Op-eds

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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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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Foundations, it’s time to give 1% of your assets to fix Democracy

This op-ed by Nick Penniman and Ian Simmons originally appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Today, the foundations of our republic are cracking. The rule of law, the underpinning of our entire system of government, is being challenged from the White House. Foreign powers are interfering in our elections. Congress is gridlocked and consumed by hyperpartisanship. Only half of Americans believe the 2020 elections will be

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Opinion: Paid Political Ads on Social Media Platforms Are a Disaster. It’s Time to Fix It.

This op-ed originally appeared in Morning Consult. America is under attack. Hostile foreign governments are spending millions of dollars to spread propaganda, hack our elections and manipulate our politics. This fact is getting lost among the snarky tweets and political posturing following Twitter’s decision to stop running all political ads and Facebook’s inadequate policies guiding its paid political advertising. The truth is

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There is no silver bullet to fixing our broken political system.

This op-ed originally appeared in The Fulcrum. I started Issue One five years ago to recruit more voices from inside and outside Washington into the movement fixing our ailing democracy. Since then, I’ve addressed large crowds; sat with members of Congress from both parties; moderated sessions with billionaires; debated professors; convened lawyers, think tanks and advocacy groups; advised political candidates

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is not invincible.

This piece originally appeared in The Hill. Washington mythology would like us to believe that when it comes to political reform in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is and always will be unbeatable. According to the legend, when he declares something is dead, that is the end of it. Some senators have admitted they will not even consider legislation to secure our elections

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Three Lessons Learned From the For the People Act

This op-ed originally appeared in RealClearPolitics.  Last week, in the face of rising authoritarianism around the world and with their new majority in the House, Democrats passed the most robust package of democracy reform proposals in a generation, albeit along a strictly party-line vote. It was an important moment for the political party whose candidates ran on a reform agenda

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The Senate ‘ethics’ committee is a black hole where allegations die

This op-ed by Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee originally appeared in The Hill. In the face of several highly charged allegations of sexual harassment, the Senate is turning to its ethics committee for political cover. It is an open secret in Washington that this committee is an “ethics committee” in name only. In the face of numerous allegations of sexual

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