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Source: Bill Clark / Getty Set on regaining a one-time Republican stronghold, new maps developed by Georgia Republicans just changed the makeup of a once competitive district held by Rep. Lucy McBath. Instead of facing the challenging task of re-election in her current district, McBath announced Monday that she would seek the Democratic nomination for the neighboring 7th Congressional District.  Switching districts set McBath up to primary freshman legislator Carolyn Bordeaux who currently represents the 7th Congressional District. In a statement posted to Twitter, McBath did not mention her colleague opting instead to frame her run for the 7th Congressional…

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Source: tcp / Getty Ohio’s Republican-dominated Senate on Tuesday approved a congressional district map that critics say is designed to benefit the GOP—a move that sparked swift criticism of the state’s lawmakers and bolstered demands for Congress to pass federal legislation to protect voting rights and outlaw gerrymandering. Unveiled late Monday by Republican state lawmakers, the Ohio Senate Local Government and Elections Committee advanced the new map before being approved by the full upper chamber. It still needs approval from the Ohio House and GOP Gov. Mike DeWine. “Announcing a new map late in the evening, just hours before a…

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Source: Drew Angerer / Getty You know—you guys might want to sit down for this, but I’m starting to seriously suspect the GOP is just chock-full of terrible white people. On Wednesday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives came together to vote on whether or not to censure Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) for tweeting an edited anime video that depicted him taking a Samurai sword to the head of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York). RUTHLESS ATTACKS IN THE CAPITOL – 1856 & 2021 In 1856, pro-slaver Rep. Preston Brooks used a cane to beat anti-slavery Sen. Charles Sumner unconscious. In…

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Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) speaks at a press event following the House of Representatives vote on H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, at the U.S. Capitol on August 24, 2021, in Washington, D.C. | Source: Anna Moneymaker / Getty U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a longtime Congressman from North Carolina who presides over a district that has been held by a Black representative for nearly the last 30 years, has decided against seeking re-election after Republican state lawmakers redrew congressional districts that put Democrats at a decided disadvantage. That’s one way to put it. But Butterfield, in announcing…

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Co-Chairs of the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting Senator Will Brownsberger and Representative Mike Moran (out of frame) speak about the recently released draft maps of the state legislative districts at Ashburton Park in Boston on October 12, 2021. | Source: Boston Globe / Getty There is no shortage of issues competing for our time and attention. From the climate crisis, which has a disproportionate impact on coastal regions like ours, to voter suppression to challenging problematic policing, the fight for justice is a perpetual one. From years of work at the Mississippi NAACP, I can attest to the fact…

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Like a number of U.S. presidents before him, Donald Jabba-the-White-Supremacist Trump (that’s what the “J.” stands for, right?) was a one-term commander-in-chief who lost his bid for reelection in what the DOJ, the former head of election cybersecurity, state courts, supreme courts and appellate courts all agreed was a fair, virtually fraudulence-free election. But since Trump couldn’t just take his L and use it as a golf club, he had to embark on a delusional, egotistical, unprecedented propaganda campaign and claim, with zero evidence, that he was the victim of widespread voter fraud instead of just admitting that more than…

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Source: Jonathan Bachman / Getty New Orleans could get a new sheriff if local organizers have their say. Reform candidate Susan Hutson forced a runoff election with incumbent Sheriff Marlin Gusman.   First elected in 2004, Gusman faces his fiercest challenge in years. Voters will have the opportunity to decide whether he retires from service on Dec. 11.  The sheriff also came under criticism earlier this fall for allowing the second season of the reality show “Jailbirds” to be filmed at the New Orleans jail. Conditions at the jail have drawn sharp criticisms for local organizers for years.  Let’s get to…

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Source: Megan Varner / Getty Georgia’s second-largest county is under attack with a new proposal to dilute the power of the local school board. Hiding behind an allegedly non-partisan school board lurks a glaring partisan agenda.   Gwinnett County is one of the top ten most diversifying counties in the country. It also recently flipped Democrat within the past few election cycles. According to the SPLC Action Fund, the proposed map does not reflect the county’s diverse makeup. “While the county is majority non-white, there are no majority-minority districts in the proposed map that ultimately passed by the committee,” the statement read. Bills submitted…

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Source: Michael M. Santiago / Getty Overshadowed by the Virginia governor’s race, New Jersey’s race for governor has ended with the Republican challenger finally conceding. After ten days, Jack Ciattarelli acknowledged Gov. Phil Murphy’s victory in the Nov. 2 election.   Results show Murphy dominated in early voting and mail-in ballots. Ciattarelli got around two-thirds of the election day vote.   And while Ciattarelli came close to the governor’s mansion, almost doesn’t count. NBC News reported Murphy carried the state by three percentage points, which President Joe Biden won by nearly 16 points.   Falsely claiming election rigging and voter fraud has been a pastime for Republican politicians and their…

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Source: Bettmann / Getty Black veterans have a unique perspective on America, patriotism and protecting Democracy. Recognition of their service and commitment cannot be relegated to a single day.   While Veteran’s Day has come and gone, the dedication to community remains. For Jason Dozier, that dedication led to a run for local office. A candidate to represent Atlanta’s 4th district in the city council, Dozier spoke with NewsOne about being a Black veteran amid contemporary battles to protect Democracy.   Previously serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dozier is resolved to give back to the country and…

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