We looked inside some of the tweets by @Taniel and here's what we found interesting.
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today I wrote on the voting rights activism going on in Massachusetts: lawmakers have proposed a proposed constitutional amendment to eradicate felony disenfranchisement, & organizers are devising bold ways to give an electoral voice to incarcerated people
"I don't see it as one piece of legislation," @BernieSanders tells @chrislhayes when asked what his first legislative priority would be. Says it'll be about minimum wage, M4A, climate change in the first 100 days
so, to be clear, Sanders wants to tackle Medicare-for-All and climate change in his first 100 days but is also hesitant to touch the filibuster? as I said when Gillibrand & Booker made similar comments, it matters whether substantive parts of platform match the procedural ones.
for context, here's my article last month on HB 57, the bill that'd make NM the 3rd state to not disenfranchise: https://www.appealpolitics.org/2019/new-mexico-legislation-disenfranchisement/ … HB 57 later passed one committee. But Damon Ely, (a Dem & the Judiciary Committee vice-chair) said then he'd oppose it going forward.
≈5 million voting-age citizens are disenfranchised nationwide, the Dem Party wants to make voting rights a major issue in 2020, & yet it's a struggle to get so much as a SINGLE Democratic-run chamber (let alone another) to adopt legislation abolishing felony disenfranchisement.
The historic legislation to abolish felony disenfranchisement in New Mexico is on the brink in the (Democratic-controlled) House Judiciary Committee. if you live in New Mexico & want to register your thoughts, here's the commitee list: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HJC …
Kris Kobach's former campaign manager tells @BryanLowry3 he thinks a cabinet position is a "very real possibility" for Kobach. Says he'd be a great DHS secretary (Trump reportedly wanted Kobach in this role before) https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article226581194.html …
what I'm getting from this story is: expect Kris Kobach to run for Senate unless the GOP is so desperate to avoid it that they convince the WH to give him a Cabinet post
Breaking news: The North Carolina board of elections called for a new election in North Carolina's 9th congressional district after examining evidence of absentee ballot fraud on behalf of GOP candidate. The vote was unanimous.
Debates on criminal justice can be hard to follow since much of the stakes & action is at the state level. Here's a new page (& interactive map!) to track some legislative developments on criminal justice reform, from the death penalty to youth justice: https://www.appealpolitics.org/legislative-round-up/ …
this is so cool and daniel is amazing!!
Debates on criminal justice can be hard to follow since much of the stakes & action is at the state level. Here's a new page (& interactive map!) to track some legislative developments on criminal justice reform, from the death penalty to youth justice:
Voting rights' advocates in Texas are concerned about state officials' plans to purge voter rolls and are talking about the climate of anxiety and intimidation that reigns around the registration process. https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/texas/2019/02/20/322464/heres-why-voter-registration-groups-are-fighting-texas-attempted-voter-purge/ …
Mitch McConnell apparently now dictates how election reforms get discussed. But what's a historical 'power grab' is Kentucky's exceptionally harsh disenfranchisement rules. What mocks democracy is that nearly 10% of KYians, & more than 25% of black KYians, are disenfranchised.
Honolulu DA Keith Kaneshiro may end up in federal prison due to a federal corruption probe. He also converted a DV shelter into a Victims’ Jail, has fought for more prisons in Hawaii for decades. New from me:
Too often Mayors evade responsibility for the policies of the police chief they appoint. In Baltimore, police said it will keep arresting people for pot even after prosecutor said she'll stop charging. Group asking mayor to call that out, end pot arrests:
The escalation in the hotness of 2020 takes this week, far too much. It's February 2019. There's a ton else happening, and a ton happening right now, with which to care about the goals & principles for which these incessant takes claim to care about the presidential primaries.
BREAKING: RBG delivers #SCOTUS opinion in Timbs v. Indiana where she situates protection from excessive fines in history of black codes & convict labor after the Civil War 🔥 https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/17-1091_5536.pdf …
Replying to @Taniel
My mom works with a group that tries to register people at the wake county prisons if they haven’t yet been convicted of felonies. She says meeting with the new sheriff’s staff compared to the old one was like night and day. New sheriff promises to work constructively with them.
JUST IN: Mecklenburg Co commission passes a resolution supporting Sheriff Garry Mcfadden and his refusal to target immigrant communities with ICE raids @wcnc
North Carolina's biggest counties elected a wave of new sheriffs in November, and it's lead to dramatic restrictions on how local law enforcement cooperate with ICE. ICE responded with raids, & many other local officials (here, those in Mecklenburg) have backed the new sheriffs.
NH House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee votes 11-6 to recommend repeal of the #deathpenalty. Bill moves to next full House for vote in March. #nhpolitics #RepealDP2019 Photo: Scott Langley http://deathpenaltyphoto.org
So much movement against the death penalty right now. Washington's Senate voted to abolish it Friday; abolition came closer than ever in Wyoming. And now attention shifts to NH, where abolition may have veto-proof majorities to surmount a Sununu veto (https://www.appealpolitics.org/2018/death-penalty-new-hampshire/ …)
the latest "big board" on automatic voter registration: —AVR is law (via leg.) CA, DC, IL, MA, MD, NJ, OR, RI, VT, WA, WV —AVR is law (via referendum): AK, MI, NV —AVR is thru one leg. chamber: NM —AVR is thru first leg. step: MN All this since 2015. (*Law ≠ implementation) https://twitter.com/Taniel/status/1098226172121501696 …
The list is growing! #AVR is a common-sense election reform that increases access for eligible voters, while saving both time and money for states. It's being passed in both red states and blue. We can't wait to see this list grow even longer!
Oh this quote... A KY law passed in 2016 enabled people convicted of some low-level felonies to apply for expungement (and in so doing regain voting rights). But they must pay a prohibitive $500 fee, one of the country’s highest expungement fees & also a de facto poll tax. https://twitter.com/joesonka/status/1098052674984001537 …
The majority in Timbs held that the due process guarantees of the 14th Amendment compelled the incorporation of the Excessive Fines Clause. Thomas says the "privileges and immunities" clause of the 14th Amendment should be used to apply the provision to the states.
an important SCOTUS ruling today, with no dissenter. @ScotusBlog's overview in Nov.: 'State and local governments are watching the case closely, because fines and forfeitures have become a key source of revenue – bringing in hundreds of millions each year" https://www.scotusblog.com/2018/11/argument-analysis-court-appears-ready-to-rule-that-constitutions-bar-on-excessive-fines-applies-to-the-states/ …