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Entries in repeal (2)


Democrats, Republicans and Obama unite on repealing part of STOCK Act


The federal Government Accountability Office created a report about political intelligence. (Snip: U.S. GAO)Bipartisan bickering? Rabid partisan rhetoric? Not this time.

In a move not widely reported, Democrats and Republicans in Congress united with President Barack Obama to repeal part of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, legislation designed to keep lawmakers from capitalizing on information to enrich themselves and their associates, more commonly called cronies by critics.

The repeal doesn’t completely stop the public from getting information about financial matters their elected officials and other government figures disclose. The repeal simply makes it much harder and far more time-consuming to find that information.

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Georgia state House seeks to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

Photo: Snip of excerpt from 17th Amendment/U.S. Government ArchivesOne hundred years ago, the United States ratified an amendment to the Constitution that changed the way America chose its senators. The amendment's supporters said that senators directly elected by the people would not only be more democratic, but also less corrupt and less susceptible to special interest influence.

Instead of reducing corruption, however, changing the method of Senate selection provided entirely new avenues of political exploitation by fundamentally transforming our federal government. Most importantly, the amendment destroyed the federalist structure that the Founding Fathers installed to protect state sovereignty.

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