• Nearly one year ago, on Christmas Eve, health care reform overcame Senate roadblocks and headed toward final enactment by the Congress, with the President’s signature coming in March.

  • Tomorrow will be the last day that Gracia Hillman sits as a commissioner on the Election Assistance Commission (EAC).  Gracia, who, in full disclosure, served as the League’s executive director from 1990-1994, has been at the EAC since its inception seven year ago.  The League family will miss her voice and dedication and so will America’s voters and election officials!

  • With the lame-duck session of Congress winding down, one of the key decisions that will be made before they adjourn for the holidays is whether to extend the “Bush tax cuts” -- the huge cuts enacted when our nation was running a surplus early in the George W. Bush Administration.
    - This debate is proving to be a fascinating discussion coming on the heels of voters ongoing concerns about the economy, big money in politics and ethics in Washington.

  • Today, we joined with an interesting and diverse array of groups (Judicial Watch, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Common Cause, Democracy21, U.S. PIRG, CREW, Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen) for a press conference calling on Speaker-elect John Boehner to retain the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) in the upcoming 112th Congress.  The League is deeply concerned that many in Congress, apparently wishing to return to a time when there was no meaningful ethics enforcement in the House of Representatives, have called for steps that would substantially weaken the OCE.

  • 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.