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Issue One responds to Jan. 6 select committee member developments, reiterates call for independent commission

Following Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to seat Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan on the January 6 select committee and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s subsequent move to pull all five of his GOP picks from the committee, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman and Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Today’s developments reinforce the case for why

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Issue One thanks former OCE chairman David Skaggs for his years of leadership as a vital and independent voice holding members of Congress accountable

Following the resignation of Chairman David Skaggs from the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “When the U.S. House of Representatives established the OCE in 2008, its purpose was to restore public confidence in a congressional ethics process that was in shambles. There was a desperate need for

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Congress can honor the legacy of John Lewis with voting rights protections

By former congressmen and ReFormers Caucus co-chairs Zach Wamp (R-TN) and Tim Roemer (D-IN) Originally appeared in The Hill. This weekend, on the anniversary of the passing of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), we remember an exceptional civil rights leader whose legacy is etched in our nation’s storied history of becoming a more perfect union. Lewis was a father, husband, congressman

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“Americans are witnessing surgical strikes on our democracy,” says Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman following President Biden’s address on voting rights

Following today’s remarks by President Biden on voting rights, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman issued the following statement:  “Americans are witnessing surgical strikes on our democracy in state capitals across the country. They aim to make it harder for certain people to vote in certain places, just enough to tip the scales of future elections.  “After a safe and

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Issue One responds to troubling Supreme Court decisions that undermine campaign finance laws and further weaken the Voting Rights Act

Today, the Supreme Court issued two troubling decisions. One makes it harder to stop discriminatory voting laws and the other could set the stage to undermine basic tenets of long-standing campaign finance laws. By a 6-3 vote along ideological lines, the Court held that California’s law requiring all tax-exempt groups to disclose to the state (but not publicly) the names

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Issue One applauds the creation of a select committee to investigate January 6th and continues to call for an independent and bipartisan commission

In response to the creation of a House select committee to investigate the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman and Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “The January 6th attack on our U.S. Capitol remains a dark and deadly stain on our nation’s history, one that must be fully understood

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“We applaud the Senate’s bipartisan work, but it is not enough,” Issue One says following today’s bipartisan January 6th report

In response to today’s bipartisan report from the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees on the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman and Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Today’s bipartisan Senate report offers the public new, troubling details about the intelligence and security failures that contributed to one of the darkest

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IO in the news: May 2021 recap

May was a remarkably busy month for Issue One. Last month, we quickly ramped up our efforts calling for an independent and bipartisan January 6th Commission. All told, we secured 63 press hits — an Issue One May record  — including 12 television segments across networks including MSNBC and CNN, and three op-eds in The Hill, Omaha World-Herald, and the

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“Today was not the end,” Issue One says following today’s Senate vote on the creation of an independent and bipartisan January 6th Commission

In response to today’s Senate vote blocking the creation of an independent January 6th Commission, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman and Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: Penniman said: “Our hearts broke a bit after today’s vote in the Senate. January 6th was a day of national trauma. Our nation deserves a bipartisan reckoning with what

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“This is not a partisan issue, this is not about Republican or Democrat — this is an American issue,” said Secretary Chuck Hagel ahead of Senate vote on the January 6th Commission at Issue One briefing with 9/11 Commissioner Tim Roemer

Before today’s expected vote in the Senate on legislation that would create an independent and bipartisan January 6th Commission, Issue One convened a press briefing to discuss the need for a national commission to thoroughly investigate the events leading up to and on January 6th so that we can take the necessary steps to prevent future violence and loss of

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