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Oregon’s 2022 report card: what voters said
Oregon’s polarized election results reflected those of other states but with the twists that typify the state’s distinctions, seen in four ballot questions as well as contests for office. From them I infer our political values and democratic health: we … Continue reading
Will Florida end this battle against voting?
The saga of the restoration of the voting rights of Florida ex-felons continues, but it may be nearing an end. The crux of Federal District Judge Robert Hinkle’s May 24 opinion in Jones v. DeSantis, about the legislature’s attempts to … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized, voter suppression, Voting Tagged Amendment 4, Due Process, Equal Protection, Jones v. DeSantis, Judge Robert Hinkle, Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis, SB7066 Comments Off on Will Florida end this battle against voting?
Woke is not enough
The Reverend Dr. William Barber was in my neighborhood last night. For those who would like an introduction: Dr. Barber is the pastor of a North Carolina church and former head of the state NAACP. In 2014 he founded Repairers … Continue reading
Posted in civil rights, Uncategorized, Voting Tagged civil rights, voting rights 3 Comments
Blue Virginia expels the Confederacy
A link here to my column in The Washington Post, the day after Democrats captured both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly for the first time since 1992. And the text for those who don’t pony up for a subscription: … Continue reading
Posted in election campaign, Uncategorized, Virginia legislature, Voting Tagged gun control, taxes 2 Comments
Desmond Meade: Restoring the franchise – and justice
Last November Florida voters amended the state constitution, automatically restoring voting rights to ex-felons who had completed “all terms of sentence including parole or probation.” The amendment was expected to affect more than 1.4 million Floridians, but the newly elected … Continue reading
Virginia’s high court silently joins gerrymandering conversation
Gerrymandering has broken through the din of partisan grenade-throwing to become a top-tier issue of voter concern across the political spectrum. If we cannot fix this party- and incumbent-protection racket, We the People are coming to understand, we will cease … Continue reading
The Electoral College: Will no one rid us of this meddlesome relic?
On the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, the Electoral College is expected to demonstrate not only its uselessness but its destructiveness by choosing for president a candidate who lost the national popular vote by more than 2 … Continue reading
Posted in Electoral College, Supreme Court, U.S. Constitution, Voting, Voting Rights Act Tagged Alexander Hamilton, Donald Trump, Electoral College, Federalist Number 10, Federalist Number 68, James Madison, Supreme Court, U.S. Constitution Comments Off on The Electoral College: Will no one rid us of this meddlesome relic?
‘Change’ vs. our ossified process: It’s no contest
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Martin Luther King’s distillation of abolitionist Theodore Parker’s sermon is one of his most famous quotations. It resonates with us because we assume the universe is moral … Continue reading
Buchanan, Trump and the high-water mark of the tea party
In the summer of 1992, I walked the floor of the Republican National Convention as Pat Buchanan roused the delegates with his “culture war” speech. Embracing the experience as the reporter I was, I felt their fury at having been … Continue reading
Posted in Congress, election campaign, Uncategorized, Voting Tagged Barack Obama, Donald Trump, LGBT rights, Pat Buchanan, Richard Nixon, same-sex marriage 1 Comment
Abraham Lincoln had it pretty good
When our 16th president was inaugurated, seven of the 11 Confederate states had already walked. South Carolina’s secession resolution, like those of other rebellious states, was unambiguous that slavery was the cause: A geographical line has been drawn across the … Continue reading