Category Archives: Government Reform

We Can Fix This. We’ve Done It Before. Re-imagining Government

From the Center for Effective Government (http://www.foreffectivegov.org): by Katherine McFate, 7/23/2014 When I talk to people who work in Washington, DC these days, I’m struck by the resignation. The political/policy professionals with whom I interact regularly are discouraged by the … Continue reading

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Urge Lawmakers to Say NO to ALEC

From People for the American Way (http://www.pfaw.org): When state legislators across the nation introduce similar or identical bills designed to limit accountability for corporate polluters, reduce workers’ rights or restrict voting, odds are good that the legislation was written by … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance Amendment Advances to U.S. Senate Floor

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/10-2 28th Amendment would effectively overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions – Deirdre Fulton, staff writer In a victory for campaign finance reform, the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning (July 10) voted to advance Tom Udall’s (D-New Mexico) proposed … Continue reading

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Is America Still a Democracy?

Posted at https://www.nationalpriorities.org/blog/2014/07/09/united-states-america-going-once-twice-sold/ By Ben West-Weyner A recent study by two professors from Princeton and Northwestern University argues a majority of the American public “have little influence over the policies our government adopts.” The report concludes that while American citizens enjoy access … Continue reading

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Constitutional Amendment Seeks to Cut Money in Politics

From the Center for Effective Government (http://www.foreffectivegov.org): Democracy is premised on affording citizens equal say in determining the nature and direction of our government. The impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in the Citizens United and McCutcheon cases threaten … Continue reading

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Take Action to Get the Money Out of Politics

From the Friends Committee on National Legislation (http://www.fcnl.org): Senator Udall has introduced S. J. Res 19, a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to stop unlimited spending on campaigns. This bill is starting to move toward a vote … Continue reading

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Report Card Finds Federal Agencies Still Struggling to Implement the Freedom of Information Act – 48 Years After Passage

From the Center for Effective Government (http://www.foreffectivegov.org): On March 10, the Center for Effective Government released a report card grading federal agencies on their implementation of the Freedom of Information Act. The overall results were disappointing: no agency earned a … Continue reading

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Report Card on Federal Government Agencies

From the Center for Effective Government (http://www.foreffectivegov.org): When you were in school, you’d get a report card at the end of each semester that would let you (and your parents) know how well you were doing and where you could … Continue reading

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