Focus on the States: 250 bills to restrict voting rights and 70 bills to restrict transgender rights in the first two months of 2021

Welcome to Focus on the States. There has been a lot of local-level news, too much to include in one post. I did my best to choose a representative sample. Be aware, this is far from comprehensive. Housekeeping: HOW TO SUPPORT: I know we are all facing unprecedented financial hardships right now. If you are in the position […]

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Sen. Ted Cruz funneled campaign money into his own pocket – and other Republican misconduct piles up

Covid relief package The Senate parliamentarian ruled on Thursday that the federal minimum wage cannot be increased through the budget reconciliation process, dealing a blow to Democrats’ hope of including the provision in the Covid-10 relief package. Due to Republican opposition, there is no way to pass a standalone bill to raise the minimum wage. The […]

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Focus on the states: Republicans quickly advance voter suppression measures

Voting rights Three months after a record 4.8 million Floridians cast vote-by-mail, the state’s Senate Ethics and Elections Committee approved a bill that would require voters to request vote-by-mail ballots more frequently. Chairman Dennis Baxley (R) sponsored the measure (SB 90), saying it would improve voter security. Currently, voters need only request absentee ballots every four years; Republicans […]

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Lost in the Sauce: Immigration reform begins in earnest, erasing Trump policies

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis. Housekeeping: HOW TO SUPPORT: I know we are all facing unprecedented financial hardships right now. If you are in the position to support my work, I have a patreon, venmo, and […]

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