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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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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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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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IRS Will Take A New Pass At Rules for “Social Welfare” Groups

By Daniel Weissglass Common Cause and other government reform groups scored an important victory on Thursday as the Internal Revenue Service announced that it will re-draft proposed new rules on political activity by non-profit “social welfare” groups. The tax agency’s initial draft rules received more public feedback than any proposed rules change in IRS history. […]

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