Derek Cressman is an author, political activist and olive grower. He has spent most of his career working for non-profit good government organizations.


The People’s Rule— A Yardstick for Measuring Democracy

Updates on how money in politics, lobbying, campaign finance, voting rights, gerrymandering, gridlock, and judicial activism undermine a government of, by, and for the people.

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When Money Talks—The High Price of “Free” Speech and the Selling of Democracy

Americans know that the corrupting influence of special interest money is destroying our democratic process. And now that the Citizens United decision has thrown out campaign spending limits as abridgments of free speech, they want to know what they can do about it. When Money Talks is a citizen instructions manual that gives us the tools, both intellectual  and tactical, to fight back.

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Sacramento Commons

Sacramento Commons is a virtual town square for residents of the greater Sacramento region to discuss pressing community issues in a structured, civil, and transparent way.

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Tell me your ideas

What do you think we should do to improve our government?