Author: David Williams

Russia Heightens Defenses Against Climate Change

“We have already witnessed [climate change] effects this summer and we need to prepare for more damage to come ,” says Anton Kulbachevsky, head of Moscow city’s environmental environmental committee. 

Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. So, I call for our leadership to acknowledge and act on the reality of climate change, too. Since national leadership doesn’t care to do so, I call on state and local government to adhere to the tenets of the Paris Climate Accord. To do less is unfathomable.

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In North Carolina, Republicans Stung by Court Rulings Aim to Change the Judges

Republicans with a firm grip on the North Carolina legislature — and, until January, the governor’s seat — enacted a conservative agenda in recent years, only to have a steady stream of laws affecting voting and legislative power rejected by the courts.

Now lawmakers have seized on a solution: change the makeup of the courts.

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Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump

Republicans were explicit about the purposes of these [voter rules] changes as well. On the floor of the state Senate, Grothman said of extended early voting hours in heavily Democratic cities like Madison and Milwaukee, “I want to nip this in the bud before too many other cities get on board.” (Roughly 514,000 Wisconsinites voted early in 2012; they favored Obama over Mitt Romney by 58 to 41 percent, according to exit polls.) The county clerk of conservative Waukesha County said early voting gave “too much access” to voters in Milwaukee and Madison. Judge Peterson later ruled the early voting cuts had been passed “to suppress the reliably Democratic vote of Milwaukee’s African Americans.”

“The Wisconsin experience,” Peterson said, “demonstrates that a preoccupation with mostly phantom election fraud leads to real incidents of disenfranchisement, which undermine rather than enhance confidence in elections, particularly in minority communities.”

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