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Trump and Ryan Just Got “Gerry-Rolled”

Washington – President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan may not have figured this out yet, but they just got “Gerry-rolled.” That is, they just got beaten and politically humiliated by one of the Republican Party’s greatest political successes of the past decade, the gerrymandering of scores of Congressional districts in 2011 that now allows about […]

How Reformers Beat Koch Bros. in South Dakota   

Sioux Falls –Time and again, opinion polls tell us that 70%, 80% and even 90% of Americans believe our political system is broken but think there’s nothing We the People can do about it. Perhaps a progressive state like California or Massachusetts might pass an isolated reform, but the political cognoscenti regard the rest of […]

Can the States Save American Democracy?

[Editors Note: Grass roots reform movements are the untold story of Campaign 2016 and so I wrote this OpEd for The New York Times, which ran it recently in the Sunday Review.] WASHINGTON — In this tumultuous election year, little attention has focused on the groundswell of support for political reform across grass-roots America. Beyond Bernie […]

The Untold Story of Campaign 2016

Washington – The untold story of Campaign 2016 is that political reform is on the move in grass roots America. Not just Bernie Sanders’s trumpet call for a political revolution, but citizen movements at the state level pressing for political reforms against Citizens United, partisan gerrymandering and dark money to make elections fairer, ease gridlock in […]

Will Campaign Reform Make It to the White House?

Washington – In its focus on presidential personality politics, the mainstream media has overlooked a stunning watershed in U.S. political history  – campaign reform has jumped this year from a fringe issue, popular with grass roots reformers, to a high profile cause embraced by a major White House contender. This past week, Hillary Clinton promised […]

Blowback vs ‘Gerrymandering on Steroids’

Washington – In a stunning defeat for what one judge called “gerrymandering on steroids,” a three-judge federal court has ruled that the Republican gerrymandering of North Carolina’s congressional districts in 2011 was unconstitutional on grounds that it was racially driven and illegally packed too many black voters into two districts. The court gave the legislature just […]

The Message From ‘Martin’ – Be An Agitator

Washington – Back in the 1960s, when I was covering Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis and other civil rights activists for The New York Times, I remember die-hard segregationists hurling an accusation at Dr. King that he was an “outside agitator.” “You’re comin’ into our town,” they would bellow, whether it was Birmingham or […]

How GOP Gerrymandering Is Disrupting the House

Washington – It’s already clear that the next House Speaker will face crippling mutinies by the 45 Republican rebels who knocked off John Boehner and intimidated Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. And that’s because the insurgents know they can defy their party leadership without fear of retribution from the voters because Republican gerrymandering protects them. Yes, […]

The Green Light for Voter Reform of Gerrymandering

OLGA,WA – If you care about American democracy and you’re sick of politicians’ clinging to power by concocting political monopolies in their home districts, then take heart – and take a cue – from the recent Supreme Court decision that casts a shadow on partisan gerrymandering. Take note, too, that in Florida the state supreme […]

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