Issue: Fair Courts

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Newsletter article Julie Archer March 29, 2021
Courts and the Constitution
After quickly passing their house of origin and then clearing their first committee assignment in the other, two measures we oppose related to West Virginia courts slowed down. Now one has cleared another legislative hurdle, and the other is likely to be on the move again soon as we enter the final two weeks of the legislative session. Here’s a quick update and actions you can take to stop these power grabs and attempts to politicize the judiciary.  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceTransparencyWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer March 2, 2021
Urgent: Register by 4PM TODAY for March 4 Public Hearing on Intermediate Court of Appeals
The House Judiciary Committee just announced virtual public hearing on SB 275, establishing an intermediate court of appeals will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday. If you want to speak, call 304-340-3252 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. TODAY, Tuesday, March 2 to register. More
Issues: Fair Courts
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer March 1, 2021
Update: Still Time to Contact Delegates on HJR 2
It’s obvious that at least some members of the Legislature are under the mistaken impression that the acting Supreme Court that intervened in the impeachment of former Justice Margaret Workman stripped them of their power to impeach. This is completely false. There’s still time to contact your delegate(s) and tell them to vote NO on this dangerous, unnecessary amendment to our constitution. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer February 27, 2021
Tell Delegates to Vote NO on HJR 2
On Monday March 1, the House will be voting on HJR 2, a dangerous, unnecessary amendment to our state consitution. This bill would cut loose future impeachment proceedings of the WV Legislature from all constitutional restraint. Tell delegates to vote NO on HJR 2. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial Independence
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer February 22, 2021
Power Grabs and a Gift to Special Interests
We're less than two weeks into the 2021 session and the WV Legislature is moving quickly to undermine the ability of West Virginia courts to defend our democracy and guard against abuses of power. And after three consecutive years of not gettting their way, some legislative leaders still want to waste millions of dollars on an unnecessary intermediate court of appeals because big-money, out-of-state, powerful special interests are demanding it. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE January 22, 2021
We Need Your Voice and Your Support
Whether it's calling members of Congress, writing a letter to editor, or signing the WV NAACP’s petition calling for the removal and disbarment of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey we need your voice to hold our elected officials accountable, expand and protect voting rights, and create a democracy that is representative of all Americans’ voices and values. More
Issues: Citizens UnitedDemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer January 20, 2021
Demand Democracy: Help Pass the For the People Act
As we begin a new year with a new president, WV Citizens for Clean Elections remains committed to the work to hold our government accountable to ensure we create a country where everyone can thrive. That's why we are joining with the Declaration for American Democracy coalition to support the For The People Act (HR 1) and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act (HR 4) to protect and strengthen the sacred right to vote and return the power of our democracy to the people. Will you join us to demand that the Biden-Harris administration and our members of Congress champion democracy reform as a first priority?  More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer December 1, 2020
Celebrate Giving Tuesday with WV Citizens for Clean Elections
Our demoncracy depends on a fair and impartial court system and transparent and accountable elections, which is why we formed the WV Citizens for Clean Elections in 2002 to strengthen our democracy and give power back to the people of West Virginia. This Giving Tuesday, will you join us in this fight by donating what you can so we are able to organize West Virginians, and bring our communities together to advance and protect our institutions? A generous supporter has agreed to match every donation up to $10,000. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair Courts
Alerts and Updates WVCCE November 25, 2020
Thank You!
Thank you for being a major part of our efforts -- fighting for free, fair, and safe elections for West Virginians. With your support, we were able to accomplish a lot this year, despite the obstacles that came about due to COVID-19. And with your continued support, we will be able to continue this work and prepare for the new year. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsFair CourtsHealthVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates WVCCE November 16, 2020
Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption
Our democracy is under attack, but we have the tools to fight back against measures that will hinder our progress towards a government that is transparent, accountable, and responsive to our needs. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsTransparency
Alerts and Updates WVCCE November 9, 2020
Results Are In. The Voters Have Spoken.
With record turnout across our nation, Americans made their voices heard. But unfortunately, our systems are being challenged by players who want to change the rules of the game. Some politicians are attempting to sow doubt by using unproven claims to change the outcome of the election because they are afraid of losing. We must continue to remain diligent in the face of misinformation as our new government is formed over the next few months.   More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE October 28, 2020
Recipe for Confusion
The state made the decision to not automatically mail ballot applications for the November general election. Changing up the rules is a recipe for confusion, and with WV having one of the lowest turnout rates in the nation, we should be working to expand access to voting, not putting in place more barriers. WV Citizens for Clean Elections is fighting against this disenfranchisement by informing voters about the voting process. Help us in our mission of fighting for clean elections by donating today so we can help voters navigate the process and cast their ballots. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE October 24, 2020
Stealing the Court
After our country lost the great leader and icon, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it only took a few days before powerful special interests launched a well-funded, politically motivated campaign to steal the court. West Virginians are no stranger to special interests and dark money swaying our court systems, which is why we are not going to sit on the sidelines and wait to see what happens. Join us in the fight to save our democracy. More
Issues: Dark MoneyDemocracyFair Courts
Alerts and Updates WVCCE October 12, 2020
Register to Vote Today
Tuesday (10/13) is the deadline to register to vote in West Virginia. Luckily, if you aren’t registered, or even if you think you are, it will only take you a few minutes to register, check or update your registration. There's so much at stake this election, especially when it comes to the courts. Don't miss your chance to make a difference! More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsHealthVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE October 8, 2020
Welcome: Re-Introducing WV Citizens for Clean Elections
Our systems are hanging by a thread. Together we can fight back. WV Citizens for Clean Elections is working to remove the influence of money from politics, and are fighting for a court system that works for everyone. We believe in a fair and impartial judiciary, and that starts with ensuring clean elections. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsJudicial Independence
Alerts and Updates WVCCE June 8, 2020
Tomorrow is Your Chance to Vote for Reform
While it might seem strange to do something as normal as voting in these tumultouous times, we encourage you to make your voice heard in this crucial primary election. Over the past week, leaders like Stacy Abrams and former President Barack Obama have stressed the importance of voting and electing government officials who listen to us and are responsive to our demands. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer June 5, 2020
Supreme Court Elections Provide Opportunity to Increase Trust, Accountability, and Transparency in the Judiciary
This moment is an opportunity to bring greater trust, accountability, and transparency to the judiciary, but rebuilding trust in the judiciary cannot end with a single individual. As voters, it’s incumbent upon us to seek out unbiased information about the candidates rather than relying on misleading, inaccurate attack ads. The court and legislators must also seize this opportunity to begin to rebuild trust in the West Virginia judiciary by strengthening disclosure of political spending and the adoption of a strong, objective recusal standard. More
Issues: Fair CourtsJudicial IndependenceTransparencyWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates WVCCE May 18, 2020
Deadline Tomorrow to Register to Vote
Tomorrow (May 19) is the deadline to register to vote in the 2020 WV primary and judicial elections. Register, check, or update your registration at GoVoteWV.com, then make a plan to vote. Three of the most important votes you will cast in the 2020 primary are your picks for the WV Supreme Court. The decisions it makes affect the lives of all West Virginians. Learn more about these important races and the candidates at wvcourtelections.org. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsHealthVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
Press Release WVCCE April 28, 2020
WVCCE Launches Website for 2020 WV Supreme Court Elections
The West Virginia Supreme Court races are among the most important on our June 9 ballot. Our courts are powerful, and they matter. Our rights as voters, workers, parents and community members depend on the decisions of our elected judges. It is imperative that we are better informed about our courts and the judicial candidates so that we can use our right to vote effectively, More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates WVCCE April 27, 2020
Our Court, Our Vote – Judges Are on the Ballot: Know Your Judicial Candidates
West Virginia voters will elect three justices to the West Virginia Supreme Court in the upcoming primary election.  That's why we're excited to launch a new website, wvcourtelections.org, to help voters learn more about these elections and the judicial candidates. Our rights as voters, workers, parents, and community members depend on the decisions of our elected judges. It is imperative that we are better informed about our courts and the judicial candidates so that we can use our right to vote effectively. More
Issues: Fair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
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