AUBURN, AL- Earlier this month, Maine became the first state to utilize ranked choice voting for a statewide election. Despite opposition from the current governor, the process seems to have gone relatively smoothly. While businessman Shawn Moody won the Republican gubernatorial primary with 56% of the vote, Democrats needed to wait 8 days while the votes were sent to Augusta to be tabulated due to no candidate receiving a majority on the first ballot. When the process was concluded, AG Janet Mills was declared the winner with 54%. Similarly, the Democrat nominee for the state’s 2nd congressional district, State Rep. [...]
Take Back's Executive Director John Pudner joined Rob Port of Fargo based radio station WDAY's Rob (re)Port to discuss the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment. To listen to Johns full discussion with one of the amendments biggest detractors click below.
For Release Saturday, June 23 Noon ET, 11 a.m. CT Contact: Justinh@takeback.org 404.606.3163 Poll Results Announced: Intense Support for 3 Reform Issues Bismarck, ND - Pollsters featured by www.realclearpolitics.com measure intense nationwide support for three reform measures - the “Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act,” a 28th Constitutional Amendment in response to Citizens United, and an Article V Convention. “After three decades of statistical analysis of election trends, I was stunned to see such far-reaching proposals emerge as the strongest motivators of voters,” said John Pudner, who ran a polling center operation for a decade before founding Take Back Our [...]
Organization Overview: Take Back Our Republic (TBOR) is a $1MM+, eight-person non-profit educating the public on conservative solutions for campaign finance reform. Their mission is to become the leading organization in developing a culture in politics where character and ideas are the basis of being elected and that every election is financed with transparency by the people to be governed and not by outside special interests. TBOR engages in research, education, and advocacy in favor of returning political power to individuals. Headquartered in Auburn Alabama, TBOR has grown to a $1.5 million organization since 2015, has strong financial backing, an [...]
The vast majority of Americans are fed up and want the FixIt America approach of ending overt gerrymandering and secret political payments that let politicians choose their voters rather than the other way around. The good news is the same computer programs that enabled partisans to draw ridiculous districts that leave voters hours from their “representatives” can just as easily create the districts that revitalize our democracy. To read more on Pudners take on the Supreme Courts decision on Gerrymandering click here.
Our Executive Director John Pudner spent Flag Day with supporters in Springfield Missouri. Special thanks to Dr. Scott Magill and his staff for sharing the video below with us. https://vimeo.com/274999799
AUBURN, AL- The Trump Administration has committed to draining the swamp, but many of its cabinet officials do not seem to have gotten the memo. Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been a fixture in DC for decades. She currently as the Secretary of Transportation. Since taking that post, Chao has appeared in at least a dozen interviews with Chinese and Chinese-American outlets accompanied by her father, a “shipping magnate” and successful businessman. The two often appear with the Department of Transportation logo. Undoubtedly, the simple fact that Elaine Chao is his daughter is a [...]
AUBURN, AL- Bad reports continue to mount for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Now, it involves him using his staff as a food delivery service. Four sources familiar with how the office functions told Daily Beast that Pruitt sent subordinates out frequently for both health and junk food. “I can’t tell you how many times I was sent out to get protein bars on the orders of [Pruitt],” one person told The Daily Beast. Sources also say that Pruitt was very particular in his snack and coffee preferences- sending staff to get very specific items. On top of using staff as [...]
Despite the poorly written headline in the Hill (Top finisher in San Francisco mayor's race trails due to ranked voting), this story and the comments from readers give a great example of why all states should adopt ranked choice voting. We do not have in-depth knowledge of the candidates in this race, but the dynamics make it clear that obnoxious frontrunners who believe they can slash their way to election in a multicandidate race by rallying one-third of the voters and not caring about the two-thirds they have turned off are replaced by candidates who work to build 50% plus [...]
AUBURN, AL- At Take Back Our Republic, we have taken a strong stand against elected officials using their office for personal gain. Recently, Politico outlined an unnerving case involving Congressman Tom Garrett, his wife, and their usage of congressional staff. Garrett, who currently represents Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, announced recently that he was not seeking re-election so that he could address personal issues. We wish him the best in that regard, and, as conservatives, we are grateful for many of his policy positions. However, the report is nonetheless discouraging. The article cites four anonymous staffers who say they were forced [...]