Category Archives: Government Reform

Voting Rights: The Struggle Continues

Posted at http://foreffectivegov.org/blog/voting-rights-struggle-continues From the Center for Effective Government (http://www.foreffectivegov.org): by Scott Klinger, 8/6/2015 Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which many consider the most important civil rights legislation of the 1960s. The law … Continue reading

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Florida Senate Admits Partisan Redistricting Violated State Constitution

From Common Cause (http://www.commoncause.org): Major Victory in National Drive for Fair Districts The Florida Senate agreed with Common Cause and the League of Women Voters of Florida today that the Senate violated state constitutional anti-gerrymandering standards when it drew its … Continue reading

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Who Actually Thinks Citizens United Is Good for Elections? Turns Out, Hardly Anyone

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/07/22/who-actually-thinks-citizens-united-good-elections-turns-out-hardly-anyone Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by Common Dreams New study finds the US public is starting to worry about ‘the Wild West nature of campaign finance’ By Sarah Lazare, staff writer Despite public opposition to money … Continue reading

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The 2020 Redistricting War is (Already) On

Washington Post By Amber Phillips There’s a hundred-million-dollar battle brewing for control of Congress, but it’s not going to be resolved for seven more years, and the battles will take place in lands far away from Washington. Both Democrats and Republicans … Continue reading

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Celebrate Elbridge Gerry’s Birthday (but Not Gerrymandering)

From Common Cause (http://www.commoncause.org): Check out this 2 minute video put together by CC/NC to celebrate Elbridge Gerry’s birthday. Feel free to redistribute it virally.

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The Green Light for Voter Reform of Gerrymandering

Posted at http://reclaimtheamericandream.org/2015/07/green-light-for-voter-reform-of-gerrymandering/ By Hedrick Smith July 13, 2015 OLGA,WA – If you care about American democracy and you’re sick of politicians’ clinging to power by concocting political monopolies in their home districts, then take heart – and take a … Continue reading

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Citizen-Led State Gerrymandering Reforms Start to Show Results

Posted at http://billmoyers.com/2015/07/13/citizen-led-state-gerrymandering-reforms-start-to-show-results/ July 13, 2015 by Michael Li Partisan gerrymandering has long been a scourge on the American political landscape — a problem that many observers think is only getting worse with the increasingly technologically sophisticated ways to micro-manipulate maps. But … Continue reading

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Independently Drawn Districts Have Proved to Be More Competitive

Buoyed by a Supreme Court ruling, opponents of gerrymandering want to get more state legislatures out of the business of drawing congressional districts. So it’s worth examining the performance of the independent redistricting commissions validated by the court on Monday. Arizona, … Continue reading

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Victory for Democracy as Court Sides with Voters over ‘Self-Dealing Legislators’

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/06/29/victory-democracy-court-sides-voters-over-self-dealing-legislators SCOTUS upholds ‘the right of We the People to take redistricting out of secret backrooms run by politicians and into the public light of citizen-driven commissions.’ by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Elizabeth Bernstein of Bisbee, Ariz., protested the … Continue reading

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