PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH…RIGHT TO WORK JUST ISN’T RIGHT…Sex, Lies, & Justice Next Thursday…Two New Reports on the State of Policing…Closing Retirement Loopholes to Protect You…Why Medicaid Matters…No More Pay-To-Play for Government Contractors

PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH — The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. 68 organizations–including MomsRising, The Center for Reproductive Rights, League of Women Voters, NARAL, National Employment Law Project, People for the American Way Foundation, Planned Parenthood Foundation, and UltraViolet–joined the National Women’s Law Center on an amicus brief last month opposing the challenge. READ the brief HERE and SIGN a “People’s Brief” from MomsRising HERE.

KING V. BURWELL MUST READS: “How the Supreme Court’s Decision in King v. Burwell Could Affect the Public’s Health” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) and “The Koch Cash Behind the Latest Attack on Obamacare” over at The Nation.

RIGHT TO WORK JUST ISN’T RIGHT– Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt slammed legislators for advancing a “right to work” bill in the State Senate last week: “Republican senators clearly weren’t there to listen to their constituents or vote in the best interests of all Wisconsinites” … Thousands of workers who agreed rallied outside the state capitol this weekend in protest.

MEANWHILE, Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Research Associate Gordon Lafer testified about his report, “‘Right to Work’ is the Wrong Answer for Wisconsin’s Economy,” at a public hearing about the legislation this week. READ his full report HERE and “Middle Class Incomes Suffer Without Collective Bargaining,” also from EPI.

SEX, LIES, & JUSTICE — ACS–in partnership with The American Prospect and EPI–will host “Sex, Lies and Justice: A Discussion on campus Sexual Assault, Title IX Compliance, and Due Process” next Thursday at 12:00 pm in Washington, DC. RSVP HERE.

THE STATE OF POLICING — Daily Kos’s Shaun King summed up the response to the Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing’s Interim Report: “[It is] powerful, thorough, thoughtful, and, you guessed it, imperfect–just like your best ideas” … Yesterday, the Department of Justice also released a lengthy report finding patterns of racial bias in Ferguson’s police department and municipal court. READ the report HERE and SIGN a petition from Advancement Project supporting Black Future initiatives HERE.

Sunlight Foundation released an inventory of public and privately-produced criminal justice data last week. Their first analysis looks at data related to “Stop and Frisk” policies in four major cities. READ the analysis HERE and CHECK OUT their full inventory HERE.

CLOSING RETIREMENT LOOPHOLESSaveOurRetirement.org–a coalition made up of AARP, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Americans for Financial Reform, Better Markets, Consumer Federation of America, and Pension Rights Center–lauded President Obama’s support last week for a proposed Department of Labor rule to protect those receiving retirement investment advice. According to a recent White House report, these conflicts of interest are costing middle-class families and individuals up to $17 billion each year.

WATCH a video further explaining the problem HERE, LEARN MORE about the coalition HERE, and SIGN their petition telling Washington to stand up to Wall Street HERE.

MEDICAID MATTERS — Last week, volunteers from MomsRising and their children went to Capitol Hill to meet with Senators and discuss the importance of Medicaid for families around the country. READ about their trip HERE and SHARE your own stories about why Medicaid matters to you HERE.

NO MORE PAY-TO-PLAY — More than 50 organizations–coordinated by Public Citizen and including Center for American Progress, Center for Effective Government, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Courage Campaign, Demos, Everyvoice, Main Street Alliance, MoveOn, NAACP, People for the American Way, Public Campaign, Sierra Club, Sunlight Foundation, and more–signed an open letter Monday asking President Obama to issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their political spending … The letter comes on the heels of the news that the 2014 midterm elections were officially the most expensive in history. READ the letter HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

A NEW YORK STATE OF FAIRNESS: Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout provides a model for stemming the tide of money in politics.

A VOTE FOR VOTING RIGHTS: George Washington University Law Professor and Top Wonk Spencer Overton outlines a new study on the 50-year impact of the Voting Rights Act.

CALLING LONDON TO MOVE: Enlightenment Economics Managing Editor and Top Wonk Diane Coyle pushes for a decentralization of England’s economic base.

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WAGE VICTORY AT WAL-MART…BUH-BYE, KEYSTONE…The Final Word (We Hope) on Net Neutrality…The 2014 Final Tally Is No Surprise…Student Debt Strike…New Prison Reform Coalition…The Times They Aren’t A-Changing…Keep ACA Intact

WAGE VICTORY AT WAL-MART — Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Research Director Josh Bivens summed up the progressive reaction to the news that Wal-Mart will raise its minimum wage for all workers to $10 an hour: “Let’s be clear about this: wages rising should be the norm in the American economy and should happen all the time without fanfare” … Apparently T.J. Maxx agrees, and is following suit. READ: “A Higher Wage is Possible at Wal-Mart” over at Demos.

MEANWHILE, home health workers–supported by SEIU and Fight for $15–went on strike this week to demand higher pay and a union. SIGN a petition supporting them HERE.

BUH-BYE, KEYSTONE — As promised, President Obama vetoed legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. Natural Resources Defense Council President Rhea Suh: “Congress should stop wasting any more time pushing dirty energy projects that would worsen climate change and threaten our air, water and land.” AGREE? Tell President Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline for good HERE.

THE FINAL WORD ON NET NEUTRALITY — After a concerted effort by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, CREDO Action, Common Cause, Free Press, MoveOn, the National Organization for Women, and others, senior Republicans conceded their fight against net neutrality on Tuesday. The FCC is expected to announce later today that it will regulate the internet as a public utility.

WATCH a trailer for Killswitch–a new documentary film about the battle for net neutrality, featuring Harvard Economist and Top Wonk Lawrence LessigHERE and READ what the real impact of the FCC rules will be over at Free Press HERE.

THE FINAL TALLY — An overwhelming majority of Chicago residents voted to pass the Fair Elections Illinois ballot initiative Tuesday night. Common Cause President Miles Rapoport: “Illinois voters have seen firsthand the corrupting power of big money in our elections and today’s vote is powerful evidence that they’ve had enough of it” … Meanwhile, $3.77 billion later, the 2014 midterms are officially the most expensive in history–despite the fact that there were fewer donors than in the last election cycles. The Center for Responsive Politics CRUNCHED THE NUMBERS HERE.

MONEY IN POLITICS MUST READ: “How to Get Money Out of Politics: Ideas for Change” from Every Voice in partnership with Bill Moyers.

STUDENT DEBT STRIKE — Among students who left school in 2005, a full 25% defaulted on their loans within nine years, according to new data from the New York Federal Reserve. A Demos analysis of this data suggests that the Department of Education is underestimating the problem of student loan default by half … This information comes on the heels of a massive debt strike against for-profit Everest College by the Corinthian Fifteen–organized by the Debt Collective. READ: “What Happens If You Refuse to Pay Off Your Student Debt?” over at The Nation.

UNITED FOR PRISON REFORM — Last week, a broad range of groups–including the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, the Center for American Progress, and the Leadership Conference Education Fund, and more–formed the Coalition for Public Safety with the intent of pursuing aggressive criminal justice reform. The United States leads the world in incarceration, with 2.2 million currently in prison–a 500% increase over the past 30 years. FIND OUT more HERE.

THE TIMES THEY AREN’T A-CHANGING – Hourly wages fell or stagnated for workers across the wage spectrum in 2014, continuing a 35-year trend of broad-based stagnation, according to new data from EPI. EPI Senior Economist and report author Elise Gould: “Wage stagnation is the result of specific policy choices made over the past 30 years, and it can be reversed by policy decisions going forward.”

READ the full report HERE and a follow-up, “A Glimmer of Positive News: Wages Rose for Bottom 10 Percent (Unlike for Everybody Else),” HERE.

KEEP OBAMACARE INTACT — To accompany next week’s oral arguments in King v. Burwell–the latest attack on the Affordable Care Act–the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy launched a new blog symposium. CHECK OUT the full archive HERE and READ the two most recent posts HERE and HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

BETTER THAN A CUT: Economic Policy Institute President and Top Wonk Lawrence Mishel argues that tax cuts won’t help address long-term wage stagnation.

KOCH BROS JUST WANT SOME PRIVACY: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy explores the tension between the need for both transparency and privacy with regard to large charitable donations.

NOT-SO-INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich urges federal agencies to regulate the burgeoning “sharing economy.”

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THE HUNTING GROUND, COMING SOON TO THEATERS…HASTA LA VICTORIA…Dear Elizabeth Warren, Please Run!…Don’t You Dare Block My Internet…February Is Black Future Month…Making Wealth Work for All…Too Big To Jail…Fix the Fed

THE HUNTING GROUNDOne in five women will be sexually assaulted while in college … The Hunting Ground, a new film produced by Amy Ziering, exposes this reality. Ziering tells PP: “The epidemic of sexual assaults on our college campuses and the institutional cover-ups that facilitate their perpetration is simply unacceptable. We need to put the fair and impartial investigation and adjudication processes in place so that our students are safer and our campuses saner. The silence around this issue has been going on for decades — DON’T WE OWE THE NEXT GENERATION A MORE JUST AND SAFE FUTURE?

The Hunting Ground–directed by Kirby Dick–opens in select theaters Friday, February 27. WATCH the trailer HERE, SIGN UP to host a screening HERE, and SIGN a petition from UltraViolet telling the Princeton Review to include sexual assault rankings for colleges HERE.

HASTA LA VICTORIA — Despite a Texas federal judge’s ruling on Monday to temporarily halt President Obama’s executive action on immigration, DREAMers, immigrant families, and activists are rallying all week in over 60 cities to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs. National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia outlined the stakes: “Detractors of these programs may try to paint this as a fight with the president, but make no mistake: attempts to dismantle these programs are attacks on American families.”

GET INVOLVED HERE and READThe Libre Initiative: The Koch Brothers’ New Focus on Winning Latino Voters” from People for the American Way.

DEAR ELIZABETH WARREN — Earlier this week Ready for Warren–a campaign backed by 300 Obama alumni and over 90 artists, actors, and musicians–launched “Dear Elizabeth Warren,” a new website that allows supporters to send postcards and video messages directly to Sen. Warren encouraging her to run for president. WATCH their new video HERE, SEND a postcard or video message, and SIGN a petition from The Other 98% defending the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau–Sen. Warren’s watchdog–HERE.

DON’T BLOCK MY INTERNET — As AT&T and Verizon prepare to file lawsuits challenging the regulation of the internet as a public utility, the Media Action Grassroots Network–in partnership with Free Press, Fight for the Future, Daily Kos, and many others–has organized actions around the country to tell cable companies: #Don’tBlockMyInternet. FIND an event near you HERE and RSVP to attend a rally in New York City next Monday HERE.

ENVISIONING A BLACK FUTURE — In response to the increasingly sanitized and corporate nature of Black History Month, Ferguson Action coalition has declared February Black Future Month. LEARN MORE HERE, TEXT “Hands Up” to 97975 to be notified of future actions, TWEET #BlackFutureMonth, and READModern-Day Racial Justice Mantras Evoke Historic Struggles” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

MAKING WEALTH WORK FOR ALL — Demos released a new study finding that the richest 1% of households have captured virtually all economic growth since the Great Recession. The report examines how the “financialization” of the economy has contributed to this extreme concentration of wealth and proposes a mass “de-financialization” as a remedy. READ: “Financialization and Equal Opportunity.”

TOO BIG TO JAIL — The Brennan Center for Justice is hosting a discussion with author Brandon Garrett about his new book, Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations, next Wednesday, February 25th at 12:00pm in Washington, DC. RSVP HERE.

FIX THE FED — The Economic Policy Institute released a report last week arguing that the Federal Reserve should abandon its 2% inflation target and instead prioritize low unemployment. READ: “The Federal Reserve and Shared Prosperity: Why Working Families Need a Fed that Works for Them.”

FROM THE WONK WIRE

IT’S BROKE, SO FIX IT: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Richard Brodsky calls for states to stop using failed Tea Party economics.

CRIMINALLY WRONG: Brennan Center for Justice Program Director and Top Wonk Inimai Chettiar debunks the myth that mass incarceration has led to less crime.

LESS MONEY, MORE PROBLEMS: Brookings Institute Vice President and Top Wonk Kemal Davis points out the impacts of European austerity on essential social programs.

WORKING HEALTHIER: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker clarifies how the Affordable Care Act gives workers more choices in picking a job.

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100 MOST OVERPAID CEOS **TODAY** AT 2PM…ANOTHER WIN FOR SEN. WARREN…Valentine’s Day Moral March for Love & Justice…SNAP Spending on the Decline…A Chaotic Scene for Same-Sex Marriage in Alabama…Reproductive Justice Casebook Now on the Curriculum

100 MOST OVERPAID CEOSAs You Sow is hosting a webinar **TODAY** at 2:00pm ET to present findings from their report “The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs: Executive Compensation at S&P 500 Companies.” The webinar will feature report author Rosanna Landis Weaver, corporate governance expert Nell Minow, and HIP Investor CEO and Founder R. Paul Herman. Weaver TELLS PP: “If someone has a 401(k) through their employer, it’s likely they are invested in a company with an overpaid CEO.” REGISTER HERE and READ the full report HERE.

ANOTHER WIN FOR WARREN — On Sunday, the Working Families Party of New York State preemptively endorsed a Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) presidential run, joining a massive push from MoveOn.org and Democracy for America. MoveOn.org Civic Action Executive Director Anna Galland: “THIS IS A BIG DEAL!” … This news comes on the heels of new polls showing overwhelming support for Sen. Warren in New Hampshire and Iowa. LEARN MORE HERE and JOIN “Run Warren Run” HERE.

MORAL MARCH FOR LOVE & JUSTICE — The North Carolina NAACP and the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly–made up of over 170 partner organizations including Advancement Project, AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood, Common Cause, Public Interest Research Group, NARAL, MomsRising, National Organization for Women, and ACLU–are currently participating in a Week of Action leading up to the Moral March for Love and Justice on Saturday, February 14.

WATCH a video about the march HERE, READ the coalition’s goals HERE and HERE, RSVP HERE, and TWEET #MoralMarch.

SNAP SPENDING DECLINE — Spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the number of SNAP participants fell in 2014 for the first time in seven years, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Though this decline is partly due to improving economic conditions, it also reflects new benefit limits for unemployed, childless adults. READ CBPP’s full report HERE.

MARRIAGE CHAOS IN ALABAMAUp to 54 of the 67 counties in Alabama refused to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on Monday despite a federal judge’s rulings legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, according to data from Human Rights Campaign (HRC). SIGN a petition from HRC urging action against Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore HERE.

NEW ON THE CURRICULUM — The Center for Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law (CRRJ) has developed the first-ever reproductive justice casebook. CRRJ Founding Executive Director Jill E. Adams explained its importance: “One may wonder whether legislative efforts to restrict reproductive health-care access at the state and federal level would have been quite as successful, had more of the lawyer-turned-politicians been exposed to more reproductive rights cases while in school.” READ MORE over at RH Reality Check HERE.

…Speaking of those who would benefit, READ: “Incoherence and Condescension for Republicans on Abortion” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

STATE OF INEQUALITY — Last week Capital & Main launched “State of Inequality,” an investigative series addressing issues of income disparity and the middle class in California. WATCH former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich in their kickoff video HERE and CHECK OUTWeek 1: The Problem” & “Week 2: Impacts.”

READ: “The Politics of Reducing Inequality” by National Academy of Social Insurance Board Chairman William J. Arnone.

FOR OUR CHILDREN — As Congress debates the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this week, Economic Policy Institute argues that its reauthorization should focus on alleviating the effects of poverty on educational achievement. READ their full statement HERE and SIGN a petition from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights telling Congress to uphold civil rights protections in the act HERE.

DRIVING THE VOTE — Last week attorneys from Demos, Project Vote, ACLU, and the global law firm Morrison & Foerster sent a pre-litigation notice on behalf of the League of Women Voters of California, ACCE Institute, California Common Cause, and the National Council of La Raza, and several individual citizens, citing evidence that California is failing to offer drivers and ID card holders the opportunity to register to vote. LISTEN to Demos Counsel Stuart Naifeh discuss the case on NPR HERE and READDriving the Vote: Are States Complying with the Motor Vehicle Requirements of the National Voter Registration Act?

MIN WAGE KICKOFF IN PA — Business for a Fair Minimum Wage joined Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Mike Stack, state legislators, and community leaders last week for the kickoff of the “Raise the Wage PA” campaign. READ the Pennsylvania Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Sign On Statement HERE and SIGN as a Pennsylvania business owner or executive HERE.

 PP MUST READ: Ben Wyatt Runs for Congress” (for all Parks and Recreation fans) over at Every Voice.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

RICH REWARDS: Center for Economic and Policy Research Domestic Policy Director and Top Wonk Nicole Woo outlines how the top 1% doesn’t pay their fair share of Social Security.

A FOUNDING CONCERN: Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout speaks with the National Constitution Center about how the framers of the Constitution were more concerned about corruption than the Supreme Court is.

OBAMACARES FOR WHO?: Economist and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz and CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker detail how the Affordable Care Act is working to keep prescription drug prices high.

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NET NEUTRALITY VICTORY…ALL ABOVE ALL…BEYOND CORRUPTION EVENT **TODAY** AT 3PM…The Uneven Reach of the Economic Recovery by Race and State…Promoting a Shift to Clean Fuels in California…Women Are Worth More Than Spare Change!…Launch of ‘Losing my Ledge’

NET NEUTRALITY VICTORY — CREDO Mobile Political Director and Vice President Becky Bond cautiously celebrated FCC Chairman Wheeler’s announcement yesterday that he will recommend regulating the internet as a utility: “We urge Chairman Wheeler and the FCC not to give an inch to telecom lobbyists, or Republicans in Congress, who are threatening to strip the FCC of its authority to protect the open Internet” … Wheeler’s announcement comes on the heels of sustained efforts by hundreds of organizations–including ACLU, Free Press, MoveOn, and NOW–since the FCC voted in favor of creating a two-tiered internet last May.

SIGN a petition from Common Cause telling Congress to let the FCC do its job HERE and JOIN Free Press Action Fund’s Battle for the Net HERE.

ALL ABOVE ALL – Center for Reproductive Rights CEO and President Nancy Northup slammed the renewal of the Hyde Amendment–a prohibition on Medicaid coverage of abortions–in President Obama’s proposed budget: “It is deeply disappointing to see this nation, year after year, renew the vast financial roadblocks that stand between millions of women in the U.S. and the health care they need.” JOINAll Above All,” a coalition to restore and sustain abortion coverage for low-income women that includes ACLU, Alliance for Justice, NARAL, Center for Reproductive Rights, and others HERE.

BEYOND CORRUPTION — The Brennan Center for Justice and New America are hosting “Beyond Corruption: New Approaches to Money in Politics**TODAY** at 3:00 pm in Washington, DC … Brennan Center Democracy Program Deputy Director and Top Wonk Lawrence Norden will lead a discussion on the idea of political opportunity and the future of American democracy. RSVP HERE, WATCH a livestream of the event HERE, and FOLLOW the event on Twitter using #BeyondCorruption.

RECOVERY’S UNEVEN REACH — Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released a new analysis last week examining the uneven reach of the economic recovery. Although the national unemployment rate reached 5.6% in December, statistics varied widely by state and race, with African Americans at nearly double the national rate. EPI Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy Director Valerie Wilson summed up her findings: “…No matter what the headline numbers show, full economic recovery is still a long way off for many Americans.” READ: “After a Year of Strong Job Growth, Recovery Remains Uneven.”

PP MUST READ: “The GOP’s Embrace of Anti-Vaxxers Reveals the Craziness Gap in American Politics” over at The Nation.

CLEAN FUELS IN CALIFORNIA — Over the next ten years, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard program could triple the use of alternative fuels from today’s levels using existing technologies, according to a new report commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Environmental Defense Fund. READ: “California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Evaluation of the Potential to Meet and Exceed the Standards.”

WOMEN ARE WORTH MORE THAN SPARE CHANGE — MomsRising Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner and a group of over 20 high school students traveled to Olympia, WA on Monday to meet with state legislators and testify at a hearing in support of the Equal Opportunity Act, which would guarantee fair pay for women. READ some of the students’ testimony HERE and SIGN a petition supporting the national Paycheck Fairness Act HERE.

LOSING MY LEDGE — This month, RH Reality Check launched a new column covering the 84th Texas Legislature. READ the articles HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

UNHEALTHY PRICES: Economist and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz connects the closed-door negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to higher drug prices.

HIDE THE MONEY AND RUN: Institute for America’s Future Founder and President and Top Wonk Robert Borosage explains how the budget is structured to help corporations avoid billions in taxes.

PARTING WITH LITTLE SORROW: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker urges Greece to think about leaving the Eurozone in an attempt to stimulate its economy.

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COME ON, KOCH BROS…A REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AGENDA…Obama’s Historic Environmental Move…Inequality, State by State…If They’re Watching Us, Who Watches the Watchers?…In Defense of Public Transit…Save the Date for ‘The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs’

COME ON, KOCH BROS — 0.4% of the U.S. population accounted for more than 68% of campaign contributions in the 2014 midterms, according to new data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The findings were released last week to correspond with the 5th anniversary of Citizens United, which Common Cause, Alliance for Justice, Congressional Progressive Caucus, and People for the American Way marked by rallying outside the Chamber of Commerce. READ: “Five Realities Five Years After: The Post-Citizens United Landscape.”

…Meanwhile, the Koch brothers continue to steamroll over the American public–5 million of whom have signed petitions to overturn Citizens United–by announcing that they plan to spend $900 million on the 2016 presidential campaign. SIGN a petition from MoveOn.org by Top Wonk Robert Reich denouncing the Koch brothers HERE.

A REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AGENDA – Days after the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health released a joint report outlining the obstacles to reproductive health faced by Texas Latinas and the solutions for addressing these barriers. READ the full report HERE, ENDORSE its policy recommendations HERE, CHECK OUT Roe v. Wade anniversary roundups from RH Reality Check and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and SIGN a petition from UltraViolet telling Congress to stop the attack on women’s health HERE.

This week, MomsRising.org launched their own #RaiseTheWage campaign, highlighting the fact that 56% of minimum wage workers are women and 28% have children. SIGN their petition HERE and SHARE your stories about earning minimum wage HERE.

UNITED FOR THE ENVIRONMENT — Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune lauded the Obama Administration’s historic decision Sunday to recommend official wilderness designation for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: “The Coastal Plain is the wild heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is why Americans from all walks of life have advocated for its protection for more than half a century” … 75% of Americans from both parties in five key states support existing environmental protections or favor tougher ones according to a new poll by the Natural Resources Defense Council. READ their full findings HERE and SIGN their petition opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline HERE.

THE UNEQUAL STATES OF AMERICA — All 50 states have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades, according to new data on the top 1% of taxpayers in each state from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Report Co-Author Mark Price: “If states are not passing progressive taxes and raising revenue from top earners, they are missing out on a large and growing source of income.” READ the full report HERE and SIGN a petition from MoveOn.org and EPI to address overtime pay rules HERE.

WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS? — The Brennan Center for Justice published a new report Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of the Church Committee with recommendations for key changes to U.S. intelligence oversight. Report editor and Brennan Center Fellow Michael German: “A thorough investigation of current oversight failures is long overdue.” READ: “Strengthening Intelligence Oversight.”

PP MUST READ: “In Fair Housing Case, Scalia Explains How Court Should Decide the ACA Subsidies Case” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

IN DEFENSE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT — A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) disproves the myth that highways pay for themselves, while public transportation does not. CAP Infrastructure Policy Director and report lead author Kevin DeGood summed it up: “Rather than predetermining what must be built, we should encourage planners to make investment decisions based on what will provide the most benefit.” READ: “Advancing a Multimodal Transportation System by Eliminating Funding Restrictions.”

SAVE THE DATEAs You Sow will host a webinar on February 12 at 2:00 pm ET to present findings from their forthcoming report “The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs: Executive Compensation at S&P 500 Companies.” The webinar will feature report author Rosanna Landis Weaver, corporate governance expert Nell Minow, and HIP Investor CEO and Founder R. Paul Herman. REGISTER HERE.

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STEP UP, CONGRESS: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy outlines the reasons why Congress should take action to address Citizens United.

CORRUPTION AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout reflects on Sheldon Silver’s arrest for fraud and its implications for campaign finance.

THE WAR ON DODD-FRANK: Roosevelt Institute Fellow and Top Wonk Mike Konczal explores the GOP’s persistent attacks against Dodd-Frank.

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TOP BILLING FOR ‘MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS’…A NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT…Same-Sex Marriage Finally Comes Before SCOTUS…Campaign Contributions Have No Place in the Courts…Wait, We’ve Seen This Anti-Choice Bill Before…GOP is Sneakily Dismantling Dodd-Frank…Millennial Letters Relaunch

TOP BILLING FOR ‘MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS’ – Oxfam released new findings that the richest 1% will own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016. This inequality is especially evident for the one in five low-wage workers in the U.S. whose employers don’t provide them with paid sick leave, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) … Meanwhile, 75% of Americans–including 53% of Republicans–now support raising the federal minimum wage to $12.50 an hour … NELP Executive Director Christine Owens: “The American people are way ahead of lawmakers on this issue” … On Tuesday, President Obama agreed: “The verdict is clear: middle-class economics works.”

SPEAKING OF WHAT WORKS: Citizens for Tax Justice lauded President Obama’s proposed capital gains tax reforms, calling the program “a major and welcome move toward greater fairness in our federal system” … The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities CRUNCHED THE NUMBERS HERE.

READ: “Raise the Millionaires Tax” by Patriotic Millionaire Jerry Fiddler and Rep. Jan Schakowky (D-IL) and “Obama’s Smart Economic (and Political) Calculus: Tax the Rich” over at The Nation.

A NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT– Black children born in 2001 are 5.5 times more likely to be incarcerated than their white counterparts, according to new data by EPI. This information comes in the wake of thousands of protesters taking to the streets last week to reclaim Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as well as the NAACP launch of a countdown to the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma-to-Montgomery March. READ: “Where Do We Go from Here?: Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Civil Rights

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BEFORE SCOTUS — Alliance for Justice President and Top Wonk Nan Aron outlined the stakes of the upcoming marriage equality cases that the U.S. Supreme Court will review this session: “Seventy percent of Americans now live in marriage equality states, and marriage bans on the basis of sexual orientation should be considered relics of a discarded past.”

The American Civil Liberties Union will be co-counsel in one of these four casesREADLooking at Marriage Cases Before High Court, and the Next ‘Campaign’ for LGBT Equality” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and SIGN a petition from Human Rights Campaign HERE.

KEEP CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS OUT OF THE COURTS – The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, a case in which the Brennan Center for Justice, Demos, and others filed an amicus brief. Brennan Center Counsel Matthew Menendez: “Allowing prospective judges to put a hand out to lawyers and litigants who may later appear before them in court may make people think twice about whether a ruling was influenced by the law or by the contents of a litigant’s pocketbook.” READ: “Don’t Strike Down Judicial Campaign Rule

ANTI-CHOICE DEJA VU — RH Reality Check released new findings that the 22 anti-choice bills filed in six states this year are all identical or substantially similar to previously proposed bills–the bulk of which originated from four anti-choice organizations. READ the full report HERE and TRACK legislative threats to reproductive health through their open database HERE.

DISMANTLING DODD-FRANK– Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) slammed House Republicans for passing the misleadingly-named “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act”: “House Republicans are opening the 114th Congress by putting the profits of mega-banks over investments in hard-working Americans.” READ an open letter from Americans for Financial Reform opposing the bill HERE and GET THE REAL STORY from Sunlight Foundation HERE.

MILLENNIAL LETTERS – The Truman National Security Project and the Foreign Policy Initiative partnered with World Affairs this week to relaunch “Millennial Letters,” a series of articles responding to major challenges and opportunities facing the United States. LEARN MORE about the series HERE and READ the two most recent posts, centered around the President’s State of the Union address: “Obama’s Tough Diplomacy Bolsters American Leadership” and “Bipartisan Focus on SIVs Needed.”

THE STATE OF MONEY IN POLITICS — The Brennan Center for Justice is hosting “The State of Money in Politics” on Monday, January 26 in New York. The event will feature Fordham Law School Associate Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout, Free Speech for People Board Chair Jeff Clements, and Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission Ellen Weintraub. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

END OF THE ENTREPRENEUR?: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Nomi Prins discusses the future of entrepreneurship as part of a panel on Fox Business.

THE STATE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION: Brennan Center President and Top Wonk Michael Waldman defends the State of the Union speech against allegations that it’s “dead.”

A HISTORY OF RACIST REDLINING: Roosevelt Institute Fellow and Top Wonk Mike Konczal and ThinkProgress Policy Editor Bryce Covert connect racial wealth disparity in America to policies that promote housing segregation.

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OBAMA’S HOPE FOR HIGHER ED…RECLAIM MLK DAY STARTING **TODAY**…WE ALL WANT WARREN…Five Years After Citizens United…Happy 150th to The Nation!…United States of Stagnation…Too Many Filibusters…Climate Justice Wins in California

OBAMA’S HOPE FOR HIGHER ED — Progressive leaders lauded President Obama’s proposal announced last Friday that would make the first two years of community college free: MoveOn.org Civic Action Executive Director Anna Galland: “Not only is this exactly the kind of bold action we need to expand opportunity and build a fairer economy–it has bipartisan support” … Generation Progress Executive Director Anne Johnson: “In a time when states are investing less in higher education, the president’s proposal will help our generation gain skills and move our economy forward” … WATCH Demos Vice President of Policy & Research and Top Wonk Tamara Draut discuss the proposal on Fox & Friends HERE and SIGN a petition from Democracy for America, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and Daily Kos urging Democrats to stand strong on debt-free college HERE.

RECLAIM MLK – A broad coalition of groups working against police violence around the country–organized by Ferguson Action–is planning a series of direct actions to reclaim Martin Luther King, Jr. Day beginning **TODAY** … FIND events near you HERE.

WE WANT WARRENOver 200,000 people have joined the Run Warren Run movement–organized by MoveOn.org in partnership with Democracy for America–urging Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to run for President in 2016 … Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain: “This is Senator Warren’s moment and, together, this people-powered effort is working to build the infrastructure, energy, and political momentum she’ll need to seize it.” AGREE? SIGN HERE.

READElizabeth Warren’s Economic Agenda” by Democracy Partners Co-Founder Mike Lux and SIGN a petition to stand with Sen. Warren and her fight for the middle class HERE.

FIVE YEARS LATER — Eight major money in politics groups came together on Wednesday to release independent research findings on the effects of Citizens United on the 2014 midterm elections at “Five Years After Citizens United, What Are the Costs for Democracy?” … READ the reports from the Brennan Center, Common Cause, Demos & U.S. PIRG, Public Campaign, The Center for Media and Democracy, Public Citizen, Justice at Stake, and Demos and SIGN a petition to amend the Constitution to undo the damages of Citizens United HERE.

WATCH: “Democracy and Our State Courts: Fighting Back After Citizens United,” an event hosted Tuesday by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), the Brennan Center, and Justice at Stake.

HAPPY 150TH!The Nation is celebrating its 150th anniversary throughout 2015 with new online features, a history of the paper, and nationwide events. On January 1st they launched their first new feature, “The Almanac,” which highlights important events from each day in history … The inaugural event, “Toward a Third Reconstruction: From Abolition through Civil Rights and Beyond: The Nation, Race, and History,” is **TODAY** at 6PM ET and will be moderated by Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City Director Khalil Muhammad. WATCH a live stream of the event HERE and LEARN MORE HERE.

FIX THE FILIBUSTER — Senators in the 113th Congress voted to end filibusters 218 times–nearly twice the previous record number of filibusters in one session of Congress–according to Common Cause, which called on the Senate this week to adopt the Udall-Merkley filibuster reform package. Common Cause Policy Counsel Stephen Spaulding: “If adopted, the Udall-Merkley resolution would be a major step toward restoring the Senate as a place of debate, deliberation, and action rather than obstruction and gridlock.” LEARN more HERE.

UNITED STATES OF STAGNATIONReal wages fell for the entire bottom 90 percent of the wage distribution between 2009 and 2014, according to new findings by Economic Policy Institute President and Top Wonk Lawrence Mishel. Mishel’s report identifies wage stagnation as the primary cause of income inequality in America. READ: “Causes of Wage Stagnation.”

CLIMATE JUSTICE IN CALI – Natural Resources Defense Council California Advocacy Director Annie Nothoff applauded Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal Friday, which includes a commitment to curb the impacts of climate change: “By working together to prioritize solutions, we can ensure a healthier future for communities across the state and continue to lead the way for the rest of the nation.”

… Meanwhile, California enjoyed another climate justice win on Sunday as hundreds of Stanford professors published an open letter calling for the university to fully divest from fossil fuels. READ their letter HERE.

PP MUST READ: “Marriage Equality is a National Issue” over at ACS.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

DARK MONEY IS OUT OF CONTROL: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy criticizes former FEC Commissioner Bradley for failing to realize that the scale of spending on federal elections is out of reach for average Americans.

WHY WAGES WON’T RISE: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich explains why the link between falling unemployment and rising wages has been severed.

THANKS, GOVERNOR WALKER?: Constitutional Accountability Center Founder and President and Top Wonk Doug Kendall contends that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act reveals the fiction behind the King v. Burwell case.

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KEYSTONE VETO VICTORY…THE FIGHT FOR FERGUSON CONTINUES…FCC Schedules Net Neutrality Vote…We Hate Dynamic Scoring…Let’s Talk About Poverty…Former Members of Congress Are Cashing In…Happy 2015!

KEYSTONE VETO VICTORY — Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune lauded President Obama’s Tuesday announcement that he will veto any bill passed by Congress that authorizes construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline: “It’s becoming more clear by the day that President Obama rightly recognizes this dirty and dangerous tar sands pipeline is a bad deal for our country” … SIGN the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance from #NOKXL HERE and READWhite House Threatens to Veto Keystone XL Legislation” over at The Nation.

THE FIGHT FOR FERGUSON CONTINUES — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri, on behalf of an unnamed grand juror, is suing St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch for the ability to speak about the Darren Wilson case. Under current law, it is a crime for grand jurors to discuss their service. ACLU of Missouri Legal Director Tony Rothert: “The Supreme Court has said that grand jury secrecy must be weighed against the juror’s First Amendment Rights on a case-by-case basis. The rules of secrecy must yield because this is a highly unusual circumstance.” READ the full complaint HERE.

…Meanwhile, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund released an open letter to Missouri Circuit Judge Maura McShane on Monday requesting an investigation into the Darren Wilson case. READ their letter HERE.

NET NEUTRALITY VOTE SET — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on new net neutrality regulations February 26. READWhat the Media Should Know About Net Neutrality” over at Media Matters, SUBMIT a comment to the FCC HERE, and SIGN a petition from Free Press HERE.

NO TO DYNAMIC SCORING — New rules passed by House Republicans–led by notorious Granny-pusher Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)–known as “dynamic scoring” will result in more tax cuts but less available information, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. This new system will include predictions of how proposed legislation would affect the size of the economy when estimating its cost. READ: “Why Budget and Tax Plans Shouldn’t Use Dynamic Scoring.”

LET’S TALK ABOUT POVERTY — TalkPoverty.org–a project of the Half in Ten Education Fund at the Center for American Progress (CAP)–is launching a new radio miniseries about economic justice. TalkPoverty Radio will air on Saturdays at 12:00 PM EST on SiriusXM Channel 121 starting on January 17. LEARN more HERE.

FORMER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CASHING IN — Of the 104 former congressional members who are now eligible to work as lobbyists after the mandatory “cooling off’ period, 29 are already effectively doing so, according to a joint analysis by the Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsive Politics. READ the full report HERE.

NEW YEAR, NEW WAGES — Business for a Fair Minimum Wage (BFMW) CEO Holly Sklar applauded the 20 states whose increased minimum wages went into effect around the New Year: “We’re very pleased to see numerous states raising their minimum wage and boosting their economies, and we look forward to more.” READ: “Boost Business By Raising Minimum Wage” by BFMW member and restaurant owner Chris Sommers.

RECLAIMING REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS — The Center for Reproductive Rights released a new report this week that details all of the legislation from the 113th Congress that affected reproductive health. READ: “Fighting Back: Reclaiming Reproductive Rights in the 113th Congress and Beyond.”

WHAT ARE THE COSTS? — A coalition of eight major money in politics organizations–including The Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Demos, and Public Campaign–are hosting “Five Years After Citizens United, What Are the Costs for Democracy?” on Wednesday, January 14 at 9:30 AM in Washington, DC. During the event, the groups will jointly release independent research findings on the effects of Citizens United on the 2014 midterm elections. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

IT’S A DISASTER: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich thinks the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement would be a disaster.

NOKXL: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker outlines how the number of jobs that would be created by constructing the Keystone XL Pipeline has been greatly exaggerated.

SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY: Social Security Works Co-Director and Top Wonk Nancy Altman and Social Security Works Founding Co-Director and Top Wonk Eric Kingson explain how Republicans have already started their attack on Social Security.

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HOLD TORTURERS ACCOUNTABLE…RUN WARREN RUN…UVA FALLOUT…United for Police Reform…Cybersecurity Event **TODAY**…TPP Negotiations Resume in Secret…Burger King Avoiding $1.2 Billion in Taxes…Happy Holidays from PP!!

HOLD TORTURERS ACCOUNTABLE — The ACLU released a plan for accountability in response to the CIA torture report. ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero: “This should be the beginning of a process, not the end. The report should shock President Obama and Congress into action, to make sure that torture and cruelty are never used again.” READ their full recommendations for action HERE and SIGN their petition to assign a special prosecutor HERE.

RUN WARREN RUNOver 81% of MoveOn.org members believe Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) should be the next Democratic nominee for President, according to a poll released yesterday … The results were announced alongside the “Run Warren Run” campaign … “Elizabeth Warren is a fighter for working people and a champion for the middle class. And at this time of historic inequality, we need her to run for President.” READ Why Elizabeth Warren?” and SIGN their petition HERE.

UVA FALLOUT — In the wake of Rolling Stone‘s story and subsequent backtracking regarding an on-campus rape at the University of Virginia (UVA), Know Your IX released “Writing About Gender-Based Violence & Title IX: A Guide for Journalists & Editors” … National Organization for Women (NOW) President Terry O’Neill discussed the case Monday on All In with Chris Hayes: “That’s the essence of rape culture…in our zeal to protect an accused, we re-victimize the victim.” WATCH a clip of the show HERE, READ Whom Should College Students Really Call When They Are Sexually Assaulted on Campus?” over at The Nation, and SIGN a petition demanding an outside investigation into UVA’s sexual assault policy HERE.

UNITED FOR POLICE REFORM — A group of ten mothers who lost their children to police brutality traveled to Washington, DC yesterday for a three day call to action demanding police accountability, policy reform, and justice for all victims’ families. The delegation is hosted by CODEPINK, Mothers Against Police Brutality, CREDO, and Hands Up DC Coalition and endorsed by groups including UltraViolet and the National Lawyers Guild. READ the delegates’ stories HERE.

…Meanwhile, progressives across the board criticized the Department of Justice’s revised policy on race for its many loopholes and failure to fully condemn racial profiling … Human Rights Watch US Advocacy Director Antonio Ginatta: “Holder is trying to have it both ways, criticizing profiling while embracing it” … American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Washington Legislative Office Director Laura W. Murphy: “It’s so loosely drafted that its exceptions risk swallowing any rule and permit some of the worst law enforcement policies and practices” … WATCH Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee discuss Eric Garner’s death HERE and SIGN NYCLU’s petition for stricter police discipline HERE.

CYBERSECURITY EVENT **TODAY** — The Center for National Policy is hosting a discussion **TODAY** at 1:30 PM in Washington, DC about how the public can protect itself against cyber warfare. The featured speaker will be former Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary and current Council on Cybersecurity President & CEO Jane Holl Lute. RSVP HERE.

WHY SO SECRETIVE? — On Monday, a coalition of organizations including Sierra Club, Campaign for America’s Future, and CODEPINK protested renewed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Protestors oppose President Obama’s secrecy and intent to fast-track the agreement through Congress, arguing that the deal gives too much power to corporations. Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “They have to be secret, because if the American people knew what was actually in them, they would be opposed.” SIGN CREDO Action’s petition telling the mainstream media to cover TPP HERE and TWEET #StopFastTrack.

DID YOU KNOW??Burger King’s planned inversion will allow the company to avoid up to $1.2 billion in U.S. taxes over four years … Americans for Tax Fairness crunches the numbers HERE.

ILLINOIS VOTING RIGHTS VICTORY — Illinois passed legislation last week that will allow same-day voter registration, expand early voting, and modernize the voting process. Average voter turnout is over 10% higher in states with same-day registration. Common Cause Illinois Action Team Chair Anne Manly: “Expanding access to the democratic process is critical in Illinois, where we have the second lowest voter turnout in the Midwest.” LEARN more about the bill HERE.

PP MUST READS: “The Gift of Free Speech for All: A Solution to the ‘December Dilemma’” over at American Constitution Society.

STOPPING SURVEILLANCE — A coalition of 30 groups–including the Sunlight Foundation, CREDO Mobile, Fight for the Future, MoveOn.org, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and CODEPINK–penned an open letter to Congress urging it to reinstate NSA reform legislation to the 2015 Defense Department appropriations bill. The NSA amendment, which “would curtail some of the [NSA's] more egregious surveillance abuses,” was quietly stripped from the defense funding omnibus last week, despite having passed in the House with a veto-proof 293 votes. READ the letter HERE.

EXTENDING CORPORATE WELFARE — Citizens for Tax Justice released “Even at One Tenth the Size of Previous Tax Deal, House Extender Bill is a Giveaway for Corporations,” criticizing the new Tax Extenders Bill, an older version of which President Obama promised to veto. READ the full report HERE.

MORE STORIES FROM THE STATES — The Brennan Center for Justice published two new stories this week in their “Stories from the States,” a series of articles about those affected by restrictive voting laws in the midterm elections. READ: Kansas and Ohio.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

KEYSTONE MATTERS: Journalist, author, and Top Wonk Naomi Klein gives four reasons why the time is right to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.

THEY CAN’T BREATHE: Institute for America’s Future Founder and President and Top Wonk Robert Borosage connects the struggles of striking fast food workers to the current protests against racial inequality.

WE NEED A REVOLUTION: The Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program Co-Director and Top Wonk Faiza Patel argues that Obama’s policing task force is a good first step, but that more drastic action is needed.

WARREN WAS RIGHT: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker is sick of Treasury nominees with direct ties to Wall Street.

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