"At a time when many states are making it harder to vote, 16 states have provided some good news over the last year by deciding to go in the opposite direction. In various ways, they have expanded access to the polls, allowing more people to register or to vote more conveniently."
CNN asked people to describe Congress in one word and here’s what they said:
"Corrupt" is pretty prominent :(
"You know we have a great tradition in our country of justices who disagree with the Court’s opinion, explaining why they disagree. Many of those dissents are now unquestionably the law of the land." -RBG
WASHINGTON — Campaign finance reformers are taking their policy efforts to the hustings, raising millions of dollars in an unprecedented push to support candidates in the November elections. Among these groups, the pioneer of this electoral strategy…
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“Legistorm, an organization that compiles and analyzes congressional data, reported that the number of departures to K Street in 2014 is on pace to exceed the last election year of 2012, when about 329 staffers left to go lobby.
"Headhunters said a number of factors explain the jump, including a ‘brain drain’ of ambitious aides who are frustrated by the legislative gridlock."
Today, Vox published an article showing 40 charts that explained money in politics.
When it comes to money in politics, you really only need on chart, and it shows that everyday voices are being drowned out by big money.
In our democracy, we should hear from every voice, not just those of elites and lobbyists.
“An explosion of spending on political advertising on television – set to break $2 billion in congressional races – is accelerating the rise of moneyed interests and wrestling control from the candidates’ own efforts to reach voters.” http://nyti.ms/1thEgQs