Election Day 2015 has arrived. John Oliver has a hilarious, depressing and scathing account of what’s at stake in several states in terms of Obamacare and the Medicaid gap. Have a watch, but be prepared to dial your outrage up to 11 (on a 10 point scale). The low light: the democratic gubernatorial candidate in Mississippi has spent all of $300 on his campaign and even his mother didn’t know he was running.
It’s not all depressing news though. Larry Lessig may have ended his protest campaign to roll back Citizens United, but there is positive movement on campaign finance reform at the state and city-level.
Pop open an Allagash White to celebrate the good folks of Maine. The Maine “Clean Elections” Initiative, Question 1 is on the ballot today and will strengthen the existing clean elections law by requiring special interests groups to disclose their top three funders on each ad they run. Reform groups hope this requirement will force big money donors out of the shadows and that the practice will spread to other states.
Seattle voters are also poised to upend the big money establishment by making every citizen a campaign contributor.
A proposal up for vote this Tuesday could transform political fundraising in staunchly liberal Seattle. Initiative 122 would provide every registered voter with four “Democracy Vouchers” per citywide election. Each voucher would be worth $25, for a total of $100 that voters could distribute among their preferred candidates as campaign donations. The system would be funded by a 10-year, $30 million rise in property taxes.
So we got that going for us, which is nice.
Send any hot tips our way via the comments below or on Twitter to @ballotsandbeer. Drink up and enjoy E-Day 2015!