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  • Thursday, January 04, 2024 at 07:00 PM · 4 rsvps

    Testimony Workshop

    Join Open Democracy & League of Women Voters Jan 4th at 7PM EST online for a workshop on how to testify on legislation at the NH State House.

    Learn the basics of how a bill becomes a law, at what point in the process you can make your voice heard, and how to do so through effective storytelling and testimony both through email and in-person. Legislators need to hear from their constituents.

    Join us to learn how to have your voice heard.

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp

    Open Democracy Book Club: The Scheme

    Please join the Open Democracy Book Club for a a discussion of  The Scheme: How the Right Wing Used Dark Money to Capture the Supreme Court, by Sheldon Whitehouse.  (Purchasing info below)

    As the story of Supreme Court malfeasance and ethics violations repeatedly makes front-page news, the paperback version of The Scheme comes at a time of crisis for the American judiciary.

    Following his book Captured on corporate capture of regulatory and government agencies, and his years of experience as a prosecutor, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, whom Senator Elizabeth Warren calls a “a powerful voice in defending our American democracy against the relentless, pervasive—and often hidden—power of corporate special interests,” here turns his attention to the right-wing scheme to capture the United States Supreme Court. Whitehouse chronicles a hidden-money campaign using an armada of front groups, helped by the infamous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, employing the Federalist Society as an appointments turnstile, and with the same small handful of right-wing billionaires and corporations enticing the Senate to break rules, norms, and precedents to confirm wildly inappropriate nominees who would advance their anti-government agenda.

    Now available in an affordable paperback edition with a new preface addressing the Reverend Schenck disclosures about politicking the justices and Justice Thomas’s recently disclosed conflicts of interest, The Scheme offers what Kirkus Reviews calls “a maddening indictment of a corrupt and corrupted judiciary.”

    About the Authors

    Sheldon Whitehouse represents Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate. He has served as his state’s United States Attorney and as the state Attorney General, as well as its top business regulator. The author of Captured and The Scheme (both from The New Press), he lives in Newport, Rhode Island.

    Jennifer Mueller is a writer based in Washington, DC. She has worked on issues related to campaign finance and political participation as an attorney, academic, and consultant for more than twenty years. She is the co-author (with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse) of The Scheme: How the Right Wing Used Dark Money to Capture the Supreme Court (The New Press).

    Purchasing information

    Available at your local book store (Paperback 18.99, Hardcover 27.99): 

    Gibson's Bookstore, 45 South Main St., Concord, NH 03301  603-224-0562

    Water Street Books, 125 Water St., Exeter, NH 03833   603-778-9731

    Toadstool Bookstores, 12 Depot St., Peterborough, NH 03458   (603) 924-3543

    Product details

    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The New Press (October 18, 2022)
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
    • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1620977389
    • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1620977385
    • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.05 pounds
    • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.59 x 8.5 inches


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