BREAKING: @Demos_Org and @protctdemocracy file suit against the Board of Elections of Rensselaer County, New York for unlawfully and unconstitutionally sharing voter registration information with ICE. More Here: protectdemocracy.org/nyic-v-dhs/
@Demos_Org As @protctdemocracy's Cameron Kistler said, the County’s plan to share voter registration information with ICE is a "transparent attempt to scare lawful voters-particularly those in the Latinx community-from registering to vote. Such lawless conduct has no place in our democracy"
This sends a clear signal that #VoterIntimidation will not be tolerated, as emphasized in this @HuffPost piece by @srl: huffpost.com/entry/renssela…

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Sep 27
NEW: Our own @g_tudor discusses the connection between escalating antidemocratic extremism and the U.S. electoral system, and the ameliorating potential of proportional representation, on @wcbs880's IN DEPTH podcast. omny.fm/shows/wcbs-880…
"We have governments whose compositions and behaviors are really not a reflection of the people they ostensibly represent—and in some cases, not even a remotely close approximation. It's a chief reason we're struggling to halt our slide toward authoritarianism," said @g_tudor.
"More than 90% of seats are uncompetitive, in part due to gerrymandering. But that's like saying the source of climate change is CO2 emissions. Of course—but what's causing those emissions? The root cause of the problem is our anomalous & outdated use of single-member districts."
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BREAKING: Today, a fed judge suspended enforcement of FL’s #HB7, the Stop WOKE Act, as it clearly violates the Constitution by infringing on the free speech of biz owners in FL like plaintiffs in our case against HB7. 1/5 s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2214…
From the decision: “Florida’s Legislators may well find Plaintiffs’ speech repugnant. But under our constitutional scheme, the ‘remedy’ for repugnant speech is more speech, not enforced silence.” 2/5
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NEW: @TheJusticeDept alumni, served in both R & D admins, applaud AG Garland's commitment to holding accountable anyone "at any level" who was "criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy" on #Jan6 — whether in the Capitol or not. 1/4 medium.com/@DOJ.Alumni/st…
The investigation "should extend to any actions of administration officials & others to overturn the will of the voters that preceded and followed the insurrection," says their letter, incl. “attempts to pressure federal & state officials to violate their responsibilities." 2/4
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BREAKING: 66 former R & D members of Congress today urged the courts to refuse Trump’s request to block the release of #Jan6 records: because a violent attack to stop a transfer of power, not a transfer of documents, is the real threat to democracy. 1/5 protectdemocracy.org/update/sixty-s…
Their amicus brief comes in support of the @January6thCmte investigation: one “critical for Congress to be able to ‘legislate wisely [and] effectively’ in order to preserve, protect, and defend the peaceful transition of power. Read it here: 2/5 protectdemocracy.org/resource-libra…
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