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Money & Influence 04.5.2019

Maddow’s Transparency Teach-in with Watergate-era Attorney Philip Lacovara

Rachel Maddow gave the nation an important history lesson with the man who made that history with two important decisions for transparency in the Watergate-era, Philip Lacovara.

Voting & Elections 11.1.2018

Preserving Voting Rights after the Husted Case

The result of purging voter roles is many inactive voters, who had not moved, being removed from voter rolls. This approach is not an efficient way to update voter rolls because it results in a large number of eligible voters being purged from the voter rolls. Fortunately, the federal appeals court later ruled that the Ohio boards of elections must count provisional ballots in the 2018 midterm elections for certain individuals who were previously purged from the voter rolls.

WSJ’s Seib Partially Diagnoses What Ails Democracy

In his recent Wall Street Journal column, Gerry Seib gives only a partial diagnosis for what ails our democracy and points toward a partial remedy. He's right about one thing though, the dis-ease many Americans feel is dangerous to the future of self-governance, so we best get this right.

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