Commentary

California Forward’s Comments on Voter Approval of Proposition 54

Statement on behalf of James Mayer, President and CEO of CA Fwd Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

California early voting showed appeal

While thousands waited hours to vote early this year, expanded early voting options in future California elections will require more funding Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Can this presidential election actually energize political reform?

With a highly polarized political environment nationally, the time is right for reform to break gridlock at the state level. Read More

Categories: 50 State, Democracy, Elections, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca

California Constitution scholar focused “fresh eyes” on reform of state’s political ethics law

Committed to studying California's lengthy constitution, David Carrillo proved to be ideal partner in new reform project Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Elections

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

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

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

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

VIDEO: Why California is modernizing its Political Reform Act

Head of California's lead political watchdog agency shares why the political ethics law is in need of modernization. Read More

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

Political Reform Act webinar set for this week

FPPC and CA Fwd will share info on project to make the law simpler to understand and enforce Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Governance Reform

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