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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.

SCOTUS Audio File and Transcript: Rucho v Common Cause, March 26, 2019

The official audio file and transcript from the Supreme Court of the United States, March 26, 2019, Rucho v Common Cause.

Lamone v Benisek: A Frustration with Gerrymandering Led One Man to the Supreme Court

Steve Shapiro was an engineer, a Democrat in Maryland, and a member of Common Cause. His frustration with his own state party and the way they gerrymandered district lines in 2011 led him to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gerrymandering Funnies: John Oliver April 9, 2017

As the Supreme Court considers Rucho v. Common Cause, we remember some of our favorite gerrymandering moments, this one from John Oliver's Last Week Tonight on HBO from April 9, 2017.

Everything you never wanted to know, but really need to, about how politicians are stealing your votes

As the Supreme Court considers Rucho v. Common Cause we bring you some of the best videos that explain the issue. This is the long form documentary "How Elections Are Rigged" by Snag Films, 2016.

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