Monday, July 27, 2015

The television election

Despite all the hype about tools like Snapchat and Meerkat, the 2016 campaign will be dominated by a technology that's been around for decades: TV. This was supposed to be the presidential campaign that ends the dominance of TV ads — the Snapchat election, the live streaming election.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Did Sandra Bland Have a Right to Film Her Arrest?

The dashcam footage of Sandra Bland’s arrest is disturbing for a number of reasons—including trooper Brian Encinia’s apparent use of excessive force in subduing Bland. But for civil liberties advocates, a less dramatic moment of the footage is nearly as disquieting.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It’s Buckley, not Citizens United, that created massive spending

Among those who decry the levels of money being spent on elections, the villain is almost always Citizens United, which unleashed corporations and permitted them to make unlimited independent expenditures in support of or in opposition to candidates for elected office.
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Presidential Candidates and Lobbying–Where They Sit

WITH THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL campaign season fully underway, the candidates have begun to outline their vision for the future of the country. In a policy speech in Tallahassee, Fla.
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Blagojevich ruling draws line on what is, isn't corruption

CHICAGO — Federal judges who tossed several of Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions endeavored to answer a question legal observers said Wednesday had gone largely unanswered: Just when does an elected official cross the line between legal and illegal political horse-trading? The 7th U.S.
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Nine Years Later, California Gets New Voter Registration System

California is getting a new statewide voter registration system after nearly a decade of development and delay. The state's existing voter registration system is aging, and isn’t compatible with modern technology. So as far back as 2006, the state started looking to modernize.
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New IRS process for recommending nonprofit audits draws critiques

Relatively inexperienced IRS managers could take the reins of gatekeeping panels with significant sway over dark money groups under the terms of a memo sent to agency managers last week and obtained by OpenSecrets Blog.
Source: New IRS process for recommending nonprofit audits draws critiques