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Newsletter article Julie Archer February 28, 2023
Elections & Courts Update – Week 7
As we approach crossover day, here’s an update on where various election and courts bills are in the legislative process.  More
Issues: Fair Courts
Newsletter article Julie Archer February 21, 2023
Elections & Courts Update – Week 6
The WV Association for Justice has flagged two bills related to our civil justice system that are worth watching: HB 3270 and SB 560. More
Issues: Civil JusticeFair Courts
From Facebook @WVCLRC - Kenneth Matthews testified about his lived experience around not being able to vote after incarceration while on parole yesterday in front of the Senate Judiciary Sub Committee B in favor of SB235, a bill that would restore voting rights to people on probation and parole. The vote on the bill was postponed until next week.
Newsletter article   February 21, 2023
Leading for Justice: Updates from the Capitol
First, good news!  HB 2471 which would reinstate the counterproductive and harmful policy of suspending drivers licenses for unpaid fines and fees has been parked (no pun intended) on the inactive house calendar. More
Issues: Civil JusticeCriminal JusticeFair CourtsPoverty
Newsletter article Julie Archer February 14, 2023
Elections & Courts Update
The Senate Judiciary has referred three bills to its Elections and Public Integrity Subcommittee. The Senate Judiciary Committee has also advanced two bills that would decrease transparency of political spending. The House Committee on Political Subdivisions has advanced three bills. Plus judicial redistricting is underway. More
Issues: DemocracyElectionsFair CourtsVoting Rights
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 7, 2023
Small Government?
As I was having a drink with veteran statehouse reporter Phil Kabler ... In essence he said something like, “It's strange how the party of so-called ‘small government’ keeps inserting itself into the bedrooms and doctors offices of our citizens.” More
Issues: Fair CourtsHealthcareInequalityMedicaidPollution
Newsletter article   January 31, 2023
Leading for Justice: Updates from the Capitol
With the legislative session in full swing, here is a brief rundown of bills that we and AFSC are watching. More
Issues: Fair CourtsIncarcerationInequalityJusticeVoting Rights
Citizen Action Group Blog Julie Archer January 23, 2023
Much Ado About Elections, and More
Ten days into the 2023 legislative, more than 50 bills related to elections have been introduced. Two have traction, and action is needed to keep HB 2244 off the House Judiciary Committee agenda. Related to elections, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge Saturday's anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s devastating Citizens United decsion, the role of dark money in shifting the balance of the Court to the right, and it's impact on our fundamental rights. More
Issues: DemocracyDiscriminationFair CourtsHealthcareInequalityVoting Rights
Action Alert Cassandra Wiley December 10, 2022
Leading for Justice: 2023 Criminal Law Reform Summit
You're invited to attend “Leading for Justice: Criminal Law Reform Summit” January 9th-11th in Charleston, WV.  Led by those with lived experience, this one-of-a-kind conference will be a space to reimagine the criminal legal system, and culminate in a collective day of action at the WV State Capitol during the first day of the 2023 state legislature. More
Issues: Criminal JusticeFair Courts
Citizen Action Group Blog Julie Archer October 24, 2022
Much At Stake With Proposed Constitutional Amendments
In addition to the congressional, legislative, county and local elected offices that will appear on the ballot this November, voters must also consider four separate amendments to the state’s constitution. Here’s a refresher on what’s at stake with these proposed changes to the West Virginia Constitution.  More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesElectionsFair CourtsFair taxationTaxesVoting
Newsletter article   May 25, 2022
Let’s Work Together to Move Democracy Forward in WV
A lot has changed since West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections (WVCCE) released the WV Pro-Democracy Anti-Corruption Platform in 2018... Then the pandemic hit... More
Issues: Civil JusticeDemocracyFair CourtsInequality
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 23, 2022
Legislative Postmortem
Given the current political climate, victory often takes the form of defeating bad bills. With that in mind, here’s an overview of what happened in these major issue areas... More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesCivil JusticeDemocracyDiscriminationEnvironmentFair CourtsFair taxationInequalityPollutionRacial JusticeReproductive JusticeVoting RightsWater
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 7, 2022
Election Bills are a Disservice to West Virginia Voters
We need to restore balance to our democracy, attract qualified people who want to go into public service, and make sure every vote is counted and everyone’s voice is heard. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Action Alert Julie Archer February 24, 2022
Legislative Forecast: Urgent Actions – Week Six
This mid-week update is focused on urgent actions to help move good bills and stop bad ones, as critical deadlines on the Legislative Calendar approach. More
Issues: CensorshipDiscriminationFair CourtsHuman RightsInequalityVoting Rights
Newsletter article Julie Archer February 21, 2022
Judicial Power Grab Would Weaken West Virginians’ Say-So on the Courts
In response to former Justice Evan Jenkins’s recent resignation from the State Supreme Court, members of the House of Delegates are moving quickly to strip West Virginians of their ability to have a say in who will fill the seat left vacant by Jenkins’s departure. More
Issues: Fair CourtsFair RepresentationVoting Rights
Newsletter article Julie Archer February 14, 2022
Legislative Forecast: Week Five
This week’s forecast is primarily a news round up from various media outlets, partners, and allies on the bills we’ve been following, along with actions you can take where relevant. More
Issues: DemocracyDiscriminationEnvironmentFair CourtsHealthcareIncarcerationInequalityRacial JusticeVoting Rightswater quality
Newsletter article Julie Archer February 7, 2022
Legislative Forecast: Week Four
This week we continue our round up of what is happening under the dome (and elsewhere) related to these critical issue areas and actions you can take. Although there are still plenty of bad ideas brewing, this forecast is less dreary. More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesDemocracyDiscriminationFair CourtsFair taxationInequalityRacial JusticeReproductive JusticeTaxesVoting Rightswater quality
Newsletter article Julie Archer January 31, 2022
Legislative Forecast: Week 3
This week we continue our round up of what is happening under the dome (and elsewhere) related to several critical issue areas and actions you can take. More
Issues: DemocracyDiscriminationEducationFair CourtsInequalityPollutionVoting RightsWater
Newsletter article Julie Archer January 24, 2022
Legislative Forecast: Week 2
As we head into the second full week of the 2022 legislative session, I’m going to provide a quick status update on these issues, hopefully without duplicating too much of what Gary has already covered.  More
Issues: DemocracyDiscriminationFair CourtsFair RepresentationHealthcareMedicaidRacial JusticeReproductive JusticeVoting RightsWaterwater quality
Action Alert Julie Archer December 23, 2021
The Foundation of Our Democracy: Fair and Impartial Courts
we must keep the pressure on our Senators to pass bold democracy reform at the federal level that will protect and strengthen our freedom to vote, while continuing the fight at the state level to ensure that our courts are free from political and special interest influence and can protect our rights and guard against abuses of power. Double your impact with a year-end donation to keep us fighting for free, fair, and safe elections and fair and impartial courts. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett July 23, 2021
Events Galore – WV Summer Jam Tour
We worked with the expanding WV New Jobs Coalition on a six-city bus tour called the “WV Summer Jam: For The People, Jobs and CARE-a-van” More
Issues: Care EconomyClimate JusticeFair CourtsJobsVoting Rights
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