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Rights defenders decry advancement of Oklahoma anti-protest bills

‘The OK Legislature Wants Us Dead’ The head of the state’s ACLU accused Oklahoma lawmakers of “attempting to silence the voices of their constituents and criminalize vital calls for accountability and racial justice.” by Brett Wilkins,…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Filibuster

As Manchin yells he will ‘Never…Jesus Christ!’ vote to kill filibuster, Warren and Sanders demand end to Jim Crow rule

“Moderate Democrats in the Senate have a choice to make: They can either defend democracy and the Constitution by passing H.R. 1 or they can save the McConnell filibuster. They can’t do both.” by Jake Johnson,…

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Posted in Democracy News Voting rights

Indivisible launches For The People Project to ‘unrig our democracy and make it work for all’

“We’re holding nothing back as we work to make D.C. the 51st state, protect the rights of voters, and root out corruption in our government.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, March 3, 2021   In…

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Posted in Democracy Guest Column Opinion

Congress must fight for a better democracy and pass the For the People Act

Republicans and Democratic voters agree: We need to make sure leaders actually represent “we the people.” by Ben Jealous Thursday, February 25, 2021 More than 230 years ago, the founders of the United States enshrined their…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

Little “d” democracy in action

by Wade Rathke February 7, 2021 Pearl River    There’s no question democracy is under attack all around the world, and, sadly, we are all engaged in a battle to protect the semblance of it that’s…

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Leading digital rights group warns section 230 reform bill will boost Big Tech while crushing smaller sites

“This bill, as written, would have enormous unintended consequences for human rights and freedom of expression,” warned Fight for the Future’s Evan Greer. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Saturday, February 6, 2021 A leading digital rights…

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Posted in Accountability Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

John Dean: Insurrectionist Senators are Co-conspirators and should not sit in judgment of Trump

AOC: “Sen. Hawley is trying to wiggle out of inciting a riot that killed 5” by Common Dreams staff On Friday evening Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial…

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Posted in Civil Rights Democracy News

Warning against further erosion of civil liberties, Tlaib leads charge against new domestic terrorism laws

“While many may find comfort in increased national security powers in the wake of this attack, we must emphasize that we have been here before and we have seen where that road leads.” by Kenny Stancil,…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Right Wing Militias

Police, soldiers bring lethal skill to militia campaigns against US government

Militia members associated with the Three Percenters movement conducting a military drill in Flovilla, Ga., in 2016, days after Trump’s election. After his 2020 defeat, Three Percenters were involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at…

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Posted in Democracy News Politics

Senate Democrats prove ‘Democracy Reform is a top priority’ by putting ‘For the People Act’ first

“From a violent insurrection at the Capitol to the countless attempts to silence the vote of millions of Americans, attacks on our democracy have come in many forms,” said incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. by Jessica…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Democracy Robert Reich

Impeach Trump. Then arrest Trump. Then prosecute him for sedition

Unless all who participated in or abetted the attempted overthrow of the United States government are held accountable, it will happen again. Next time it may succeed. by Robert Reich Monday, January 11, 2021 Call me…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Investigations Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Members of several well-known hate groups identified at Capitol riot

A ProPublica-FRONTLINE review of the insurrection found several noted hardcore nativists and white nationalists who also participated in the 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. by A.C. Thompson and Ford Fischer Saturday, Jan. 9, 10:15…

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Posted in Accountability Analysis Democracy

US Capitol protesters, egged on by Trump, are part of a long history of white supremacists hearing politicians’ words as encouragement

Today, white supremacists appear to interpret politicians’ remarks as support for their cause of a new civil war to create a white-dominated government, and instead of protecting from that President Donald Trump facilitated an attack. These…

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Posted in Accountability Analysis Democracy

Trump Cabinet/advisors criticized for resigning. Running Is ‘Not Courageous, It’s Cowardly,’ Say Supporters of 25th Amendment Ouster

“At this late a stage, resignations help little beyond serving as late attempts at self-preservation,” argued Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer January 7, 2021 Progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups on Thursday urged members…

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Posted in Democracy News Right Wing Militias

Nearly 100 lawmakers demand Pence invoke 25th Amendment

“Once removed, Trump should be criminally prosecuted,” said Robert Weissman of Public Citizen. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January, 2021 Nearly 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling on Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet members to…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

The scary Trump wannabes

by Wade Rathke January 4, 2021 Pearl River, La.    When Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the voice of reason for the Republicans, you have to know we’re facing real trouble. McConnell had…

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Posted in Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

Members of Congress demand prosecution of Trump for election tampering

‘Open-and-Shut Federal (and State) Crime’ “We must hold him fully accountable, even after he leaves office. There must be justice.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, January 4, 2021 Democratic members of Congress late Sunday joined…

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Posted in Democracy Journalism Opinion

Illegal does not mean impossible, and seeking consolation about Trump from legal experts might be stupid

The question at hand is not what the law says, but whether it is possible for a tyrant to violate and overturn the rule of law. by Jeffrey C. Isaac Sunday, December 27, 2020 Thursday’s Washington…

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Posted in Democracy Opinion Race for the White House 2020

What Trump’s doing Is crazy and dangerous—and it ain’t over yet

Opinion Trump still threatens us, and discussing the election in the past tense is stupid. by Jeffrey C. Isaac Friday, December 11, 2020 Ever since November 7, when the election was more or less authoritatively “called”…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

Republicans create circular firing squad

by Wade Rathke December 11, 2020 New Orleans   Ok, fair enough. Maybe I spoke too soon when I suggested that some grassroots Republican officeholders at the state and local level deserved our thanks for standing…

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Rathke: Politicizing the military is dangerous

New Orleans       The role of the military in governments of any stripe can be a powerful thing, though rarely is this good news. In Asia, the military junta’s role in Myanmar has led to genocide…

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Rathke: Mass protests are back – what are we waiting for?

New Orleans       Don’t tell me you haven’t noticed?  If you can make it past the daily Trump wailing wall, there’s one report after another of protests.  Not some piddling ten- or twenty-person thing, though there’s…

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Rathke: When political parties lose control, welcome to crisis

New Orleans   Big ideas and popular demands move political parties, pro or con.  Politicians have to put their fingers in the air and see how the wind is blowing, especially if they lack core principles and…

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Rathke: We’re so sorry about Louisiana’s Senator John Neely Kennedy

New Orleans      Those of us who live in Louisiana or care about the role of the state and its people in public affairs are just as sorry as we can be every time our junior…

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