If you missed Executive Director John Pudner's election day interview with Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks network don't worry! You can watch the interview and hear John discuss the importance of people over dollars below.
Day After Election Note: In case you didn't check your 2 a.m. email from us or are not on our list, below is the election night summary of the wins in both of our ballot measures and pictures of the ads that helped deliver the victories. The other final tallies include the Democrats picking up 34 seats, one more than the 33 seats the incumbent President has lost in Midterms on average since 1900, to win control of the House 229-206. The overnight votes in Arizona indicate the Republicans will expand their Senate edge to 54-46, assuming they do not [...]
Tune in at 2:04 PM EST here to watch John Pudner talk campaign finance reform and election day with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks.
Last night Executive Director John Pudner was quoted in the lead story on Fargo's KVRR, a local Fox affiliate in the state. The story detailed what voters in North Dakota would need to know about the Measures on the ballot today. John's quote can be read below. "This is the cleanup everyone is crying for across the country and across the state. There aren’t too many things people are agreeing on right now, there is a lot of division in the state and in the country, this is one thing we can all feel good about, a yes vote for [...]
"The alternatives to people accepting an elected government — even in a less-than-perfect process — is much worse than the actual results. Whatever the results Tuesday, I will accept them even as Take Back Our Republic works for conservative political reform to make the next election more democratic so that the republic that has been improved many times over the centuries continues to survive." Said John Pudner on Monday. To read the article in its entirety click here.
Yesterday afternoon Take Back Our Republic staff celebrated Halloween by passing out candy in downtown Auburn to local youth. Check out some of the fun from last night in the photos below.
Our friends over at MapLight had a terrific post on ways that foreign money can find its way into and affect U.S. politics. You can read a brief excerpt below and find the full post and infographic outlining the many avenues for foreign influence at MapLight.org "When U.S. media outlets broke the news that groups linked to the Russian government attempted to use Facebook, Twitter, and Google to influence the 2016 election, the impact of Russia’s meddling on our democracy became a dominant media narrative. But foreign influence in U.S. elections doesn’t begin and end with Russia. Several loopholes in existing [...]
Two years after South Dakota voters approved ethics reform the same day 62 percent voted for President Trump, Take Back Our Republic spends this week in North Dakota urging a yes vote on Measure 1 to establish an ethics commission, ban foreign political contributions, and protecting voters from pay-for-play lobbying and conflicts of interest. Take Back North Dakota Coordinator Elizabeth Greybear and Executive Director John Pudner met everyone from Kris Cramer, the wife of GOP Senate nominee Kevin Cramer, to supporters of his opponent Senator Heidi Heitkamp, to a Fargo community leader who considered both good friends and noted how positive both of [...]
AUBURN, AL- Two years after a pledge to “Drain the Swamp” became the rallying cry that swept Donald Trump and a host of other Republicans, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) says things have only gotten worse, saying the swamp is now “swampier.” To validate his claims, Sasse wrote: “In the last 18 months alone, revelations of corruption have forced high-profile investigations and resignations across the government. Two Republican congressmen were indicted— one for insider trading, the other for using campaign funds to bankroll his family's lifestyle. The president's campaign manager and personal attorney face felony convictions.” He also pointed to the numerous [...]
Come and join Take Back Our Republic's Executive Director John Pudner for a free screening of The Big Money Agenda October 23rd in Fargo and October 24th in Bismarck from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and learn why our Democracy is on the brink. The movie explores why, Americans are sicker than they should be, poorer than they ought to be, and less safe than they deserve to be. This documentary explores the effects of money in politics, dark money, the revolving door as well as common sense solutions that will get our democracy back on track. After the movie [...]