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Toward a More Informed Citizenry: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

An occasional column from Former FCC Chair Michael Copps, member of the Common Cause National Governing Board.

Voting & Elections 07.16.2021

Living History: First Person of Color to Lead Census Bureau Awaits Confirmation

Need an example of how systemic racism works? Consider the fact that it is 2021 and Robert Santos is the first person of color ever nominated to lead the Census Bureau, the agency responsible for making sure every person counts. It's not overt racism, but given historic undercounts, why hasn't anyone thought to nominate someone who might be able to help reach hard to reach communities?

Voting & Elections 07.13.2021

Small Businesses are Leading Efforts to Support the For the People Act

The 2020 election cycle showcased an urgent need for comprehensive democracy and campaign finance reform as we battled voter suppression tactics and dark-money politics –amid a global pandemic– to exercise our right to vote. 

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