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Democracy’s Essential Infrastructure

Successful self-government depends upon a well-informed citizenry. Democracy is premised on the belief that an informed electorate is best able to set the course of government. But if we the people are denied the news and facts needed to make sound judgments, we will make decisions that harm our nation.

Games Congress Plays: The Judge Kavanuagh Edition

Guest columnist and Common Cause Massachusetts volunteer Martin Evans gives us another perspective on the Kavanaugh nomination. This column was first published in Wicked Local, Cambridge MA.

Judicial Nominee Failed to Disclose Wife's Ties to White House

A Trump nominee for the federal bench failed to disclose that his wife works for the White House counsel

Koch-backed Groups Linked to Scalia Trip, Speech Last Summer

Minutes after a lawyers’ group funded in part by industrialists Charles and David Koch welcomed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for a luncheon speech last August, another Koch-backed entity led a “stop government spending” rally in the same Montana hotel, a Common Cause analysis of Scalia’s annual financial disclosure report indicates

New conflict-of-interest questions raised about wife of Justice Clarence Thomas

But the bigger problem is that the Supreme Court has no way to address them

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