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What is the For the People Act – also known as H.R. 1?

As Democrats take back control of the U.S. House of Representatives this week, their first item of business is a robust democracy reform package that aims to give everyday people a bigger voice in politics and to create a more ethical and accountable government.

Shutdown Sharing: Neighbor Helping Neighbor

As this record-breaking government shutdown harms our economy and reputation in the world, the real hurt is felt by public servants in the federal workforce. It's time for us all to step up to help our neighbors. Lenny Mendonca has taken a leave from the Common Cause National Governing Board to serve as Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsome in California. He is Senior Partner Emeritus at McKinsey.


Today’s Ruling on the Census Citizenship Question Still Leaves Room for Worry

The Trump Administration is playing politics with Census 2020. That is the exact reason why a federal judge in New York has now delivered a major blow to Trump’s war on immigrants.


MEMO: Potential Trump Campaign Violations Related to Manafort Communications with Kilimnik

The information revealed in Paul Manafort’s court filing may show that the 2016 Trump campaign violated federal campaign finance laws prohibiting candidates from receiving in-kind contributions from foreign nationals in the form of “coordinated expenditures” and requiring candidates to report all of their contributions and expenditures.

Voting & Elections 12.13.2018

Subverting Democracy

Election fraud in North Carolina’s ninth congressional district must be fully investigated, and a new election may be needed

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