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Operations Director Justin Hill Pens Second Fulcrum Op-Ed

July 15, 2019 @ 7:05 pm
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Take Back Director of Operations Justin Hill: "It's time for those who seek to lead to step up and use responsible rhetoric. It's time for real solutions about real problems. As the campaign season heats up, candidates for president and down-ballot should eschew cheap applause lines that undermine democracy and instead opt for solutions that can empower American voters." To read this article in its entirety and to sign up for alerts on future articles click here.

Let’s Fix the Scam PAC Problem

July 9, 2019 @ 11:58 am
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Political activists are passionate about their causes – right or left, R or D – and, while the era of social media has tainted citizen engagement as disruptive to civil discourse, the reality is that those who are highly involved form the backbone of our democracy. But, sadly, predatorial political operatives and/or con artists have manipulated the system to use those intense feelings for their own gain. They do this through political action committees that claim to be supporting a particular candidate via fundraising pitches and marketing, but then these organizations show very little in the way of actual resources [...]

Political-Industrial Complex Attacks TBOR for Fight Against Gerrymandering

June 25, 2019 @ 6:01 am
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The shrill reaction of critics in the political-industrial complex to Take Back Our Republic daring to challenge the redistricting process in Massachusetts are included in this piece in the Talking Points Memo. They are eerily similar to the reaction of the political-industrial complex to this National Review article a year before Take Back Our Republic was formed, when they expressed the same contempt for our now Executive Director's decision to run Dave Brat against the sitting Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Only time will tell if critics eat crow as they did five months later in 2014 when Brat emerged as [...]

First stop on TBOR Texas tour

June 20, 2019 @ 4:01 pm
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Our Executive Director John Pudner enjoyed speaking at the Westbank Rotary Club meeting yesterday to inform members about campaign finance reform and our conservative solutions! This was the first stop in Louisana on our way to Texas for a summer-long tour of the state. TBOR will be making stops in Houston, Dallas, Austin and a few other cities along the way in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates and times for our next events.

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 [...]