Here is the text of HR 453, the bill introduced on January 26 by North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler to require the states to use bipartisan redistricting commissions to draw boundaries for U.S. House boundaries. The bill has a special procedure for Nebraska, which has a nonpartisan state legislature.… Read more ...
Excerpts from an article by Matt Welch of Reason:
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New York Times columnist Frank Rich accused the Kochs of plotting “a billionaires’ coup” to secure “corporate pork,” tax cuts, and a blank check for Wall Street bailouts. “What the Koch brothers have bought with their huge political outlays,” opined Times columnist Paul Krugman, “is, above all, freedom to pollute.”
Over the last few weeks, in opinion pieces for college and university newspapers across the country, students have stepped up their criticism of the reigning two-party state and duopoly system of government. AJ Warne writes for the Daily Athenaeum, out of West Virginia University, and argues that the “rise of a third (or fourth) party will better the political landscape.”… Read more ...
Brent Budowsky at The Hill:
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The great coming issue is privacy. The great sucking sound you hear is government and business wanting to know what you write in e-mails, what condoms you purchase at the pharmacy, what books you read in the library and what credit cards you use at the store.
Republican California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently visited the city of Richmond, which has a population of about 100,000 and is the largest city in the United States with a Green Party mayor. Schwarzenegger was visiting a solar power system factory in order to promote a tax plan that encourages green businesses to stay in California. … Read more ...
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The Wilderside’s “We Want More Than Bipartisanship Contest”
by Kimberly Wilder for onthewilderside.com
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Political blogger Elizabeth Benjamin caught a great line from an editorial that NY State Senate Majority Leader John Sampson (D) wrote: “Bipartisanship is the only tool that will help fix New York’s problems.”
Common Dreams News Wire posted a press release about the “Election Summit and Conference” convened by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in Ohio. It’s purpose was to reflect on the 2008 election in Ohio and reforms for 2009.
The conference is a useful model for election reform in that the government brought in the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and other non-partisan experts.… Read more ...