Selected Readings

Below are a selection of readings for more background into the issues that RUNM works on:

Democracy Generally

“What if we Rewrote the Constitution Today”,  Jeffrey Rosen, The Atlantic, December 8, 2020
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/12/what-if-we-could-rewrite-constitution/617304/ Improved voting procedures such as instant runoff or ranked choice voting

“The U.S. Needs a New Constitution—Here’s How to Write It”, Alex Seitz-Wald and National Journal, November 2, 2013
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/11/the-us-needs-a-new-constitution-heres-how-to-write-it/281090/

“Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century”, a report by the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, American Association of Arts and Sciences
https://www.amacad.org/ourcommonpurpose/report”>https://www.amacad.org/ourcommonpurpose/report

“Why the Politics Industry is Failing America” , Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter, the Harvard Business School  http://www.hbs.edu/competitiveness/Documents/why-competition-in-the-politics-industry-is-failing-america.pdf

Campaign Finance Reform

“The Dark Money Assault on Voting Rights”, End Citizens United Action Fund/Let America Vote, May, 2021
https://ecuactionfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/ECULAV_DarkMoney_5.14.pdf

“But It Will Happen’: A Constitutional Amendment to Secure Political Equality in Election Spending and Representation”, Jeffrey D. Clements, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Vol. 13, Issue 2 (Summer 2019), pp. 375-419
https://harvardlpr.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/07/Clements.pdf

“America is Not a Democracy,” Yasha Mounk, The Atlantic, March 2018 https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/america-is-not-a-democracy/550931/

“Dark Money Illuminated” – IssueOne.org. https://www.issueone.org/dark-money/

“Government of Citizens Not Money – 2018” – American Promise, Take Back Our Republic, Fix-It America
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/americanpromise/pages/687/attachments/original/1526490996/Government_of_Citizens__Not_Money_2018_04_11.pdf?1526490996

“Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average  Citizens,” Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, Perspectives on Politics, American Political Science Association 2014  https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf  

“The Tax Overhaul Is Proof that Money in Politics Affects All of Us”,Daniel L, Weiner, Brennan Center for Justice  https://www.brennancenter.org/blog/tax-overhaul-proof-money-politics-affects-all-us

Public Campaign Finance

“Small Donor Public Financing Could Advance Race and Gender
Equity in Congress”, Nirali Vyas, Chisun Lee, and Gregory Clark, Brennan Center for Justice Oct. 15, 2020
https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/FINAL%20-%20SDPF%20Could%20Advance%20Race%20and%20Gender%20Equity%20in%20Congress_10.15.2020_10AM_v2_0.pdf

“Amplifying Small-dollar Donors in the Citizens United era: Connecticut’s Citizen Election Program Shifted the Balance of Power to the People”, Beth A. Rotman and Lisa Nightingale, Common Cause
https://www.commoncause.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CT_SmallDonorDollar_Report_WEB.pdf

Redistricting Reform

“Redistricting Taskforce in New Mexico: Recommendations Developed by the New Mexico First Redistricting Taskforce 2020,” New Mexico First Redistricting Taskforce 2020
https://files.constantcontact.com/8a5d3e49101/be01855d-c138-4284-85e4-31d7e0213ab3.pdf

“The Politics We Don’t See Matter as Much as Those We Do: Party strategists pay a lot of attention to redrawing district maps — and hope you won’t bother to think about it”, Thomas B. Edsall, The New York Times, August 12, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/12/opinion/census-politics-gerrymandering-redistricting.html

“Redistricting NM 2021; A troubled history and opportunities to change”, Gwyneth Doland, New Mexico in Depth
www.nmindepth.com/wp-content/uploads//2019/Redistricting-NM-2021.pdf

“The Causes and Consequences of Gerrymandering”, Nicholas O. Stephanopoulos, 59 William & Mary Law Review 2115, May 24, 2018
https://poseidon01.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=490074106114120084119085004018083104041021014087045043087028011025124102014087004075048120001122008096009117105075082014028087008007035089016083080079091070000006038012032124085092016065099064122127030107115115108118082099087006097111097072125085115&EXT=pdf

Lobbying Reform

“Lobbyists and their Outsized Influence in New Mexico: Tales of Film, Firearms, and Fumes”, New Mexico Ethics Watch 2020 Report
http://nmethicswatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/NMEW-Lobbying-Report-Final-.pdf

“Ban Lobbyists from Fundraising for Politicians”, Center for American Progress
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/democracy/reports/2018/04/25/448596/ban-lobbyists-fundraising-politicians/

Elections and Voters’ Rights and Protections

“Voting Laws Roundup: May 2021”, Brennan Center for Justice Resource
https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voting-laws-roundup-may-2021

“Civil Death: How Millions of Americans Lost Their Right to Vote”, Ayesha Sharma, The Guardian, August 7, 2020
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/07/americans-voting-rights-disenfranchisement

“Pack the Union: A Proposal to Admit New States for the Purpose of Amending the Constitution to Ensure Equal Representation” – Note, Harvard Law Review, January 20, 2020
https://harvardlawreview.org/2020/01/pack-the-union-a-proposal-to-admit-new-states-for-the-purpose-of-amending-the-constitution-to-ensure-equal-representation/

“Racism & Felony Disenfranchisement: An Intertwined History,”
Erin Kelley, Brennan Center for Justice Twenty Years
https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/2019-08/Report_Disenfranchisement_History.pdf

Ethics, Anti-Corruption

“How One State Legislature Grappled with Creating an Ethics Commission,” Viki Harrison, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Vol. 13, Issue 2 (Summer 2019), pp. 422-448
https://harvardlpr.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/07/Harrison.pdf

Grassroots Movement

“Moving Americans to Action – A Message Guide for Democracy” – Rethink Media
https://rethinkmedia.org/sites/default/files/Moving%20Americans%20to%20Action-environmental%20supplement_0.pdf