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The Democracy Rebellion: A Reporter's Notebook with Hedrick Smith

Journalist Hedrick Smith travels the country looking for positive stories of democratic reform and finds them in six states where grassroots activists are fighting to equal the playing field.

The Democracy Rebellion

56m 4s

Journalist Hedrick Smith travels the country looking for positive stories of democratic reform and finds them in six states where grassroots activists are fighting to equal the playing field.

Episodes

  • The Democracy Rebellion: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Democracy Rebellion

    56m 4s

    Journalist Hedrick Smith travels the country looking for positive stories of democratic reform and finds them in six states where grassroots activists are fighting to equal the playing field.

Extras + Features

  • Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview

    30s

    Journalist Hedrick Smith travels the country looking for positive stories of democratic reform and finds them in six states where grassroots activists are fighting to equal the playing field.

  • Washington - Linda Bock - Modern Paul Revere for Democracy: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Washington - Linda Bock - Modern Paul Revere for Democracy

    40s

    Seattle’s Linda Bock embodies the tidal wave of popular revolt against the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision that unleashed unlimited corporate and billionaire money in campaigns. Bock got 21,000 signatures and small business woman Cindy Black organized 1,000 volunteers to win a stunning statewide vote to restore control of political money. 20 states are now on record vs. Citizens United.

  • California - Dark Money Plot Backfires, Outed by Reformers: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    California - Dark Money Plot Backfires, Outed by Reformers

    1m 44s

    A mysterious $11 million campaign donation, the largest anonymous campaign donation in California history, rings alarm bells. Common Cause activist Derek Cressman alerts a state election watchdog. Shrewd sleuthing by the Fair Political Practices Commission exposes wealthy elite donors.

  • Connecticut - GOP Governor Urges Reform, Democrats Resist: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Connecticut - GOP Governor Urges Reform, Democrats Resist

    1m 57s

    Public pressure from a coalition of 50 civic groups pushes a Republican governor and Democratic legislative leaders to adopt public funding of state election campaigns. Transforming the state’s political landscape, public funding has changed who can afford to run for office. Now, with more minorities and women, the legislature no longer bows to rich lobbyists and hews closer to the voters’ agenda.

  • North Carolina - Voter Fraud Vs. Vote Suppression: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    North Carolina - Voter Fraud Vs. Vote Suppression

    1m 57s

    When the state legislature passed a tough photo ID law that knocked 300,000 voters off the rolls, Rev William Barber and Moral Mondays mounted mass protests and filed suit. A federal court struck down the photo ID law saying it targeted black voters “with almost surgical precision.” In 2018, Republicans got voters to adopt photo ID as an amendment to the state constitution, and the fight rages on.

  • Florida - Politicians Caught Cheating on Voter-Backed Reform: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Florida - Politicians Caught Cheating on Voter-Backed Reform

    2m 22s

    After gerrymander reform fails five times in Florida, campaign-savvy lawyer Ellen Freidin builds a multi-racial, bipartisan coalition and voters pass major reform outlawing election districts drawn “with intent to favor” either party. Legislators promise to behave but secretly do illegal gerrymander. Reformers catch them and state supreme court orders new maps, opening way for newcomer victories.

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