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Statement on the Recommendations of Virginia's Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government

November 14, 2014

The recommendations adopted by the commission today are a welcome step toward a long-overdue strengthening of ethics enforcement in the Commonwealth. We’re particularly pleased with the proposal for creation of an Ethics Review Commission, with authority to initiate and conduct investigations of malfeasance, disclosure and ethics complaints and to impose civil penalties where appropriate.

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AOL To End ALEC Membership

November 10, 2014

Online giant AOL Inc, has decided to end its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Common Cause has learned; a company official confirmed the move today and said the decision was made “a number of weeks ago.”

Voter Registration

After a Dismal Campaign, Still Plenty of Reasons to Vote

November 4, 2014

A political season marked by an epic Battle of the Airwaves and a disgraceful War on Voting is drawing to a merciful close, but behind the dust kicked up by all those attack ads, there is plenty at stake and compelling reasons for Americans to get out and vote, Common Cause said today.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Filibuster Rule

November 3, 2014

“The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Common Cause’s case challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule is both shortsighted and ominous,” Common Cause President Miles Rapoport said today. “Instead of protecting debate, the 60-vote filibuster rule has shut down discussion on important legislation, from a living wage to addressing climate change.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Filibuster Rule

November 3, 2014

“The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Common Cause’s case challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule is both shortsighted and ominous,” Common Cause President Miles Rapoport said today. “Instead of protecting debate, the 60-vote filibuster rule has shut down discussion on important legislation, from a living wage to addressing climate change.

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U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Totally Unnecessary and Flagrantly Partisan Voter Photo ID for Now

October 10, 2014

Huge and wonderful (and unexpected) news for democracy, fairness and justice Thursday night! The United States Supreme Court voted 6 to 3 to block, for the upcoming November 4th election, the restrictive and extreme Wisconsin Voter photo ID law that was suddenly and erroneously reinstated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on September 12th!

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Marc Caplan Joining Common Cause

October 7, 2014

Common Cause is honored to announce that Marc Caplan, for 20 years one of the key figures in the money and politics movement, will join Common Cause on October 13 as Senior Advisor on Democracy Issues and Coordinator of Money in Politics. In that role, Marc will work closely with the Democracy Initiative and work to create new partnerships on issues of money in politics and electoral reform.

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Yelp, Another Internet Mainstay, Leaves ALEC

September 24, 2014

Internet powerhouse Yelp, which specializes in helping consumers find products and services in their communities, confirmed Wednesday that it has found its way out of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Redistricting NY

Judge Rules Proposed Redistricting Commission NOT Independent

September 17, 2014

In a strongly worded decision (attached), Albany Supreme Court Judge Patrick McGrath ruled unequivocally that the proposed redistricting commission: "cannot be described as 'independent' when eight out of the ten members are the handpicked appointees of the legislative leaders and the two additional members are essentially political appointees by proxy".

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Statement by Common Cause President Miles Rapoport on Today’s Vote on the Democracy for All Amendment, S.J. Res 19.

September 11, 2014

Opponents of the Democracy for All Amendment have spent the past three days arguing that the amendment is a dangerous attack on the First Amendment. Their votes today expose them as the real opponents of free speech, maintaining a system that lets a few wealthy Americans drown out the voices of millions of their fellow citizens.

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Statement by Miles Rapoport on Today’s Vote on the Democracy for All Amendment, S.J. Res 19.

September 11, 2014

Opponents of the Democracy for All Amendment have spent the past three days arguing that the amendment is a dangerous attack on the First Amendment. Their votes today expose them as the real opponents of free speech, maintaining a system that lets a few wealthy Americans drown out the voices of millions of their fellow citizens.

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