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 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

“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”>

“Why the Politics Industry is Failing America” , Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter, the Harvard Business School

Campaign Finance Reform

“The Dark Money Assault on Voting Rights”, End Citizens United Action Fund/Let America Vote, May, 2021

“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

“America is Not a Democracy,” Yasha Mounk, The Atlantic, March 2018

“Dark Money Illuminated” –

“Government of Citizens Not Money – 2018” – American Promise, Take Back Our Republic, Fix-It America

“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  

“The Tax Overhaul Is Proof that Money in Politics Affects All of Us”,Daniel L, Weiner, Brennan Center for Justice

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

“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

Redistricting Reform

“Redistricting Taskforce in New Mexico: Recommendations Developed by the New Mexico First Redistricting Taskforce 2020,” New Mexico First Redistricting Taskforce 2020

“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

“Redistricting NM 2021; A troubled history and opportunities to change”, Gwyneth Doland, New Mexico in Depth

“The Causes and Consequences of Gerrymandering”, Nicholas O. Stephanopoulos, 59 William & Mary Law Review 2115, May 24, 2018

Lobbying Reform

“Lobbyists and their Outsized Influence in New Mexico: Tales of Film, Firearms, and Fumes”, New Mexico Ethics Watch 2020 Report

“Ban Lobbyists from Fundraising for Politicians”, Center for American Progress

Elections and Voters’ Rights and Protections

“Voting Laws Roundup: May 2021”, Brennan Center for Justice Resource

“Civil Death: How Millions of Americans Lost Their Right to Vote”, Ayesha Sharma, The Guardian, August 7, 2020

“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

“Racism & Felony Disenfranchisement: An Intertwined History,”
Erin Kelley, Brennan Center for Justice Twenty Years

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

Grassroots Movement

“Moving Americans to Action – A Message Guide for Democracy” – Rethink Media