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Right-wing terrorism in 2023: Judiciary, election officials receive death threats

Domestic terrorism motivated by right-wing ideology has been on the rise since 2015, coinciding with the candidacy of Donald Trump and increasingly inflammatory Republican rhetoric. The trend arguably peaked in January 2021 with the attack on the Capitol but the threat has not abated. With Trump running for president again and the GOP becoming more extreme than ever before, …

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North Carolina Republicans gerrymander themselves into permanent power

North Carolina Republicans passed new, gerrymandered maps last month to ensure their party holds nearly all congressional seats and a veto-proof legislative majority. Background At a statewide level, North Carolina is one of the most purple in the nation. The 2020 election was decided by less than 100,000 votes, with Trump winning by just one …

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House Republicans elect a Christian extremist as Speaker

Rep. Mike Johnson (R), representing Louisiana’s 4th District (Shreveport-Bossier City), was unanimously elected Speaker of the House by all 220 Republicans present yesterday. He is a member of the far-right Freedom Caucus and sits on the House Judiciary Committee and Armed Services Committee. DEMOCRACY If you need to know one thing about Johnson, it is …

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Republicans continue to undermine voting rights: Louisiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Louisiana The 5th Circuit issued a writ of mandamus canceling a hearing to choose a new congressional map for Louisiana, after a lower court declared that the original unconstitutionally diluted Black residents’ votes. Background Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed the map in March 2022 because, despite Black people making up one-third of the state’s population, Republican lawmakers …

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Alliance Defending Freedom’s crusade to discriminate in the name of religion

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a conservative Christian legal advocacy group that has been racking up wins at the U.S. Supreme Court. In recent years, ADF was involved in overturning Roe v. Wade, allowing businesses to deny services to LGBTQ+ people, eliminating limits on government support for religious organizations, and permitting employer-sponsored health insurance to exclude birth control. ADF’s newest cases focus on expanding the …

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Three cases of police brutality go on trial: Elijah McClain, Manny Ellis, and Tony Timpa

Colorado: Elijah McClain Over four years ago, three Aurora Police officers violently detained 23-year-old Elijah McClain while out for a walk, allegedly believing the young Black man to be a “suspicious” person: One officer approached Mr. McClain, who was listening to music, and told him to stop walking. Mr. McClain stopped after several commands but …

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Supreme Court back in session: Racial gerrymandering, civil asset forfeiture, and mandatory minimums

The Supreme Court is back in session next week, hearing important cases on racial gerrymandering, civil asset forfeiture, and mandatory minimums in its first 30 days of the term. OCT 2: Pulsifer v. United States Pulsifer v. United States is about the interpretation of a federal law that allows defendants to avoid mandatory minimum sentences for …

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Republicans in gerrymandered swing states seek to impeach Democratic state Supreme Court justices

Gerrymandered into power Two of the nation’s most purple states, with a voting population split nearly 50/50 between the two parties, are also the most gerrymandered to produce a Republican advantage. North Carolina voted for Donald Trump in 2020 by just 1.3% (or 74,000 votes) and has a split state government (with a Democratic governor …

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11th Circuit bans gender-affirming care for minors because it isn’t ‘deeply rooted’ in history

The 11th Circuit on Monday overturned a district court order that blocked Alabama’s felony ban on gender-affirming care from taking effect. Background The case, brought by a coalition of four parents of transgender children, healthcare providers, and a pastor, challenges the legality of Alabama’s “Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act.” Signed into law by Gov. …

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Gov. DeSantis ousts another progressive prosecutor, names Federalist Society replacement

Read on Substack Florida Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) removed another democratically elected prosecutor from office yesterday, accusing her of “neglect of duty.” Monique Worrell, the state attorney of Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit covering the Orlando area, was elected to the position by over 66% of voters in 2020. She is a former public defender who built …

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