Chris Winters

Chris Winters

Chris Winters is Senior Editor at YES! Magazine

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Before a Democratic news conference to introduce H.R. 4, Voting Rights Advancement Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
The War on Democracy and Voting Rights Is Under Way
We're now just over a month into a new administration, and Washington political life has somewhat reverted to normal . But "normal" in 2021 isn't the "normal" of 2016—Joe Biden is now leading a changed country, and navigating a political landscape vastly different from the one he helped lead as...
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President-elect Joe Biden announces his climate and energy appointments at the Queen theater on December 19, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. Views
Friday, December 25, 2020
Biden Won. Now Comes the Hard Part
The election is over. Joe Biden won, and by bigger popular vote and Electoral College margins than Donald Trump did four years ago. By all reasonable accounts, that should give President-elect Biden a mandate to set an aggressive agenda. Given the twin crises of the pandemic and economic collapse,...
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If we can’t easily regulate the amount of money in our politics, we might spread it around more (like Seattle), or create fewer opportunities to spend it (like Twitter) or less time in which to do so by limiting by law the length of campaigns, as Canada and many other nations do. (Photo: by Ethan Miller/Scott Olson/Olivier Douliery/Ira L. Black/Tsvi Braverman/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Can We Get the Money Out of Politics?
Lost amid the daily news cycle now focused on the impeachment of the president is the fact that money continues to roll in. Democratic candidates are constantly asking donors to help them meet the latest fundraising deadline, while Trump’s presidential rallies and meetings have long doubled as...
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Protesters in Philadelphia after the 2016 presidential election dispute the results. Donald Trump lost the popular vote by more than a million votes, but won the electoral college. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
What If We Made the Electoral College Moot?
Immediately after the 2016 presidential election, many liberal circles were buzzing about how to prevent Donald Trump from taking office, especially after evidence of Russian interference emerged and after Trump continued to demonstrate his temperament and complete lack of qualification and...
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Sunday, December 30, 2018
How This Year's Struggles Set Us Up for a Bold, Hopeful 2019
Those of us constantly assessing the national political scene could be forgiven for looking at the coming year with more than a bit of trepidation. True, new Democratic control of the House of Representatives means we might get the investigations of President Trump that Republicans have refused to...
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In the five years since the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, gutted the key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, many states in the South and the Midwest controlled by Republicans have enacted voter registration laws that disenfranchise minority voters. (Photo by Hero Images/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Voter Registration Is Inherently Racist
What if we had an election and everyone came? That’s not a hypothetical question, because we’re right now in the middle of the midterm election season where one of the two political parties is trying to make sure fewer people are going to vote. Midterms are said to be a referendum on the incumbent...
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On many major issues, from civil rights to voting, the environment to business, who benefits from local policy varies from state to state. And it depends on who makes up your community, who votes in local elections, and who gets the power.  (Photo: Frederick Bass/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Power Grows Closer to Home as Big Government Fails Us
Amid all of the news coming out of the Trump administration in the past couple of weeks, one vision stands out: a disintegrating federal government. If that happens, what’s next? If the stakes weren’t so high, we could enjoy the opportunity to debate the limits of federalism all over again. How...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Trumpcare Is Not the Health Plan We Need (but Neither Is the ACA)
This week, the Senate’s plan to gut the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid was reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office. The verdict is that 22 million more people would lose their health insurance under that plan. Compared to the bill in the House of Representatives, under which 23 million would...
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