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It’s a challenge to pick the worst of the furnace-hot verbiage spewing forth from the new Administration; there is just so much to choose from. But to me, one completely frightening statement stands out. It is “deconstructing the...

Deconstruction
March 22, 2017

BIG WIN OF THE SESSION! HJR 8 to establish an Independent Ethics Commission passed the House and Senate, then a couple of conference committees hammered out amendments yesterday. Both chambers agreed, and YOU will now get to vote in the next...

NEW MEXICO Last Day, Sine Die
March 18, 2017



Capitol Report 2017 Week ending March 17, 2017 Filed by: Ben Wilcox, Governmental Consultant Overview The Florida legislature has completed its second week of the 2017 legislative session. Common Cause Florida has a number of priority...

Capitol Report for Week Ending March 17, 2017
Ben Wilcox, March 18, 2017

SB 96 and SB 97 pass the NM House Floor! The NM Senate today concurred with the House of Representatives on two bills sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth to update the NM election code. One will require greater transparency from large independent donors...

NEW MEXICO Big Wins for Democracy in NEW MEXICO Monday!
March 14, 2017

President Trump’s so-far-unsupported claim that former President Barack Obama had wiretaps installed on his phones in Trump Tower, is getting even more bizarre. In a weekend interview with her New Jersey hometown newspaper, the Bergen...

Trump's Bizarre Wiretap Claims Getting More Bizarre
March 13, 2017

Capitol Report 2017 Week ending March 10, 2017 Filed by: Ben Wilcox, Governmental Consultant Overview The Florida legislature has completed its first week of the 2017 legislative session. Common Cause Florida has a number of priority issues that...

Capitol Report for Week Ending March 10, 2017
Ben Wilcox, March 11, 2017

Late Thursday night, the House debated HJR 8, Independent Ethics Commission, and it was passed by a vote of 66-0, an historic victory! Our tremendous thanks to the hard work and tenacious efforts of the original bill sponsors Rep. Jim Dines,...

NEW MEXICO Weekly Wrap-up and a look at the Weekend Ahead
March 10, 2017

Unfortunately, we had two losses on Thursday. Both SB 42, Agreement to Elect President by Popular Vote, sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart; and SB 224, Register Voters 3 Days Before Elections, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn, failed to pass the House...

NEW MEXICO What’s Up for Friday and What happened Thursday
March 9, 2017

$2.7 million per day. $3.7 million per Member of Congress. That's what the people must fight to win back our democracy. The numbers come from Americans for Financial Reform, a nonpartisan and nonprofit coalition of more than 200 civil rights,...

Who Is Selling Us Short?
March 8, 2017

Voting Bills Thursday! SB 42, Agreement to Elect President by Popular Vote, sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart, will be heard in the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee on Thursday! The committee meets at...

NEW MEXICO That was Quick – NPV has Another Hearing Tomorrow!
March 8, 2017

SB 42, Agreement to Elect President by Popular Vote, sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart, passed the House State Government, Indian & Veterans Affairs Committee today!! Senator Stewart was fantastic answering the many questions from committee...

NEW MEXICO Tuesday Big win for NPV
March 7, 2017

Today HJR8 to establish an Independent Ethics Commission passed the House Judiciary Committee unanimously!! Rep. Jim Dines had great feedback from nearly every committee member, and the bill is now headed to the House floor – please thank...

NEW MEXICO Monday Win for Ethics
March 6, 2017

Breaking Saturday Win on Automatic Voter Registration HB28, Automatic Voter Registration at MVD sponsored by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, passed the NM House 56-10! Thank you, Representatives! AVR is a process states are adopting to update our...

NEW MEXICO Two Weeks Left and we are Still Moving
March 5, 2017

As President, George W. Bush was the butt of countless jokes. As a private citizen, he’s showing off an ability to laugh at himself – and setting something of an example for President Trump. Check out this clip from last night’s...

A Chuckle to Start Your Weekend
March 3, 2017

"Gerrymander” is defined as: “To divide (an area) into political units to give special advantage to one group.” It was named after Elbridge Gerry, Governor of Massachusetts, who in 1812 signed a law redistricting state...

Gerrymandering: Unconstitutional and Unaffordable
Tom Frazier, March 3, 2017

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