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Polly C. Speak
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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The state of Mississippi wants you to stand in line with a bunch of coughing strangers to vote this November, even amid a pandemic that is on track to kill 200,000 Americans by Halloween. Mississippi leaders currently only allow state residents to vote absentee if they are over the age of 65, permanently disabled, temporarily...
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Local school districts throughout the south are determined to pull kids back into schools this fall amid a national pandemic, and some parents and teachers are understandably nervous. They have good reason to be anxious. Schools that tentatively pushed their doors open and welcomed students back in late July were already getting hit with Covid...
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In early July, reporters caught an exchange between Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, and Rep. Ted Roho, R-Florida, that shined an ugly light on male behavior and U.S. history, according to critics. According to a Hill reporter, Ocasio-Cortez was walking up the east front steps of the Capitol to cast a vote Monday afternoon when both Yoho...
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Critics blasted the Trump administration this week for cutting the feet out from under Black residents looking to protect their neighborhoods from poison and environmental damage. President Donald Trump announced his plan to  stymie elements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires government agencies to conduct reviews and accept public input on the...
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