Linking Campaign Finance Reform and Single Party Rule. Ep 4.3

Discussion of a New York Times report linking campaign finance incumbency protection with single party rule in many political jurisdictions.

Well i certainly hope you enjoyed the segment with peter wallace and in fact i hope you enjoyed both segments on campaign finance reform perhaps if we’re lucky we’ll get peter back one day to talk about the debt and the restructuring and the causes of the great recession certainly he’s an expert in that arena as well but i think peters interview has done a really

Good job of educating you on some of the issues and hopefully on some of the solutions i think the campaign finance reform again is an area that everybody’s very concerned about but we haven’t been finding many solutions and in fact we’ve been going the wrong way in my perspective the supreme court and other courts are so tilted toward the free speech aspect of all

This then i think we’ve lost all balance we’ve lost all perspective we’ve got to find a way to regain that you know particularly in light of citizens united in the speech now case in terms of peters presentation one of the things i really liked about his book is again the fact that he’s thinking outside the box here and his approach i think is very unusual for an in

Comparison and what most people would think are the solution sets most people want to limit money and find ways to just take this whole campaign disclosure thing and you know wrap it up and real tightly and just limit it i think peter has an interesting approach and its partner they have an interesting approach where they’re basically saying open it up a little more

And as you open it up a little more that will drive competition and i think again if we have competition and it’s baton we have that balance then we will probably not feel that we have this campaign finance problems that certainly to the extent that we do now so thank you peter and in thinking about campaign finance reform i was looking for a link because campaign

Finance reform is a problem but it seemed to be unrelated to this dysfunction and polarization we’re talking about it messes up the system but may not necessarily be a cause an underlying cause of dysfunction of polarization so having said that i was reading an interesting series of articles in the new york times on one-party rule and i would suggest to you that

If you want to get online and read this series it’s an excellent series and it drills down and it’s starting to examine the causes of one significant one-party rule and then the implications of significant one-party rule and in one of the recent articles that i had read there is a link there between the successive campaign finance reform and polarization again

And again one of the ways of polarization presents itself is when one party controls all of the legislature and all of the executive branch in a particular jurisdiction we we talked about that in one of our shows the ways you can have variations on a theme but clearly when the executive branch and the legislature is controlled by one party you have one party rule

You have implications for polarization that are not positive and usually don’t play out well and i think we’ve seen a lot of that in some of the decisions that are coming out particularly at the state level where they’re dominated by one party so what the new york times did is they linked the explosion of campaign finance reform citizens united speech now and the

Use of the not-for-profit status to high disclosure to open up statewide campaigns to the national level and they walk you through how various states are now attracting money from all over the country and how this money is being funneled through multiple sources multiple steps very intricate you know webs are very intricate patterns of how this money is ending up

Directed to a particular state and the goal of this money is to create single rule single party single organization domination and control of states the scary part is that right now this article explains we are at the high water mark for a single party rule at least for the last 60 years so in the last 60 years this is the highest and the most we’ve had of a single

Party rule at the state level and here’s the breakdown let’s look at the board there are 23 states that are singularly controlled by republicans there are 13 states that are singularly controlled by them kratz and there’s only 13 states where we have mixed government again the executive may be different than the legislature or the two houses of the legislature may

Be different from each other nebraska is an interesting exception because in nebraska they have a nonpartisan legislature and it’s unicameral so they don’t really fit that dynamic although my suspicion is nebraska has been heavily dominated by the republican party but when you have this much single party domination we have 36 states now a single party domination

You get a distortion in legislation and you get as a source of government and what we’re going to start talking about on our next show is how this distortion then plays out in redistricting and another layer of incumbency protection so i recommend to you the new york time series and i recommend to you to start thinking about the link between campaign finance reform and polarization

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Linking Campaign Finance Reform and Single Party Rule. Ep 4.3 By Third Party 101