Author Archives: JoanneR

NRA: 100; public opinion: 0

On January 8, KUT broadcast an episode of On the Media called “Common Sense,” presenting a stunning example of a special interest’s success in influencing legislators and public policy to achieve results antithetical to public opinion. The special interest in … Continue reading

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Big wins for the people in Ohio, Maine and Seattle

In the recent November elections, various citizens’ ballot initiatives advanced the electoral voice of the people. Ohio passed the Bipartisan Redistricting Amendment (Issue 1 on the ballot) with 71% of the vote. And Seattle and Maine passed measures that limit … Continue reading

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Bills We’re Following in the Texas Legislature

Common Ground for Texans has joined forces with other organizations to form the Texas Fair Courts Network and the Anti-Corruption Campaign. We have been working hard to oppose or support various bills that have come before the Texas House and … Continue reading

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Rubio’s Benefactor Bemoans State of Campaign Donations

From NYTimes First Draft on Politics May 11, 2015 Norman Braman, the billionaire Miami auto dealer who is prepared to pour $10 million into Senator Marco Rubio’s “super PAC,” has an unexpected view of campaign donations. He hates them. “It’s … Continue reading

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An Unexpected and Welcome Ally Against Citizens United

U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham, South Carolina Republican, was asked on WMUR’s “Conversations with the Candidate” on April 10, 2015, “What specifically would you do to remove the influence of big money on politics?”   Sen. Graham, whom no one would call … Continue reading

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Film event: Pay 2 Play

Public Citizen Texas, Move To Amend, Texans for Public Justice, Texas Public Research Group, Common Cause Texas, Common Ground for Texans, Wolf-PAC, The League of Women Voters Austin Area Present “Pay 2 Play” Public Interest Pictures & Shoot First Inc. … Continue reading

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Money in Politics: Empirical evidence for what we all know

I just finished reading two papers that show without any doubt that money in politics is an excellent investment. Economic elites, and organized groups representing business interests, have substantial impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens … Continue reading

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Democracy For All Amendment

A Senate vote on the Democracy For All Amendment (S.J. Res. 19) will take place on September 8, 2014.  Below is the text of the amendment.  Please call or email Senator Cornyn (202) 224-2934 or email Senator Cruz (202) 224-5922 … Continue reading

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Across the Political Spectrum: Community Conversations

Democrats, Libertarians and Republicans talking together. Hosted by Common Ground for Texans. The first Community Conversation was held in Austin on Nov. 2, 2013. Its primary goal was to come up with neutral wording on questions to ask candidates for state … Continue reading

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A call to action from Michael Copps, former FCC Commissioner

On Friday, April 4, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision, Brooke Gladstone conducted an enlightening interview with Michael J. Copps, former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and currently special advisor to the Media and Democracy Reform Project … Continue reading

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