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The Supreme Court is currently considering a challenge to the Arizona’s Clean Elections matching funds provision. The court appears to be split on the issue whether the matching funds are unconstitutional, with Roberts and the conservative justices leaning for the plaintiff, the less conservative justices supporting Arizona, and  Justice Kennedy holding the deciding vote. Unfortunately, it appears that the case may be decided without even considering the most important aspects of Clean Elections legislation.

Thursday, 17 February 2011 19:49

Democracy Matters 2011 National Student Summit

I was honored to represent Space Coast Progressive Alliance this January at the Democracy Matters 10th Annual National Student Summit in Albany, NY. Democracy Matters is a national nonprofit organization that trains students on more than 50 campuses nationwide in activism for political and social change, using Clean Elections as the focal issue. The annual summit is a training and motivational gathering for campus chapter members. SCPA members will recall that the Democracy Matters Executive Director, Dr. Joan Mandle and her husband Dr. Jay Mandle, professor of economics at Colgate University, gave very interesting and entertaining talks about Clean Elections at the SCPA Christmas social in 2008.

Friday, 21 January 2011 20:34

Trickle Down Economics Lives On in Florida

News flash! Governor Rick Scott and the legislature leadership plan to balance the budget by cutting spending, using the time honored approach of rooting out government inefficiency and waste. There will of course be no new taxes. On the contrary, Governor Scott wants to cut corporate taxes. Through lawmakers’ comments to the media, we know that the costs of budget balancing will be borne by those who can least afford it.

Monday, 27 September 2010 10:50

Thoughts from David Cobb's MTA Talk

About forty people met on a Thursday evening, September 16th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard to hear former Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb speak on the Move To Amend (MTA) movement. (Read more for links to recording)

The Fair Elections Now Act, a.k.a. FENA, is making progress in the House of Representatives. The bill has more than 160 sponsors in the house, including most of the Florida Democratic delegation. A full house vote is expected perhaps as soon as late September. FENA is the latest evolution of the Clean Election model of public financing, and includes changes that somewhat immunize it from the plague of corporate spending. A call to your Congressment (unless it's Rep. Posey) may help to push the bill along.

{jcomments off}The newly organized Florida Initiative for Electoral Reform (FLIER) presented its second in a series of Civic Forums for Electoral Reform, May 17th at the City Hall in Riviera Beach, FL. The event was hosted by the Riviera Beach Civic Association and the Palm Beach County Voters' League. Thirty Palm Beach County residents braved a thunderstorm to attend the event.

I've just spent a few minutes over lunch listening to the floor debate on HJR 7231. This is the bill by which the legislature hopes to add a third redistricting amendment to the 2010 ballot. In the first two minutes I heard this damning evidence against the new amendment (unfortunately I didn't catch the representative's name who made the statement). He reported on an exchange with a lawyer hired as the legislature's expert consultant, during earlier hearings of the Rules and Calendar Committee.

The 2010 ballot has two redistricting amendments, perhaps soon to be three. If passed by the voters in November, these amendments will guide the redrawing of Florida's new Congressional and Legislative districts in 2012 and for decades to come. Amendment 5 is a Fair Districts amendment providing legal guidelines for creating Florida State Legislative districts. Amendment 6 is a Fair Districts amendment for Congressional districts. The third is a Foul Districts amendment coming out of the Florida legislature.

Alliance For Justice (AFJ) has published a report on the effects on nonprofits of the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v FEC. The AFJ assessment focuses on the effects only, not the right or wrong of the decision itself. This report provides information SCPA members need to know for the 2010 election year, so that we can effectively educate the public about the need for campaign finance reform (Clean Elections and Fair Elections Now Act) and Fair Districts (YES on Amendments 5 & 6).

Sunday, 07 February 2010 17:26

Citizens United vs. FEC

The recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United (CU) v. Federal Election Commission grants corporations the right to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns. This is a very destructive ruling that guarantees corporate executives the 1st amendment right to quash the 1st amendment rights of ordinary citizens.

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