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Political Money Fuels Mass Incarceration

By Matthew Bly With more than six months still to go, outside interests have already spent $103.6 million in the 2014 election cycle. This is a good thing, right? I mean, if the Supreme Court is right and money equals speech in politics, there’s a lot of talking going on. So let’s get to it. […]

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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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Hitting the Hill for Public Financing

An amazing group of Common Cause volunteers, the DC Connection, went to Capitol Hill today to continue the proud tradition of the ‘Citizens’ Lobby;’ I was lucky enough to go along. We met with staffers for Reps. Bruce Braley (IA-1), John Sarbanes (MD-3), and Jared Huffman (CA-2) to discuss the Government By the People Act […]

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Conference Committee Approves Comprehensive Election Modernization

The Election Modernization Coalition today applauds a conference committee for approving comprehensive election modernization legislation. The bill includes online voter registration, early voting, pre-registration for 16 year-olds, post-election audits of voting machines, and inactive voting reform. “We are thrilled,” said Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts. “We have been fighting for many of […]

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FCC Caving on Open Internet?

Do you enjoy the incredible variety of information and entertainment that comes to you in seconds whenever you’re online? Well get ready to be disappointed. After years of insisting that it would not, the Federal Communications Commission, is raising the white flag on the Open Internet. The commission’s chairman. Tom Wheeler (above) has proposed new […]

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