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Money & Influence 05.24.2019

Newsmax: Conservative Columnist Evolves on Public Financing

It took 40 years, but conservative columnist Paul DeLespinasse of Corvallis, Oregon, evolves on public financing and Common Cause. Democracy Wire welcomes the author to the right side of history and adds our thanks to Newsmax where this piece was first published.

Broadway’s Atticus Finch: Jeff Daniels Breaks Down Race, Politics, Trump

Culture often leads politics and the theatre once again reflects uncomfortable truths with Harper Lee's classic, To Kill A Mockingbird starring Jeff Daniels. If you cannot watch the full nine-minute interview then skip to 6:38 and watch the final portion.

Money & Influence 05.21.2019

George Washington to Citizens United: A History of Campaign Finance Reform

First in a series of articles looking at the past, present, and future of campaign finance reform, originally posted at The Well News.

Media & Democracy 05.15.2019

Undermining Journalism Serves Trumps Narrow Legal and Political Goals; Apparently the First Amendment Isn’t Too High a Price for Him to Pay

Despite Trump’s attempts to distract the public and control the narrative by waging a war on the media, we simply cannot ignore the dangerous precedent he is setting for the role of the free press in our democracy. By dismissing credible reporting, painting news outlets as a threat, and even endangering the lives of journalists, he’s constantly undermining the free and independent press as one of our core democratic institutions. An informed, engaged public is vital to a functioning democracy. Journalists play a critical role in holding our elected officials accountable and providing the public with news and information to make informed decisions about our government. Trump’s war on the media poses a serious threat to our democracy.

California Terminated Gerrymandering. The U.S. Supreme Court Should Too.  

Redistricting reform is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue.  It’s a fight that people of all political stripes are rallying behind.  And it’s time for the Supreme Court to say “Hasta la vista, gerrymandering.”