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Maryland: Public Funding for Montgomery County

Your elected officials are debating a bill that would establish public funding for county races - the Executive and County Council. This legislation would advance public funding in your backyard - bolster our efforts to pass public funding at the state level - and be a much-needed bosst for national efforts for reform.

Maryland: Redistricting reform in Maryland!

Maryland draws legislative and congressional district lines behind closed doors, for partisan and political gain. And the result is clearly visible - Maryland has some of the most tortured Congressional districts in the nation. Gerrymandered districts create a situation where all votes are not equal, and they undermine confidence in the democratic process. Voters should choose their elected officials – elected officials should not choose their voters.
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Gerrymander Gazette | July 2017

July 27, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it will hear oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, an appeal of a three-judge federal trial court decision that Wisconsin State Assembly districts are an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

Fair Elections Now Introduced in Senate

July 27, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

Wednesday’s introduction of the Fair Elections Now Act deserves a tip of the hat to sponsoring Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, and his 23 co-sponsors for continuing to stand up for a good idea.

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Running for Baltimore

August 10, 2017

Baltimore – The cost to run for office in Baltimore City rose over 20% between the last two elections, according to research released today by Common Cause Maryland. This spike was true of both the Mayoral race, where winner Catherine Pugh raised nearly $280,000, and Council races, where the average candidate raised over $185,000.

Gerrymander Meander 2: What Were They Thinking?

July 17, 2017

Scores of people came out Sunday for a unique protest against gerrymandering in Maryland. The event, the “Gerrymander Meander 2,” visited four different restaurants in four congressional districts - all inside Baltimore County.

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Common Cause Maryland is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that works in the public interest, and empowering ordinary citizens to make their voices heard. Founded in 1974, Common Cause Maryland is one of the state’s most effective watchdog groups and has been a strong force for reform at the state and local levels.

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Damon Effingham

Legal and Policy Director, Common Cause Maryland, State Staff

In his capacity as Legal and Policy Director at Common Cause Maryland, Damon coordinates and leads legislative campaigns on issues related to money in politics, voting rights, transparency and government ethics.

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel

Executive Director, Common Cause Maryland, State Staff

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel is the Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland

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