Posted in Guns News

Giffords, congressional Democrats call for action on gun reform bills

“We are at a crossroads,” Giffords said. “We can let the shooting continue, or we can act.” By Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News April 14, 2021 WASHINGTON  –  Backed by a field of flowers that represent the thousands…

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Posted in Guns News Politics

5 gun bills – 3 from Democrats – are on different paths in the Arizona Legislature

By Ethan Kispert Cronkite News Guns are ingrained in the Arizona psyche, from the legendary Shootout at the OK Corral that morphed into tourist-dependent Tombstone to the CNN broadcast of Donald Trump supporters casually carrying long…

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Posted in News Voter suppression

Georgia GOP transforms 2-page bill Into 93-page assault on Voting Rights

‘Hijacking of Democracy in Plain Sight’ “Surprising advocates, legislators, and voters with a nearly 100-page bill is undemocratic and unacceptable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, March 18, 2021   Democratic lawmakers and civil rights groups…

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Posted in Analysis Filibuster Politics

Biden endorses return to talking filibuster, Sinema mum

‘Democracy Is Having a Hard Time Functioning’ “That’s what it was supposed to be.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, March 17, 2021   President Joe Biden for the first time on Tuesday endorsed significantly overhauling…

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Posted in Analysis Filibuster

Critics say ‘scorched earth’ threat over Filibuster shows McConnell ‘getting scared’

“McConnell is clearly getting desperate as momentum grows to eliminate the filibuster as a weapon he can use to maintain power from the minority.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Minority Leader Mitch…

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Posted in Analysis Politics

Progressive takeover of Nevada Democratic Party sparks ‘mass exodus’ of staff, consultants

“What they just didn’t expect is that we got better and better at organizing and out-organizing them at every turn,” said Judith Whitmer, newly elected chair of the Nevada Democratic Party. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Analysis Voter suppression

‘They run on shrinking the vote’: Tens of millions threatened by GOP attack on voting

Democrats can eliminate the filibuster to pass legislation to stop voter suppression, said journalist Ari Berman, “or they can allow [the] GOP to undermine democracy for the next decade.”       by Kenny Stancil, staff…

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Posted in Analysis Filibuster Politics

House Passage of Historic Union Rights Bill Intensifies Pressure on Dem Senators to ‘Stop Hiding Behind’ Filibuster

“Once again, the key obstacle in the way of passing this legislation is the Jim Crow filibuster.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, March 10, 2021   With the support of just five Republicans, the House…

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Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories QAnon

Why white supremacists and QAnon enthusiasts are obsessed – but very wrong – about the Byzantine Empire

Roland Betancourt, University of California, Irvine Sunday, March 7, 2021   Inspiration for a mob of angry white men?  Getty Images   From Charlottesville to the Capitol, medieval imagery has been repeatedly on show at far-right…

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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 Analysis Investigations Pro Publica Voter suppression

After a wave of violent threats against election workers, Georgia sees few arrests

For nearly a year, election administrators across the country weathered the pandemic while facing attacks and threats — leading many officials to resign or retire. In Georgia, little was done to prevent it from happening again….

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Posted in Arizona News SCOTUS Voter suppression

Supreme Court hears Arizona voting law case with national implications

“If you can’t vote because you are a Native American or a non-Hispanic in areas where car ownership rates are very small, where you don’t have mail pickup or mail delivery … or you happen to…

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Posted in Arizona News Republicans Voter suppression

GOP lawyer admits to Supreme Court that easier voting puts Republicans at ‘competitive disadvantage’

Blaring quiet part out loud “The mask is off. Republicans want to steal your right to vote and pulverize democracy because they don’t think they can win elections on ideas or humanity.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Columns Republicans Voter suppression Wade Rathke

Republican resistance, state by state

by Wade Rathke February 26, 2021 Little Rock    After four years of Twitter torture, I understand how people seem to be following every little cough and sneeze in Washington these days, crossing their fingers for…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Energy Green New Deal

Media reaction: Texas ‘deep freeze’, power blackouts and the role of global warming

This week, a blast of Arctic air has engulfed much of the central US, bringing freezing conditions and record low temperatures to many states. by Josh Gabbatiss, Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief Texas, in particular, has been…

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Posted in News Safety Net

In contrast to Republican leaders AOC helps raise $1 million in direct relief for Texans in crisis

“AOC helped raise $1 million for Texas relief as Ted Cruz made his way back home from Cancún.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, February 19, 2021 As Sen. Ted Cruz rushed back to Texas on…

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Posted in Arizona News Safety Net SNAP benefits

As demand surges, advocates worry food stamps miss eligible families

EDS: An earlier version of this story misstated, in the second graf, the number of SNAP-eligible people who actually received the benefit in 2017. The Census Bureau said one in six who were eligible did not…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Climate, obits, and frozen pipes

by Wade Rathke February 17, 2021 New Orleans    I called a friend in Houston to see how bad the snow and ice had hit them. He said they were among the lucky ones and didn’t…

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Posted in Biden Administration Politics

Deb Haaland faces GOP backlash over role in pipeline protests

Opposition to fracking and fossil fuel pipelines “are the exact reasons Deb Haaland is the right pick for Interior secretary,” said one advocacy group. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Republican Sen. John…

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Posted in Columns Impeachment Insurrection 2021 Wade Rathke

Inciting to riot

by Wade Rathke February 15, 2021 Pearl River    Predictably, former President Trump was acquitted in his latest impeachment trial. It has always been important to him to set records, and he notched a couple of…

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Posted in Impeachment

Sinema, Kelly vote to convict, as Senate acquits Trump of incitement

by Staff reporters, Cronkite News Saturday, February 13, 2021 Washington, D.C.    Arizona’s senators joined all Democrats and a handful of Republicans Saturday in an unsuccessful attempt to convict former President Donald Trump in a historic…

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Posted in Impeachment News

WATCH LIVE: Defense to deliver rebuttal on Day 4 of Impeachment Trial after Dems dub Trump ‘Inciter-in-Chief’

Over three days, House impeachment managers shared graphic footage of the U.S. Capitol attack and compelling testimony alongside arguments that conviction is essential to thwarting future insurrection attempts. by Common Dreams staff Friday, February 12, 2021…

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Posted in Arizona Conspiracy theories News

1 in 4 Arizonans still insist Trump won, as second impeachment begins

by Sarah Oven, Cronkite News Thursday, February 11, 2021 s the Senate began debate Tuesday on a historic second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, a recent poll shows that more than half of Arizona Republicans believe…

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Posted in Impeachment News

WATCH LIVE: On day two of Trump Trial, House Dems set to unveil new footage of ‘extreme violence’

The new footage, said one Democratic aide, “shows a view of the Capitol that is quite extraordinary.” by Common Dreams staff Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 9:30 am – MST Hours after the Senate reaffirmed the constitutionality…

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