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  •  The Clean Government Amendment (2+ / 0-)
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    edverb, Schadenfreude

    This, I think, is the single idea that the Democrats can rally around, taking advantage of Republican greed, slime, and crime, while assuring that America will have a fair government.  I don't know the exact wording, but these are the key points:

    1.) Putting campaign finance reform into the constitution.  No more Supreme Court challenges or twisty evasions.  "Congress shall have the right to make a law mandating the maximum that any individual may contribute to a political campaign"

    2.) Voting Machine Reform - Guaranteeing a paper trail for all ballots.

    3.) Ending Crooked Districting - Independent districting only for the House of Representatives (state-level Dems should push for this to be added to their respective constitutions as well.

    4.) Lobby reform: Ban gifts, ban junkets

    5.) (maybe)  Public financing for all federal elections.

    I don't know if it'll pass any part of the process, but it's a Big Idea that the Democrats can use to take back Congress and highlight Republican malfeasance.

    Throw the bums out!

    by Mikey on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:54:24 AM PST

    •  And it really needs cleaning! (0+ / 0-)
      1. Which would include the candidate themselves (being able to finance your own campaign is becoming an all-too-frequent qualification for office).  Also something will need to cover the issue of independent media campaigns.  
      1. Along with mandating a process for detecting election anomalies (along the lines of quality control techniques).
      1. This one is really needed.
      1. No argument.
      1. Probably needed.
      1. Add constitutional mandate for open government by requiring open meetings (mostly) and putting teeth into the freedom of information act's underpinnings.
      1. Require publication of the final form of all legislation one week prior to a vote (2/3 majority vote to provide a safety valve bypass).

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