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27 Mar, 4 tweets, 2 min read
The people who collected national applause for 🙄-ing at Trump’s fabulations wasted no time turning their platform into calls to make access to the ballot more restrictive.

See also: SoS office making a case for making mail ballots harder in name of “trust” in December already.
This was Raffensperger’s office in December. He was saying there was no actual fraud to overturn 2020 — but his office was talking about broken trust (fueled by those same lies) as reason enough to change rules for 2022.

Do read that quote above: it’s a deputy in GA’s SoS office saying the election rules have to be changed so future candidates don’t make same lies as Trump. Effectively: Let’s act as if he’s right (even if we say he’s not) so he doesn’t have anything to complain about next time.
There’s nothing surprising about this duality!

GOP’s strategy has long been to justify a need for election changes based on broken trust caused by allegations of fraud, not based on actual fraud!

See this thread from months ago.

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26 Mar
Virginia Dems took control of the state government for the first time in decades last year, & have since passed a big slate of progressive goals.

Here's a thread capturing 13 big laws that have passed in that time. 

(I was trying to countdown to a top 10, but gave up on that.)
1️⃣ Virginia has now abolished the death penalty.

A really huge national milestone given the history of capital punishment in this state. theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
2️⃣ Virginia ended prison gerrymandering.

This is the practice that counts incarcerated people where they're detained for purposes of redistricting, skewing political power toward more white areas. theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
Read 14 tweets
20 Mar
Since 2021 began, New Orleans has been offering such a powerful illustration of why local elections matter.

A short thread.
Act 1: In fall of 2020, local activists in New Orleans worked to "flip the bench," i.e. get public defenders intent on fighting mass incarceration elected as judge.

In November, they scored some wins, including with candidate Angel Harris. [stay tuned]

Act 2: a DA with exceptionally carceral politics retired in 2020. And in a hotly-contested December runoff, the candidate who won (Jason Williams) had ran on vowing to unleash progressive reforms to decrease incarceration.


And then this week...
Read 4 tweets
18 Mar
just a mid-week reminder of things we do as a country ImageImage
when a 6-year old is dragged to court for picking a tulip

read the North Carolina story: journalnow.com/north-carolina… Image
7,300 complaints were filed against children YOUNGER THAN 11 in North Carolina, between 2015 & 2018.

47% of the complaints were against Black children. (22% of the state's population is Black.)

journalnow.com/north-carolina… Image
Read 6 tweets
17 Mar
There's a newly empowered progressive majority on the Washington Supreme Court. And it issued 2 sweeping decisions on youth sentences & war on drugs.

I wrote on how the rulings show off a blueprint of how state courts can do more to advance civil rights: theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
Over the past 3 weeks, narrow majorities on the Washington Supreme Court pointed to the state constitution to:

1/ extend protections against life without parole, and
2/ strike down the state statute criminalizing drug possession, effectively legalizing it (for now?).
The first decision is a judicial milestone in extending the U.S. Supreme Court's jurisprudence on life without parole beyond age 18.

The 2nd decision is especially striking in its willingness to rock the boat whatever the concerns it's impractical to address rights violations.
Read 6 tweets
16 Mar
A big share of the debate on voting rights was long focused on getting people’s rights restored once they finish whole sentence. But many activists were pushing loudly to get rid of disenfranchisement altogether. And in just a few years, they’ve changed the landscape so much.
Still only DC has outright abolished it (joining ME & VT).

But push helped move default Dem position further to universal suffrage — at least to idea anyone not incarcerated should vote. States getting that done since 2019 unthinkable 26 months ago — CA, NJ, CO, harsh NV...
And today, the most shocking shoe dropped Virginia. The Gov said he’d enfranchise anyone not in prison via EOs.

When the Gov in 2017 did a weaker EO, *Dem* prosecutors fought him.

But then, they lost primaries. Activists demanded full abolition. Today we got a far stronger EO.
Read 4 tweets
16 Mar
big Virginia news: Gov. Northam will be issuing an executive action today to restore the voting rights of anyone who is formerly incarcerated.

This is a big extension of rights in VA, and an extension of what governors here have been doing.

CNN reports: cnn.com/2021/03/16/pol…
To recap:

1/ Virginia law imposes LIFETIME bans on voting for any felony.

2/ in recent years, McAuliffe & then Northam have been restoring the voting rights of ppl who complete their full sentence (including probation, etc.)

3/ New order extends that to anyone not in prison.
A wave of states have been enfranchising anyone not in prison (NJ, CA, CO, NV., now 19 total) legislatively or via initiative.

This is 1st time I'm aware of a governor getting a state to this stage. (VA's legislature did pass a similar measure, but needs to pass again in 2022.)
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