Democracy

California should invest in the infrastructure of democracy—elections

Fortunately the operations and funding of California's elections are finally getting some serious attention Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Simplifying California’s political ethics law could even the playing field

Project should help local candidates trying to navigate complex Political Reform Act say campaign consultants Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

California Legislative Wrap-up: Moving transparency and accountability forward

CA Fwd lays out how the cause of encouraging elected officials to be more responsive and accountable took steps forward this year Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Redistricting, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

Vision for more inclusive, responsive democracy remains a Common Cause

Partner in the 50 State Solution project works to limit influence of money in politics, expand and secure voting access. Read More

Categories: 50 State, Democracy, Elections, Governance Reform, Elections

CA Fwd—Approaching a Decade of Making a Difference

Ten years into an era of reform, California's outlook has been shaped by public desire for change in how government served the people. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Leadership Council, Accountability, Budget Reform, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca, Pete Weber, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, State Budget, Transparency

Public comment period extended for Political Reform Act Revision Project

Time added to first round of public comment on the draft revision of California's 42-year-old political ethics law Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Elections

Time is right for making California’s landmark political ethics law clearer says co-author

Q&A with Political Reform Act co-author Bob Stern on modernizing law for 21st century Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

California ballot propositions cut down to haiku size

Los Angeles man created poetic, three-line descriptions for each of California's 17 ballot propositions Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Civic Engagement, Elections

California Forward launches 50 State Solution political reform project

Project will capture and link state-based reform work from around the country being done to break partisan gridlock Read More

Categories: 50 State, Democracy, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Governance Reform

Prop 54 supporters make their case for increased transparency

November ballot initiative would require all open legislative hearings be recorded and made available Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

Sacramento millennial jumps into local politics to bring fresh voice to table

“I’m young but I’m ready,” says the candidate about decision to step up and run for office.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

Head of California’s watchdog agency dedicated to “helping people do the right thing”

FPPC Chair Jodi Remke prioritized improving transparency and simplifying ethics law while strictly enforcing serious violations. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Public adds voice to project to modernize California’s political ethics law

Californians who deal with state's Political Reform Act praise goals of project to simplify law's language Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

VIDEO: Modernizing California’s Political Reform Act draws capitol crowd

Simplifying California's complex political ethics law to increase participation is the focus of Sacramento event Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Local candidates seek more clarity in California’s Political Reform Act

Office seekers welcome simplification of convoluted a state ethics law that adds time and confusion to running in elections. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Project to modernize California’s Political Reform Act takes stage in L.A.

Public interest in work to simplify state's political ethics law drew an audience of lawyers, public servants, academics and concerned citizens in Los Angeles. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Public now has chance to help modernize California’s Political Reform Act

Project to update the state's fundamental political ethics law now inviting comment and holding public info sessions. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Campaign cash: A journey through the Cal-Access labyrinth

Update on the quest to upgrade California's obsolete campaign finance disclosure technology Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Transparency, Cal-Access, Transparency

VIDEO: Watch webinar intro to project simplifying California’s Political Reform Act

Introductory video lays out the goals and timeline to modernize the states political ethics law and how the public can participate Read More

Categories: Democracy, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Political Reform Act Revision webinar draws great interest

Project will invite public comment on refreshed version of California's "overly complex, cumbersome and at times inconsistent" political ethics law. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

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