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2018 Tax Day Rally Talk

I have a question today. My question is for the legislators who meet in our beautiful Capitol. My question is: “Whatever happened to “We the People?” Why do you fail to represent your constituents when it comes to money in politics? We know that over 80% of Americans and Minnesotans, Republicans and Democrats alike, believe…
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Promoting Democracy in Minneapolis

What if we could reduce the influence of big contributors, encourage more people to run for office, encourage candidates to look to the full electorate, increase the number of voters, encourage the media to follow all candidates, and give everyday people a bigger voice in Minneapolis elections. In short, create a more participatory and more…
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Saturday May 5: Clean Elections Monthly Meeting

Peter Wattson gave an informative and entertaining presentation on partisan gerrymandering at our May meeting. You can review the slides by clicking on the words “Read More” below and then clicking on this link.
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Sample caucus resolutions endorsed by Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections

Resolution I– Whereas foreign contributions and/or expenditures as well as undisclosed contributions and/or expenditures have undue influence on our elections; and Whereas it is essential for voters to know the source of campaign contributions and expenditures in order to make sound decisions; BE IT RESOLVED THAT: We support State and local legislation, executive orders and…
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Model Resolution for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

You can help overcome the undue influence of special interests, Big Money, Dark Money, and corporate contributions on Minnesota elections by asking your City Council to adopt a resolution supporting a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. For a model resolution, you can use the text that appears below. Whereas…
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Revolving Door: Not a Good Political Revolution

Several years ago a prominent DFL legislator with acknowledged tax expertise retired early, returning almost immediately to the capitol as a registered lobbyist for private interests. Earlier that year, a Republican representative left the MN House and was back within three weeks to lobby former colleagues. Such rapid exit and re-entry, with obvious potential for conflict of interest, is known in political parlance as the revolving door.
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Redistricting

Every ten years, after the census, the Minnesota legislature is responsible for drawing new legislative and congressional districts in our state. While redistricting might sound like a ministerial duty, it is anything but. As it stands, drawing new lines produces a partisan political battle as legislators seek to preserve their seats and help their political party dominate the legislature.
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Iowa Redistricting

Iowa’s redistricting plan (Iowa Code §§ 42.1 – 42.6) was first adopted in 1980 and has been successful in having a proposed plan adopted quickly by the legislature and in avoiding judicial review. The plan has firm deadlines for actions by all participants. The plan is similar to H.F. 246 submitted in 2017 in Minnesota in having an independent commission appointed by the legislative leadership, but it is different in a significant respect.
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