONTRIBUTE to put the ad on TV HERE.

…This morning, AP Action released a custom video–RCK II: Joni Ernst Wants to Cut–targeting Iowa voters. INTERESTED in a custom video for your state? CONTACT AP Action Director of Outreach Gene Haigh at 202-446-0489 or ghaigh@agendaproject.org.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Hardball with Chris Mathews covered the story.

WE STILL WANT JUSTICEOver 50 people–including professor and author Cornel West and several religious leaders–were arrested last weekend when thousands gathered for Ferguson October protests. The weekend of resistance was organized by Hands Up United, Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and their partnersSIGN United for Ferguson’s open letter demanding critical reforms surrounding policing and strengthening the economic infrastructure HERE. READ: “After #Ferguson” and “Can Ferguson’s Protests Build a Nationwide Movement Against Police Violence?” over at The Nation and “Ferguson in Focus,” a new report released by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

VOTING RIGHTS REGRESSION — Brennan Center Democracy Program Deputy Director Myrna Perez responded to a federal appeals court’s decision yesterday to reinstate Texas’s voter ID requirement: “This discriminatory law will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of voters, many of whom are minorities, to make their voices heard this November.” The organization filed an emergency appeal to the US Supreme Court yesterday. This decision is the latest in a series of cases addressing voter ID requirements across the country … MEANWHILE, comedian Lewis Black has joined forces with the ACLU to write “F*** Voter Suppression,” an open letter to politicians encouraging them to “get off [their] a**es and do the right thing.” SIGN HERE … and BEFORE YOU VOTE, check out nonpartisan database Project Vote Smart for information about candidates’ voting records, funding sources, and more, using data by Open Secrets and Follow the Money.

OVERCRIMINALIZEDThe Nation, Brave New Films, and the ACLU have teamed up to launch the OverCriminalized campaign, which combats the mass criminalization of social problems like mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness. WATCH the video series, HOST a screening, DOWNLOAD helpful resources, and SIGN the petition in support of H.R. 4574, the Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act.

READ: “The Horror of One Mentally Ill Man’s Journey Through America’s Prison System” over at AlterNet.

DISCIPLINE DISPARITIES — Last week the Gay Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) released two new reports detailing the overly harsh school disciplinary policies faced by LGBTQ and gender nonconforming youths of color … Advancement Project partnered with GSA Network to release a set of policy recommendations and infographics aimed at helping youths, teachers, administrators, and policy makers transform schools into safe and inclusive spaces. READ the full reports HERE.

EQUAL PAYBACK — Over the course of a career, a typical woman will lose $435,049 due to the gender wage gap. To combat this, comedian Sarah Silverman and creative agency Droga5 teamed up to launch “The Equal Payback Project,” a crowdfunding campaign that will direct funds to the National Women’s Law Center … CAP Middle-Out Economics Policy Analyst Brendan V. Duke: “It’s simple: When Americans don’t have disposable income, retailers don’t have customers. Our retailers won’t recover until their best customers–the middle class–recover.” READRetailer RevelationsHERE.

The National Employment Law Project released a breakdown of city minimum wage laws. CHECK it out HERE.

HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN — Center for American Progress published “A Quick Guide on the Human Rights of Women,” a fact sheet providing an overview of the differences between reproductive health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice. READ the full report HERE.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS — Anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! teamed up with the Thomas Reuters Foundation and the global law firm DLA Piper to release the first ever global legal resource on street harassment yesterday. READ the FAQ and full report HERE.

SUNFRIGHT — The Sunlight Foundation will host their annual Open House October 30 at the Sunlight HQ in DC. TWEET #Sunfright, FIND OUT more and RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

IGNORANCE IS BLISS: CEPR Director of Domestic Policy and Top Wonk Nicole Woo reports that most people have not noticed that their taxes have increased.

TAX THE RICH?: Roosevelt Institute Fellow and Top Wonk Mike Konczal wonders how progressive the U.S. tax code really is.

THE AGE OF VULNERABILITY: Economist and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz reflects on two new reports that show the magnitude of inequality in America.

EDUCATION EQUALITY: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich argues that there is no justification for per-student government subsidies to be higher at private universities than at public ones.

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SCOTUS SLAMS VOTING RIGHTS…LIL JON AND LENA DUNHAM TURN OUT TO VOTE…DON’T CAVE TO THE NRA…Ferguson Rally This Weekend…Brennan Center Hosts Election primer…Why Raising the Minimum Wage is a Civil and Human Rights Issue…

SCOTUS SLAMS VOTING RIGHTS — Last night the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) blocked a mandate issued by a federal appeals court that would have allowed same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct ballots to be counted in North Carolina in next month’s midterm elections. North Carolina NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber: “Tens of thousands of North Carolina voters, especially African-American voters, have relied on same-day registration, as well as the counting of ballots that were cast out of precinct, for years. As the appeals court correctly concluded, eliminating these measures will cause irreparable harm of denying citizens their right to vote in the November election–a right that, once lost, can never be recovered.” READ the full statement by the North Carolina NAACP and Advancement HERE.

TURN OUT FOR WHAT — Rock the Vote released Turn Out For What, a music video encouraging voter participation and featuring celebrities including Lena Dunham, Lil Jon, Fred Armisen, and Whoopi Goldberg. Only 24 percent of people ages 18 to 29 voted in the last midterm election in 2010. Lil Jon: “The work that Rock the Vote does is incredible. So it’s cool to collab with such an iconic organization.” WATCH the video HERE and REGISTER to vote HERE

DON’T CAVE TO THE NRA – In the midst of the ongoing Ebola crisis, CREDO Mobilize drafted a petition urging the President and Senate Democrats to support the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for US Surgeon General. President Obama nominated Dr. Murthy last November, however the National Rifle Association (NRA) has lobbied against him due to his stance on gun control … Former US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin: “The Surgeon General is America’s doctor … Not having one right now, you don’t have that face and that person that the American people can identify with as their doctor who’s looking out for them on a large scale.” SIGN CREDO Mobilize’s petition urging Senate Democrats not to cave to the NRA HERE.

UNITED FOR FERGUSON — A coalition of groups–including Advancement Project, Center for Popular Democracy, ColorofChange.org, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, RH Reality Check, RootsAction, The Nation, and Working Families–released United for Ferguson, an open letter to the executive branch demanding definitive solutions and critical reforms surrounding policing and strengthening the economic infrastructure. SIGN the letter HERETHIS WEEKEND Hands up United, Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment and their partners are hosting Ferguson October, a national protest against  police racial violence. TEXT 90975 for action updates and FIND OUT about logistics and registration HERE.

CELEBRATING AMERICA’S FUTURE – Campaign for America’s Future will host their annual gala THIS TUESDAY at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Honorees include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Co-Founder and Co-Director Saru Jayaraman, and AFSCME President Lee Saunders. FIND out more HERE and PURCHASE tickets HERE.

WHAT’S AT STAKE – The Brennan Center for Justice and Mother Jones will host “What’s at Stake for 2014 and Beyond?,” a pre-election primer THIS TUESDAY in New York. The event will feature Brennan Center President and Top Wonk Michael Waldman, MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” host Alex Wagner, Mother Jones Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn, and New York Post Editorial Writer Robert A. George. FIND OUT more and RSVP HERE.

PP MUST READ: “Improving Wages, Improving Lives: Why Raising the Minimum Wage is a Civil and Human Rights Issue,” released by Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and The Leadership Conference Education Fund.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

MEDICATION NATION: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich explains why Americans are not as angry as they should be at Big Pharma.

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Saint Peter’s College Professor of Economics and Top Wonk Nina Shapiro reveals how eyewitness IDs lead to wrongful convictions.

POWER PLAYERS: Center for Full Employment and Price Stability Director and Top Wonk L. Randall Wray argues that the economy is driven by power more than market forces.

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BANK REGULATORS BUSTED…RAISE THE WAGE…WHAT’S NEXT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS?…STOP STOP-AND-FRISK…51 MILLION AMERICANS INVISIBLE TO POLITICAL PROCESS…Middle Class Costs Rising…NYC Coalition Acts to End Employment Credit Checks…SCOTUS Preview…Save the Butterflies…

BANK REGULATORS BUSTED — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called for a congressional hearing investigating the Federal Reserve Bank of New York after last week’s release of secret recordings: “We need regulators who understand they work for the American people, not for the big banks.” The leaked recordings suggest that the bank was overly deferential to the financial companies that it should have been regulating. LISTEN to the recordings HERE and SIGN MoveOn.org’s petition supporting Sen. Warren HERE.

READ: “A ‘Perfectly Legal’ Scam is Perfectly Unacceptable to Real Bank Supervisors” by University of Missouri-Kansas City Economics and Law Associate Professor and Top Wonk William K. Black.

RAISE THE WAGEMore than one in seven women in the United States–18 million–lived in poverty last year, according to new findings by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), released in conjunction with their new gender analysis of 2013 poverty data … Small Business Majority is organizing a Thunderclap for October 10th, highlighting the business case for raising the minimum wage. AGREE with 57% of Americans, 52% of small businesses, MomsRising, CAP Action, NWLC, and many others that the minimum wage should be raised to at least $10.10 and indexed to inflation? JOIN the Thunderclap HERE. Meanwhile, PROGRESS FROM COAST TO COAST: the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise wages to $15.37 for hotel workers and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order expanding the city’s living wage law to cover thousands who had previously been exempt. De Blasio: “We cannot continue to allow rampant and growing income inequality.”

Business for a Fair Minimum Wage and Main Street Alliance launched a national campaign that provides businesses with free decals and posters to show their support for a federal minimum wage of at least $10.10. WATCH an informational video HERE and ORDER a free decal or poster HERE.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS? –The New School for Public Engagement and The Nation will be hosting a free and public discussion in New York THIS SUNDAY based on The Nation’s new special issue, “Saving Public Schools.” The event will be moderated by MSNBC Host Chris Hayes and will feature a special appearance by NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina. REGISTER HERE.

STOP STOP-AND-FRISK — The NAACP released a report detailing the effects of racial profiling on urban communities and calling for stronger anti-profiling legislation. READBorn Suspect: Stop-and-Frisk Abuses & the Continued Fight to End Racial Profiling in America” and FIND OUT if your state bans racial profiling HERE.

51 MILLION AMERICANS — One in four eligible citizens are not currently registered to vote, meaning that “they are invisible citizens to the political process,” according to Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee in recent testimony to the Senate Banking Committee … AFL-CIO has teamed up with TurboVote to simplify voter registration. REGISTER to vote HERE and READThe Supreme Court That Made It Easier to Buy Elections Just Made It Harder for People to Vote In Them,” over at The Nation.

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE — The cost of basic pillars of middle class security including child care, higher education, healthcare, housing, and retirement have increased by $10,600 since 2000, according to a new analysis by CAP … While living costs are on the rise, incomes are stagnating or even falling. CAP President Neera Tanden: “This report should be a wakeup call for policymakers, for America’s companies, and for anyone who cares about the state of the economy.” READ the full report HERE.

GIVE THEM SOME CREDITThe NYC Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment–including Demos, NAACP, the National Employment Law Project, and Working Families Party–released an open letter urging Bill de Blasio and City Council members to support the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act … The Act would restrict the use of personal credit history in the hiring process, which the coalition argues creates illegitimate barriSCOers, encourages discrimination, and may lead to invasions of privacy. SIGN the letter HERE.

PP MUST READ: The Skinny on Corporate Inversions,” over at the Center for American Progress.

SCOTUS SEASON PREVIEW — The American Constitution Society released footage of the 2014-2015 Supreme Court Preview they hosted late last month at the National Press Club. The National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen moderated the panel discussion, which featured National Women’s Law Center Vice President and General Counsel Emily Martin, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Associate Director-Counsel Janai Nelson, and many more. WATCH HERE.

INJUSTICE FOR ALLREADKilling of John Crawford: Injustice for All” by Grey’s Anatomy star and Advancement Project board member Jesse Williams on the killing of 22 year-old John Crawford.

SAVE THE BUTTERFLIES – NRDC President and Top Wonk Frances Beinecke summed up the importance of a new Endangered Species Coalition Report: “When species like the monarch butterflies are in trouble, that means we’re all in trouble, because they’re leading indicators of the health of the planet.” READ: “Vanishing: Ten American Species Our Children May Never See.”

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AGAINST THE REAGAN REVOLUTION: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich argues for an economic restructuring that favors the middle class.

LIVING WAGE LAWS: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Richard Brodsky explains Mayor de Blasio’s living wage expansion and the difference between a living wage and the minimum wage.

HUMANE ECONOMICS: University of Missouri-Kansas City Economics Department Chair and Top Wonk Stephanie Kelton was interviewed about climate change, Modern Monetary Theory, and the myth of the economic recovery.

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CLIMATE MARCHES HEAT UP…MEANWHILE, MAJOR CORPORATIONS DUMP ALEC…ROCK THE VOTE…WH LAUNCHES IT’S ON US…WORKING WAGE ROUNDUP…Center for Reproductive Rights Draws the Line…Rhea Suh to Head NRDC…

CLIMATE MARCHES HEAT UP400,000 people gathered in Manhattan last Sunday for the People’s Climate March, the largest demonstration of its kind in history. The event was organized by over 1,500 organizations including 350.org, Alliance for Global Justice, Amnesty International, Auburn Seminary, Clean Water Action, Common Cause, CREDO, Defenders of Wildlife, Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, NAACP, NRDC, Rainforest Action Network, The Other 98%, and SEIU. New York City Environmental Justice Alliance Executive Director Eddie Bautista: “We said it would take everyone to change everything–and everyone showed up” … The following day 3,000 people dressed in blue and flooded Wall Street, demanding accountability for corporations and banks that are worsening the climate crisis. Top Wonk Naomi Klein told the crowd: “We don’t just want action from our elites, we demand justice from below.” READ her article ”Climate Change Is a People’s Shock” over at The Nation.

MEANWHILE, MAJOR CORPORATIONS DUMP ALEC: Following such concerted action, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo, and Yelp all followed Microsoft’s lead and announced this week that they will not renew funding of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) due to the Council’s position on climate change–the latest major blow to the conservative group. Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt: “We should not be aligned with such people. They are just literally lying” … The Rockefeller Brothers Fund also recently announced that it is joining a philanthropic coalition to divest $50 billion from fossil fuel investments. Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune says it best: “Climate deniers are the new tobacco executives–nobody wants to be seen with them.”

ROCK THE VOTE — Members from a coalition including the NAACP, ACLU, and People for the American Way gathered last week to deliver a petition with over 500,000 signatures supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act to Speaker John Boehner, who responded by locking his door … Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. REGISTER to vote HERE.

IT’S ON US — The White House launched It’s On Us, a campaign to address sexual assaults on campuses across the country. The initiative is in coordination with Generation Progress and supported by the NCAA and student leaders from 200 college campuses. SIGN the It’s On Us pledge HERE and WATCH the PSA featuring Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington, Connie Britton, Questlove, and many others HERE.

JOIN Amy Poehler, Meryl Streep, Lisa Kudrow, and many others and SIGN the Center for Reproductive Rights’ Draw the Line petition demanding reproductive rights HERE.

WORKING WAGE ROUNDUP — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand summed up the state of working women and the economy at a recent Center for American Progress (CAP) event: “The number one thing we could do to help our economy grow is tap into the full economic potential of women who need and want to be in the workforce.” WATCH the discussion, also featuring Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Patty Murray, and CAP President Neera Tanden HERE … The gender wage gap remains virtually unchanged, according to the 2013 Poverty and Income Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. READ: “7 Actions that Could Shrink The Gender Wage Gap” and “The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data.”

CAP’s Half in Ten initiative released an interactive poverty map. LEARN about inequality statistics in your area HERE.

EDUCATION EQUALITY — Officials at the U.S. Department of Education opened a Title VI federal civil rights complaint filed in May by Advancement Project on behalf of Journey for Justice Alliance, a grassroots coalition of community and education justice organizations across 21 cities. The complaint alleges racial discrimination in the closing of schools in New Orleans that serve predominantly black students. This is the third Title VI investigation concerning school closures–all filed by Advancement Project and Journey for Justice–that the Education Department has opened in the last two months.

PP MUST READ: “Five Ways Occupy Wall Street Is Still Fighting” over at Rolling Stone.

INVERSION UPDATE — Citizens for Tax Justice Director Robert S. McIntyre reacted to President Obama’s regulatory action announced on Monday that will discourage tax avoidance through corporate inversions: “The Treasury Department’s new rules will make it harder for corporations to get away with claiming they are foreign to avoid taxes, but only congressional action can stop it in its tracks … The victims of inaction will be ordinary patriotic Americans, who pay their taxes every year.”

WHICH STREET? — The Center for Economic and Policy Research will host “When Wall Street Manages Main Street: Shining a Light on the Shadow Banking System” on October 21st at 7:00pm. CEPR Senior Economist and Top Wonk Eileen Appelbaum and Cornell Professor Rosemary Blatt will speak. DETAILS HERE.

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AN ECONOMIC WHODUNNIT: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker posits that the mysteries of income inequality are not so mysterious when unequal government policies are factored in.

BANKRUPTCY BURDENS: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich argues that bankruptcy laws are skewed to reward the rich and punish average Americans.

KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF PRISON: Brennan Center for Justice Program Director and Top Won Inimai Chettiar suggests that federal prosecutors should shift their focus away from conviction rates and instead use reduction of violent crime, prison populations, and recidivism as measures of success.

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ON OUR AGENDA … PP congratulates U.S. Department of the Interior President Rhea Suh for her new role as NRDC President when current President and Top Wonk Frances Beinecke retires in January after 40 years with the organization … Suh: “I’m honored to join NRDC, our nation’s intrepid defender of clean air, safe water, and wild places” …

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CLIMATE MARCH *THIS SUNDAY*…JUST LIKE THE SIGN SAYS…SAVE THE NET…DEMOCRACY FOR ALL?…VOTERUNLEAD…Green Growth…Wisconsin Voting Woes…Hobby Lobby Ripple Effect…Against Inversions…

CLIMATE MARCH *THIS SUNDAY* — Join members from Sierra Club, 350.org, MoveOn.org, NRDC, 1,000 other organizations, and 100,000 people in New York this Sunday for the largest climate march in history. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will join the demonstrators in advance of the UN Climate Change Summit this Tuesday. “We need to be in the streets, to make sure the politicians listen to us.” RSVP HERE.

JUST LIKE THE SIGN SAYS — Business for a Fair Minimum Wage (BFMW) launched “Just Like the Sign Says,” a new video featuring business owners throughout 15 states, including National Business Products CEO and Smart Capitalist Steven Prince. The video was released in conjunction with BFMW and Main Street Alliance’s national campaign that provides businesses with free decals and posters to show their support for a federal minimum wage of at least $10.10. WATCH the video HERE and ORDER a free decal or poster HERE.

READ: “Walk In Their Shoes” by American Income Life Insurance Company President and CEO Roger Smith.

SAVE THE NETOver 2 million people took action in last Wednesday’s Internet Slowdown Day in support of net neutrality. The day of protest was organized by Fight for the Future and backed by organizations including the ACLU, Common Cause, Color of Change, DailyKos, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press Action Fund, Greenpeace, MoveOn, Presente, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Progressives United, the Other 98%, and WAM. The FCC is currently conducting a series of policy roundtables for the ongoing net neutrality debate. WATCH live HERE.

DEMOCRACY FOR ALL? — Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee reacted to the Senate’s debate on the Democracy for All resolution last week: “The promise of American democracy is that we are all afforded an equal say over the policies that shape our lives. Instead, today’s campaign finance system allows wealthy donors and corporate interests to use million-dollar megaphones to influence government, drowning out the voices of the 99 percent of Americans who don’t make large campaign donations.”

Meanwhile, the Sunlight Foundation is promoting the proposed Lobbying and Campaign Finance Reform Act as another way to deal with the ongoing consequences of Citizens United. FIND OUT more HERE.

PP MUST READ: “Assault Weapons Revisited: Policy Options for Regulating Rifles, Shotguns, and Other Firearms 20 Years After the Passage of the Assault Weapons Ban” over at the Center for American Progress.

VOTERUNLEADVoteRunLead–a new organization dedicated to recruiting and training women to run for office on state and local levels–launched “Invitation Nation,” an online campaign where users can invite women to run for office. VoteRunLead President Erin Vilardi: “We want to reach out to diverse communities of women, women of color, women in rural communities, and really shift the perception of what a political leader looks like for women… We want to help women think beyond their power as voters, and think about their power and political leaders.” FIND OUT more about VoteRunLead and “Invitation NationHERE.

GREEN GROWTH — The Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) released new findings that investing $200 billion annually–just 1.2 percent of the current US GDP–would cut energy consumption by 30 percent, expand clean energy production by 40 percent, and create a net increase of 2.7 million jobs. CAP Senior Fellow Bracken Hendricks: “This is a story of hope and opportunity, but the window for action is small and narrowing.” READ the full report HERE.

WISCONSIN VOTING WOES — Advancement Project and the ACLU filed for a rehearing in their case challenging Wisconsin’s highly restrictive voter ID law on Tuesday. The law, which was initially struck down as an unconstitutional violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, was upheld by a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week. With only seven weeks until Election Day, this change has the potential to affect more than 300,000 registered voters. Advancement Project Senior Attorney Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez: “It is not only unreasonable–but also mathematically, logically and physically impossible–that by November 4, hundreds of thousands of voters will learn about the need for photo ID, collect the multiple underlying documents, get to a DMV office, and obtain the ID suddenly required to vote since last Friday afternoon.”

HOBBY LOBBY RIPPLE EFFECT — CAP published “The Ripple Effect of the Hobby Lobby Decision” infographic. CHECK IT out HERE.

AGAINST INVERSIONS — Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) released a new report that Congress should require corporations to pay deferred taxes they owe in the US before reincorporating abroad, thereby limiting the amount of taxes a corporation could avoid through inversion. READ the full report HERE.

UNDERSTANDING “SECRET LAWS” — The Sunlight Foundation is hosting a discussion on “Bringing Law into the Light” on Monday, September 22nd at 2:00pm. Panelists will include CREW Policy Director Daniel Schuman, ACLU Legislative Counsel and Policy Advisor Gabe Rottman, OpenTheGovernment.org Executive Director Patrice McDermott, and Council of the District of Columbia General Counsel V. David Zvenyach. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

BAILOUT OR BUST: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker argues against the myth that the collapse of Lehman Brothers and other “too big to fail” banks would have caused a second Great Depression.

FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich thinks the professors at Harvard Business School need to teach their students to improve society as a whole, not just to maximize profits for shareholders.

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Journalist, author, and Top Wonk Naomi Klein breaks the taboo of calling climate change an inevitable result of capitalism.

DO AS WE DID: Fordham University Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout and Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu share what they learned by running for New York Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

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BATTLE FOR THE NET…ONE MILLION STRONG…MEET THE KOCH SISTERS…NOT A DROP TO DRINK…RESIGN NOW…Fighting For Fair Wages…A Dream Deferred…Wisconsin Voting Rights…The Color of Inequality…Against Austerity Raffle Winners Announced!…

BATTLE FOR THE NET — Yesterday Fight for the Future hosted an Internet Slowdown Day, where top websites including Etsy, Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, WordPress, and many others showcased “spinning wheels of death” in support of net neutrality. The day of protest was back by organizations including the ACLU, Common Cause, Color of Change, DailyKos, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press Action Fund, Greenpeace, MoveOn, Presente, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Progressives United, the Other 98%, and WAM. The next and FINAL comment deadline for the FCC is this Monday, September 15th.

SIGN Battle For the Net’s letter to lawmakers HERE and READWe Have Five Days to Stand Up for Internet Freedom” over at The Nation.

ONE MILLION STRONGOne million individuals and groups have submitted comments to the US Securities and Exchange Commissions (SEC) demanding that the agency enforce requirements that publicly-traded corporations report their political spending to their shareholders. The Sunlight Foundation compiled a database of the latest reported independent expenditures of $1,000 or more … CHECK it out HERE. CREDO Mobile Vice President Becky Bond: “We need to get all corporate money out of politics, period.”

MEET THE KOCH SISTERS — AFL-CIO unveiled the “Koch Sisters“–”two average women” who want to get money out of politics, though not biologically related, serve as middle-class counterparts to the right-wing billionaire Koch Brothers. WATCH: “Meet the Koch Sisters” and their other videos HERE.

NOT A DROP TO DRINK — A US bankruptcy judge ordered private mediation between the Detroit Water and Sewage Department and activist groups who filed a class action lawsuit to halt dangerous water shutoffs. Groups include Moratorium Now, People’s Water Board, National Action Network, and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. The judge will rule on September 17th. READThe Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Division of America” by Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich.

LEARN about the “Cut Hair, Not Water!” campaign, SUPPORT the local efforts of the Detroit Water Brigade, and WATCH a documentary about Detroit’s economic decline.

RESIGN NOW — NOW President Terry O’Neill called for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to resign in the wake of Ray Rice’s highly publicized scandal and the League’s overall failure to act against domestic abuse: “The NFL has lost its way. It doesn’t have a Ray Rice problem; it has a violence against women problem … New leadership must come in with a specific charge to transform the violence against women that pervades the NFL. That’s the only way to restore honor and integrity to the country’s most lucrative and popular pastime.”

FIGHTING FOR FAIR WAGES — The average poverty rate for female tipped workers is 33 percent lower in states that have equal minimum wages for tipped and non-tipped workers, compared to states with a tipped minimum wage of $2.13 per hour, according to new findings by the National Women’s Law Center. Just last Thursday, nearly 500 fast food workers were arrested during strikes in 150 cities across the country, organized by coalitions including Fast Food Forward, Fight for 15, and the Service Employees International Union. The United States currently leads the world in low-wage workers. READ: “Dignity: Fast-food Workers and a New Form of Labor Activism” and “The Fast-Food Strikes Have Been a Stunning Success for Organized Labor.”

A DREAM DEFERRED — Center for American Progress (CAP) President Neera Tanden slammed President Obama’s decision to delay executive action on immigration until after midterm elections: “Given the partisan gridlock, executive action is essential to help our economy and improve the lives of millions of families.” READ: “Administrative Action on Immigration Reform: The Fiscal Benefits of Temporary Work Permits.”

WISCONSIN VOTING RIGHTS — Advancement Project and the State of Wisconsin will give oral arguments tomorrow before a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel surrounding the State’s challenge to a federal court’s April ruling that struck down the state’s voter ID law as an unconstitutional violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Advancement Project is defending the original decision–arguing that the ID requirement unfairly restricts access for low-income and minority voters. Advancement Project Co-Director and Top Wonk Penda D. Hair: “As the leading democracy in the world, it is our responsibility to ensure states do not put in place laws that hinder citizens’ inalienable right to vote. States across the nation have an obligation to ensure that citizens have equal access to the ballot.”

THE COLOR OF INEQUALITY — Demos published a new report finding that the average white household owns eight dollars in wealth for every one dollar owned by African American and Latino households. READ: “The Racial Wealth Audit: Measuring How Policies Shape the Racial Wealth Gap” … Demos also released an Interactive Poverty Calculator that explores how the government defines poverty metrics and how public assistance programs affect poverty statistics. CHECK it out HERE.

PP MUST READ: “Is a Democratic Realignment Afoot In the Middle Class?

CHECKING IN ON WORKING AMERICA — The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is holding a teleconference on the US Census Bureau’s 2013 data on income and poverty on Tuesday, September 16th at 12:30pm. Panelists will include EPI President and Top Wonk Lawrence Mishel, EPI Research and Policy Director Josh Bivens, and EPI Race, Ethnicity, and Economy Director Valerie Wilson. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

FAIR PAY FOR MANAGERS: Department of Labor Chief Economist and Top Wonk Heidi Shierholz argues that the threshold for automatic overtime protection should be increased to benefit lower-paid white-collar workers like supervisors and managers.

UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy warns that a lack of transparency in political spending could turn us into a country full of citizens who are uninformed and unaware of their history.

HELP WITH HEALTHCARE: Roosevelt Institute Fellow and Top Wonk Mike Konczal urges that Americans look at the abandoned health care bill passed in the House in 2009 for suggestions on how to improve the Affordable Care Act.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

ON OUR AGENDA … PP is happy to announce that Philip McKenzie, Maggie Pfieffer, Jocelyn Arem, Elise Goyette, and Eve Jolly have won copies of Richard Seymour’s book Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made! The book examines the austerity fervor plaguing political discourse worldwide and supplies strategies for preventing future crises …

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CONGRATULATIONS: PATRIOTIC MILLIONAIRE & TOP WONKS IN POLITICO’S TOP 50!…FAST FOOD AND FAIR WAGES…PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH…FOLLOW THE MONEY…Whopper With a Side of Tax Avoidance…Reviving Strong Unions…Where Does the Public Stand On Net Neutrality?…NYT Endorses Teachout Running Mate Tim Wu…

CONGRATULATIONS: PATRIOTIC MILLIONAIRE & TOP WONKS IN POLITICO’S TOP 50!Patriotic Millionaire Nick Hanauer and Top Wonks David Doniger, Daniel Lashof, Lawrence Lessig, and Zephyr Teachout are featured in ‘The POLITICO 50‘–a list of thinkers, doers, and dreamers reshaping American politics in 2014. READ more HERE.

FAST FOOD AND FAIR WAGES — Fast food workers in 100 cities are walking off the job TODAY, supported by members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, to protest for fair wages and the right to unionize. The demonstrations, organized by coalitions including Fast Food Forward, Fight for 15, and the Service Employees International Union, will also feature sit-ins. The restaurant industry employs 10.6 million Americans, one in six of whom live below the poverty line, according to new findings at the Economic Policy Institute by Department of Labor Chief Economist and Top Wonk Heidi Shierholz. SIGN Low Pay Is Not Ok’s petition, calling for $15 an hour wages and the ability to form a union without intimidation, HERE … meanwhile, Los Angeles is poised to propose a $13.50 hourly minimum wage.

Time for a Raise created Give $10.10 a Vote, a campaign to identify and pressure 23 members of the House to complete a discharge petition that would force a vote on the Harkin-Miller Fair Minimum Wage Act.

MIN WAGE MUST READS: “Let’s Tell Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage … Right Now!” over at The Nation and “The $15 Minimum Wage Is a Bellwether of the New Living Wage” by National Employment Law Project Campaign Strategist Arun Ivatury.

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH – Join members from Sierra Club, 350.org, MoveOn.org, the National Resources Defense Council, and 1,000 other organizations in New York on September 21st for the largest climate march in history. RSVP HERE.

FOLLOW THE MONEY — 310 donors have funneled $11.6 million in “McCutcheon money” into the 2014 midterm elections in the wake of the Supreme Court’s April ruling that abolished individual spending caps on campaign contributions … meanwhile, the Senate is expected to vote on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United this MONDAY, September 8th. WATCH Move to Amend’s Legalize Democracy documentary and SIGN their petition supporting the amendment HERE.

READMyths and Facts About the Koch Brothers” over at Media Matters.

WHOPPER WITH A SIDE OF TAX AVOIDANCE – CEPR Senior Economist and Top Wonk Eileen Appelbaum denounced Burger King’s plan to renounce its US citizenship by merging with Canadian fast food giant Tim Hortons in its latest move to dodge taxes: “The corporate defense that companies need to do what’s best for their shareholders and take advantage of every loophole in the corporate tax code rings hollow when these companies employ an army of lobbyists to make sure that the tax code is riddled with loopholes.” SIGN Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich‘s Democracy for America petition to tell Burger King to drop its plans for inversion HERE.

READ: “The Biggest Tax Scam Ever” over at Rolling Stone.

REVIVING STRONG UNIONS – Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) released a new report detailing the need for strengthened unions in order to rebuild the middle class. CAF President and report author Robert Borosage: “It is not a coincidence that prosperity was widely shared when unions were at the height of their power in the decades after World War II, and that inequality has soared as unions have been weakened.” READ the full report HERE.

WHERE DOES THE PUBLIC STAND ON NET NEUTRALITY? — Sunlight Foundation released a unique visual representation of hundreds of thousands of comments submitted to the FCC on net neutrality. Their analysis indicates that less than one percent of commenters clearly opposed net neutrality. CHECK it out HERE.

NYT ENDORSES TEACHOUT RUNNING MATE TIM WU The New York Times endorsed Zephyr Teachout’s running mate Tim Wu for lieutenant governor of New York just days after declining to endorse a candidate for governor: “Mr. Wu, a political newcomer, offers a fresh perspective and a new voice to counter Albany’s entrenched players. Mr. Hochul does not, and she has a deeply troubling record on health reform, gun control, and environmental deregulation. For these reasons, we recommend Mr. Wu in the Democratic Primary.”

Teachout has received endorsements from Americans for Democratic Action’s New York chapter, The Nation, National Organization for Women’s New York chapter, Sierra Club, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and the New York State Public Employees Federation.

PP MUST READ:How the Government Created Stop-and Frisk for Latinos” over at The Nation.

ABORTION RIGHTS PROTECTED IN TEXAS — A federal judge struck down two key provisions of a Texas anti-abortion law that would have forced the closure of all but a few clinics in the state. Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup: “… today’s victory is vital in preventing politicians’ scorched-earth assaults on women’s health care from causing even more harm than they already have.” READ more HERE.

BOOK RAFFLE: AGAINST AUSTERITY **LAST CHANCE TO ENTER** — Enter for a chance to win a copy of Richard Seymour’s book Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made. The book examines the austerity fervor plaguing political discourse worldwide and supplies strategies for preventing future crises. The WINNER will be REVEALED in PP on September 11! E-MAIL PP Editor Hannah Hendler at hhendler@agendaproject.org with the subject line “AGAINST AUSTERITY submission.”

FROM THE WONK WIRE

BACK TO SCHOOL: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich proposes that a technical, career-oriented education is more valuable than a traditional liberal arts one.

CORRUPTED CAPITALISM: Nobel Prize winner and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz argues that wage stagnation and rising inequality are not a result of capitalism itself, but of a capitalism corrupted by our political system.

DC UNDER SIEGE: Former Chief Economist of the IMF and Top Wonk Simon Johnson criticizes the continued takeover of Washington by banks that are too big to fail.

(SOLAR) POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Director and Top Wonk Mary Anne Hitt describes how her local church went solar for just one dollar.

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NYT v CUOMO: A SIGN OF ETHICS ON THE RISE???…McCONNELL’S KOCH PROBLEM…FIGHT FOR FERGUSON…With Liberty and Wage Decline For All…Protests On Paul Ryan’s Book Tour…Forward Together Movement Grows…Next Steps On Corporate Inversion…Book Raffle!…PP Congratulates Heidi Shierholz…

NYT v CUOMO: A SIGN OF ETHICS ON THE RISE??? — Members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s team are “stunned” by latest endorsements of his opponent, Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout. The New York Times declined to make an endorsement in the race, attributing the unusual decision to the Governor’s “failure on ethics reform” … meanwhile, Teachout has garnered endorsements from the National Organization for Women’s New York chapter, Sierra Club, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the New York State Public Employees Federation, and The Nation, who called her “a savvy, trust-busting progressive.”

The Working Families Party (WFP) had initially tapped Teachout to run against Cuomo in response to the Governor’s interference with an ethics commission and overall lack of adherence to progressive principles. Cuomo might have thought he was in the clear when he eventually secured the WFP endorsement in a backdoor deal in early June; however, a WFP member recently told the Daily Beast: “There is definitely a sense right now of buyer’s remorse” … perhaps that is why Cuomo is refusing to debate his up and coming progressive opponent?

Is the TEACHOUT challenge a teachable moment for ethically-agnostic politicians? Should Mug Shot Perry and Gov. Bridgegate read the tea leaves and pack in their presidential ambitions? Or is this just a bump in the road for Cuomo? Time will tell…

McCONNELL’S KOCH PROBLEM — MoveOn Political Action Executive Director Ilya Sheyman slammed Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for an audio recording of him speaking at a June retreat hosted by the Koch brothers: “It’s clear that GOP Senate candidates … are more focused on satisfying their out-of-state, billionaire donors than on legislating for the benefit of their constituents and the country as a whole … if there were any question what a GOP-controlled Senate would mean for the American people, these recordings have answered it.” … McConnell was caught on tape promising conservative attendees that if the GOP gains control of the Senate in November they will “go after [Democrats] on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency … All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it …” READ more and LISTEN to the full recording over at The Nation.

50 Senatorsand 73 percent of Americans–now support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, which is scheduled for a vote this fall. SIGN Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) MoveOn.org petition HERE.

FIGHT FOR FERGUSON — MTV–in partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center–launched the “Look Different” campaign, aimed at addressing hidden racial, gender, and anti-LGBT bias in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, MO. TWEET @LookDifferent, WATCH a video, and CLICK around the interactive website HERE.

SIGN MoveOn.org’s petition to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the murder of Michael Brown HERE and a We the People petition to the Obama Administration to establish a Mike Brown Law requiring all state, county, and local police to wear a camera HERE

WITH LIBERTY AND WAGE DECLINE FOR ALL — Minimum wage workers have lost over $6 billion in purchasing power since 2009 due to stagnant wages and inflation, according to CEPR’s Minimum Wage Workers Pay Cut Clock … Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released a new report revealing that real wages fell for workers in almost every decile between the first half of 2013 and the first half of 2014. EPI economist and report author Elise Gould: “Employers have not put workers’ increased productivity into their paychecks … We cannot have a stable economy and growing and thriving middle class without higher wages.” READ the full report HERE and WATCHThe One Obvious Way to Fix Inequality that No One is Talking About.”

PROTESTS ON PAUL RYAN’S BOOK TOUR — Paul Ryan’s book tour trail has been paved with one embarrassment after another, including Ryan dodging DREAMers who questioned him about his vote to deport them, Ryan blowing off a senior who confronted him about plans to slash Medicare, and protesters bearing posters with the Agenda Project Action Fund’s incisive alternative book cover. DOWNLOAD the cover HERE and READPaul Ryan’s Newest Deceit: Why the Hot New Book Has the Same Old Shtick.”

FORWARD TOGETHER MOVEMENT GROWS — The North Carolina NAACP is holding a mass voting rights rally TODAY at the North Carolina General Assembly, rounding out a national “Moral Week of Action” to protest regressive policies that attack the poor, workers, the unemployed, women’s rights, and public education. Other states that participated include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The North Carolina NAACP and Advancement Project recently filed an appeal against a federal judge’s ruling that upheld the state’s highly restrictive voting law.

NEXT STEPS ON CORPORATE INVERSION — Citizens for Tax Justice released a new report evaluating the multiple proposed solutions to corporate inversion. The report reveals that stopping inversions will require addressing three different problems: loopholes allowing inversion, accounting tricks that allow inverted companies to avoid being taxed on profits that they repatriate to the U.S., and earnings stripping–the practice of making profits earned in the U.S. appear to be earned in other countries. READ the full report HERE.

BOOK RAFFLE: AGAINST AUSTERITY — Enter for a chance to win a copy of Richard Seymour’s book Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made. The book examines the austerity fervor plaguing political discourse worldwide and supplies strategies for preventing future crises. The WINNER will be REVEALED in PP on September 11! E-MAIL PP Editor Hannah Hendler at hhendler@agendaproject.org with the subject line “AGAINST AUSTERITY submission.”

KID TESTED, UNION APPROVED – AFSCME shared a union-made school supplies checklist. CHECK it out HERE.

THE PRICE OF MONEY IN POLITICS — Sunlight Foundation and ReThink Media will host a discussion on money’s influence in politics with Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Angus King (I-ME). The event will take place on Tuesday, September 16th at OpenGov Hub in Washington, D.C. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

SAVE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO and Top Wonk Jamie Rappaport Clark warns that dismantling the Endangered Species Act would lead to preventable extinctions like that of the passenger pigeon.

IMAGINARY SWING VOTERS: Columbia University Professor and Top Wonk Andrew Gelman reveals that “swings” in public opinion polls are rarely due to voters’ changing allegiances and are rather an artifact of changing response rates.

WOMEN’S EQUALITY PROGRESS REPORT: Voter Participation Center Founder and President and Top Wonk Page Gardner commemorates Women’s Equality Day by examining the continued struggle for voting rights and inequality in the U.S.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

ON OUR AGENDA … PP congratulates EPI Economist and Top Wonk Heidi Shierholz for her new role as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor!… EPI President Lawrence Mishel: “EPI’s loss is America’s gain” …

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