Just last week, the Queens district attorney responded to the revelations of misconduct by her staff that led to a wrongful conviction for 24 years by... shrugging this away as isolated, and not ordering a review of other cases by the same people.
When the Westchester County DA received *recorded tapes* of police officers admitting they were framing people, he reacted by... continuing to rely on these same offiers' testimonies to send people to prison!
I may still do a thread unpacking all @TarraSimmons5 had to say. But mostly I won't do it justice, so I'd urge you to read it yourself.
Of having lost the franchise: “It made me feel like I wasn’t a part of my community... I feel that way still when I can’t rent an apartment or I can’t go on a field trip with my kids, those things that other people take for granted but that convicted people don’t get to enjoy.”
I appreciate conservatives making it explicit that their goal is to target democracy itself only to the extent that it gets to the bottom of what they've already long been doing, and they may as well dispense with the pretense & the constant lies about fraud.
Tragic irony is how the same people who are making this case that some of their neighbors are too unqualified to have a voice (AND are following thru with laws modeled on that idea) wld be incensed if you were to treat them as too elitist & entitled to make engagement worthwhile.
Just as I said: The people who want to argue that some of their neighbors are not intelligent enough for voting, & who argue they deserve having more voice and political power than these excluded, then get very frustrated when you don’t engage *them*. You can’t make this stuff up
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]
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.