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Every Voice Speaks is a podcast that discusses political news and issues of the day -- especially the different effects of money on politics. Adam Smith, communications director at Every Voice, interviews experts on a variety of money-in-politics subjects. This is a production of Every Voice, an organization working to ensure that every voice is heard in our democracy. Learn more at www.everyvoice.org.
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Now displaying: March, 2017
Mar 23, 2017

We took a little bit of time away from obsessively watching C-SPAN to bring you the highlights so far from the confirmation hearings of Neil Gorsuch. In a nutshell: there are lots of questions about money in politics that Gorsuch has refused to answer. Then we bring you some very good news from the local political scene in DC: a bill to empower small donors through fair elections has been introduced to the city council with 10 co-sponsors! 

Links from this episode: 

http://everyvoice.org/posts/money-in-politics-gorsuch-hearing

http://everyvoice.org/press-release/gorsuch-refuses-answer-critical-questions

http://www.dcfairelections.com/

See our snaps! We're now on Snapchat at every-voice

 

Mar 16, 2017

Jessica is still thawing out from her below-freezing morning at a Supreme Court rally when she and Laura sit down to talk about the many groups that don't want to see Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and why. Then there's TWO good news stories this week! The first is in New Mexico, where bipartisan majorities have passed an update to the state's public financing system. The second is in Seattle, where democracy vouchers are lowering the barriers for homeless people to participate in local politics. 

Links from this episode:

See Jessica at the Supreme Court: https://www.facebook.com/everyvoice.org/posts/1336817163030749

Three reasons to stop Neil Gorsuch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSo0tBWqI0Q

Our letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee: http://everyvoice.org/press-release/120-groups-ask-will-gorsuch-defend-rights-everyday-people-heard-big-donors

Demos report: http://www.demos.org/publication/court-cash-2016-election-money-resulting-directly-supreme-court-rulings

Good news in New Mexico: http://krwg.org/post/campaign-disclosure-public-financing-fixes-go-governor

Democracy vouchers in Seattle: http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/jon-grant-says-hes-signing-seattles-homeless-up-for-democracy-vouchers/

Mar 9, 2017

Laura and Crystal bring you the money-in-politics news of the week, starting with the women's strike and why Every Voice is participating; how and why the House Judiciary Committee killed a resolution of inquiry into Trump's foreign business dealings; how Arizona is trying to make it harder for people to be heard at the ballot; and finally some great news out of Oregon as they introduce small donor elections. 

Links from this episode: 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/28/republicans-vote-down-attempt-to-force-debate-on-trump-russia-allegations/?utm_term=.2581980a8101

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2017/03/02/roberts-why-arizonas-legislature-so-afraid-arizonas-voters/98643404/

http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/capital-bureau/20170228/bill-give-scrutiny-to-small-donors-provide-public-campaign-financing

http://oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=22650 (click on bill 2578 in the media player to watch Susan's testmony)

 

Mar 2, 2017

We took a field trip this week to the Federal Election Commission to interview Commissioner Ann Ravel the day before she left the FEC. Laura asks her about her time at the FEC, why the commission isn't working as intended, how it can be fixed, and what she plans to do next. And we still find a way to end with some good news. 

Thanks to Ann Ravel for taking time out of her last week to speak with us, and to Steve Spaulding for inviting us to do it. 

Links from this episode:

http://www.fec.gov/members/ravel/ravelreport_feb2017.pdf

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