Political Reform

H.R. 1/S. 1’s Case for Primacy

Update 501 – H.R. 1/S. 1’s Case for Primacy:Democracy Distorted, Thwarted is Denied The gold standard in democracy is one person one vote and a legislature where 50 percent-plus rules. But recent outcomes in our elections have violated these principles with distorted consequences.  In the most egregious case, House Democratic candidates won more than a …

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20/20 Vision Statement on H.R. 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 5, 2021 Systematic attempts this past year to delegitimize democratic practice frustrate the promise of democracy and underscore the immense importance of comprehensive democracy reforms.  H.R. 1, the For the People Act, proposes the furthest-reaching political reforms since Watergate. It offers solutions to pressing problems in our democracy, such as expanding …

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The State of Political Reform 2020 (March 6)

Update 419 — The State of Political Reform 2020:A Year of House Legislation; in Senate, Frustration Progressives of every stripe, from every region, dedicated to economic, environmental, and other reforms, know that the best way to achieve their singular and common goals is through reform of a political system that frustrates the will of the …

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Senate Introduces H.R. 1 Companion Bill (March 29)

Update 342: Sen. Companion to HR 1 Dropped, Cosponsored by Entire Democratic Caucus On Wednesday, Sens. Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley introduced S. 949, the “For the People Act,” the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1.  The bill was co-sponsored by the entire Senate Democratic caucus and the two Democratic-leaning independents, Sens. Sanders and King …

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House Passes H.R. 1 by 234-193 (March 8)

Update 336: House Passes H.R. 1 by 234-193 No Ds Dissent; Long March Ahead in Senate Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, a comprehensive political reform measure that would greatly expand ballot access, help level the campaign finance playing field, and codify ethics rules across all branches of government.  The vote …

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House Democrats Lead off 2019 with H.R. 1 (January 9)

Update 321 — House Democrats Lead Off 2019 with HR 1, Broad and Bold Anti-Corruption Bill House Democrats have given legislative pride of place to the For the People Act, a signal and far-reaching anti-corruption bill, making it H.R. 1.  The bill includes critical voting rights and ethics reforms. But of particular note is the …

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