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Study Links Voter ID Laws (and Lawmakers) to Bias Against Latinos

Study Links Voter ID Laws (and Lawmakers) to Bias Against Latinos
A new study by researchers at the University of Southern California argues that bias among state legislators against Latino voters is an important factor in the passage of tough voter ID laws across the country. The laws ostensibly are designed to prevent voter fraud, but the researchers said there’s almost no evidence that such fraud is a problem in U.S. elections
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WI Judge: Campaigns Aren't Corrupt Enough, Let's Have Shady Groups Deal with Candidates Directly

WI Judge: Campaigns Aren't Corrupt Enough, Let's Have Shady Groups Deal with Candidates Directly
A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that constraints on coordination between soft money groups and candidates was unconstitutional, basically blowing the lid off of any spending caps and solidifying the burgeoning plutocracy so replacing the US' former, less corrupt, version of democracy.
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Without Election Regulation, Massachusetts Steels Itself for Onslaught of Dark Money

Without Election Regulation, Massachusetts Steels Itself for Onslaught of Dark Money
Super PACs are quietly forming to influence the Massachusetts' races for governor and other elections in 2014, and if state lawmakers can't pass a campaign finance disclosure bill soon, these outside groups will be free to spend unlimited sums without disclosing their donors in real time.
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Uniting Actual Citizens: Senators Markey and Warren Cosponsor 'Fair Elections Now' Act

Uniting Actual Citizens: Senators Markey and Warren Cosponsor 'Fair Elections Now' Act
Last week’s introduction of the Fair Elections Now Act invites Senators to declare their independence from big money campaign donors and refocus their attention on the everyday folks who elected them. This common sense legislation, modeled after successful small donor, public financing programs in several states, would give a refundable $25 tax credit to Americans who contribute $300 or less to a Senate candidate or party in a given year.
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Here's an Idea: Massachussetts to Expand -- Not Restrict -- Voting Rights

Here's an Idea: Massachussetts to Expand -- Not Restrict -- Voting Rights
Unlike many red states who've in recent years restricted the ability of voters to get to the booths, the Massachusetts Senate has just passed a bill that expands voting rights. Early, day-of, and online registration are all part of this comprehensive package.
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ALEC Prepares Switch to 'Social Welfare' Group as IRS Investigation Shines Light in Dark Corners

ALEC Prepares Switch to 'Social Welfare' Group as IRS Investigation Shines Light in Dark Corners
Facing an Internal Revenue Service inquiry on tax fraud charges, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is effectively acknowledging that its status as a charity may be a cover for its real work as a multi-million dollar lobby for some of the nation’s largest and richest corporations. Cue up the back-up plan: a "social welfare" organization able to engage in unlimited lobbying. The only reason this hasn't happened yet is because donors would not be able to deduct their contributions on federal tax forms.
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Insecure Commission: SEC Dumps Proposal Requiring Companies to Disclose Political Spending

Insecure Commission: SEC Dumps Proposal Requiring Companies to Disclose Political Spending
Since 2011, more than 640,000 Americans have written to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which regulates the stock market and publicly-owned corporations, to support a proposal that it require companies to report their political spending to stockholders and the public. The commission responded last week by unceremoniously dumping the proposed rule from its 2014 agenda.
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End the Fili-Bluster

End the Fili-Bluster
The filibuster was never intended by the Founding Fathers, but today it's used indiscriminately, causing gridlock and uncertainty. A rules change alleviate some of the more nefarious consequences of the no-talk filibuster, or Fili-Bluster.
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Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale

Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale
Organizing for Action, the Obama administration’s new “independent,” non-profit advocacy group, should be put out of business and its plan to schedule quarterly meetings with the President for its big contributors and fundraisers should be scrapped.
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Broken Congress: The Filibuster is Fixable

Right now, all a Senator has to do to shut down a bill is declare a filibuster, then walk away. There’s absolutely nothing to stop partisans from filibustering almost every bill—and that’s exactly what we saw in the 112th Congress, the least productive in history.
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