Voting rights

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 ReFormers Caucus co-chairs applaud bipartisan momentum on the Voting Rights Act

In response to the letter from Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) sent to congressional leadership in both chambers urging Congress to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) released the following statement: “We applaud Senator Manchin and Senator Murkowski for their leadership in working

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Issue One honors a civil rights hero, calls for the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

In conjunction with today’s day of action to honor the late Congressman John Lewis and his lifetime of fighting for civil rights, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman issued the following statement in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act: “Today, we remember a towering figure in our nation’s history. As a lifelong warrior for civil rights,

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Issue One statement on Senator Joe Manchin’s call for bipartisan democracy reform and the passage of Georgia’s election proposals

Issue One issued the following statement in response to Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) call for bipartisan democracy reform and the passage of SB 202 in the Georgia House of Representatives: “We are encouraged by Senator Joe Manchin’s desire to work with members from both parties to strengthen our democracy and protect Americans’ right to vote. This is an historic opportunity

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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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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 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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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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