Category: Our Elected Representatives

RACE, DISCIPLINE, AND SAFETY AT U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS

There are more than 96,000 public schools in America. The U.S. Department of Education recently released data that was collected from all of them. The data, based on the 2015-2016 school year, reveals the extent of police presence in schools, the lack of basic services, and the growing racial disparities in public school systems serving 50 million students. In many communities, all of these conditions are worsening.

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North Carolina’s gerrymandered map is unconstitutional, judges rule, and may have to be redrawn before midterms

A panel of three federal judges held Monday that North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Republicans over Democrats and said it may require new districts before the November elections, possibly affecting control of the House.

The judges acknowledged that primary elections have already produced candidates for the 2018 elections but said they were reluctant to let voting take place in congressional districts that courts twice have found violate constitutional standards.

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New Charlottesville Doc Exposes Neo-Nazi Leaders & Their Ties to U.S. Military & Weapons Contractors

I actually talked to him. I emailed him first at his email, which included the numbers 88, which is a code for “Heil Hitler” among white supremacists. And he gave me a bunch of different stories. You know, he gave me—he said, “Look, I have ‘alt-right’ beliefs.” He suggested like, “Yes, I am a white supremacist.”

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Trump Will Have Blood on His Hands

Donald Trump’s more sophisticated defenders have long since mastered the art of pretending that the only thing that matters with his presidency is what it does, not what he says. But not all of the president’s defenders are quite as sophisticated. Some of them didn’t get the memo about taking Trump seriously but not literally. A few hear the phrase “enemy of the people” and are prepared to take the words to their logical conclusion. We are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands.

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Arrested, Jailed and Charged With a Felony. For Voting. A Conviction will Prevent them from Voting Again.

The case against the 12 voters in Alamance County — a patchwork of small towns about an hour west of the state’s booming Research Triangle — is unusual for the sheer number of people charged at once. And because nine of the defendants are black, the case has touched a nerve in a state with a history of suppressing African-American votes.

Local civil-rights groups and black leaders have urged the district attorney to drop the prosecution, saying that black voters were being disproportionately punished for an unwitting mistake. African-Americans in North Carolina are more likely to be disqualified from voting because of felony convictions; their rate of incarceration is more than four times that of white residents, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, a nonprofit organization.

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President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days

National influence campaigns designed to disrupt elections and undermine the people’s confidence in representative democracy are increasing in number and sophistication. Attacks on the foundations of our democracy are, by definition, acts of war and are now coming at us from both within and without. Lies are the weapon of choice, social media the platform for delivery, truth the intended target. Integrity and the union are collateral damage.

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  • PN2048
    Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019, vice Joseph P. Mohorovic. (09/18/2018 legislative day)
  • PN2073
    Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2019. (Reappointment) (09/18/2018 legislative day)
  • PN1538
    John E. Whitley, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army, vice Robert M. Speer. (09/18/2018 legislative day)
  • H.R.6157
    Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 (09/18/2018 legislative day)
  • PN1652
    Charles P. Verdon, of California, to be Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration, vice Donald L. Cook, resigned. (09/18/2018 legislative day)