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Egypt Extends Presidential Vote a Third Day Amid Low Turnout

Bloomberg quotes TCF senior fellow Michael Wahid Hanna in a recent article about the voter turnout in Egypt's presidential campaign. 

Excerpt:

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said yesterday turnout has exceeded 30 percent, according to the state-run Ahram Gate website. That compares with more than 50 percent in the 2012 election Mursi won. About 53 million Egyptians are eligible to vote. El-Sisi already won more than 90 percent of votes among Egyptian expatriates this month.

“The authorities are acting in a panicked and amateurish fashion in response to projected low voter turnout,” said Michael Wahid Hanna, senior fellow at The Century Foundation. Aside from the boycott by Mursi supporters, other reasons include “voter fatigue, disillusionment with politics in general, and the fact that there is no real competition,” he said.

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Tags: voter turnout, president, michael wahid hanna, election, egyptian elections

Use Citizens United in Order to Stop It

“Super Tuesday,” the busiest time of the primary season, came and went this year, with six states holding elections. Some, including Kentucky and Idaho, featured insurgent challengers taking on long-term incumbents. While many primary challenges fell flat, Super Tuesday was still an important day for Americans. Blogger Zachary Bernstein explains why. 

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Tags: supreme court, super pac, primary election, mccutcheon v fec, constitution, citizens united, 2014 elections

What the McCutcheon Decision Means for Democracy

Today, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling on yet another campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. FEC, taking yet another step toward deregulation in the wake of Citizens United. Blogger Zachary Bernstein explains what this means for voters. 

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Tags: supreme court, scotus, political candidates, pac, mccutcheon, elections, citizens united, campaign finance reform, campaign finance

Michael Mann On Keystone XL, Maine Senate Candidate Shenna Bellows & For Members: Suzanne Mettler

TCF fellow Suzanne Mettler joins Majority Report with Sam Seder to discuss the hidden policies that undermine democracy. Watch the video below.

Tags: suzanne mettler, submerged state

The More You Know: Regulating ‘Social Welfare’ Organizations

Advocates worry so-called "social welfare" groups can raise as much money as they want without the same standard of disclosure SuperPACs or campaign committees are held to, funnelling some of that money into elections. Now, we have clear examples of the secrecy 501(c)(4) groups can take advantage of, due to the release of two tax forms earlier this month, writes blogger Zachary Bernstein

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Tags: tax-exempt groups, tax reform, superpac, social welfare organizations, priorities usa, karl rove, election reform, crossroads gps, 501c4

The Filibuster Had to Be Killed

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and author of Sticks and Stones, penned a new piece this week about filibuster reform. In short, filibusters are anti-democratic, she says. In the piece, she also mentions fellow Moshe Marvit's Dissent article from May, stating, "almost 80 percent of the D.C. Circuit panels were majority or exclusively Republican appointees." The D.C. Circuit is "the federal court of appeals that is second to the Supreme Court in importance," and is the source of a major advantage for Republicans.

Read the full article at Slate

Tags: supreme court, slate, republicans, moshe marvit, filibuster reform, filibuster, emily bazelon

 

Workers & Economic Inequality

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