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Voters around the country have spoken out – thought this would cheer you as it did me.

Almost every outcome the collective “we” of the reform community worked for PASSED!

From Public Citizen about campaign finance reform initiates around the country:

Good morning everyone –

As we all continue to assess what happened at the top of the ticket yesterday-but noting that Donald Trump’s closing argument focused on an anti-corruption “drain the swamp” message (while offering no real policy proposals to do such a thing)-we wanted to be sure you saw some big ballot initiative results last night.

Across the country, in red states and blue states, voters supported measures to fight big money and strengthen our democracy:

Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to reinstate contribution limits for state elections (though they unfortunately also supported a restrictive voter ID measure).
In Multnomah County, Oregon, a contribution limits measure won with 88 percent of the vote.
South Dakota voters approved IM-22 to increase transparency, reduce the power of lobbyists, strengthen enforcement measures, and empower everyday people through a small-dollar voucher program. The initiative faced stiff opposition from the Koch-backed group there.
Voters in Berkeley, Calif. approved a measure to create a small-donor matching system for elections.
Voters in Howard County, Md. approved a charter amendment that will now allow the county council to create a small donor program like neighboring Montgomery County passed a couple years ago. Council members are ready to go.
Voters in Washington State approved an anti-Citizens United resolution.
Voters in California appear poised to do the same, but it is one of several initiatives not officially called yet.
San Francisco strengthened its lobbying and ethics laws, and Sacramento voted in non-partisan redistricting for city council districts.
Ohio cities pass resolution to remedy results of Citizens United.
In Speaker Paul Ryan’s home of Rock County, Wisc., 86 percent of voters approved an anti-Citizens United resolution. Several other communities in the state approved similar measures last night.
Rhode Island approved an ethics reform initiative.
In Alaska, voters will now be automatically registered to vote when they file their personal dividend fund form.
Maine voters approved ranked-choice voting.

And from REThink Media, a list of vital judicial results in states where $$ worked to overpower justice.

In Texas we have partisan, direct-ask, elections to select our judiciary. Almost every other state has judicial elections at least one-remove from such an appearance of conflict of interest. Below is mention of “retention elections”. These follow after a term in office of judges who have been appointed (various methods used and were not controversial until outside and issue $$ came into these election several years ago and set off waves of concern around the country). The attempt to buy state Supreme Courts, as you can see below, has increased. Clean Elections Texas is working with others on this topic and will be holding a webinar with Alicia Bannon of the Brennan Center for Justice on December 5, to review alternatives used around the country for judicial selection. They are looking at Texas, along the the rest of states, to learn more about the pro’s and con’s of these different methods. For more information, contact me at liz@cleanelectionstx.org

Top State Supreme Court Retention Elections

Justices in every state with a retention election were retained on Tuesday. That includes the 5 justices in Kansas facing big-moneyed partisan attacks, justices in Alaska (provisional results), Iowa, Oklahoma and 8 other states.

Big money in Nonpartisan State Supreme Court Elections

Washington – Chief Justice Madsen and Justice Wiggins were reelected to their seats, despite millions in outside spending from special interest groups on charter school funding issues.

North Carolina – Justice Morgan, supported by democrats, was elected to replace Justice Edmonds on the state supreme court, shifting the ideological balance of the court. Over $2 million was spent to sway the contest.

Montana – Dirk Sandefur was elected to the Montana Judiciary. Super PACs threw big money into supporting and opposing judicial candidates in Montana’s nonpartisan Supreme Court election, with some controversial advertising.

Mississippi – Jim Kitchens and Dawn Beam were elected to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Bobby Chamberlain and John Brady head to a runoff vote. The Missississipi race likely topped $1 million in TV spending in a highly charged nonpartisan election. Notably, both candidates supported reforming the current system of judicial elections.

Louisiana (partisan) – Incumbent Justice Jimmy Genovese kept his seat. Louisiana saw the involvement of outside money from partisan groups as well as charter school interests and oil and environmental special interests. A record $1.5 million was raised by the campaigns.

Other Judicial Retention Elections (All Retained)
Florida (3 justices)
New Mexico (1 justice)
Wyoming (3 justices)
Arizona (2 justices)
Colorado (1 justice)
Maryland (2 justices)
Missouri (1 justice)
Nebraska (3 justices) (provisional results)

Real progress in the midst of chaos. Indulge in a brief “Hurrah!” for wise voters and forward movement. We will regather ourselves in time to add Texas to one or both of the lists above, but it is also OK to take time off to mourn and be with friends and family.

Please excuse mistakes/typo’s – wanted to get this out quickly so didn’t use by editors, this time.

Liz 214.821.2237 liz@cleanelectionstx.org

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