Pam Fessler

Pam Fessler appears in the following:

A Giving History: Smithsonian Exhibit Showcases Americans' Charitable Acts

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Visitors to the National Museum of American History can see artifacts like the bucket used to launch the ALS ice bucket challenge and how they played a role in charitable giving throughout history.


Republicans Renew Push For More Voting Restrictions

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Republicans, especially in the states, have been emboldened to push for more voting restrictions. They are helped by the selection of Jeff Sessions as attorney general, a Congress more unlikely than ever to redo the Voting Rights Act and the expected appointment of a conservative to the Supreme Court.


Homelessness In The U.S. Was Down Slightly Over The Past Year

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Homelessness fell overall, despite large increases in cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle, according to a new HUD report. There were declines among veterans, families and the chronically homeless.


Anti-Poverty Advocates Brace For How Trump Will Fill In Policy Blanks

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Many who work with the nation's poor worry that poverty will be forgotten under a Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress.


Despite Concerns, Voting Goes Smoothly Across The Country

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Despite fears of issues at the polls, voting around much of the country has gone fairly smoothly so far. There have been some scattered reports of problems, like voting machine malfunctions.


With Fewer Legal Tools In Hand, Justice Department Prepares To Monitor Election

Monday, November 07, 2016

More than 500 monitors and observers will watch polling sites in 28 states, looking for voting rights violations such as discrimination against voters because of their race or language.


What To Make Of The Claims Of Vote-Rigging And Voter Intimidation

Sunday, November 06, 2016

There's been much discussion about the integrity of the election. Donald Trump has talked a "rigged" election and Democrats say some states are trying to keep people from voting.


Democrat's Voter Intimidation Case Goes Before Federal Court Friday

Friday, November 04, 2016

Democrats claim that the Republican National Committee is violating a 1982 consent decree by working with the Trump campaign to intimidate minority voters. The GOP denies the claim.


Democratic Party Sues GOP Over Alleged Voter Intimidation

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The Democratic National Committee has taken the Republican National Committee to court, claiming that Republicans are conspiring with the Trump campaign to intimidate minority voters and prevent them from casting ballots. The Democrats would like to see a consent decree prohibiting the Republicans from engaging in such activity extended for another eight years. The RNC says it has no poll monitoring activities and is not responsible for the actions of the Trump campaign or state parties.


Plans To Watch Polls For Fraud Raise Fears Of Intimidation

Monday, October 31, 2016

The head of one effort asked supporters "to go and hunt down, look for vote fraud and voter intimidation and document it, to do the best we can to stop it this election."


Some Machines Are Flipping Votes, But That Doesn't Mean They're Rigged

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

As early voting starts, there are scattered reports of touch-screen voting machines "flipping" votes from one candidate to another. Old voting machines, not a "rigged" election, are likely to blame.


Voters With Disabilities Fight For More Accessible Polling Places

Monday, October 24, 2016

More than 35 million eligible voters in the U.S. have a disability. And in the last presidential election, almost a third of voters with disabilities reported having trouble casting their ballots.


Poll Workers Are Hoping For Calm But Preparing For The Worst

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This election, the focus for some has been on vote rigging. But election officials say they are more worried about possible violence at the polls.


Voting: 5 Things To Do Before Heading To The Polls

Friday, October 14, 2016

Here are five things you can do to make sure you can cast your ballot as smoothly as possible on or before Election Day.


Election Experts Share Tips On How To Avoid Voting Issues At The Polls

Thursday, October 13, 2016

For those worried about problems voting in this year's elections, there are several things they can do to help, such as checking their registrations and polling places ahead of time, and volunteering to be a poll worker.


How Clinton And Trump Plan To Address The Issue Of Poverty

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tens of millions of Americans live in poverty, yet the issue has received scant attention on the presidential campaign trail. We examine the candidates' plans to address poverty.


Conservatives File Voter Registration Lawsuits That Liberals Say Are Blocking Votes

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"This is an effort to make the voter rolls cleaner ... before the elections in November," says J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, the group behind the suits.


Census Figures Show Poverty Rate Drops For Children And Adults

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

For the first time since 2007, U.S. household income rose last year. And, according to the Census Bureau, that helped push down the number of people living in poverty to 53 million.


Number Of Hungry U.S. Kids Drops To Lowest Level Since Before Great Recession

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The government says there was a big drop last year in the number of Americans struggling to get enough to eat, especially children. The USDA credits food aid like the school lunch program and SNAP.


Disabled And Fighting For The Right To Vote

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Tens of thousands of Americans with disabilities have lost their voting rights, often after a court assigns them a legal guardian. Now, some of those affected are petitioning to get back those rights.