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Biden faces growing pressure from the left over voting bill

Jun. 23, 2021 06:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When New York Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones was at the White House for the signing of the proclamation making Juneteenth a national holiday last week, he told President Joe Biden their party needed him more involved in passing voting legislation on the Hill. ...

EXPLAINER: What's next now that GOP has blocked voting bill?

Jun. 23, 2021 06:08 AM EDT

Senate Republicans have blocked debate of a sweeping overhaul of how elections are run in the U.S. The bill was pushed by congressional Democrats who argued it was needed to counter a spate of new GOP laws this year tightening voting rules in the states. A look at what...

GOP filibuster blocks Democrats' big voting rights bill

Jun. 22, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' sweeping attempt to rewrite U.S. election and voting law suffered a major setback in the Senate Tuesday, blocked by a filibuster wall of Republican opposition to what would be the largest overhaul of the electoral system in a generation. ...

Top elections official urges quick action on mail-in voting

Jun. 22, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — With current no-excuse mail-in voting laws set to expire at the end of the month, state lawmakers need to hurry up and take action to extend those rights through the end of the year, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said Tuesday. Up to 21...

In Senate vote, Biden sees 'step forward' for elections bill

Jun. 21, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday it views the Senate's work on an elections bill overhaul and changes being offered by Sen. Joe Manchin as a “step forward," even though the Democrats' priority legislation is expected to be blocked by a Republican filibuster. ...

Rally calls for coordinated fight against poverty, racism

Jun. 21, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. William Barber II called Monday for members of Congress and legislative leaders around the country to commit to fighting poverty and systemic racism. The civil rights leader and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign addressed a crowd in...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jun. 21, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. June 20, 2021. Editorial: Fairer Ohio redistricting does not include arming one party at taxpayer expense In two separate constitutional referendums, in 2015 and 2018, Ohio voters overwhelming rejected grotesquely partisan...

Analysis: Controversies had unexpected twists in La. session

Jun. 20, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's legislative session saw lawmakers engage in many of the same cultural clashes as their counterparts in other states and several of their own unique disputes, but with some surprising outcomes. The majority-Republican House and Senate...

Daughter of Fannie Lou Hamer continues mother’s fight

Jun. 20, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — As the youngest daughter of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, Jacqueline Hamer Flakes grew up intimately aware of prejudice and how much her mother struggled against it. Now, as Hamer’s last living daughter, Flakes’ greatest desire is to...

NYC mayoral primary will be big test for ranked vote system

Jun. 18, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters will likely pick the next mayor of New York City next week in a Democratic primary that will also be a major test of ranked choice voting, a system that lets voters rank several candidates in order of preference instead of choosing just one. Two...