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RepresentUs acquired 8,000 signatures on a petition asking Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez to keep working on a "revolving door" bill. Paula Barkan, Austin chapter leader of RepresentUs, handed the petition to Brandon Simon, Cruz's Central Texas regional director, on July 31.

Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez still discussing revolving door bill

Remember that tweet exchange in May between Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the one where they discussed bipartisan legislation to ban former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists?

To recap: Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her support for legislation banning the practice in light of a report by the watchdog group Public Citizen, which found that nearly 60 percent of lawmakers who recently left Congress had found jobs with lobbying firms. Cruz tweeted back, extending an invitation to work on such a bill. Ocasio-Cortez responded, "Let's make a deal."

The news cycle being what it is, it's easy to forget how the media jumped on the idea of the Texas Republican and the New York Democrat finding common ground on a government ethics proposal. Since then, we've collectively moved on — but not everyone forgot.

The government reform group RepresentUs recently drafted a petition asking Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez to follow through on their idea, gathering more than 8,000 signatures.

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NJ: New Campaign Kickoff

Organizer: RepresentUs

How do you feel about ranked choice voting in the state of New Jersey? How about the role that dark money plays on politics? If you have any opinions to share bring them with you to attend the New Jersey Chapter of RepresentUs's campaign kickoff. The event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton church where special guest Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker will be talking about his bill to bring Ranked Choice Voting to New Jersey (A-5205). The meeting will also serve to participants by providing for them the latest court challenges and remedies to the "Dark Money" Law (S-150), where we should expect great insight from Assemblyman Zwicker as well, so plan to come early, bring friends, and claim your seat!

Location: Fahs Theater, 50 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540-7626

Solano Stroll

Organizer: RepresentUs

Since 1974 Solano Avenue and the twin-cities of Albany and Berkeley CA, have hosted the Solano Avenue Stroll, the East Bay's largest street festival! There will be over five hundred vendors including 50 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 government and non-profit agencies, 150 juried hand-crafters, a 75 entry parade, state of the art mechanical rides and much more! So! During all the fun and festivities take a second to stop and visit the RepresentUs Booth! There you'll find a ton of SWAG (Stuff We All Get) as well as a plethora of information on RepresentUS and the American Anti Corruption Act (AACA). You'll also have an opportunity to meet members of the RepresentUs west coast family who will be there to connect you to the frequent events hosted by them.

Location: Solano Ave., Albany, CA 94707

Represent Omaha: Food and Fun!

Organizer: RepresentUs

Right now, Represent Omaha is working with local volunteers like you to build a grassroots network in Nebraska. Whether you're a longtime volunteer or new to the movement, our Food + Fun event is the perfect opportunity to get involved in local anti-corruption efforts, learn about our strategy to unrig the system, and connect with local leaders. We'll be: enjoying a live band; eating amazing hot dogs; spreading the word about our work and how you can join the movement! Come for the hot dogs, stay for the winning anti-corruption strategy. RSVP to have the details sent to your inbox, and don't forget to bring a friend!

Location: Heartland of America park, 800 Douglas St. Omaha, NE 68102

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