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States Are Stifling the Voices of Cities and Their Voters

(New York Times) Gov. Greg Abbott, Republican of Texas, is expected to sign a bill in the next few days that would make it immeasurably more difficult for cities in the state to govern themselves. The bill would strip cities of the ability to set standards for local workplaces, to ensure civil rights, and to improve their environments, trampling on the rights of voters who elected local officials to do just that.


How the far right tore apart one of the best tools to fight voter fraud

(NPR) The organization (ERIC) is a nonprofit voting partnership — completely voluntary — that allows member states an efficient way to share data to keep their voter rolls more up-to-date. It lets local election officials know when their voters move, die or illegally vote in more than one state in the same election. But in January 2022, the tool drew the ire of one of the most prolific misinformation peddlers on the internet: a website called the Gateway Pundit.


'Cowards': Soledad O'Brien rips former CNN colleagues for silence as Chris Licht wrecks the network

(Raw Story) Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien had some harsh words for her former colleagues who have remained silent as CEO Chris Licht has tarnished their network's reputation. O'Brien on Sunday night made the comments in response to a report from The Atlantic's Tim Alberta that revealed a Licht henchman demanded that CNN's graphics department take down a chyron that referenced Trump being found liable by a jury for sexually abusing E. Jean Carroll during last month's town hall event.


Texas Republicans' troubles could have national implications

(MSNBC) I hesitate to call a situation as messy and embarrassing as this one hopeful, but when it comes to Texas politics, the bar has historically been set lower than the deepest offshore drilling operation. We have to take our wins where we can get them. Whether state Republicans consider Paxton a genuine threat to the remaining shreds of their party’s integrity or simply want to end a public relations nightmare, for once they’re actually doing the right thing for all Texans. And the implications for the nation writ large are massive.


As Ron DeSantis Barnstorms New Hampshire, Thousands Of Floridians Lose Health Insurance

(Huff Post) Over the past few weeks, roughly a quarter-million Floridians have lost health insurance coverage through Medicaid. And that’s just the beginning. In the coming months, even more Medicaid beneficiaries in Florida could lose their coverage as well ― with many, and quite possibly most, ending up uninsured altogether.


Most Floridians Disapprove of State's Direction, DeSantis' Approval Rating Drops by 19 Points

(The Americano) Before this spring’s state legislative session, a majority of Floridians believed the state was on the right track (46% right track / 42% wrong track). As the session came to a close, however, 50% believe the state is headed in the wrong direction, while only 42% think it’s on the right track. Pollsters Florida Watch and Progress Florida, collectively known as the Florida Communications and Research Hub (Hub), attribute this shift in their surveys to Floridians’ growing dissatisfaction with the agenda carried out by Gov. Ron DeSantis and legislators in Tallahassee.


Ron DeSantis' pastor says gay people should be "put to death"

(LGBTQ Nation) The pastor who delivered the invocation at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis‘s (R) second inauguration has said that gay people should be put to death. Tom Ascol — senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida — made his comment on Twitter while criticizing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). On Monday, Cruz issued a tweet criticizing Uganda’s new “Anti-Homosexuality Act,” a law that punishes “aggravated homosexuality” with death. Ascol disagreed, writing on Tuesday, “Tell it to God, Ted.”


MTG Constituent Compares Her to the Woman that "Got Emmitt Till Killed"

(Huff Post) A Georgia voter just put Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) on blast for making “reckless” comments about Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) The conservative darling has recently come under-fire for calling Bowman “aggressive” and claiming she felt threatened after a confrontation on the steps of the Capitol last month ― comments which many have called a racially-charged dog whistle. A Greene constituent took her to task during a recent town hall-style event in Georgia, which ex-GOP official Ron Filipkowski shared in a Twitter video on Saturday.


Why Steve Bannon May Still Go Down for a Pardoned Crime

(Daily Beast) When President Donald Trump pardoned Steve Bannon in the closing hours of his presidency, it seemed like the right-wing media personality — and once chief strategist for Trump — had successfully evaded any repercussions for his involvement in a scheme that sent some of his partners to prison. But there’s a curious reason why Bannon can’t raise the double jeopardy defense before his upcoming state court trial and make the case disappear: New Yorkers saw this coming.

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