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Voting & Elections 03.30.2023

Charlotte Observer: Boxed out by GOP gains, NC progressive groups seek to reignite resistance

Sailor Jones, associate director of Common Cause North Carolina, alluded to those setbacks in addressing the audience. “This time, my friends, the courts will not save us,” Jones said. “Who will?”

Money & Influence 03.25.2023

The Oregonian: Port of Morrow commissioners, already under investigation, keep voting on Amazon’s data center tax deals

Kate Titus, of the good government organization Common Cause Oregon, said elected officials should consider more than just their minimum legal requirements when conducting the public’s business. “There’s what the law mandates, but above and beyond that, there’s also what’s ethical. Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s ethical or in the best interest of the people,” Titus said. “Public perception matters. Elected officials can’t just follow the letter of the law, they need to follow the spirit of the law,” Titus told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “Ultimately, elected officials have an obligation to work in the best interests of the town, not Amazon and not for themselves.”

New York Times: Michael Cohen’s Long Arc From Trump Ally to Chief Antagonist

But one issue trailed him: a complaint had been filed with the Federal Election Commission by the good-government group Common Cause about his payment to Ms. Daniels, which was publicly revealed in January 2018 by The Wall Street Journal.

Money & Influence 03.22.2023

New York Times: Michael Bloomberg Has Found a New $5 Million Cause: Helping Hochul

“Its most immediate impact is that it adds to cynicism among voters,” said Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause New York. “The more money that floods into our system, the more people feel like their interests aren’t heard.”

Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska Gov. Pillen not releasing event schedule, criticized for lack of access, accountability

Gavin Geis, executive director for Common Cause Nebraska, said he believes Pillen should continue the tradition of governors sharing their schedule with the public. “Government transparency and accountability are not just enshrined in state law but are what Nebraskans expect from elected leaders,” he said. “The governor’s schedule gives us all insight into his priorities and helps keep the public informed about the work he’s doing on our behalf,” Geis continued. “While it may be an afterthought for some, it’s an important part of bringing voters into the hard work of governing.”

Media & Democracy 03.7.2023

Public Interest Champion Gigi Sohn Withdraws Nomination to FCC

“Senate treatment of this nomination has been, from beginning to end, sad, shoddy, and shameful.  And its treatment of Ms. Sohn a despicable dereliction of duty and honor.  A win for big-spending special interests, to be sure, but a tragic loss for the common good. We are disappointed that Ms. Sohn will be unable to serve as FCC Commissioner. She is a public interest champion who has spent her entire career advocating for policies that make broadband more affordable and accessible, defending an open internet, and promoting independent and diverse voices in our media ecosystem. Ms. Sohn would have served as a critical voice on several initiatives before the FCC including restoring net neutrality, prohibiting digital discrimination, and combating media consolidation." - former FCC chair Michael Copps

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