Email date: 8/20/14
In this update:
1. A country soured on politics
2. Political donors are not normal
3. Will locals lead the way on redistricting reform?
4. Become a sustainer
A country soured on politics
According to the latest Gallup polling, the number one problem in America is dissatisfaction with government, Congress and politicians in general, along with poor leadership, corruption and abuse of power. New Associated Press polling shows the public doesn’t much trust either party to manage the government, with 27% saying they have faith in the Republicans to do so compared to 24% who trust the Democrats, while the biggest segment of the population, 31%, say they trust neither party. Public confidence in the government’s ability to make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country continues to slip, with 74% now saying they have little or no confidence, down from the 70% who said the same last December.
Commenting this week on his just-released book, Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe said both major parties are failing the country and conditions are growing ripe for an extensive renovation of the political landscape. He also was interviewed extensively on the subject by the Minnesota-based Wisdom Voices website, which was also picked up by OpEd News.
Political donors are not normal
A Wisconsin Public Radio story that aired statewide yesterday quotes Mike McCabe saying “donors are not normal people.” Listen on....
Will locals lead the way on redistricting reform?
State lawmakers stubbornly refuse to surrender control over who draws voting district lines and then invariably fashion districts that favor their reelection. Maybe local governments will take the lead in creating a fair system. The Democracy Campaign testified last Thursday at a hearing held by a Dane County board committee. The Wisconsin State Journal liked what it heard at the meeting.
Become a sustainer
One of the fastest growing sources of income for the Democracy Campaign has been automatic monthly or quarterly gifts from individual members who have signed up for our “Democracy Defenders” program. You can sign up on online to join this list of sustainers who provide us with a steady and reliable flow of income. On the secure online form, choose a donation amount. Under “Donation Type” switch from the default option of “One-Time Donation” to “Recurring Donation.” Then use the drop-down menu to designate whether you want your donation to be monthly or quarterly.