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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2012

Six Small Business Issues at Stake in this Election

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/small-business-issues-stake-election/

Here’s a look at six small business issues at stake in next month’s federal and state elections, including bank reform, corporate tax advantages, getting corporate money out of politics, capping credit card fees, and creating preferences for local businesses in government purchasing. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2012

Anti-public schools candidates crushed in Wisconsin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/anti-public-schools-candidates-crushed-wisconsin/

With public schools under attack everywhere, a inspiring victory came out of Wisconsin last week.  The American Federation for Children (AFC), a pro school privatization group funded by billionaires from Michigan and millionaires from several other states, entered a slate of candidates in Democratic primaries for the state Assembly and Senate. The battle was joined… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 26, 2012

Michigan Republicans Deny Petition to Restore Democracy Because Font is Too Small

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/michigan-republicans-deny-petition-restore-democracy-font-small/

It’s hard to make this stuff up.  Last year the Michigan legislature passed a bill that gave the Governor the right to seize control of a city and insert a manager that had the authority to fire all workers, abrogate all contracts and privatize all public asset, all without the advice or consent of elected… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 1 Comment | Updated on Apr 10, 2012

Why Voter Photo ID Is Wrongheaded In One Page

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/voter-photo-id-wrongheaded-page/

This one page flyer from the ACLU cuts to the heart of the issue. For example, “Despite a massive investigation by voter ID proponents, there were only 160 voter eligibility violation cases filed in 2011, and only 140 convictions. All of which were felons voting before they were eligible. 2,700,000 votes were cast in 2010… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 4 Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2012

Democracy Under Attack

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/democracy-attack/

For its first 200 years the American Republic slowly, sometimes infuriatingly slowly and at horrific human cost (e.g. the Civil War) expanded the franchise. In 1870 the 15th Amendment gave blacks the right to vote.  In 1920, the 19th Amendment extended the franchise to women. In 1924 Congress granted Native Americans citizenship and thus the… Continue reading

filed under General | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 29, 2012

Voting Systems

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/voting-systems/

States have the authority to design their voting systems, so long as they do not violate the Constitutional Amendments or federal laws that prohibit them from discriminating against voters by gender or race.  In a 1997 case the US Supreme Court decided that states could design rules that made it very difficult for any but… Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 29, 2012

Campaign Finance Reform

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/campaign/

The impact of money on politics has become increasingly pronounced as a 2012 chart by Mother Jones makes clear States, cities and the federal government have tried in various ways to curb the corrupting influence of money on political elections and political decision making.  But these laws have almost always been overturned by the US… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 17, 2008

Voter fraud? No, voter suppression.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/voter-fraud-no-voter-suppression/

Why are we hearing so much about voter fraud and so little about election fraud? After all, the odds of someone voting fraudulently are about the same as those of an American being struck and killed by lightning.

A microscopic evaluation of election data in the 2004 gubernatorial election in Washington state revealed that voter fraud occurred approximately 0.0009 percent of the time. An analysis of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio revealed a voter fraud rate of 0.00004 percent.

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Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2008

Campaign Finance Reform – Buckley v. Valeo

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/campaign/2187-2/

The US Supreme Court’s 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo constitutes a central obstacle to effective campaign finace reform. The ruling does this in two ways: First, equating money with speech, the decision prohibited governments from imposing spending limits on candidates. Continue reading