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R.J.
Cross

Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

Started on staff: 2016
B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, University of Kansas
R.J. focuses on manipulative advertising and the commercialization of personal data online as a part of her work to advance PIRG’s New Economy program. In her work at Frontier Group, she has authored research reports on government transparency, predatory auto lending and consumer debt. She was previously the tax and budget advocate for PIRG. When she’s not protecting the public interest, she is an avid reader, fiction writer and birder.

Posts by R.J. Cross
A Midterm Lay of the Land: Democracy

A Midterm Lay of the Land: Democracy

Our democracy as it currently exists is far from perfect, but in 2018, states and cities across the country pushed forward with a number of policies intended to make our government more representative, our elections more democratic, and our right to vote easier to exercise.

The Next City to Ban Plastic Bags Might Be…Omaha?

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The Next City to Ban Plastic Bags Might Be…Omaha?

Nebraska, like my home state of Kansas, is landlocked. There are no beaches with washed up garbage and no sea turtles mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish – reasons that citizens in places like California have come together to ban plastic bags. But Nebraskans, it turns out, have good reasons to ban the bag as well – even if those reasons aren’t always immediately obvious, even to those of us who were born and raised in the Midwest.

The Bus Not Taken: How Easy Auto Loans Reinforced Car Dependence and Killed Transit Ridership

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The Bus Not Taken: How Easy Auto Loans Reinforced Car Dependence and Killed Transit Ridership

In the years since the Great Recession, a torrent of cheap and easy credit has washed over car showrooms and used car lots. Many have compared this recent free-for-all in the subprime auto market to the housing market right before the 2007 collapse of the housing bubble. But few have talked – until now – about the effect this influx of cheap money has had on Americans’ transportation choices.

New Report: Big Money in Oregon State Elections

New Report: Big Money in Oregon State Elections

The dominating influence of large political donors shapes elections from beginning to end – from an individual’s decision to run for office, to a candidate’s ability to get his or her message out to the public, to the makeup of the people with whom a candidate spends time while running for and serving in office.

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