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Immigrants in America: Concerns, Resources, and Priorities

On Saturday, February 4 Common Ground hosted a panel discussion on Immigrants in America: Concerns, Resources and Priorities. Our panelists were: Megan Sheffield from Texas Here to Stay, who hold “Know Your Rights” clinics for  immigrants. Sarah Woelk from Casa Marianella, a homeless … 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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Panel Discussion: “What is corruption in a political context?”

One of CG4TX’s regular monthly meetings, this panel discussion took place on 2 May 2015 at Austin’s Yarborough Public Library. Moderator: Mike Ignatowski Panel: Sanford Levinson- Professor, University of Texas School of Law, and Professor of Government Roger Borgelt- Austin lawyer … 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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This year

At our January meeting, we discussed the current state of affairs and proposed actions that have to do with money in politics. Our group agreed there is a great deal of despair about how money is bending politics. And we … Continue reading

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“Corporations Are Human”

Click here for a song composed and sung by Tom Neilson.

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Voter photo ID

Attention Voters: As of June 24, 2013, Texas requires photo ID to vote. There are seven approved types: Texas driver’s license Texas personal identification card Texas concealed handgun license Texas election identification certificate (EIC) U.S. military identification card with photograph … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform: We Need Policy that Reflects Human Needs

Since the 2012 elections both Democrats and Republicans have paid at least lip service in favor of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). Proponents of comprehensive immigration reform argue for immigration laws that are not solely directed at deportations and border enforcement, … Continue reading

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A Trail of Two Bills

While Campaign Finance Reform was not the Legislature’s primary concern, we have some news involving campaign finance reporting and disclosure. SB 219 This bill by Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) relates to the campaign finance ethics of public servants and lobbyists … Continue reading

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Letters to the Statesman Editor

Here are several letters we sent to the Statesman: #1)  In his May 3 Austin American-Statesman article, Ken Herman writes about fears associated with a constitutional convention. There’s another angle to consider: such an action is about all that we … Continue reading

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