In our final installment of the User’s Guide to Democracy, we asked a live panel of congressional experts to help you stay engaged in politics after the midterms have ended.
The midterms are here. Here’s everything you need to know to hit the polls and cast an informed vote this election season.
Fun with FEC filings, campaign expenditures and super PACs.
It’s time to hit the campaign trail.
… and other answers to your questions about how Congress really works.
If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.
It’s hard to track, hard to regulate, but essential to understand.
Tim Newman was an advocate for his fellow civilian contractors injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, helping them get medical care. A ProPublica story drew national attention, and policy change, for their hidden plight.
After learning he’d been kidnapped as a child, spared from a massacre carried out by the Guatemalan military, Oscar Ramírez Castañeda faced danger of persecution if deported to his home country. ProPublica’s story prompted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant political asylum to Ramírez and his wife.
After the death of Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti’s son, a New Jersey state agency continued billing her for the student loans. ProPublica’s reporting on these aggressive collections spurred a state law requiring the agency to forgive debts of borrowers who die.
Research scientist Allisa Song didn’t just get outraged when she read ProPublica’s story on medical waste. She organized a dream team of fellow scientists and engineers to invent a solution.
Demetrius Smith was wrongfully convicted of murder, but still had a felony conviction because of an unusual plea deal. ProPublica’s story spurred a new hearing for Smith that cleared his criminal record.
María Eugenia Vela’s husband was killed when a drug cartel swept through their small town in Mexico. For years, she never got answers until a ProPublica story revealed what happened.
Noemi Martinez felt angry and powerless when she was unfairly ticketed and fined for a pedestrian violation. ProPublica and Florida Times-Union reporters gave her hope — and their story led to her receiving pro bono legal representation.
Marie McCausland experienced painful symptoms days after giving birth, which she recognized from a ProPublica article on maternal mortality. “ProPublica’s reporting literally saved my life,” she said.
As a student journalist, Christopher Copolillo used Debt By Degrees, ProPublica’s tool for assessing the debt burden colleges put on low-income families, to hold his own university accountable.
Reporter A.C. Thompson dug into an “unclassified” death after Hurricane Katrina. He found out the victim was shot by police and died in custody. The victim’s aunt, Rebecca Glover, is grateful for the attention the case received but worries about others who haven’t seen justice.