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New York Times: The Feckless F.E.C., Rebuked

In an era of unbridled campaign spending, the Federal Election Commission has consistently and shamefully ducked its responsibilities. It has made it possible for tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations to operate as partisan attack machines. And it has dismissed complaints and failed to police this rise of “dark money” from hidden donors that is pouring into elections.

Huffington Post: Unhappy Anniversary, Democracy… But Together We Can​ Fix You

Six years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court created a Wild West of campaign finance regulations. With their decision in Citizens United, five justices set the stage for a flood of secret special interest money trying to buy elections nationwide. But with the race for the White House well underway, voters are only now seeing the full consequences of unchecked political spending.

Cibola Beacon: Udall Pushes to Improve Voter Access for Native Americans

Last week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced he has joined several senators, including Jon Tester (D-Mont.), in introducing legislation to increase voter protections and access to the polls for Native Americans. Many Native Americans live in rural communities and are often forced to travel long distances to the closest polling location. According to the National Congress of American Indians, Native American voter turnout was 17 percent less than non-natives in 2012.

New York Times: EPA Warns of High Cost of Climate Change

In the absence of global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the United States by the end of the century may face up to $180 billion in economic losses because of drought and water shortages, according to a report released Monday by the White House and Environmental Protection Agency. White House officials said the report, […]

Albuquerque Journal: Panel back’s Udall’s toxic chemical bill

Sen. Tom Udall’s attempt to overhaul the nation’s chemical regulations got a big boost Tuesday when the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 15-5 to advance the legislation after several Senate Democrats successfully pushed for changes to the bill. The legislation, which aims to overhaul the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, would require the […]