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01.4.2019

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.

Never Voted With Fair Maps: A Q&A with Love Caesar

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a historic challenging to partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina, Love Caesar, an NC A&T student, gives her perspective on the state of gerrymandering and voting rights.

Legislative v. judicial: A lengthy timeline of North Carolina gerrymandering

Common Cause is taking the North Carolina legislature to court over partisan gerrymandering. Here is how we got here.

Media & Democracy 03.12.2019

News Blues

I have a bad case of news blues. Journalism is fast becoming a vast wasteland, recalling the great Newt Minow’s insightful characterization of television in the early Sixties. Newsrooms across the land are hollowed out, or in many cases shuttered.

Join the movement over 1 million strong for democracy

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