As Cuomo Sits Passively, Republicans Take Over New York State Senate Despite Losing Election

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 10:00 am

In an unusual power-sharing agreement that ought to be remembered should Andrew Cuomo ever try to run for President, Republicans and a group of “independent Democrats” will share control of the New York State Senate, despite Democrats running on the Democratic ballot line winning as many as 33 of the 63 seats in the chamber. [...]

Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Budget for All Deserves as Much Scrutiny as Paul Ryan’s Budget

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 11:39 am

As long as the news media devotes massive amounts of space to a fantasy budget, why can’t they turn their attention for just a minute to a more legitimate one? Sure, the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Budget for All isn’t likely to get much more than the 100 or so votes of its members, short of [...]

The Supreme Court: Hero to the Downtrodden Powerful

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 8:10 am

Ian Milhiser has done a great service with a review of the Supreme Court’s session, showing that the court under John Roberts has become a powerful champion of the big guy over the little guy, the powerful over the people, and the free speech rights of corporations. But perhaps the scariest manifestation of this was [...]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Public Financing Law

By: Monday June 27, 2011 10:15 am

The Supreme Court, reflecting their continuing unwinding of all campaign finance laws in America, today struck down a decades-old Arizona law that enables public financing for legislative elections. The decision was predictably 5-4, with the court’s conservative wing arguing that the Clean Elections Law, which provides matching funds for challengers who accept public money, “substantially [...]

Supreme Court Poised to Gut Public Financing Laws

By: Tuesday March 29, 2011 9:15 am

It looks increasingly that the Supreme Court, having already delivered a severe blow to the system of campaign finance, will make that destruction complete by banning Arizona’s public financing system. “Do you think it would be a fair characterization of this law to say that its purpose and its effect are to produce less speech [...]

Brewer: I Only Debated for the Money

By: Friday September 3, 2010 1:36 pm

Gov. Jan Brewer followed up her trainwreck debate performance with a vow never to debate again. The kicker is that this small-government conservative admitted that she only participated in the panel at all because she, get this, wanted to qualify for public money to finance her campaign. Incumbent Republican Jan Brewer said Thursday she has [...]

CA-Init: Democratic Party Will Endorse Clean Money, Oppose Corporate-Backed Initiatives

By: Sunday April 18, 2010 9:47 am

Brian Leubitz of Calitics, a member of the state resolutions committee, reports: On the Props, the resolutions committee went the right way on all the props, and we’ll approve them. They supported Prop 15, the fair elections initiative, and Prop 13, a measure that would change the way seismic retrofits are taxed. They opposed Prop [...]

CA-Init: Whitman’s Purchase of Governor’s Race Shows Need for Clean Money

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 6:33 am

You may know by now that Meg Whitman added $20 million more of her own money to her campaign war chest this week, bringing her personal stake in the California gubernatorial race to $59 million. Fortunately, she does have her limits: she says she won’t go a dime above $150 million. (Because she needed some [...]

Bayh Advances Public Financing, Filibuster Reform

By: Sunday February 21, 2010 1:31 pm

Yes, Evan Bayh’s morose, nostalgiac op-ed does induce eye-rolling frequently, and I’ve no quarrel with Mr. Bogg’s righteous lampooning. Anyone hearkening back to the glorious yesteryear of three days after 9-11 seems more in love with collective fear than legitimate action. And congratulating the Senate for their beatific bipartisan compromise on how to administer the [...]

Lessig’s Maximalist Post-Citizens United Strategy Finds Broad Support In Polls

By: Thursday February 18, 2010 12:40 pm

Lawrence Lessig, who thinks the recent Citizens United decision presents an opportunity to really fix the consuming problem of money in politics, has responded to critics who think that his expansionist strategy for campaign finance reform doesn’t fit the political moment, and that the set of reforms proposed by Chuck Schumer and Chris Van Hollen [...]

Citizens United Ruling Loathed Across Political Spectrum

By: Wednesday February 17, 2010 9:27 am

The Washington Post finds that Republicans and Democrats alike oppose the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case that opens up elections to corporate funding. Eight in 10 poll respondents say they oppose the high court’s Jan. 21 decision to allow unfettered corporate political spending, with 65 percent “strongly” opposed. Nearly as many backed [...]

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