• Several nonpartisan organizations, including the League and Common Cause, literally took a stand at a media event on Capitol Hill on Thursday calling upon the Senate to pass a stripped down version of the Disclose Act which is focused solely on disclosure by special interests.

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    In the run-up to the election, many may have missed a critically important court decision on voter registration handed down on October 26.  A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Gonzalez v. Arizona  that the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) blocks the state of Arizona from implementing a proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration.

  • Millions of American voters went to the polls on Tuesday in a great display of civic responsibility and participation. And while the League is proud — not just of voters but of our own powerful contributions to election 2010 — we cannot ignore the tens of millions of dollars spent in secret this election season.
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  • Who knew that in the final days before the election the media would suddenly think about something other than the horse race? It has been a whirlwind of phone calls and even an interview on CNN this week. Great for the League and the voters but a little tough for the blog.

  • The St. Louis League has been conducting congressional forums with great success this election season. Several have drawn large crowds, including some who arrive with an agenda. This appears to be an issue around the country, although the League formula works the best to control rowdy attendees.

  • As in every other state that I have visited this fall, the issues are largely the same- encouraging voters to turn out despite the constant barrage of negative ads paid for by well-heeled, often secret donors. And then there are the ballot issues with serious consequences for the state. In Kansas City (Kan City, I heard one hip, young person call it tonight) it is a proposition to repeal the E tax which taxes workers who earn money in one city but live somewhere else.

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