This piece from @jbouie makes clear what should be obvious, but which we are still arguing about: that facially neutral rules have disparate effects in voting. 1/…
This disparate effects of facially neutral rules is clear if you look at the history of US elections. When @pamela_herd & I wrote about administrative burdens in voting it was essential to take a historical view.
As more overt forms of discrimination became illegal, states relied more on grants of discretion to local officials that they could assume would generate disparate impact. This still happens. Disparate employment of administrative discretion arguably determined the 2000 election!
Some of the facially neutral rules, like limiting absentee voting and drop boxes, and extending minimum early voting but limiting extensive use, clearly help rural voters but hurt urban voters where long lines make extra convenience more important.…
The most damaging aspect of the GA law is to shift power away from officials who can no longer be trusted to use their discretion in the "right" way, and give it to political parties instead.

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7 Apr
In the name of free speech, and viewpoint diversity, the government wants to survey the beliefs of individual faculty and students and "fix" the problem if they don't provide the right answers.
This bill appears to be an update of legislation proposed in 2019, which I discussed then. Same arguments apply (thread)
The problem with framing "viewpoint diversity" as a public value is that invites policymakers pursue it. Here, policymakers are explicit in saying that if (as we already know) students and faculty are mostly liberal, that is a problem that must be fixed. Image
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People associate "passport" with "government" and so the use of "vaccine passports" invokes the idea of govt control. That is not really what is happening.
Private organizations - and consumers - are generating a demand for a mechanism to reduce frictions while ensuring safety.
It is legal for private organizations to place conditions on access to their products, and the federal government has been very clear it is not the one mandating any sort of mandatory passport.… Image
But collectively we would be better off if each company did not have its own vaccine app. So, there is a demand for federal regulation to address reliability, integrity and privacy questions.…
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Trump called for a ban on Coke 3 days ago.

How is that going?
Whenever you hear the accusation that someone is not sufficiently respectful of Trump supporters, just remember that no-one holds them in lower esteem than Trump himself.
The funniest thing about this is that Miller just wrote a long thread calling on the head of the MLB to resign (or cancelling him, as the kids say), and then inadvertently exposes the fact Trump can't be bothered to commit to his own Coke boycott.
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Aspects of the pandemic response the WI executive ran worked well (pandemic rollout). Aspects where the legislature have been involved, not so much.
Now former members of the WI legislature who are in Congress are trying to block former members of the Exec from joining the Biden admin despite her success…
Of course, the WI GOP refused to allow the health cabinet official a confirmation hearing even after 2 years, a standard part of their attack on the executive branch…
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Fox Sports analysis about as insightful as Fox News
Love to get paid millions to opine how obviously incredible athletes like LeBron or Aaron Rodgers are overrated and then explain to college students how they are the lucky ones for being able to make a clutch buzzer beater.
This is obviously correct, but its no less depressing to observe how contrarianism for clicks sake has become so pervasive
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The Trump campaign was the Wells Fargo of political fundraising, using deceptive practices to empty donors bank accounts. 1/…
Trump campaign changed the donor default to a recurring donation and made it difficult to understand.

Graph of refunds shows a campaign that made a deliberate decision to extract resources that donors did not want to give. Had to issue 530K refunds worth $64M. 2/
The Trump campaign boasted about their digital fundraising. Their secret sauce was changing donation defaults in opaque and deceptive ways.
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