Category Archives: Contacting Legislators

Action Alert: Two Texas House Bills on the Electoral College and Campaign Finance

We’ve been closely following two bills that have been referred to the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility: HB 496 (Rep. I. Minjarez) calls on Texas to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. HCR 34 (Rep. R. Anchia) calls … 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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Lobbying to make a difference

Over 40 people from around the state [Austin, Corpus Christi, Houston, Irving, Garland, Caldwell County, and San Antonio] gathered at the Texas Capitol on March 18 for a Texans United to Amend Lobby Day, lobbying in support of three Texas Legislature … Continue reading

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Enough is Enough: Citizens’ Lobby

Sometimes an institution becomes too sick to fix itself… Sometimes an institution, like an individual, needs an intervention, from people, from friends, from outside.                       —Lawrence Lessig As a friend of … Continue reading

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Tip Sheet on Persuading Legislators

I’ve just discovered Advocacy Journal’s Tip Sheet, a compendium of advice on how to persuade legislators, written in a fresh light-hearted style. All of the following articles are contained in a single long web page. Ethical Lobbying is NOT an Oxymoron … Continue reading

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Statistical Information on Judicial Elections

The Money in Politics issue group of Coffee Party Austin is hard at work.  When Diane Owens, Joanne Richards, and Hamilton Richards testified before the interim joint meeting of the Elections and Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committees, in support of … Continue reading

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We Lobby the Texas House for Clean Elections

Three of us testified before a joint hearing of the Texas House Elections and Civil Jurisprudence committees on Thursday, August 26th.  The session was dedicated to the effect of Caperton v Massey on Texas judicial campaign law.  This case involves recusal rules … Continue reading

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