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Why State Elections Need Instant Runoffs

October 15, 2019 @ 6:55 pm
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"There are many benefits to instant runoffs. It encourages more civil campaigns as candidates seek to appeal to an audience that may not have them as their first choice but would consider them as a second. It also encourages more participation as voters have an even greater say. It also eliminates the cost and burden of runoff elections." Above is a paragraph taken from TBOR Executive Director John Pudner's recent Op-Ed in International Business Times. To read John's piece in its entirety and hear more about why instant runoffs are needed at the state level and how they are beneficial [...]

Ranked Choice Voting Bill Introduced in DC

October 14, 2019 @ 8:42 pm
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As reform-minded voters are increasingly drawn to the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting, our nation’s capital city is now weighing whether to join the movement. Councilmember David Grosso introduced a series of elections bills – not all of which would be supported by Take Back Our Republic – including one to bring the “instant runoff” system to Washington, DC. More information can be found here: https://thedcline.org/2019/10/08/press-release-councilmember-grosso-introduces-bills-to-enhance-representation-in-local-government/ “This important legislation will increase voter turnout as voters will be free to mark their ballot for the candidate that they truly prefer without fear that their choice will help elect their least preferred [...]

A photo ID provision from a 2017 Iowa law was upheld last week in a victory for election integrity.

October 10, 2019 @ 3:55 pm
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The decision stems from a suit filed by a Hispanic civil rights group, and, while some parts of the law were struck down, photo ID was among the portions ruled constitutional. "The court does not need to guess at what the government interest or policy decision was here," Judge Joseph Seidlin penned and before proceeding to quote the legislation: "To ensure the integrity of, and to instill public confidence in, all elections in this state, the general assembly finds that the verification of a voter's identity is necessary before a voter is permitted to receive and cast a ballot." More [...]

Communications Coordinator Noah Durham featured in The Fulcrum

October 4, 2019 @ 6:53 pm
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Noah Durham is the communications coordinator at Take Back Our Republic, a conservative organization in Alabama advocating for changes in federal campaign finance rules focused on increasing disclosure requirements for big special-interest groups and reduced regulation of small-dollar individual donors. A native of Baton Rouge, La., and a 23-year-old student at Auburn University, he started volunteering for TBOR in 2015 and joined the staff two years later. His answers have been lightly edited for clarity and length. To read the post in its entirety click here

How Instant Runoff Voting Works And Why It’s Helpful

October 3, 2019 @ 8:01 pm
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For many reasons, Take Back Our Republic is a strong supporter of Instant Runoffs (also called Ranked Choice Voting). For states that currently have runoffs,  it can eliminate the need for voters to return to the polls almost two months later for a runoff to save money. For states without runoffs, it encourages more ideas, more civil campaigns, and more representative results because candidates know launching vicious attacks makes it hard to get to 50% + 1. We truly believe it’s a nuanced idea that can yield a powerful impact. Make no mistake about it. Take Back Our Republic recommends [...]

Who Dominates Dark Money Spending?

October 2, 2019 @ 8:20 pm
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According to a variety of polls from the Associated Press/University of Chicago Center for Public Affairs Research, The New York Times and the Center for Public Integrity/Ipsos, both Democrat and Republican voters believe the wealthy disproportionately affect elections with their donations and that there should be more campaign finance disclosures and laws to increase campaign finance transparency. To read the article in it's entirety click here.

AP Story Quotes TBOR ED Regarding Political Bribery Case

September 24, 2019 @ 9:05 pm
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See the Associated Press story by Emery P. Dalesio (twitter, all stories) including the following quote from the Executive Director of Take Back Our Republic and President of Take Back Action Fund: John Pudner, a former political consultant who worked to elect Republicans in Virginia and Alabama and President George W. Bush in 2000, said if he were advising Walker, he would hold off on further action until Lindberg is either convicted or cleared. If Lindberg were convicted, Walker should make a gesture and give away some of what the mega-donor contributed to the congressman’s affiliated committees, Pudner said. “I [...]

TBOR Stops in PA

September 17, 2019 @ 7:59 pm
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Executive Director John Pudner was spreading the word on FixIt America and other reforms throughout the state BEFORE visiting the Capitol today. Travel between meetings  included a day of passing Amish buggies in the west followed by meeting people in a heavily Polish Community in the east where they erected a large statue of "Jan Pawell II" (John Paul) and spoke in Polish to each other until flipping to English for Johns benefit. Legislative Office between Allentown and Philadelphia (Buck County) is for Rep. Poltinchok - a Republican who has sponsored Fair districts legislation. This past Saturday was a great [...]

Fox Newscast in Battleground Ohio Features TBOR ED before Democratic Debate

September 13, 2019 @ 4:01 am
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The Fox (Channel 28) featured TBOR Executive Director John Pudner in their evening news cast leading into Thursday's Democratic Presidential debate. After getting Pudner's perspective on the current Presidential race, reporter Ben Garbarek asked Pudner to to recount the important of Ohio when he ran coalition efforts for George W. Bush in 2000. Pudner responded by saying, “Even after (the Bush 2000 campaign), the campaign guys all said, ‘look, we basically need to figure out a way to move the White House to Columbus’, We wanted Bush to live here from 2000 to 2004. It was that crucial.” Garbarek closed [...]

Politics and Moore – John Pudner joins the program to discuss the FEC and foreign interference in our elections.

September 9, 2019 @ 7:34 pm
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This past Saturday Executive Director, John Pudner, joined Politics & Moore to share concerns about China meddling in U.S. Elections. Click here to listen to the segment in its entirety.