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- CG4TX November 2017 Meeting on Weather and Climate in Texas and Beyond 2017/11/07
- CG4TX October 2017 meeting on CodeNEXT from multiple district perspectives 2017/10/23
- CG4TX September 2017 meeting on the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities 2017/10/10
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Author Archives: Dan Eckam
The Supreme Court has delivered a small victory to those working to keep our elections free from corrupting influences. In the case of Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, at issue was whether states can prohibit judicial candidates from making personal … Continue reading
For at least two centuries, corporations have been recognized as artificial persons with the right to enter into contracts, sue, and be sued. But since the 1970s, the Supreme Court has issued repeated rulings that extend this notion, recognizing the … Continue reading
Americans are now living in an era of seesaw politics, in which each election is, to a large degree, a backlash against the results of the previous one. The 2010 “shellacking” suffered by the Democrats came in response to the wave elections that … Continue reading
On October 11, CG4TX hosted a Travis County Commissioners Court candidate forum for candidates running for County Judge and Precinct 2 commissioner. We asked each candidate to submit in writing answers to the following questions. County Judge Candidates: Sarah Eckhardt … Continue reading
On November 4, 2014 (and in early voting from October 20 to 31), Austinites will vote for mayor and ten council members, the first election under the new 10-1 system. There are many candidate forums happening soon. The Austin Chronicle has a … Continue reading
Today we publish a new Common Ground for Texans white paper on voting systems. “Better Choices for Voters: Exploring Alternatives to Plurality Voting” offers an overview of several of the most-discussed voting-system reforms, including instant-runoff voting, proportional representation, the single … Continue reading
I admit it: Sometimes I have the TV on without paying full attention, because I’m busy on the computer. But occasionally a phrase will jump across the cognitive divide and prick my brain. Last night, I heard a clip of … Continue reading
On April 15, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that adds New York to the list of states participating in the National Popular Vote interstate compact. This comes two months after Oklahoma’s Senate voted to do the same. (However, the Oklahoma legislation still needs to … Continue reading
In studying the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC over the last few days, I found myself struggling to comprehend exactly what it means for our campaign finance system. The basics seemed straightforward at first: no more aggregate limits on … Continue reading
On February 12, Oklahoma’s Senate voted to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), in which states agree to appoint their electors according to the results of the national popular vote. The agreement takes effect only when enough states … Continue reading