Liz Halloran http://wyso.org en A Path Out Of Prison For Low-Level, Nonviolent Drug Offenders http://wyso.org/post/path-out-prison-low-level-nonviolent-drug-offenders Thousands of nonviolent drug offenders serving time in federal prison could be eligible to apply for early release under new clemency guidelines announced Wednesday by the Justice Department.<p>Details of the initiative, which would give President Obama more options under which he could grant clemency to drug offenders serving long prison sentences, were announced by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.<p>Cole listed six factors the Justice Department will use to "prioritize clemency applications" as part of the administration's effort to address long mandatory minimum sentences meted out after Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:05:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 48931 at http://wyso.org A Path Out Of Prison For Low-Level, Nonviolent Drug Offenders Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote http://wyso.org/post/rand-paul-bids-loosen-democratic-hold-african-american-vote For more than a year, GOP Sen. Rand Paul has been staking out positions on issues that resonate in the black community, including school choice and prison sentencing reform. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 48817 at http://wyso.org Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders http://wyso.org/post/obama-seeks-wider-authority-release-drug-offenders Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Obama administration is formulating new rules that would give it, and the president, far more latitude to pardon or reduce the sentences of thousands of drug offenders serving long federal prison sentences.<p>The move comes amid a broad national reconsideration of mandatory minimum sentences approved by Congress in 1986, when America's big cities were in the grip of a crack cocaine-fueled crime wave.<p>"The White House has indicated it wants to consider additional clemency applications, to restore a degree of justice, fairness, and proport Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 48819 at http://wyso.org Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms http://wyso.org/post/bloomberg-seeks-alter-gun-debate-50-million-and-moms Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's plan to invest $50 million in what he describes as a mom-driven grass-roots effort to support pro-gun-safety candidates grabbed headlines Wednesday, and energized gun control activists.<p>The commitment, the former New York City mayor says, aims to beat back the profound political influence of the National Rifle Association in 15 targeted states — to "make them afraid of us," he told NBC's <em>Today </em>show.<p>"This is what the American public wants," Bloomberg said, referring to his group's intended focus on gun-purchase background checks.<p>Polls show that B Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 48630 at http://wyso.org Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall http://wyso.org/post/backlash-over-state-partys-progressive-agenda-may-hobble-udall Colorado Democrat Mark Udall's bid for a second term has become the most unexpectedly competitive U.S. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 48535 at http://wyso.org Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall