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Sacramento Member Meeting

November 12, 2015

You're invited to join us for our November member meeting, where we'll discuss important ethics and redistricting reforms and what local activists like yourself can do to help.

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Legislation

Travel Gift Disclosure - SIGNED INTO LAW

December 1, 2014

This bill requires a nonprofit organization that pays for travel for elected officeholders to disclose the names of donors responsible for funding the travel. It would also require a person who receives a travel gift to report the destination on their Statement of Economic Interests.

Young Adult Poll Workers - SIGNED INTO LAW

February 23, 2015

This bill addresses the need for more bilingual poll workers by allowing counties to employ 16 to 18 year old students who are legal, permanent residents. The bill fills a gap in existing law, which already allows high school students who are citizens, and legal permanent residents over age 18, to serve as poll workers.

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Litigation

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News

Gerrymander Gazette | October 4, 2016

October 4, 2016; Blog Post, Status Update

We have redistricting litigation developments in North Carolina, Virginia, and Illinois in addition to a big prison gerrymandering decision out of Rhode Island. A significant win in California could bring reform to counties and cities across the state and a new campaign in Pennsylvania seeks to get candidates’ views about gerrymandering on the record. Here’s what’s happening around the country.

California Takes Major Step Toward Citizen-Funded Elections

September 29, 2016; Press Release, Status Update

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to give citizens a greater voice in California’s democracy. Senate Bill 1107, by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, gives local governments and the state the choice to enact citizen-funded election programs. California Common Cause sponsored the bill with the California Clean Money Campaign.

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Press Releases

Supreme Court Rejects Radical Re-Write of Constitution in Evenwel Redistricting Case

April 4, 2016

Today the U.S. Supreme Court voted 8-0 in Evenwel v. Abbott to allow states to continue to count total population when drawing state legislative districts after each census. The plaintiffs sought an unprecedented change to the U.S. Constitution forbidding states from using census counts of total population and requiring them to draw districts with equal number of voters. The City of Los Angeles was a lead drafter of a brief Common Cause organized that the Los Angeles County, San Francisco, and 16 other counties and cities across the country joined to oppose this change.

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Research & Reports

Common Cause California Report: Sacramento Television Coverage of the February 2008 Primary Election

September 23, 2011

A report from Common Cause California which analyses the electoral race coverage on local Sacramento television. It reads in part, 'In the early 2008 presidential campaign, the media had already limited the race to five candidates and provided little about their records or their plans if elected. Sixty-three percent of stories focused on political and tactical aspects of the campaign; nearly four times the number on candidates' background, ideas or policy proposals.'

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Contact information for the Sacramento Media Reform Group

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Staff

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