After a polarizing four years, a Capitol riot, and a contentious election, systemic political reforms feel more essential than ever. Fortunately, there is new hope for political reform in 2021. In this episode we discuss why the last four years were not hospitable to systemic reforms, why we expect the next four years to be better, and specifically where the movement for a campaign finance reform amendment goes from here. We also consider why Congressional Republicans are so different than Republican voters. And provide an update on how you can get involved in the fight for a campaign finance reform amendment.
We’ve got something for everyone in this episode, starting with an update on the progress of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact–which new states have joined? How many more electoral votes until the compact goes into effect? Then at the 9 minute mark we turn to publicly financed elections in Los Angeles and the pros and cons of public financing in general. At 20:45, turn in as we discuss two of the most common counterarguments against a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. Sit back, listen, and enjoy the latest episodes of the Citizens Take Action Podcast.
The first round of 2020 Democratic Primary debates are in the books and with the second round fast approaching, we thought there was no better time for a podcast. In this episode Jon Landis and David Edward Burke share their thoughts on how to analyze presidential debates. How do we separate the substance from the style? Are we overrating the importance of debates in the primary process? And how can we tell the difference between candidates who are reciting talking points, and the ones who actually know the nuances?
Whether you’re curious what they thought about the first debate, or you’re looking forward to the next round, we think you’ll find something thought provoking in the episode.
So sit back, listen, and enjoy!
President and founder of Trailblazers PAC Leslie Danks Burke joins the podcast to explain how their organization supports candidates who support clean money. Learn more about their work, Leslie’s experience running for office, and how voters respond to candidates who embrace campaign finance reform. Leslie and David also discuss the impact of money in local elections, which, spoiler alert, may be bigger than you think.
Marshall James of Citizens Climate Lobby discusses his journey into political activism and what Citizens’ Climate Lobby is doing to fight climate change in Congress. So if you’re politically curious but want to become politically active, or you’d like to learn more about the leading legislation to fight climate change, press play and enjoy our fifth episode!
James K. Glassman joins the podcast to talk about the problems caused by the Electoral College and address the most common arguments in favor of the Electoral College. David and James also explain how we can fix the Electoral College with the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and how you can support the Compact in your state.