California DMV Takes Important First Steps Toward Improving Voter Registration Services
May 4, 2016
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) took the necessary first steps toward improving voter registration services offered online and at its 174 field offices across the state, though it still will need to address some major issues.
Gerrymander Gazette - April 2016
April 29, 2016
Welcome to the third edition of the Gerrymander Gazette, Common Cause’s newsletter on redistricting reform efforts around the country.
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.
CA Common Cause Welcomes Legislation to Modernize California’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Website
March 14, 2016
Today Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D - Van Nuys) announced his intention to advance legislation to modernize California’s campaign finance disclosure system.
If Cal-Access were a cell phone, it would be a pager
March 14, 2016
California Common Cause is working to increase transparency by improving California's online campaign finance and disclosure system, Cal-Access. Watch our press conference for SB 1349 - which overhauls and modernizes the outdated system.
Report Highlights Need for Improvements to California’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Website
January 11, 2016
New National Institute on Money in State Politics report highlights reforms needed to bring greater transparency and accountability to California’s political system.
California's Top Court Affirms Citizen Right to Advise Lawmakers
January 4, 2016
California’s highest court has opened this election year with an important message to voters everywhere, affirming their right to advise their representatives in Washington on the importance of reducing the influence of big money in politics, Common Cause said today.
Evenwel, Equal Representation Depends on Justice Kennedy
December 15, 2015
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last Tuesday in Evenwel v. Abbott, a case that has huge implications for who has a voice in our democracy.
Report Shows that California Can Strengthen Protections Against Public Corruption
November 9, 2015
California’s C- grade in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation shows that our state has more work to do in order to guard against corruption.
L.A. City Councilmember’s bold idea to curb campaign spending
October 16, 2015
Only five months into his term as a newly elected Los Angeles City Councilmember, David Ryu is already starting to shake things up at City Hall when it comes to campaign finance reform.
The Hour of Local Democracy
October 13, 2015
In boosting local voter turnout, SB 415 is an important step in strengthening our democratic system.
Governor Signs “California New Motor Voter Program” into Law
October 10, 2015
Today Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1461, also known as the California New Motor Voter Program.
Governor Signs Expanded Same Day Registration Law
October 10, 2015
Today Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 439, authored by Senator Ben Allen, which will expand the availability of same-day voter registration in the 14 days leading up to election day. Same-day registration allows an eligible voter to register to vote then vote on the same day in the two weeks leading up to an election.
Activists Call on CA Supreme Court To Restore Prop. 49 to 2016 Ballot
October 6, 2015
Ethics and Redistricting Reform Coming to Sacramento
September 18, 2015
Sacramento City Council unanimously approves comprehensive ethics reform package, which includes the creation of an independent ethics commission, an ethics code, and an independent redistricting commission.
California’s Proposition 49, The Overturn Citizens United Act To Have Its Day in Court At Last.
September 11, 2015
Late last week, the Court announced that they will hear oral arguments in Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association v Padilla on October 6th. The hearing will determine if Prop 49 will be restored to California’s November 2016 ballot.
California Common Cause Calls on CA Legislature To End Practice of “Gut and Amend” Bills
September 10, 2015
California Common Cause calls on the Legislature to adopt a rule that all gut-and-amend bills will be subject to a minimum 5-day Sunshine Rule – that is making the bill available to the public in print for 5 days - to allow public and legislative consideration.
California Common Cause Welcomes Enhancements to Campaign Finance Disclosure Website
September 3, 2015
The Cal-Access enhancements announced today by Secretary Padilla will give voters, journalists, and watchdogs a better tool to understand the influence of money in politics. We congratulate the secretary on this initiative.
Democracy Reformers Rally Across U.S. to Mark Birthday of Gerrymandering's Namesake
July 17, 2015
Citizens demanding fair representation and transparency in the drawing of legislative districts rallied across the country this week to commemorate the 271st birthday of Elbridge Gerry, the father of “gerrymandering.”
Supreme Court Decision Upholds Citizen-Driven Redistricting in California
June 29, 2015
Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a sweeping decision upholding the right of Californians to reform elections through ballot initiatives and preserving the power of California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw Congressional districts.