Post Archive by Month: August,2020

Swamp Stories Episode 16: Whistleblowers

“You might ask, ‘How much does the voice of a former politician matter?’ Well, one politician, maybe not a lot. 10? You might be getting somewhere. 100? That’s pretty hard to ignore. But 200 former members of Congress all working together to clean up Washington is historic. It has not happened before.” Across the country, people are disillusioned with politics

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8 essential numbers to know from the latest presidential campaign finance filings

With Election Day just over 10 weeks away, big money is being pumped into the 2020 presidential race, even amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to new campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.  Here are some of the essential numbers to know from an Issue One analysis of these new filings, which detail the money presidential

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For the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, it’s important to focus on the work ahead

100 years ago this week, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote in our nation. Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “This is an important milestone in the ongoing effort to become a more perfect union. But, let’s be clear: almost as soon as the 19th Amendment was enacted,

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Changing Congress as America changes

Note: This piece first appeared on the Federalist Society’s “Modernization of Congress” blog Working in Congress both as a Senate staffer and Member from Indiana solidified my long-held belief that our first branch of government serves as the true reflection of the needs, dreams, and aspirations of the American people. There is simply no other way to ensure our mutual

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President Trump must cease his attacks on the post office and our election process

Today, President Trump explicitly stated that cuts to the United States Postal Service (USPS) were an effort to curb mail-in voting. In response, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “President Trump must end his war on the United States Postal Service and our democratic institutions. A vibrant and fully operational postal service is critical to our

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Issue One applauds the introduction of the bipartisan Lobbying Disclosure Reform Act of 2020 to increase transparency

Today, Reps. Ben Cline (R-VA) and Dean Phillips (D-MN) introduced H.R. 8022, the Lobbying Disclosure Reform Act of 2020 (LDA). This is the first substantive update of the LDA in over a decade, and helps reflect what lobbying looks like in 2020. Significantly, it was crafted and introduced in a bipartisan manner.  Since 2007, there has been a marked overall

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Stop playing politics and fund safe and secure elections

As coronavirus stimulus negotiations appear to have reached an impasse in Congress, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “House Republicans have called for additional federal funding for safe and secure elections. Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt has called for additional emergency federal funding. Election officials across the country have called for additional federal funding. It’s

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Issue One calls on Congress to protect elections, restore the Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act (VRA), one of the most significant and successful pieces of civil rights legislation ever passed in the United States, was signed into law 55 years ago today. In response, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), who both served for many years with the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA),

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