Political Reform

Senate Ds Back Freedom to Vote

Update 557 – Senate Ds Back Freedom to Vote,But Will Senators Be Free to Vote on Passage? The Freedom to Vote Act (FVA), based almost entirely on the previous iteration, HR 1/S 1, has been introduced, with the support of every Senate Democrat. The new bill preserves many of the major provisions of the Democrats’ sweeping bill filibustered …

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Reforming Money in Politics

Update 555 — Reforming Money in Politics:Compromise’s Promise on Campaign Finance Word is just in, Democratic Senators have agreed to a new compromise political reform bill — the “Manchin compromise” — that is expected to be introduced as the Senate returns. Many years of work on the political reform bill of a generation are coming to legislative fruition. Senate …

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Senate Vote on S. 1 Motion

Update 539 — Senate Vote on S. 1 MotionRaises Specter at Last of Filibuster Reform Performing an emergency procedure with S. 1, the For the People Act, on life support, Majority Leader Charles Schumer got every Democratic Senator on board to proceed to a vote on the bill. Every GOP Senator opposed the motion to …

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Senate Democrats Poised To Debate

Update 533 — Senate Democrats PoisedTo Debate, Decide Meaning of Majority Rule Americans are about to be treated to an extended debate about the recondite rules of the U.S. Senate. Arcane and archaic, Senate procedure requires supermajorities for passage of veto overrides, treaties and impeachment — as provided by the Constitution. But the Senate has …

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H.R. 1/S.1 Tied Up in Cmte.

Update 529:  H.R. 1/S.1 Tied Up in Cmte.After 9-9 Vote, Whither Political Reform? The comprehensive political reform bill known as the For the People Act (H.R. 1/S. 1) passed the House in March 2019 and again in March 2021. With a new President and a narrowly Democratic Congress, the bill has a chance to become …

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Stasis in the Senate

Update 513 — Stasis in the SenatePuts Filibuster Rule in the Spotlight As President Biden and Congressional Democrats have been preparing and delivering the $1.9 trillion Corona relief bill, the GOP has been busy as well. Republican state legislatures and governors, unable to overturn the results of the 2020 elections, are focused on restricting voting …

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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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