CSD Newsletter – July 29, 2011

Welcome to the fifth edition of the Campaign for Stronger Democracy’s e-newsletter — a clearinghouse for news about the democracy reform community. The Campaign is a new coalition that is working to increase collaboration among democracy advocates.

The headlines below will be archived at the Campaign for Stronger Democracy’s web site.
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Five Things You Must Read

  • ALEC Exposed (Center for Media and Democracy): After the 2010 wave elections that saw control of many state legislatures and governors mansions switch party control, states began introducing similar pieces of legislation: anti-immigration bills, voter ID, charter schools, and prison privatization. The Center for Media and Democracy takes a look at the impact of the American Legislative Exchange Council, which writes many of these bills, and examines Wisconsin as a case study. The Center also put together a site for all ALEC connected legislation across the country.
  • Colbert uncovers voter fraud scandals (Common Cause): Stephen Colbert examines possible rationales behind proposed voter ID laws, including the staggering “44-one-millionths of a percent” chance of voter fraud. In typical Colbert fashion the analysis is at the same time both spot on and quite disturbing.
  • Yes to moderation, no to centrism (Washington Post): EJ Dionne writes about the importance of “moderation,” especially in the debate over the debt ceiling, saying that moderation is about “balance,” and incorporating ideas from both sides in order to make something work. What he derides is “centrism,” which he describes as not being a philosophy at all, and as being entirely reactive to everyone else’s stances without really taking one of your own.

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HEADLINES

Democracy 2.0

Electoral Reform and Voting Rights

Judicial Reform

Lobbying, Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform

Media Reform and Internet Access

National, Community and Public Service

Participation, Collaboration, and Civic Engagement

Racial Justice, Civil Rights and Immigrant Civic Inclusion

Transparency and Openness

Youth Engagement and Civic Education

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