As lawmakers around the county urge Congress to create a constitutional amendment to overturn the controversial Citizens United decision, the City Council on Tuesday may vote in favor of supporting a resolution to overturn the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include lawsuit settlements, a new contract for Microsoft software and state taxes.
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A day before the two-year anniversary of the Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling, more than 200 protesters gathered Friday at St. James Park in San Jose. The rally was held in support of the Move to Amend demonstration, a proposed constitutional amendment that would reverse Citizen’s United, which paved the way for corporations and unions to spend an unlimited amount of money on political campaigns.
The US Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. At least for now.
Silicon Valley leaders are speaking out against the federal government’s plans to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.
Iowa just held its Republican Primary to ring in the New Year, which means two things: It’s officially election season from now through Nov. 6, and the opinions of Iowans no longer matter. Much was made about the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which, according to the court’s interpretation of the First Amendment, means the government can’t limit spending on elections by companies and nonprofits. A battle is now being fought at the local level in Milpitas, where community activist Ed Riffle is challenging the constitutionality of a new ordinance passed by the City Council that limits campaign contributions to $500 per election.
A local student supporting the Rishi Kumar campaign for Congress says her generation is sick of leaders beholden to corporate interests.
Nonprofits set up by legislators test campaign finance laws even as they underwrite good works by elected officials.
To create a more responsive government, we need to ensure that the public—and not powerful moneyed interests—are financing our elections.
Adherents of a spiritual movement called the Falun Gong accuse Cisco of aiding and abetting their systematic oppression in China.
We’ve tried to simplify the most bloated ballot in California history by breaking down each state proposition to a sentence or two.
Seventeen state initiatives have made their way onto the fall ballot, including some of the most complex laws ever put to a popular vote.
San Jose is expected to nix a voluntary spending cap and change several other local election laws to match state requirements.
San Jose may strengthen civilian oversight of its police force by allowing the Independent Police Auditor to review internal investigations.
After losing an appeal over ballot measure language, Mayor Chuck Reed decided to drop his state pension reform campaign and delay it to 2016.
The Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee is on the fast track to endorse its preferred mayoral hopeful, Dave Cortese. But there are growing concerns that the group’s backing will give that candidate the unfair advantage of bypassing campaign finance laws that apply to individual candidates. Campaign staff of Councilman Sam Liccardo, the fundraising frontrunner in the mayor’s race, challenged the DCC in emails to abide by the same rules governing candidates that prevent unlimited spending in an election.
Cindy Chavez’s campaign manager, Ed McGovern, acknowledged Tuesday evening that his client has a found a way to circumvent state laws that prevent independent committees from coordinating with candidate campaigns.