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Who is stuffing the politicians’ pockets: Alabama and PAC-to-PAC contributions

by John Alford  Alabama Legislatures are trying to clean up the state’s political landscape. The problem at hand is that money is being shifted around without a clear understanding of where the funds originated. Political action committees (“PACs“) are, essentially, … Continue reading

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How city and county councils are handling redistricting in the first state

by Colleen Nichols Hurricane Irene was not the only thing to shake up Delaware this year. The 2010 Census has sent County and City Councils scrambling to create redistricting plans that reflect the changes in their districts’ populations and comply … Continue reading

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Big commission for a small state

Q&A with John Marion of Common Cause on Redistricting in Rhode Island 1. Can you describe the work the Special Commission on Reapportionment has done? “They’ve met, six times so far. Going around the state, taking testimony from people concerning … Continue reading

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Presidential primary suspended: Why doesn’t it matter?

by Eli Mackey Washington State’s 2012 Presidential Primary is among the recent victims sacrificed at the altar of budgetary woes. The financial problems left in this listless economy granted no immunity to matters of seemingly great civic importance. Washington State … Continue reading

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Appointee to DC Board of Elections and Ethics falls before questionable statute

by Neil Gibson In Washington, DC, the end of September saw Mayor Vincent Gray rendered helpless before a provision of DC’s statutory code, which foiled Gray’s attempt to fill out membership of the city’s  Board of Elections and Ethics. In … Continue reading

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Vincent Gray’s campaign finance slip-ups

by Neil Gibson In Washington, DC, embattled mayor Vincent Gray and several members of his 2010 mayoral campaign remain the subjects of a federal criminal investigation regarding the campaign’s alleged violations of city campaign finance laws. Among other things, Gray’s … Continue reading

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Terminating “gerrymander” ghouls with transparency: Massachusetts’s 2012 redistricting approach (Part II)

by Richard Clausi In light of Massachusetts’ long and sordid history with the issue of gerrymandering, it came as no surprise when Democratic Representative Michael J. Moran predicted two months ago that certain residents would be skeptical of the state’s … Continue reading

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Indiana’s confusing record of voter registration

by Shanna Reulbach Indiana’s recent history with voter registration is somewhat baffling, to say the least.  The state seems to swing like a pendulum between liberal and conservative measures and priorities, and compliance and defiance of federal mandates that extend … Continue reading

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Attempts to shine light on the dark side of politics

by Jamel Rowe Corruption—the dark side of politics— is a problem that legislatures and the general public have been battling since the creation of the United States government. Recently, Pennsylvania made the eradication of corruption in judicial elections its primary … Continue reading

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A new generation of poll workers

by Brooks C. Braun On election day, November 8th, 2011, more than 30 students from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) worked as Officers of Election in Henrico County, VA on behalf of the Tidewater Roots Poll Project (TRPP). TRPP is a … Continue reading

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