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Defending the People’s Pledge

Joanna Weiss sounds surprisingly like Chief Justice John Roberts in her column “It’s time to let go of the People’s Pledge” (Boston Globe, June 22, 2014). Like Roberts, she argues that strong campaign finance disclosure laws are sufficient to cure what ails democracy in the post-Citizens United era. In this post we respond to some of […]

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New Poll: Massachusetts voters oppose Super PACs, support donor disclosure

A majority of Massachusetts voters want to get rid of Super PACs and to regulate them more effectively concluded a statewide Suffolk University poll of 800 likely voters conducted June 4-7, 2014. Even when Super PAC spending is framed as “free speech”, 55% of voters oppose them, or a whopping 81% once undecided voters are removed. 67% […]

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Governor Deval Patrick signs election modernization bill

Today Governor Deval Patrick signed into law significant reforms to modernize our elections and expand voting rights here in Massachusetts. For the first time in decades Massachusetts can now call itself a national leader in ensuring free, fair and accessible elections. The law H.3788 enacts online voter registration, early voting, pre-registration of 16 year olds, post-election audits […]

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North Andover calls for a constitutional amendment

Last night at North Andover’s annual town meeting residents overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirming that corporations are not entitled to the constitutional rights of human beings. (See Article 13 in the town meeting warrant for the full text of the resolution.) The vote was 176 in favor, and 43 against. In 2013 a similar […]

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“Inequality For All” Screening in Framingham

Please join us for a free screening of Robert Reich’s new documentary Inequality for All. Framingham Friends and Neighbor is hosting a screening at the Framingham Public Library (49 Lexington Street) on June 1 at 2:00 pm. The screening will be followed by discussion facilitated by representatives of Common Cause, the Institute of Policy Studies, […]

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