election reform

In 1991 Lee Atwater, former Republican National Committee Chairman and a pioneer in political attack ads, was dying from a brain tumor.
Most of the politicos who were paying attention to the P.U.M.A. movement of 2008 had then dismissed us as merely being sore-loser, tantrum-throwing Hillary supporters -- scorned voters seeking revenge by not voting for Barack Obama in the general election.
The process to elect a president is labyrinthine and dreadfully confusing. But must it be? Can we simplify this great quadrennial civic exercise? Make it more straightforward and citizen-friendly? I believe it's possible to do so -- before 2020.
When you set up a system where only very few white guys do all the voting, it's not surprising that you end up with an #OscarsSoWhite controversy. This problem isn't unique to the Academy. Just think about who represents us in elected offices.
In a democratic system, no right is more fundamental or necessary than the right to vote. So why are citizens required to opt-in to exercise their right to vote through voter registration?
Thursday's debates comprise only the first leg of what will be a rhetorical marathon in what has become a comically protracted presidential campaign cycle. It's not likely that the candidates on either side of the aisle will voluntarily broach the process story of our defective Congress and what to do about it.
Automatic registration has increasingly become a cause for civil rights advocates and institutions like the Brennan Center
I will have much more to say about this topic in an upcoming column. For today, take note: Hillary Clinton's support for a national campaign against the corruption of big money in politics is a game-changer and an important moment in the 2016 campaign.
A proposal to change how Michigan awards Electoral College votes has drawn criticism from Democrats and voting rights groups
New poll shows small businesses believe our current campaign finance system puts large corporations at a competitive advantage; entrepreneurs support significant reforms to level the playing field between small employers and big business.
Together, we must urge our elected officials to implement accrual accounting principles at the federal level so that our nation can finally have accountability based on accurate financial information.
That's right -- online voter registration is so convenient and cost-effective that it took a whole day for Minnesota lawmakers and the governor to decide that voters shouldn't be deprived of it for even a second. And so it continued uninterrupted. What lessons can we learn from Minnesota's experience?
We have been victimized by carefully-calibrated public relations campaigns alleging that loyal, upstanding, law-abiding Americans are being negated by voter corruption. It is not true. Make no mistake: This is a Republican, corporate-funded effort to exclude American citizens from the voting process.
That this comes just after the Supreme Court liberated California from the yoke of the imprudently passed Proposition 8 should be a warning both as to the wisdom of CPPI and of the need for the state to reform what David Broder once referred to as "Direct Democracy run amok."
For those of us who have been working in this field for years, this isn't a surprise. Even before the Supreme Court's Citizens
Time and again, during the Sierra Club's fights for clean energy and climate action, we've seen politicians side with the fossil fuel companies that stuff their campaign coffers instead of with the people that they are supposed to represent.
But it's not just restrictions at the ballot box that are impugning our democracy--the flood of special interest cash drowning
“There’s a way to do this. This isn’t the way,” Gessler said, urging the majority Democratic lawmakers to work harder at