Common Cause Sues to Have Filibuster Declared Unconstitutional

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 8:49 am

The nonprofit advocacy group Common Cause is suing the Senate in hopes of having the rules governing the filibuster declared unconstitutional. From Bob Edgar at Common Cause: Here’s how the obstructionists work. To begin debate on a bill, senators must first adopt a “motion to proceed.” But debate on that motion, as on most everything [...]

Keeping It Simple – Lessons from Progressive Ballot Initiative Reformers (Part Three)

By: Sunday January 2, 2011 8:25 am

Edwin and Joyce Koupal and their People’s lobby technically “failed” three times in their efforts at California-wide direct democracy before passing their first successful ballot initiative, the Political Reform Initiative of 1974. Yet from each loss, the Koupals learned important lessons they applied to later efforts. One of the lessons they learned was the importance [...]

New Campaign Will Spend up to $15 Million to Push Public Financing of Elections

By: Friday July 9, 2010 11:16 am

Two groups–Common Cause and Public Campaign–are willing to spend up to $15 million on a much-needed push for the Fair Elections Now Act, which would provide voluntary public financing of federal elections.