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Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists

June 17, 2019 @ 4:26 pm
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One of the biggest problems in our federal government is the concern about elected officials seeking self-enrichment, leading to motives beyond public service that potentially affect policy choices. A lifetime ban on lobbying would certainly be a strong, positive step. The next step is to stop the revolving door that lets them get rich after they finish approving money through legislation for future employers. The system of the haves and the have-nots are at the core of this issue. It’s a rich man’s game run by favors and the buddy system. To stop the revolving door of corruption in our [...]

One state could reshape campaign finance, ethics debate

June 10, 2019 @ 4:33 pm
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In the 2020 race for president, South Carolina will, once again, be the place that narrows the field from survivors – those who can simply carry on from Iowa and New Hampshire – to real competitors capable of running national campaigns for their party's nomination. However, with the ever-expanding race on the Democratic side, the feel could be significantly different than even the massive 2016 Republican field. With the number of candidates likely to reach at least the mid-twenties, South Carolina Democrats will see far more survivors reach their state than the six their Republican counterparts saw in 2016. And [...]

New Hampshire Legislature Calls for Constitutional Amendment on Political Spending

June 6, 2019 @ 3:56 pm
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Jeff Clements, American Promise 617-281-5350 Rep. Ellen Read 352-978-7692 Olivia Zink, Open Democracy 603-661-8621 John Pudner, Take Back Our Republic 334-329-7258   New Hampshire Legislature Calls for Constitutional Amendment on Political Spending With a 14-10 vote, the New Hampshire General Court today became the 20th state legislature to call on Congress for a constitutional amendment allowing limits on political spending. The NH House passed the same measure in a bipartisan vote on March 7th. To date, more than 80 Granite State municipalities have also passed similar resolutions. Derry resident Corinne Dodge convinced her Town Council to [...]

Anti-gerrymandering group targets Massachusetts

June 4, 2019 @ 4:15 pm
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JOHN PUDNER HAS practically unimpeachable conservative credentials as the political consultant who recruited David Brat to run for Congress in Virginia five years ago, but he says he has left his partisan ambitions behind to work on giving the whole voting public a greater say in the electoral system, and his next target is Massachusetts. In Massachusetts, Take Back Our Republic first wants to register people to vote and hear what they think about gerrymandering, the controversial political maneuver that owes its name to former Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry who served from 1810-1812 and approved congressional districts so serpentine in shape [...]

Michigan Districts Must be Redrawn

May 30, 2019 @ 4:22 pm
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A whopping 34 districts must be redrawn in Michigan per a three-judge panel that ruled the gerrymandered congressional and state legislative seats were unconstitutional. Now, the legislature has until August 1 to submit new maps – that would need the approval of the Republican-controlled legislature AND the Democrat governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Should an agreement not be reached, the panel will redraw the districts in time for the 2020 election cycle. Michigan Republicans have vowed to appeal the decision. The ruling clarifies that the following districts were illegally gerrymandered: For Congress: the 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th. [...]

Conservative group to push redistricting reform in Massachusetts

May 28, 2019 @ 4:25 pm
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A national conservative group focused on government reform says it wants to take on gerrymandering in deeply blue Massachusetts. Alabama-based Take Back Our Republic wants to replace the Legislature’s redistricting process with a nonpartisan commission in the Bay State, with the aim of increasing voters’ access to their elected officials, said John Pudner, the group’s executive director. “We’re going to get districts that are much fairer for people,” Pudner said. Take Back Our Republic plans to follow the model that was adopted in Michigan last year — using a ballot initiative to create a 13-member independent commission that would redraw [...]

Take Back Our Republic President and Coordinator Talk 28th Amendment in DC

May 23, 2019 @ 7:12 pm
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Yesterday on Capitol Hill Take Back Our Republic Board President Francis Johnson, along with New England Regional Chair Jim Rubens spoke to a bipartisan group of legislators about the need for a 28th Amendment. "We need to get dark money out of politics. It stifles free speech" said Board President Francis Johnson during the briefing. Johnson and Rubens were also joined by members of American Promise, a partner organization, focused on the 28th Amendment. Special thanks to all who attended and everyone who worked to put the event together! Take Back Our Republic New England Chair Jim Rubens(bottom left photo) [...]

Russian and Chinese Political Money Bad; No Matter Which Party Targeted

May 21, 2019 @ 3:30 am
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Most Democrats believe the Russians influenced President Trump's friend and or family with illicit money. Most Republicans believe the Chinese influenced Vice President Biden's family with illicit money. All Americans should unite in at least accepting the fact that both countries and many others foreign entities are trying to choose who sets American policy and influence that policy so it favors their interest rather than Americans. A year before the Mueller Report was issued outlining Russian influence after issuing many indictments due to steps taken to help Trump, or Fox News' Steve Hilton labeled Joe Biden as "Joe China" for [...]

Take Back Makes A Stop In Connecticut

May 20, 2019 @ 6:50 pm
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Take Back Our Republic Connecticut coordinator Gregory Byrnes and Executive Director John Pudner met with hundreds of "their closest friends" at the Connecticut State Capitol this Saturday afternoon. They took the message of how pay-for-play politics is the reason politicians take more money from residents. In Connecticut's case, a toll is being voted on, but the law then gives politicians and bureaucrats the ability to raise rates as much as they want without ever going back to the voters. While we cropped the name and photo of the elected officials in the photo below,  the verbiage was "Hey (State Rep name eliminated) ... [...]

TBOR New England Chair Speaks at Senate Committee

May 3, 2019 @ 5:46 pm
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“Our constitution’s framers crafted history’s most remarkable form of government,” said former Republican state senator Jim Rubens.  “But as our framers warned, survival of our republic rests on both active citizenship and trust that our representatives are acting in our best interest. That trust is gone. We need action by Congress to restore it.” Rubens, who lives in Etna and is New England Chair of Take Back Our Republic,  cited a recent Rasmussen poll showing that 53% of voters now believe that government corruption is our nation’s biggest crisis. “Voters don’t just believe, they know that the system is rigged by those powerful or wealthy [...]