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- Coming Events
- CG4TX January 2018 meeting: “Endorsed by God? Blending Religion and Politics” 2018/01/07
- 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
- The new front in the gerrymandering wars 2017/09/28
Author Archives: Hamilton Richards
Our first meeting of 2018 took place on Saturday, January 6, at the Old Quarry branch library at 7051 Village Center Dr. The meeting took the form of a panel discussion on something deeply embedded in American democracy: separation of church and state. In recent … Continue reading
An organization which shares much of Common Ground’s philosophy and methodology is Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). Compare these phrases from Common Ground’s Who We Are: We create respectful settings for transpartisan discussion and cultivate relationships … with CCL’s methodology: By focusing on shared … Continue reading
Two prominent topics in yesterday’s monthly CG4TX meeting (12 November) were the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact as a way to neutralize the Electoral College, which allows a candidate to win the Presidency while losing the popular vote, as happened in the … Continue reading
That’s the title of an insightful article by Jonathan Rauch in the July/August 2016 issue of The Atlantic. Mr. Rauch contends that a leading cause of the dysfunction of American politics and government is the well-intended reforms that dismantled much of the informal machinery … Continue reading
A webinar, “Lean to the Green,” produced by Friends of the Earth, addresses the twin problems of money in politics and voter suppression. The webinar is designed to recruit participants in the Democracy Awakening event scheduled to take place April 16–18 (Common … Continue reading
[youtube]https://youtu.be/5tu32CCA_Ig[/youtube] This great video, by Represent.us, dramatizes the study by Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern University) which shows that public opinion has “near-zero” impact on U.S. law. Can you guess what ha$ non-zero impact on U.S. law?
“Let Us Now Praise Corporate Persons” is the attention-getting title of a Washington Monthly article by Kent Greenfield, a professor of law and Dean’s Research Scholar at Boston College Law School. The article’s sub-head gives the gist: Citizens United was a bad … Continue reading
Two articles in Washington Monthly’s current issue deal with another dimension of corporate influence in Congress. In the first article, “A New Agenda for Political Reform,” authors Lee Drutman and Steven Teles detail how legislators and their staffs have become so outmatched in the … Continue reading
The meeting scheduled for today (10 January 2015), “What is Corruption in a Political Context,” was to be held at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library. The city has announced that because of the current winter storm warning, … Continue reading
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