By

Polly C. Speak
The U.S. government this week still staggers after the invasion of the U.S. Capitol building. Thousands of Trump supporters, egged on by their outgoing president and U.S. politicians looking to undermine the nation’s democratic process, stormed the building, shattering doors and windows and vandalizing property. The mob delayed, but did not prevent, the certification of...
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In late December, U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood lambasted a lawuit and a related emergency order filed by the Georgia Republican Party, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the campaigns of GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. The GOP suit argued, without evidence, that hundreds of new voters registered in Georgia since November...
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Mississippi retiree Brenda Cheeks knows all about  the COVID-19 pandemic burning through her state. She doesn’t miss the news on her television. As of Dec. 14, Mississippi reported 1,648 new confirmed cases of infection. A few days earlier, the state hit a record of 2,457 new cases, which is astounding in a rural state with...
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While many people in the nation are withering figuratively and literally at their low-wage earning jobs, corporations and those who lead them find themselves subsidized by the federal government. And the incoming Biden administration is going to have to find a way to circulate money back into the hands of the people. A recent government...
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In the days leading up to the November election, President Donald Trump admitted he hoped U.S. courts—recently remade in his image after “packing” them with right-wing judges—would halt states from counting legally submitted mail-in ballots after November 3. “Hopefully the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to...
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  Polling for current President Donald Trump is dismal. Numbers show his Democratic opponent Joe Biden ahead nationally by double digits and ahead in most battleground states. Biden is even putting up a good fight in states like Georgia and Texas, which normally vote solidly Republican. The polls look so obvious that pollster Frank Luntz told...
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Georgia closed 214 polling places after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, but that’s apparently not stopping African-Americans from voting early this year. “It’s my custom to vote early … but Georgia doesn’t have a good reputation where voter rights are concerned,” said Lumbe Davis, a resident of Tucker, Georgia. “Polling locations were...
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The word “filibuster” rolls off the tongue kind of weird—kind of like it’s coming back up again. That’s the larger sentiment behind the word for many frustrated senators, as well. The filibuster is a legislative maneuver that originally let senators debate indefinitely on legislation in order to prevent a vote. The Senate has gotten lazier...
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Whenever commissioners or the secretary of state sends out a piece of mail to a voter’s household, that mail runs the risk of returning, for whatever reason. That return could spell trouble for a legitimate voter ... This amounts to more than one triggering event, and multiple events can put a voter on inactive status...
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Black and brown women have found considerable inspiration in the age of President Donald Trump; they’ve been inspired to run for office. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, 266 women of color are major-party candidates for the U.S. Congress in 2020. This record is a repeat of the record achieved during the...
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