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Study links Voter ID laws to bias among lawmakers

By Thomas Natalini A new study by researchers at the University of Southern California argues that bias among state legislators against Latino voters is an important factor in the passage of tough voter ID laws across the country. The laws ostensibly are designed to prevent voter fraud, but the researchers said there’s almost no evidence […]

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Calling on Candidates to Take the ‘People’s Pledge’

By Thomas Natalini In the wake of this week’s constitutional amendment hearing on money in politics, Common Cause delivered letters to congressional and gubernatorial candidates across the country urging them to take a “People’s Pledge” to reject outside spending by special interest groups in their political races. The letter urges the office-seekers to “try something […]

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Common Cause Illinois wins Same Day Registration Pilot Program; Fight Continues for Permanent Victory

Common Cause is pushing back, state by state, against the attacks on voters across the nation – and Illinois is no exception. In response, Common Cause Illinois (CCIL) achieved a victory last week for voters across the state. Through grassroots organizing and lobbying, CCIL successfully pushed for passage of HB105. This election bill started off […]

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A Healthy Democracy Demands An Open Internet

The health of our media is key to the health of our democracy. Traditionally, a vibrant local press was key to an informed electorate. But with newspaper reading and local TV news viewing in decline, the Internet is emerging as our 21st century public square, the place where voters inform themselves, advocates organize their constituents, […]

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Activists protest merger plan at Comcast shareholders meeting

By Daniel Weissglass Common Cause activists were part of a crowd that gathered outside of the Comcast shareholders meeting in Philadelphia today to protest the company’s planned merger with Time Warner Cable. Under the slogan #IVoteNo, the group called for increased consumer choice in the cable market; speakers included Todd O’Boyle (pictured above), program director […]

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