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Khalif Ali Joins Plaintiffs Calling for Fair Maps

On December 31, 2021, Common Cause PA's Executive Director Khalif Ali joined plaintiffs from across the state in filing an Application to Intervene in the ongoing congressional redistricting litigation currently before the Commonwealth Court.

Looking to solve a Harrisburg problem, Pa. House Speaker Rozzi turns to Pittsburgh for advice

“We’ve gotten to a point where some elected officials are spending much more time finding loopholes in the system than moving towards a democracy that works for everyone."

Voting & Elections 01.26.2023

Khalif Ali, executive director of the good government group Common Cause Pennsylvania, told Rozzi his organization is concerned about the way legislators have attempted to use amendments to the state constitution.

“The constitutional amendment process was never meant to be used as a means to advance vetoed and failed legislation, or to punish the court for decisions that weren’t favorable to a party’s agenda,” Ali said.

01.24.2023

Transparency an ongoing issue

Khalif Ali, executive director of Common Cause — a good-government group that advocates for transparency — said that he has no problem with the loosening of Wolf’s policies but cautioned that increased transparency may be necessary.

01.17.2023

Some lawmakers are trying to sneak through legislation to advance their hardline agenda - Opinion

Despite Pennsylvania voters’ overwhelming rejection of hardliner policies this past November, as the new legislative session begins, it’s clear very little has changed in Harrisburg.

Voting & Elections 04.26.2022

Independent voters now number more than 1 million and account for 15% of all registered voters, yet they are shut out of casting a primary ballot for key positions like governor and U.S. senator.

That’s one of the reasons why Ballot PA — a coalition of civic and community organizations including Common Cause PA, the League of Women Voters, and the Committee of Seventy — has launched a campaign to open Pennsylvania’s closed primary system.

04.13.2022

Republican-authored legislation prohibiting third parties from funding election operations passed the Pennsylvania Senate.

Common Cause, a good government advocacy group, opposed the bill, with Executive Director Khalif Ali saying the bill “does not guarantee that the Legislature will provide required election funding.” “It only limits where counties can look for help when they need it,” Ali said ahead of Wednesday’s vote.

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