Author Archives: Hamilton Richards

About Hamilton Richards

I retired in 2006 as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. These days I volunteer technical support for Citizens' Climate Lobby (Austin chapter), Common Ground for Texans, (CG4Tx.org), Integrity Texas (IntegrityTexas.org), and several friends.

Money in Judicial Elections

The NPR program On the Media, broadcast by KUT on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM and available as a podcast here, included two segments on October 26 of particular interest to CG4TX followers. The first segment, “Grabbing the Gavel” (available as … Continue reading

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Lessig Founds MayDay PAC

[youtube width=”560″ height=”315″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCcqkyRJl7M[/youtube] “Mayday, mayday,mayday, our republic is sinking!” On the first day of May, Lawrence Lessig, one of the leaders of the crusade against the toxic influence of the few big funders in politics, launched a crowd-funded campaign to establish … Continue reading

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Citizens United Critics Fight Money With Money”

That’s the title of a story by Peter Overby which was broadcast onThursday’s edition  of NPR Morning Edition. Critics of Citizens United, including newly enlisted philanthropists, are organizing a long campaign of their own to reduce the political influence of big … Continue reading

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Candidates Forum for Travis County Commissioners Court

On February 1, 2014 Common Ground for Texans hosted a forum for all candidates running in the March 4 primary for Travis County Commissioner Court.  Candidates for County Judge and Precinct 2 were all hoping to attend, but because of … Continue reading

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H.R. 20: the Government By the People Act

Introduced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman John Sarbanes (D, MD) with over 100 original cosponsors, this bill is the latest in a series of plans to offset the political influence purchased by big-money campaign contributors and “independent” … Continue reading

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Money and Justice Forum: Follow-ups

Two of the speakers at the recent Money and Justice Forum—David Lyle and Bert Brandenburg— were interviewed by Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune. The interview focused on the forum’s ostensible subject, namely, the extent to which judges’ decisions are … Continue reading

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McCutcheon: Citizens United on Steroids

SCOTUS is at it again, taking a case —McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission— in which the plaintiff argues that the overall limits on the total amount a person can give directly to candidates, PACs, and parties in an election cycle are … Continue reading

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Move To Amend (MTA) is coming to Austin.

Move To Amend will hold their 2013 Grassroots Democracy Convergence in Austin. When: October 11-13 (Friday evening; Saturday all day; and Sunday morning) Where: Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin 78702. What’s happening: There will be speakers and workshops on … Continue reading

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More from Harvard’s Lawrence Lessig on the corrupting influence of the funders

In Lawrence Lessig’s latest TED talk, he frames the problem of big money’s corrupting influence in American politics in terms of two elections. The general election, in which we all get to vote, is preceded by the big-money election, in which … Continue reading

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Lessig on Moyers

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”450″]http://vimeo.com/68349541[/vimeo] As Lessig says, For someone who grew up when I did, nothing could be cooler than being interviewed by Bill Moyers. The interview’s ostensible topic is the tension between security and privacy, but Lessig manages to make … Continue reading

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