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{jcomments off}The newly organized Florida Initiative for Electoral Reform (FLIER) presented its second in a series of Civic Forums for Electoral Reform, May 17th at the City Hall in Riviera Beach, FL. The event was hosted by the Riviera Beach Civic Association and the Palm Beach County Voters' League. Thirty Palm Beach County residents braved a thunderstorm to attend the event.

Dr. Jay Mandle, of the board of directors, has written an important new book on one of the Space Coast Progressive Alliance's core issues - Clean Elections. Creating Equality: American Elections as a Public Good demonstrates the need to treat elections as a public good, just as we do the national defense and the interstate highway system. Our current privately financed political system cedes the power over elections (and government policy) to corporations and other wealthy special interests. SCPA has donated a copy of the book to the Brevard County Public Library. Members can reserve the book and it will be delivered within a day or two to the library branch of your choice.

The Arizona House Speaker is doing the bidding of corporate lobbyists to introduce an amendment to repeal the Clean Elections program there. The program is highly popular with legislators and with voters, but the corporate media attacks have been deceptive and are having some effect. There is real concern that the public can be talked out of this program by flooding the media with ads showing politicians as hogs slopping at the public trough.  The goal is of course for the corporations to shoulder their way back in to that self same trough.

Governor Crist has a conundrum on his hands, and we can be entertained. But it's a serious issue: will he sign HB 1207 and re-establish leadership funds? These leadership funds are presented as providing transparency over who donates to politicians, but in truth would give the Tallahassee leadership power to distribute virtually unlimited funds to legislators ... gaining major control over who is willing to do what.

Electoral reform is “the most important ignored issue in America,” says forum moderator Jayne King in Boca Raton on March 20. SCPA's Fred Markham among the speakers.

See the link for an interesting Huffington Post excerpt from Paul Loeb's book "Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Challenging Time," about taking money out of politics. It tells the inspiring story of a Maine resident's efforts to help pass the first state Clean Money referendum back in 1998. This is essential reading for SCPA members interested in helping with the Clean Elections issue. Huffington Post is serializing selected excerpts from the book each Thursday. The article has a link to a site with past excerpts. This book and Loeb's other book, "The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear," both sound like good reading for progressives.

George Diaz COMMENTARY, Orlando Sentinel, Sunday, March 21, 2010, about Adonal Foyle, the founder of Democracy Matters, a national Clean Elections reform organization.

The Most Important Player on the Orlando Magic roster hasn't played a minute this season. He's only played 62 minutes over the last two seasons. He wears a stylish sports coat instead of a jersey on most nights. He sits on the far end of the bench, close enough for any courtside fan passing by to reach out and touch, unless the security guy intervenes.

California Proposition 15 - Clean Elections

Wednesday, 03 March 2010 19:38

The following is a message from the California Clean Elections campaign with ballot arguments for their ballot proposition 15. The CA process seems to be different from Florida's, in allowing public review of arguments pro and con for ballot issues. Prop 15 creates a voluntary pilot program to provide limited public financing for Secretary of State candidates in the 2014 and 2018 elections.

YouStreet coalition of Senators for FENA

Friday, 19 February 2010 11:07

by Warren Rudman, February 5, 2010

When I arrived in the U.S. Senate 30 years ago, I was a proud member of a Republican Party known for championing moderation in Congress, restraint in the courts and good-government reform.

Essay ties Health Care Reform & Clean Elections

Tuesday, 08 September 2009 23:00

This month's essay by Democracy Matters' Dr. Jay Mandle appropriately addresses the Health Care Reform debate, and ties the deteriorating reform directly to a spate of recent contributions by ... well, read it for yourself.

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