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Jackie DeHon, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2016 | Politics
Jackie DeHon, Ph.D.

I have long been worried about the damage done by the Electoral College. It may have served us well in the past, but after the 2000 election debacle and other such elections, I believe it's time to dismantle this antique and consign it to a national museum!

Chicago Voters Can Strike Blow Against Big Money in Politics

David Orr | Posted 04.22.2015 | Chicago
David Orr

Our democracy is built on the core principle of a government of the people, by the people and for the people, where all of us get an equal say over who gets elected and the government decisions that affect our lives.

Cancer Claims Fair Elections Activist Tobi Dragert

Linda Milazzo | Posted 07.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Linda Milazzo

On April 27, the Los Angeles progressive community lost one of its truly valiant social justice warriors. Tobi Dragert, a passionate advocate for fair transparent elections, equality, ending war and much much more, succumbed to cancer after a long and valiant battle.

Will Fair Elections Return to Hawaii?

Ben Cohen  | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

It has come to a point where the only people represented in Washington are those who can pay a high-priced lobbyist and bankroll election campaigns. With the recent Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v FEC, that will eliminate the aggregate limit on campaign contributions, the situation is about to get even worse.

Gov. Cuomo's Moment of Truth

Miles Rapoport | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

The legislation includes tighter contribution limits and beefed-up enforcement of New York's campaign finance laws. But its centerpiece is a "fair elections" program that would boost the clout of small-dollar campaign donors by supplementing their modest contributions with public matching funds.

How One State Senate Just Screwed the Whole Nation

Josh Silver | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Josh Silver

What happened in Albany last week has major implications for national anti-corruption efforts that are central to making progress on the issues that you care about most, yet keep losing. Health care, climate change, education, financial oversight, military spending... the list goes on.

Paul Blumenthal

Big Defeat For Campaign Finance Reform | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York state's comprehensive campaign finance reform, including public election financing, failed Thursday night in the state Senate. ...

Paul Blumenthal

Governor's Big Push Against Big Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Appearing above a banner that read "Restoring Public Trust" Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) introduced a comprehensive campaign ...

Paul Blumenthal

Can New York Fix Its Campaign Finance Laws? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fake hundred dollar bills rained down on the New York State Senate in Albany on Wednesday as protesters called for the passage of campai...

Stop Crimes Against Democracy: End Campaign Finance Corruption Now

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

An estimated 500 people arrived in a caravan of buses from throughout the state. Their mission: to press for passage of a Fair Elections bill in the State Senate. Here is the opportunity for a state to lead the nation on what must be done to cure our collective political ills.

Paul Blumenthal

Campaign Finance Reform Faces Notorious Hurdle | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

In downtown New York City on Wednesday, state Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, launched the first of four public ...

Strengthening Our Democracy by Making It Easier to Vote

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

There are some rights that are so fundamental to our society that you'd think the public debate would be closed on them. The right of every American citizen to vote -- regardless of age, race, or income level -- is one of them. Yet today, this fundamental right is under attack.

Paul Blumenthal

State Advances Campaign Finance Reform | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After letting its public campaign financing system become obsolete, Hawaii is finally moving forward with a bill to bring the 30-year-ol...

Paul Blumenthal

Election Reformers See Big Chance In Key State | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

A coalition of groups calling for public financing of candidates in New York is launching an advertising and grassroots push on Monday to raise awaren...

Marriage Equality, Fair Elections and LGBT Culture in NYC on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week, I spoke to David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement and photographer/activist Jenna Pope about the Marriage Equality debates at the Supreme Court.

Obama Group Jumps In To Help New York Governor

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

The reorganized Obama campaign, now called Organizing for Action, is jumping into the New York state legislative effort, pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (...

The Koch Brothers and Structural Rules

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

One of the key jobs of democratic governance is choosing the nature of the marketplace we want to support. What rules about mergers or sitting on multiple boards would have made a difference in the development of Koch Industries?

Scalia: Recuse or Resign

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Scalia has a right to believe voting rights are a "perpetuation of racial entitlement" for blacks and Hispanics, but should promote this repellent and biased view on conservative talk radio, not the court.

Hawaii Showing the Way Toward Cleaner Elections

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The Hawaii drive for public financing of campaigns is another illustration of how Americans are pushing back against the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have the same rights as people.

How April in New York Can Change the Country

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 03.04.2013 | New York
Zephyr Teachout

So you're depressed about Citizens United, and you feel there are no options. You want a theory of change, how we get from candidates raising all thei...

Paul Blumenthal

Dem Governor Targets Money In Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In each of his three State of the State addresses, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has given increasing levels of detail to his support f...

Matt Sledge

WATCH: 'Law & Order' Star Featured In Political Ad | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.12.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- Former "Law & Order" star Sam Waterston is returning to the rough and tumble world of New York politics. But he is not reprising his role ...

The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Let's get on with building a bipartisan uprising of voters to insist that candidates in November pledge to back the DISCLOSE Act and Fair Elections legislation. We can't afford to wait for the Supreme Court. We can't afford to wait for a constitutional amendment.

Honest Fair Elections and Honest Campaign Ads in New York!

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 11.19.2012 | New York
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

Supported by people at such opposite ends of the political spectrum as Bill Moyers and Senator John McCain, Fair Elections would return our government to one that is of, by, and for the people -- not bought and paid for by special interests.

2012 GOP Nomination Contest Affirms Value of New Rules

Rob Richie | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Before pundits rush on to talk of the general election and its dwindling number of swing states, we should reflect on the nomination contest and the impact of its rules.