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Washington Post columnist David Ignatius is perhaps the city's best-connected national security reporter. He broke the story that brought down former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, confirming – through NINE sources - Flynn's...

They Did It Before; They'll Do It Again
February 24, 2017

Steve Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist, called for “deconstruction of the administrative state” at the conservative CPAC conference, on Thursday. What does that actually mean? According to Bannon, it means...

"Deconstruction of the Administrative State" Means We Lose
and Shannon Finley, Common Cause intern, February 24, 2017

HJR 3, Independent Redistricting Commission, sponsored by Representative Carl Trujillo, Senator Bill O'Neil and Senator Mark Moores, had its second hearing of the session today in the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grant and Cultural...

NEW MEXICO Thursday’s Legislative Actions and Upcoming Hearings
February 23, 2017

While the media were focused on Hillary Clinton's near miss at shattering the ultimate glass ceiling by capturing the White House, years of slow but steady progress for women in congressional and state legislative races also stalled last...

Progress Stalled
February 23, 2017

Senate Rules Committee had a few bills to watch today but the committee had so many other bills that these were rolled until Friday! SB 205, Unaffiliated Voters in Primary Elections, sponsored by Sen. John Sapien, will allow those voters who are...

NEW MEXICO Wednesday Entailed Lots of Waiting
February 22, 2017

The men and women responsible for administering American elections have challenged President Trump’s claims that last year’s voting was marred by widespread fraud but they’re apparently unwilling to demand that he...

Election Officials Muzzle Proposed Blast at Trump
February 21, 2017

Tuesday February 21 HB 399, Campaign Public Financing Changes, sponsored by Rep. Matthew McQueen and Rep. Patricio Ruiloba, to expand the state’s public financing to include candidates for Secretary of State passed the House Local...

NEW MEXICO New Bills for Wednesday
February 21, 2017

Student Advocacy Day at the Round House! We had so much fun with our partner organizations and all the students who showed up to advocate for issues they cared about – it was a fantastic start to the holiday! After receiving training on...

NEW MEXICO What a Way to Celebrate President’s Day!
February 20, 2017

By now, the town hall meeting in Salt Lake City with Rep. Jason Chaffetz on February 9 is old news. However, having been there, I find that I keep revisiting my impressions.
There was a huge crowd, far larger than the attendance at other...

'We Will Not Be Ignored'
Penny Smith, Common Cause activist,, February 20, 2017

First a HUGE Friday win! SB 224 – Register Voters 3 Days Before Elections, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn, passed the Senate Rules Committee. This bill will extend the Voter Registration Deadline by allowing registration through the...

NEW MEXICO A Busy Week Ahead for Better Government!
February 19, 2017

In the upcoming statewide election for Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Evers is facing a challenge from John Humphries, an administrator with the Dodgeville School District and Dr. Lowell Holtz, who has experience as a school...

John Humphries: Schooled by Team Walker, Betsy DeVos and ALEC
Mary Bottari, PR Watch, February 17, 2017

Capitol Report 2017 Week ending February 24, 2017 Filed by: Ben Wilcox, Governmental Consultant Overview The Florida legislature completed its final week of pre-legislative session committee meetings this week. Common Cause Florida has several...

Capitol Report for Week Ending February 24, 2017
Ben Wilcox, February 17, 2017

Representatives and Senators will be back in their districts and states next week as Congress recesses for President’s Day; their break is your opportunity to speak directly to them about the important issues facing our democracy. While...

President's Day Means It's Town Hall Time for Lawmakers
February 17, 2017

Capitol Report 2017 For the week ending February 17, 2017 Filed by: Ben Wilcox, Governmental Consultant Overview The Florida legislature continues to prepare for the 2017 legislative session holding a fifth week of committee meetings...

Capitol Report for Week Ending February 17, 2017
Ben Wilcox, February 17, 2017

SB 96, Campaign Finance Fix, sponsored by Senator Peter Wirth and Representative James Smith, passed the Senate floor today by a vote of 36-6! The bill would accomplish a major overhaul of the law to bring it into line with both recent...

NEW MEXICO Wednesday Wins for Democracy
February 15, 2017

The Office of Government Ethics, the internal watchdog for the federal bureaucracy, is calling for disciplinary action against presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway after she violated ethical rules for government employees by going on...

Ethics Watchdog Wants Conway Disciplined
Ryan Kelley, Common Cause intern, February 15, 2017

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