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5 Apr, 4 tweets, 2 min read
There are two imported mayoral elections taking place this Tuesday — both of which bear the clear mark of the recent BLM protests & all the activism around policing.

A brief thread on both, as we enter the stretch of the year where Tuesday nights will be more intense again.
1️⃣ ST LOUIS: 2 most progressive candidates moved to the runoff, in context of years of organizing since Ferguson. Now they face off on Tuesday.

At stake: closing the notorious Workhouse jail; cash bail; and more. @megoconnor13 previewed field in Feb: theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
2️⃣ OMAHA: In one of bigger cities with a GOP mayor, who raised police budget last year & now faces Dem challengers who are proposing reforms of various degrees. Tuesday is the 1st round.

@TheWayWithAnoa reports on all the build-up in the organizing: ow.ly/d2mA30rCO7J
BONUS: 3️⃣ I neglected a third mayoral election happening tomorrow, in ANCHORAGE.

And that's really a shame because @jerryiannelli reported this WILD story in March about how an anti-homeless movement could take over the city. Check it out as well: theappeal.org/anchorages-ant…

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More from @Taniel

7 Apr
JUST NOW: Tishaura Jones WINS mayoral election in St. Louis.

She ran as the most progressive candidate in the primary & the runoff: includes support for ending cash bail, decriminalizing sex work, closing Workhouse jail, & more.

She's the 1st black woman elected as mayor here.
This was a big election that saw activists focused on housing & policing demands, among other issues.

@megoconnor13's explains below. Also see her reporting for the stakes on:
—housing: theappeal.org/st-louis-mayor…
—& criminal justice: theappeal.org/politicalrepor…

Since Ferguson & all the activism that followed, elections in St. Louis region have been transfomative.

This is at least 4th win for ppl who ran on changing status quo on criminal justice:

Cori Bush’s primary
St Louis Co. prosecutor
St Louis City prosecutor
this mayor’s race
Read 5 tweets
7 Apr
Results are coming in from St. Louis: In the mayoral election, absentee ballots have Tishaura Jones (who ran as the most progressive candidate in the first round, & now in the runoff) *way* ahead -- 60% to 39%.
while we wait: Jones & runoff opponent Cara Spencer moved on to the runoff after taking the first 2 spots last month via a new election process here called *approval voting*. (i.e.: voters were asked to vote for as many people as they approved of.)
Polls are now also closed in the Omaha mayoral election & Wisconsin's statewide superintendent of education election (a major showdown between Scott Walker and unions/progressives) & a bunch of legislative elections. [Details here as always: whatsontheballot.com/2021-primaries]
Read 4 tweets
4 Apr
It keeps being remarkable to see analyses of the Georgia law treat it as a set of good-faith provisions that can be assessed independently from how voting rules have been used in Georgia to intimidate & scare — not decades ago, but continually, recently:
These provisions below are some of the most important. Because has been the heart of this playbook — and continues to be:
And to frame concerns about criminalization, intimidation, & suppression in Georgia as something “Democrats are concerned about” packs such disregard for history and historical reality.
Read 4 tweets
1 Apr
Andrew Cuomo has just two more minutes to sign or veto a historic bill against solitary confinement in New York. (My understanding is the bill becomes law if he does nothing.) 👀
Midnight passed. It would appear Cuomo’s office will make no news tonight; this could mean the #HALTsolitary bill is now law without his signature, but it may also be he issued a veto he’ll publicize tmrw.

Bill would get NY in line with not doing what the UN defines as torture.
UPDATE: Cuomo signed the #HALTsolitary bill tonight — & advocates are now celebrating it becoming law.

A caution that signature came with amendments (typically discussed with leg leaders) — & important to see just what those are to understand final shape.
Read 4 tweets
31 Mar
JUST IN: Gov. Cuomo has signed into law the bill legalizing marijuana in New York. It had passed legislature yesterday.

NY is 16th state to pass a law or initiative to legalize.

NY will automatically expunge convictions, & bar police from stopping cars based on smelling weed.
Virginia is on track to be the 17th. (And New Mexico seems poised to be next.)
Here’s a rundown of the bill’s many provisions. Note: legalization of marijuana possession is immediate.
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27 Mar
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.
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