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Voting & Elections 05.12.2016

2016 Legislative Wrap-Up

May 11th marked the last day of the 2016 legislative session in Colorado. Over the last 180 days, nearly 700 bills were introduced and debated. We worked on dozens of bills to protect voting rights, reduce the influence of money in politics, and strengthen transparency and government accountability.

Media & Democracy 05.11.2016

One for the people over the telecom industry

Connectivity is essential to participation in civil society. Emergency communications need to be reliable, every time, across media.

Voting & Elections 04.27.2016

3 Reasons We Need the Presidential Primary

The Colorado caucuses this March highlighted the many problems with this outdated system. Restoring the presidential primary in our state will make the nomination process more inclusive, convenient, and representative.

The Life Cycle of a CORA Request

The Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) should allow anyone to view any public record that includes information such as public funds, city ordinances, or government spending. So, how how do you request a public record and what is the process once you submit the request?

Governments Taking Action Virtually

On Monday March 14th, HB 16-1259 was passed 11-0 by Colorado House Education Committee. The bill expands the membership of board of trustees for a local district college and details how a local district college can take action without holding regular or special meetings. This second part is what most interests us at Colorado Common Cause.

Money & Influence 03.21.2016

Big Money in Our Schools

Since Citizens United, we’ve become accustomed to hearing about “secret money” groups. The irony is that while the court used this case to demolish campaign contribution limits, they named disclosure as the key counter to the outsized influence of money in politics. Unfortunately, elected officials have not responded to the Supreme Court’s suggestion for increased disclosure requirements. As a result, we are left in the dark about who is spending millions to influence our vote

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