Featured Reform Priorities in Michigan

Campaign Finance Reform

September 21 2009 at 03:08 PM

Michigan lobby spending down from first half of last year

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Spending by Michigan lobbyists for the first seven months this year has fallen over 11 percent compared to the first seven months of 2008, according to a report by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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September 21 2009 at 12:00 PM

U.S. Appeals Court ruling in Emily’s List v. FEC a “victory for foes of campaign spending limits”

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Regulations on spending limits for federal elections by nonprofits were thrown out last Friday by an appeals court.In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals issued the victory for Emily’s List, a nonprofit organization that…

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Election Law & Voting Rights

September 15 2009 at 10:59 AM

Bipartisan group trying to find ways to repair voter registration

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A report issued by the bipartisan group The Pew Center on the States looks for solutions to the country’s outdated, costly and inaccurate voting registration system.

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September 10 2009 at 11:00 AM

Supreme Court heard oral arguements for Citizens United case yesterday

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  The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the campaign finance case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission yesterday. Justices appear to be leaning towards ruling in favor of…

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Ethics in Government

August 26 2009 at 02:29 PM

Mich. to hold hearing over disqualification rules of state Supreme Court justices

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A public hearing on rules that would disqualify Supreme Court justices from ruling on cases involving a supporter who donated to their campaign will be held by the Michigan Supreme Court on…

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July 31 2009 at 10:47 AM

MDN parnters ask for stronger rules when judges involved in cases with campaign supporters

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Several Midwest Democracy Network partner organizations wrote letters last week to the Michigan Supreme Court urging it to strengthen the state’s recusal rules on when judges must step aside from cases involving campaign supporters. Friday was the deadline for submitting…

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Judicial Independence

August 06 2009 at 02:37 PM

Senate confirms Sotomayer

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In a historic 68-31 U.S. Senate vote Thursday, Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed the United States’ first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.President Barack Obama selected Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on May 26.Sotomayor will be the 111th person to sit as…

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July 31 2009 at 12:44 PM

Network partners among 20 reform groups to file U.S. Supreme Court brief in Citizens United case

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Justice at Stake, a Midwest Democracy Network policy partner organization issued this news release moments ago. The Network partners signing on to the brief include: Citizen Advocacy Center, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Ohio…

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Media Reform

June 12 2007 at 09:41 AM

Reform Groups Call on FCC to Hold TV Broadcasters Accountable for Inadequate Election Coverage

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CHICAGO -- An alliance of Midwest civic and political reform groups is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose stronger public interest obligations on local television broadcasters as part of the new regulatory framework that will…

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November 21 2006 at 07:20 PM

Midwest Local TV Newscasts Devote 2.5 Times as Much Air Time to Political Ads as Election Coverage

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CHICAGO – In the month leading up to the recent 2006 mid-term elections, local television news viewers got considerably more information about campaigns from paid political advertisements than from actual news coverage, a new study shows. Local newscasts…

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Open Government

September 21 2009 at 03:08 PM

Michigan lobby spending down from first half of last year

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Spending by Michigan lobbyists for the first seven months this year has fallen over 11 percent compared to the first seven months of 2008, according to a report by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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August 05 2009 at 04:15 PM

MALDEF census launch

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The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Chicago launched an education and awareness campaign to encourage Latinos in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska to participate in the 2010…

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Redistricting

August 11 2009 at 01:05 PM

Network partners among diverse groups agreeing to redistricting principles

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The League of Women Voters of the United States issued the news release below moments ago. Independent state-based Network partners signing on to the statement include: Citizen Advocacy Center, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, Illinois Campaign for Political…

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August 05 2009 at 04:15 PM

MALDEF census launch

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The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Chicago launched an education and awareness campaign to encourage Latinos in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska to participate in the 2010…

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