Post Archive by Month: October,2016

Want more women in elected office? Fix our campaign finance system

This letter to the editor originally appeared in the New York Times. It is in response to an earlier article about why women shy away from running for office. It’s not an “ambition gap” that holds women back from our rightful place in elected office, but a systemic flaw in our politics that prioritizes fund-raising prowess over ability, experience and character. “Winning?

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Issue One turns two!

This week marks Issue One’s second anniversary and we couldn’t be prouder of the progress we’ve made to help unite both parties behind real solutions to our broken campaign finance system.  It’s been a busy two years. Our ReFormers Caucus is 158 members strong, and one-third Republican. Comprised of former governors and members of Congress from both parties, it is the largest

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Statement: Meredith McGehee on the final presidential debate

Following tonight’s presidential debate, Meredith McGehee, Issue One’s chief of policy, programs and strategy issued the following statement:  Should Hillary Clinton become president, it is imperative for her to commit to create a “Chinese Wall” between the government and the Clinton Foundation which she failed to do as Secretary of State. Likewise, she should continue the restrictions on lobbyists’ access to elected

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Rep. Tom Osborne (R-NE) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to welcome former Republican Congressman Tom Osborne to our ReFormers Caucus. Congressman Osborne joins a distinguished group of more than 150 other former members of Congress and governors in the fight to restore our democracy by reducing the undue influence of money in our politics. Mr. Osborne represented Nebraska’s 3rd District from 2001 to 2007, serving

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The multi-billion-dollar question on debate night

As we look forward to the third and final debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, we at Issue One are asking ourselves: will they finally debate democracy? “The multi-billion dollar question that remains unasked—and unanswered—is ‘how does the next president plan to address the access-and-influence system that has come to dominate our government?’” said Meredith McGehee, Issue

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Rep. Tim Johnson (R-IL) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is excited to welcome former Republican Illinois Congressman Tim Johnson to the ReFormers Caucus. Congressman Johnson joins more than 150 fellow ReFormers in the fight to reduce the power and influence of money in politics and fix our broken political system. He represented Illinois’ 15th District for six terms, beginning in 2000. Prior to that, Johnson served as

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Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is excited to welcome former Republican Ohio Congresswoman Deborah Pryce to the ReFormers Caucus. Congresswoman Pryce joins more than 150 fellow ReFormers in the fight to reduce the power of money in politics and and fix the broken political system. Congresswoman Pryce represented the 15th district of Ohio from 1993 to 2009. While in office, she was a

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Clinton and Trump agree on the problem, it’s time for solutions

As Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare for their town-hall style debate at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri on Sunday, it is important to remember they agree on one thing: special interests are stifling our democracy. The outsize influence of money in politics is something voters feel acutely. Daily stories of pay-to-play politics abound—from EpiPen price hikes, the revolving

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It’s time for Congress to update its own ethics laws

In a recent interview with Capitol Bells, Issue One’s Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee made the case that recent accusations and cases of conflicts of interest on Capitol Hill should lead the 115th Congress to update its existing ethics laws. — Meredith McGehee implores Congress to Update its Own Ethics Laws I’m Meredith McGehee, Chief of Policy, Programs,

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Read “Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch Is Broken and What We Can Do About It”

Issue One’s new joint report with the R Street Institute examines the legislative branch’s dysfunction through conversations with members who have voluntarily departed in the 2018 cycle. Read the full report and proposed solutions in “Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch is Broken and What We Can Do About Ithere.