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Editor's note: Jasmine Banks is a Kairos Fellow at NARAL We know that when corporations and industries control how people communicate, access information, and connect with one another, the potential for corruption, harm, and even violence...

Net Neutrality: No 21st Century Democracy Without It
Jasmine Banks, Guest Blogger, May 26, 2017

American democracy is becoming a money-making enterprise for wealthy private interests and possibly Russians, according to a panel of lawmakers and public interest advocates who spoke at a press briefing and forum on Capitol Hill this...

Forum Spotlights Trump Administration's Ethics Deficit
Scott Zimmerman, May 25, 2017

President Trump’s establishment of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity is “a futile attempt to justify… groundless claims that millions of people voted illegally, and a pretext for future suppression,” Sen....

Trump Commission Aims to Limit Voting, Senator Charges
Kaelin Delaney, Samuel Genova, Sruthi Palaniappan, and Scott Zimmerman, May 24, 2017

Remember when Donald Trump promised that during his presidency any profits his hotels gain through business with foreign governments would be donated to the U.S. Treasury? Apparently, he doesn’t. NBC News is reporting today that Trump...

Trump Hotels Not Tracking Payments from Foreign Governments
May 24, 2017

Two women who’ve seen firsthand the institutional and structural barriers that confront women running for political office - and have demonstrated that those barriers can be overcome - shared their insights on women in politics this morning...

Women Face Political Obstacles, but Can Overcome Them
Sruthi Palaniappan and Kaelin Delaney, May 22, 2017

The White House move to block the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) from collecting waivers granted by Trump Administration nominees to work in fields where they recently lobbied is an outrage and part of a disturbing pattern. OGE was created in...

White House Blocks OGE’s Ability to Enforce Ethics Rules
May 22, 2017

Editor's note: Joe Maschman is a Common Cause legal fellow. The Constitution authorizes impeachment of the president on the grounds of treason, bribery, or “other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Although the final category...

Grounds for Impeachment Are a Political, Not a Legal, Question
Joe Maschman, May 18, 2017

I've never heard such a bunch of spurious arguments, distorted history, and just plain rubbish as Chairman Pai and his big industry allies have put forth to sustain their totally untenable argument against an open internet. Today's proposal, if...

FCC Proposal Would Gut Open Internet
May 18, 2017

The American people deserve answers to questions that have been dogging this Administration since the election. Common Cause has been arguing for months for an independent investigation of President Trump’s connections to Russia and...

Trump Makes the Case for Independent Probe of Russia Ties
May 16, 2017

Editor's note: Sruthi Palaniappan and Kaelin Delaney are Common Cause interns
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republicans routinely criticized Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for using a private email server to do official business...

Nothing to See Here
Sruthi Palaniappan and Kaelin Delaney, May 16, 2017

Editor's note: Sruthi Palaniappan is a Common Cause intern Greater access to voting in North Carolina has been restored! The U.S. Supreme Court declined today to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that a North Carolina voting law passed in...

Supreme Court Refuses to Restore Restrictive NC Voting Law
Sruthi Palaniappan, May 15, 2017

Redistricting reform advocates stopped an attempt to place severe limits on the ability of Floridians to use the state’s Fair Districts Amendments to hold legislators accountable for gerrymandering. The Fair Districts Amendments, which...

Attempt to Gut Florida’s Ban on Partisan Gerrymandering Fails
May 12, 2017

Capitol Report 2017 Week ending May 12, 2017 Filed by: Ben Wilcox, Governmental Consultant Overview The Florida legislature completed the 2017 regular legislative session on Friday, May 5th. A one-day special session ended around 8:30...

Capitol Report for Week Ending May 12, 2017
May 12, 2017

Let’s face it, this is a tough time for democracy reformers in Washington. We relish our role as watchdogs on the new administration, and Team Trump certainly is giving us plenty to bark about. But we understand that because the White...

Finding Wisdom, Inspiration in the Great Southwest
May 12, 2017

President Trump’s election integrity commission is a sham and an attempt to distract from the both the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election and blowback the White House is receiving for firing FBI Director Comey. To launch an...

Trump Voting Commission a Sham and a Diversion
May 11, 2017

There’ve been two small but nonetheless encouraging developments this week toward securing the nation’s voting machines against foreign attackers. On Monday, in a hearing dominated by questions about Russian government-backed efforts...

Small But Important Steps to Protect Our Elections
May 10, 2017

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