Pam Fessler

Pam Fessler appears in the following:

Appeals Court Considers North Carolina Voting Law

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a case challenging North Carolina's 2013 voting law that eliminated a week of early voting and made other changes that opponents say discriminate against African-American voters in violation of the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. It's part of a broader national fight over voting rights.


Many Voters Frustrated With Their Party's Nominating Process

Saturday, June 18, 2016

In a recent poll, both Democrats and Republicans expressed low levels of trust in their party's nominating process for presidential candidates. We hear from voters around the country.


Amid Long Voting Lines And Claims Of A 'Rigged System,' Does My Vote Matter?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This year's primaries have been filled with complaints about the voting process. The controversies raise questions about how confident Americans are that their votes will count in November.


Researchers Find Surprising Results After Testing A New Way To Measure Poverty

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The study takes into account the hardship and deprivation faced by an individual or family: How often do they have trouble getting food, paying bills or getting help for a serious medical problem?


Election Commission Advisory Board Disagrees With Director Over Citizenship Rule

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission's advisory board has shown dissatisfaction with the director's decision to allow three states to require proof of citizenship when registering to vote.


Federal District Judge Upholds North Carolina's Sweeping Voter ID Law

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A federal district judge upheld North Carolina's new voting law, including requirements that voters show a government-issued photo ID at the polls and only vote in the correct precinct. Opponents of the law say they will appeal, but the decision could be in effect for the November elections, which voter advocates say might mean some voters, especially minorities, will be disenfranchised. The judge said that did not appear to be the case.


In Baltimore, Hopes Of Turning Abandoned Properties Into Affordable Homes

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The city has long suffered a dearth of decent housing. The recent collapse of vacant buildings — which in one case killed a man — has increased the urgency of finding a solution.


Why Voters Could Be Removed From The Rolls

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

There might very well be a legitimate explanation for why some of those names were removed in Brooklyn ahead of New York's Democratic primary.


What Keeps Election Officials Up At Night? Fear Of Long Lines At The Polls

Thursday, April 07, 2016

After voters at some sites in Arizona and Wisconsin had to wait hours to participate in their state primaries, officials around the U.S. are beefing up resources to ensure voting goes more smoothly.


In A High-Rent World, Affordable And Safe Housing Is Hard To Come By

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Most low-income tenants who end up in court are extremely poor; many of them are women with children. With a lack of housing aid and limited legal help, they often lose their cases and face eviction.


Low-Income Renters Squeezed Between Too-High Rents And Subpar Housing

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tenants often stop paying rent to force the repair of poor conditions in the only housing they can afford. But landlords say can't fix the problems until they get the rent. It's a vicious cycle.


Living From Rent To Rent: Tenants On The Edge Of Eviction

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Most people who end up facing eviction simply can't afford to pay their rent. Many low-income tenants work, but their rent outpaces their wages. An unexpected bill or a lost job can mean homelessness.


Welcome To Rent Court, Where Tenants Can Face A Tenuous Fate

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Landlord and Tenant Branch of Superior Court for the District of Columbia is where you can end up if you're poor, black and on the verge of being evicted.


Remembering Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Nancy Reagan has died at age 94. NPR's Pam Fessler has this remembrance of the former first lady.


Nancy Reagan, President's Fiercest Protector, Dies At 94

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Former first lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure, according to the Reagan Foundation. She was 94.

Like most first ladies, Nancy Reagan was the target of both praise and criticism. She brought an elegance to the White House that some ...


Election Officials Tackle Confusing Voter ID Laws In North Carolina

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Voters have to deal with some confusing new voter laws, including photo ID requirements. Election officials and voter advocates are trying to get the word out to avoid problems at the polls.


Automatic Registration Is The Latest Chapter In Fight Over Voting Rights

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

President Obama backed a bill in Illinois last week that would automatically register people to vote when they apply for a driver's license or state ID.

"That will protect the fundamental right of everybody," he said. "Democrats, Republicans, independents, seniors, folks with disabilities, the men and women of our military ...


Change At Federal Election Agency Muddles Kansas Voter Registration Laws

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Get ready voters: It's time to be confused. Even as Americans start heading to the polls for this year's presidential primaries, laws remain in flux in a number of states — including North Carolina and Texas, where voter ID requirements are being challenged in court.

Now ...


President Obama Wants More Funds To Feed Low-Income Kids In Summer

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It's a challenge making sure that low-income children who get free- and reduced-priced meals during the school year continue to get fed during the summer.

Government meal programs served 3.8 million children on an average summer day last year — far fewer than the 22 million children who got subsidized ...


Modern Rent Parties Highlight The Need For Affordable Housing

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

There's no dancing or passing the hat at these new rent parties. There is music — and online fundraising. Recently, a classical violinist played a concert in an Annapolis apartment to help the tenant.