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On Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling on whether the Wisconsin Elections Commission has a duty to remove voters who may have moved from the rolls, holding that it is not a duty for the commission. A Wisconsin circuit court had previously ruled that the removal of such voters was a duty of [...]

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The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it has launched an investigation into U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz’s alleged misconduct, including accusations of sexual misconduct and illegal drug use.   In its press release, the House Ethics Committee stated, “the Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct [...]

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On Friday, President Biden issued an executive order forming the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. Biden ordered the formation of the commission to study potential changes to the Supreme Court amid calls from many liberals to reform the Court. Under the executive order, membership of the commission is to be [...]

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The State of Alaska sued over thirty chemical compound manufacturers Wednesday after it was discovered that the state’s groundwater was being contaminated by toxic chemicals. The 38-page complaint alleges that the defendant companies knowingly produced highly toxic chemicals known as PFAS (which include PFOS and PFOA) and released the compounds into the environment through their [...]

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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico signed a law on Wednesday which eliminates the defense of qualified immunity for public officials, including police officers. Qualified immunity protects government officials from being held personally liable for constitutional violations. The new law provides: In any claim for damages or relief under the New Mexico Civil Rights [...]

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Ohio judge Alison Hatheway granted a preliminary injunction on Thursday which temporarily blocks an Ohio law banning telemedicine abortions. In a case against the Ohio Department of Health, Planned Parenthood challenged the constitutionality of Ohio Senate Bill 260, which was set to go into effect on Monday, and would institute felony criminal charges for medical providers [...]

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As several state legislatures draw criticism over voter suppression bills, Kentucky lawmakers passed a bipartisan bill that was signed into law on Wednesday. HB 574 expands access to the polls and introduces new voting security measures. It passed 91-3 in the Kentucky House and 33-3 in the state Senate, which are both controlled by Republicans. [...]

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Following years of research and failed private conferences, Washington, DC, based civil rights group Muslim Advocates initiated legal proceedings against Facebook and its top executives Thursday for allowing anti-Muslim hate speech to “run rampant” on the social-media platform. Muslim Advocates alleges in their complaint that by “seeding and cultivating anti-Muslim bigotry amongst its users,” Facebook [...]

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The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced Friday that it would file Objections and Unfair Labor Practice Charges (ULPs) against Amazon with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the wake of the RWDSU’s unsuccessful union election this year at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, fulfillment center. The RWDSU is alleging that Amazon illegally interfered [...]

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Wednesday expanding voting rights for persons with felony convictions. HB 1078 automatically restores voting rights for people with felony convictions once completing a sentence of total confinement through the Washington Department of Corrections. Total confinement is limited to the physical area of a correctional facility and [...]

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