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Amendment Opponents Duck a Central Issue

By Meghan Cleary Opponents of a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign spending had plenty to say during Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposal. But they were all but silent on one of the central issues: the dangers of very wealthy people buying our elections. You’d think that Republican leaders like Sens. Mitch McConnell […]

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“New Nullification” Report Highlights Senate’s Dysfunction

Remember last fall, when Democratic leaders in the Senate forced through a rules change that lets 51 senators – a simple majority – break filibusters of presidential nominees for most federal judgeships and executive branch jobs? The hotly-contested reform was supposed to break the Senate’s partisan gridlock and let the self-proclaimed “world’s greatest deliberative body” […]

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The growing gap between Congress and those it’s supposed to represent

Our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) are out today with a fresh bit of evidence about the disheartening disconnect between members of Congress and the millions of Americans who are pinching pennies hoping to get in, or stay in, the middle class. Reviewing senators’ and representatives’2013 financial disclosure statements, CRP reports that […]

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Feinstein, Boxer now backing filibuster reform

Filibuster reform has picked up a pair of important supporters in the Senate. California Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, who had been considered strong supporters of the filibuster rule, have had a change of heart and are now ready to throw it out — at least for confirmation votes on presidential appointments. Feinstein told […]

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Senator Markey co-sponsors a strong Democracy Amendment!

In late August, the Democracy Amendment Coalition of Massachusetts delivered a letter to Senator Ed Markey signed by 30 organizations urging him to file or sponsor strong democracy amendments to end big money’s iron grip on our electoral process and policy making and to end the era of corporate constitutional rights. The letter has since […]

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