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- 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
- How to have true conversations with people we disagree with 2017/07/09
Category Archives: Legislation
As I travel to counties adjacent to Travis County, I often hear, “I am new to the political process, I am energized but I don’t know where to start.” Donna Howard, my representative to the Texas House, shared with me … Continue reading
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
Common Ground for Texans hosted a community conversation on Sept 6, 2014 titled “Should Austin’s redistricting plan be duplicated in other Texas cities?” Craig Tounget, the former Executive Director of the Austin Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, participated on our panel. … 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
On Saturday, September 12, we held a meeting on the subject of the Electoral College — how it works, its history, and what to do about it. I was honored to be part of a panel that also included Professor … Continue reading
On Tuesday, June 30, the Texas Anti-Corruption Campaign (TACC) held a roundup of election-law changes in the 84th legislative session which recently ended. CG4TX President Joanne Richards was one of six panelists giving a variety of perspectives, with moderation by … Continue reading
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
“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
For at least two centuries, corporations have been recognized as artificial persons with the right to enter into contracts, sue, and be sued. But since the 1970s, the Supreme Court has issued repeated rulings that extend this notion, recognizing the … Continue reading
[youtube]https://youtu.be/YaMDEKiuzNo[/youtube]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