"We may have democracy, or we may have vast wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." -- Justice Louis Brandeis

"The practice of democracy is not transferred through the gene pool. It must be taught and learned anew by each generation of citizens." -- Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections (MnCCE) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes electoral and government policies which reflect the will of the people and not the power of money.

April and May Clean Elections MN meetings will be on the first Saturday of the month (4/7 and 5/5).

Both meetings will start at 3 p.m. and will be held in the Edina Public Library, 5280 Grandview Square. Speakers are Sharon Tornes on small donor financing and Peter Watson on partisan redistricting. All are welcome.

Our meeting on Saturday March 3 featured a presentation by Jeff Sigurdson on the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Jeff is Executive Director of the Board. The presentation stretched almost an hour beyond the original commitment of 20 minutes because of all our questions about the crucial work the board does in overseeing public campaign finance, registration and monitoring of lobbyist, and enforcing limits on gifts to legislators and public officials. Many thanks to Jeff for his knowledge, his service, and, not least, his patience.

Book Club Continues: Keep thinking about Dark Money--and bring your thoughts to a club meeting

At the January meeting, the club decided to schedule another four discussions of Jane Mayer's Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. (See a brief description on our Resources page.) Dates: Monday, March 12, Tuesday, March 27, Monday, April 9, and Tuesday, April 24. Time of day remains the same (6:30 - 8 p.m.) and so does the place: Tulip Room, St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis 55419. For more information, contact Mary Morris, hayesmorris@gmail.com.

Debate: Should the US Convene an Article V Constitutional Convention?

March 27, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, for a debate on the pros and cons of the call for a constitutional convention according to Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The debate will be argued by Teresa S. Collett, Professor of Law at University of Saint Thomas School of Law and Matthew Filner, Professor of Political Science at Metropolitan State University. Cara Letofsky will moderate. Light refreshments will be provided.

The event will take place at Metropolitan State University, 700 E. 7th St, St. Paul, in Library 302, commonly called the Ecolab room.  $5 parking is available in the large lot on Maria Street, between 6th and 7th. Otherwise, street parking is recommended. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, St. Paul.

March is the Month for Redistricting Programs

"2018 Census Conference: Count Me In! Redistricting and Democracy." Saturday, March 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul 55105. For more information, contact Common Cause MN, phone number 612-605-7978.

"Drawing 2020 Election Maps." Monday, March 19, 7 - 9 PM, White Bear Lake Area High School Auditorium, 3551 McKnight Rd, White Bear Lake MN. Tickets available from the League of Women Voters, White Bear Lake Area.

"Redistricting--Who Wins and Who Loses" Saturday, March 17; coffee at 9:30 AM, program begins at 10:00; 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. Saint Louis Park. Speakers: Justice Paul Anderson and Nick Harper. Sponsored by the West Metro Alliance of the League of Women Voters. Free and open to the public.

Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Voting and Election Issues

On Friday evening, March 9, from 6 PM to 8:30 PM, candidates for governor from several political perspectives gathered in the studios of SPNN for a Gubernatorial Forum to answer questions about voting and elections in Minnesota. All candidates from all parties were invited. The crowd filled the studio and overflowed into the lobby to watch the proceedings on a monitor. Co-hosting and submitting questions were Fair Vote Minnesota, ACLU of Minnesota, The Census Project, Common Cause Minnesota, MN Let People Vote Coalition, TakeAction Minnesota, and Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections. Questions were delivered to the candidates by Tane Danger from the Theater of Public Policy. Libations were provided by Sociable Cider Werks, Fair State Brewing Corporation, and The Second Street Spirits Company. A ranked-choice vote selected Sociable Cider Werks as the favorite provider.

Jeff Clements Spoke in St. Paul About Reclaiming Our Democracy by Reversing Citizens United

Jeff Clements, president and co-founder of American Promise and author of Corporations Are Not People, spoke to a crowd of more than 70 people in the studios of SPNN on Saturday, February 17, 2018. The topic of the talk and subsequent Q & A was the need to amend the US Constitution to reverse the effects of Citizens United.  American Promise is a cross-partisan network of Americans working to establish the 28th Amendment to the Constitution "to end the tyranny of big money and special interests in our elections and government." An attorney, Jeff has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and has served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts. Clean Elections Minnesota co-sponsored the event. The proceedings will be broadcast on SPNN and a video will be available on You Tube.

Make a Difference!

Act now to support an effort in Minnesota to overturn the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United. Follow the link to a Clean Elections resolution to present to leaders in your municipality. For more information, contact Jim Herrick, jherrick512@gmail.com.