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CHANGE Illinois is a nonpartisan, nonprofit leading systemic government and election reforms. CHANGE (the Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics) champions ethical and efficient government and democracy and includes a diverse group of civic, philanthropic, business, labor, professional, and nonprofit organizations representing millions of Illinoisans. CHANGE Illinois works in collaboration with like-minded reform organizations, playing a leadership role in convening and facilitating efforts around shared policy agendas. The coalition works to improve challenges that undermine our democracy, including gerrymandering, restricted ballot access, voter suppression, uncompetitive elections, corruption, lack of government transparency and unethical lobbying, all of which have led to disillusionment and a decrease in civic participation.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised force a vote on his chamber's version of HR 1, but it's not clear whether he would first seek to abolish the filibuster.

Late tweaks keep HR 1 on track for House passage despite new assault from the right

Some last-minute changes to the Democrats' comprehensive democracy reform package appear to have mollified disparate factions in the caucus — senior Black members and swing-district moderates — paving the way for smooth passage of the legislation on Wednesday.

Keeping almost everyone in the narrow Democratic majority in line behind the bill, known as HR 1, is essential to its short-term prospects because Republicans have rallied behind intensified and unified derision of the measure in recent days.

The opposition, buttressed by a conservative group's new ad campaign and freshly embraced by former President Donald Trump, only underscores how the bill will be a dead letter in the Senate so long as the legislative filibuster survives.

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In 2018, Chief Justice John Roberts asserted that Americans would not trust a court that used math to settle a gerrymandering dispute.

Why basic math needs to be central to the study of democracy and politics

Campisi is an assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at San José State University and a Public Voices fellow with The OpEd Project, a nonprofit that promotes more diversity among thought leaders.

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Ken Cuccinelli, a former deputy secretary of Homeland Security, is spearheading the campaign on behalf of anti-abortion groups.

Ex-Trump official to lead $5 million effort to stop HR 1

Two anti-abortion groups have launched a $5 million campaign to block the passage of the sweeping democracy reform bill known as HR 1, which will be brought to the House floor next week.

Former Trump administration official Ken Cuccinelli is at the helm of the Election Transparency Initiative, a program announced Tuesday by the Susan B. Anthony List and American Principles Project.

With every House Democrat already signed onto the legislation, HR 1 will likely pass through the House in early March. But getting enough "yes" votes in the 50-50 Senate will be much more challenging, if not impossible, especially with the filibuster still intact.

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Krysten Sinema is one of two Democrats standing in the way of long-overdue Senate reforms, writes Golden.

Big democracy reforms can't happen unless the Senate fixes its huge anti-democratic flaw

Golden is the author of "Unlock Congress" (Why Not Books, 2015) and a senior fellow at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy. He is a member of The Fulcrum's editorial advisory board.

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