Controversial felons' rights plan clears Senate  Florida PoliticsFlorida Republicans limit Amendment 4’s expansion of voting rights  Vox.comFloridians Gave Ex-Felons the Right to Vote. Lawmakers Just Put a Big Obstacle in Their Way.  The New York TimesFlorida legislators agree to limit felons’ voting rights. Critics call it a new poll tax.  The Washington PostFlorida House passes bill that makes it harder for ex-felons to vote  CNNView full coverage on Google News

Ex-felons face long odds, long wait to restore voting rights  KTAR.comMichael Romero looks like someone who has worked with his hands for a long time. His muscular forearms make the many tattoos that cover them seem like ...

Amendment 4: Florida House passes bill requiring ex-felons pay civil judgments before rights restored  Orlando SentinelIn one of the most-divisive issues of the 2019 legislative session, the House on Wednesday approved a plan for carrying out a constitutional amendment ...

Conservatives Are Freaking Out Over An LGBT Bill That Passed The House  BuzzFeed NewsThe House of Representatives on Friday passed the Equality Act in a historic milestone for the nation's most comprehensive bill to protect LGBT rights.

Kerr: Giving ex-offenders back their Civil Rights  Inside NoVAWhen is a criminal's debt to society officially paid in full? It's a good question. About thirty years ago, I was working at our local polling place. I was the.

Restoration Underway On Nina Simone's Childhood Home  WUNCAn update on a story we've been following since the spring of 2017. That's when four artists from New York bought the Tryon childhood home of legendary ...

The Fight for Voting Rights in Florida Isn’t Over  The New YorkerDaniel A. Gross writes about Amendment 4, which restored the voting rights of Florida residents with felony convictions, and Senate Bill 7066, which Florida's ...

Florida Legislature can still get Amendment 4 right | Opinion  Tallahassee.comWhat began in reaction to Florida's highly restrictive civil rights restoration process for ex-offenders ultimately became Amendment 4.

Florida House passes bill that would require ex-felons pay all fees before exercising voting rights  CNNThe Republican-controlled Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would restore voting rights for ex-felons on the condition that they first pay all fees, fines ...

LDS Church comes out against Equality Act, saying LGBTQ rights bill doesn't ensure religious freedom  Salt Lake TribuneThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a strong statement Monday opposing the Equality Act, a Democrat-led bill recently introduced in ...

There’s a right way to restore felons’ voting rights  Albuquerque JournalSo democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to give all prisoners the right to vote. He said so during a recent campaign speech, much to the ...

Guest column: Governor should veto Amendment 4 legislation  The Florida Times-UnionNo reasonable person would conclude that a supermajority of voters approved Amendment 4 to make it harder for ex-offenders to vote.That's why Gov.

A bad idea: Voting behind bars  Camden NewsCAMDEN — The debate over allowing felons to vote is heating up as Democratic presidential candidates respond to comments by Vermont Sen. Bernie ...

A Liberal Law Professor Explains Why the Equality Act Would ‘Crush’ Religious Dissenters  National ReviewThe Equality Act would vastly restrict the ability of Americans to follow their consciences or religious faith.

Trying to Restore the Vote to Prisoners Hurts More Than It Helps  SlateWith every passing week, there seems to be a new litmus test for Democratic presidential candidates. Last week's was whether a felon should be permitted to ...

‘Everybody is under attack.’ Protesters disrupt Legislature over ‘civil justice.’  Miami HeraldA dozen groups protesting “anti-civil rights” bills briefly halted a House floor session with protests Wednesday afternoon in the Florida Capitol.

'Equality Act' Passed in US House Attempts to Use Federal Civil Rights Law to Eliminate Rights of Christians  Christian News NetworkWASHINGTON -- Under the guise of equality, a bill passed the United States House on Friday that would add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to ...

A Most Uncivil Law is Coming  NRB TodayA vote in the House of Representatives could come as early as this Thursday on H.R. 5, the contentious bill that would place nearly all Christian ministries, ...

They did their time. They regained the vote. Florida is taking it away again.  ThinkProgressCoral Nichols will be eligible to vote again when she is 188 years old. That's the estimate, at least, if she pays the state of Florida $100 per month to satisfy her ...

Editorial: House ignores will of the voters  OcalaThe Florida House of Representatives turned its name into a misnomer this week.The latest example of the House's failure to provide representative government ...

What if Iowa could protect both religious freedom and LGBTQ rights?  Des Moines RegisterIowa's efforts to protect religious freedom have stalled. But maybe that could change if the state included robust protections for LGBTQ people.

Trump Pardons Ex-California Legislator and Prison Reformer Pat Nolan  NewsmaxOn Wednesday night, the national press focused on President Trump granting a full pardon to Conrad Black and restoring his civil rights after the onetime press ...

Florida’s change to Amendment 4 is travesty and a transgression of the people’s will  The Washington PostThe arc of justice bent briefly toward Florida in November, when citizens here restored the right to vote for most people with felony convictions who have ...

Editorial: House misrepresents will of voters  Gainesville SunThe Florida House of Representatives turned its name into a misnomer last week.The latest example of the House's failure to provide representative government ...

Equality Act Is About Civil Tyranny, Not Civil Rights  Daily SignalThe House Judiciary Committee has voted out the Equality Act of 2019. It now heads for a vote on the House floor with 240 co-sponsors, which means its ...

Game for a deal?  El Dorado News-TimesThe New York Times obtained 10 year's worth of President Donald Trump's federal income tax records and revealed what many have long suspected: Trump ...

Florida voters gave ex-felons right to vote. Then lawmakers stepped in.  The Christian Science MonitorLast fall Florida voters approved vote restoration for former felons. But under a bill formalizing the measure, not all those people can vote.

Ex-felon bill, with financial constraints, awaits DeSantis signature — or veto  Apalachicola TimesGov. Ron DeSantis, who likely benefited from state rules that sharply limit the voting rights of ex-felons, is now considering legislation requiring them to pay all ...

Groups protest 'anti-civil rights' bills in Florida House  Miami HeraldAbout a dozen groups protesting “anti-civil rights” bills on topics from immigration to school vouchers to the restoration of felons voting rights exploded into ...

How area members of Congress voted | AP National News  Arizona Daily StarWASHINGTON — Here's how area members of Congress voted on major issues last week ending May 17.

Nina Simone childhood home restoration - The Tryon Daily Bulletin  Tryon Daily BulletinHOPE Crew begins work at 30 East Livingston. TRYON—On February 21, 1933 Eunice Kathleen Waymon (Nina Simone's birth name) was born in Tryon, North ...

T. Thomas Fortune house saved, home of Civil Rights pioneer now a cultural center  Asbury Park PressEarly civil rights leader T. Thomas Fortune's house has been saved from the ravages of time and neglect.

Public Notices | Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Public Notices  The Standard BannerPUBLIC NOTICE. Anyone with any interest in the following vehicle: 2001 Ford Ranger,. VIN: 1FTYR10U51TBO3576. Please contact (865) 333-9556. •5:14 ...

How your lawmakers voted this week | Politics | pressofatlanticcity.com  Press of Atlantic CityHOUSE. Democratic repair of 2010 health law: The House on May 16 voted, 234-183, to bolster Affordable Care Act provisions that the administration has ...

Study suggests Amendment 4 requirement would disproportionately impact black people  WCTVBy: Capitol News *Service* May 17, 2019. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) – A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice found more than 2,000 felons registered to ...

Voters approved Amendment 4 to allow ex-offenders to vote. Period | Opinion  Miami HeraldThis ballot initiative was lauded as the greatest expansion of voting eligibility since the 1960s when approved by a super majority of voters in November.

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp in Colorado  FOX 31 DenverDENVER -- A University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern ...

Officials discuss justice system's hold on marginalized communities during '32' documentary screening  Chattanooga Times Free PressMaurice McDowell Jr. of Lil Mo Films introduces Jamaal Hicks, the executive producer for the documentary "32," during viewing and panel discussion at Camp ...

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp  ABC NewsA University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern Colorado, joining ...

SPLC launches voting rights legal team, testifies before U.S. House panel in Alabama  Southern Poverty Law CenterEver since state and local law enforcement officers attacked peaceful civil rights marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, Alabama ...

OPINIONS: Withholding ex-felons' right to vote withholds citizenship  Tommie MediaThe United States was founded on the idea of democracy, which promotes public participation in government. A major aspect of participating in government is ...

Music icon Nina Simone's Tryon birthplace is being restored. Here's what they're doing.  Asheville Citizen-TimesThe nearly 90-year-old home where Simone grew up in Tryon is being stabilized after years of neglect that nearly saw the structure be demolished.

The Racist Roots of Denying Incarcerated People Their Right to Vote  ACLUDo you want the Boston marathon bomber to vote?” is a provocative question that acts as a smokescreen concealing the real issue — why and when did ...

Sanders faces heat for saying people should be able to vote from prison  The Washington PostAs the words left his mouth, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could see the shape of the attack ads that could be used against him. A questioner at a CNN town hall ...

Lawmakers hopeful for Puget Sound funding from Congress  Kitsap SunWashington's congressional delegation is hoping for more money directed to restoring the sound to health.

Study suggests Amendment 4 bill would disproportionately impact minorities  WJHG-TVTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS *SERVICE*) - A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice found more than 2,000 felons registered to vote in Florida ...

Shiny and not-so-new: Celebration of Preservation honors CLE's shining stars in historic restoration  freshwaterclevelandCleveland has had its shares of ups and downs in the 223 years since Moses Cleaveland first set up shop, but many of the city's homes and buildings have ...

Voter rights activist gets TIME honor  The Miami TimesThe driving force behind Florida's ballot initiative to restore voting rights to Floridians with past felony convictions has been chosen as one of Time magazine's ...

“Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants” strike calls for statewide restoration of driver licenses  Milwaukee IndependentThousands of people marched on the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison as part of the Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants on May 1, a statewide general strike ...

Felon voting rights legislation signed into law  Peninsula Daily NewsOLYMPIA — Legislation focused on streamlining the process and notification requirements to felons of their voting rights and the restoration of those rights has ...

After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New “Poll Tax”  TruthoutCivil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with ...

Democrats Blast Florida Bill Limiting Felon Voting Rights  Courthouse News ServiceFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CN) – At a congressional field hearing on voter suppression in Florida, Democratic lawmakers were up in arms Monday over a new ...

Florida Gets What It Voted For  Palisades Hudson Financial GroupThe Florida Legislature adjourned Saturday after approving a $91.1 billion state budget that includes several tax cuts (the dividend Floridians get for living in a ...

More cake? The Supreme Court could hear another gay wedding cake case  The EconomistIN RECENT years, the Supreme Court has made a habit of waving a gavel and turning blockbuster cases into duds.

Trump on Buttigieg's marriage: 'I think it's absolutely fine'  ABC15 ArizonaPresident Donald Trump offered his support to one of his 2020 primary rivals, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who would be the first married gay US president.

House Republican seeks to change name of Equality Act to 'Forfeiting Women's Rights Act'  Washington BladeWith a vote on the Equality Act expected next week in the U.S. House, Republicans have proposing a slew of anti-LGBT amendments on floor consideration of ...

Here’s how Inland-area members of Congress voted on Obamacare this week  Press-EnterpriseHere's how area members of Congress voted on major issues during the legislative week ending Friday, May 17. HOUSE. DEMOCRATIC REPAIR OF 2010 ...

CHR on death penalty restoration: We are ready to engage Congress  GMA NewsThe Commission on Human Rights on Sunday said they are ready to engage the incoming Congress in a frank and factual conversation on death penalty.

Leader McConnell, let us vote | TheHill  The HillThe For the People Act offers a transformative vision for democracy that puts the American people and our shared values first. Importantly, it also commits to ...

Andrew Young to address ACLU event Saturday in Old Fourth Ward  Atlanta Journal ConstitutionAndrew Young will address an ACLU event in Atlanta Saturday as the civil liberties group led by his daughter vows to challenge Georgia abortion bill.

Battleground Florida: Soros-Funded Groups Work to Register 1.4 Million Ex-Felons Ahead of 2020  BreitbartProgressive organizations, many financed by billionaire activist George Soros, are working overtime to restore voting rights for Florida's nearly 1.4 million ...

Area congressional members' votes on Obamacare repair, Title IX, judges  STLtoday.comWASHINGTON • How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted during the week of May 13-17. House. Democratic Repair of 2010 Health Law • The House on ...

EXCLUSIVE -- Florida Rep. James Grant Vows to ‘Maintain Integrity’ of Constitution on Voting Rights for Felons  BreitbartRep. James Grant, a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, says he is seeking to “maintain the integrity of Florida's Constitution” and ...

Civil Rights Advocates Consider Litigation Over Voting Rights Restoration Bills | Daily Business Review  Law.comProposed legislation in the Florida House and Senate have some gearing up for potential lawsuits over the right of ex-felons' voting rights.

Guest opinion: How lawyers are distorting religious freedom  Deseret NewsWhen advocates argue religious liberty selectively and leave strong arguments on the table, their clients bear the burden.

LGBT groups and tech companies warn that a Texas bill could cost the state billions  CNBCThe LGBTQ community and major technology companies in Texas say a bill passed by the state's Senate is a license to discriminate. The measure, known as ...

Governor Northam announces civil rights restored to over 10,000 Virginians  WTKR News 3RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam says that since he took office, his administration has restored the civil rights of 10,992 Virginians previously convicted of ...

BC-AP News Digest 6 pm  Hastings TribuneHere are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable *content*. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage ...

Diane Dimond: Let's Think Through the Proposal to Allow Prisoners to Vote  NoozhawkSo Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a Democratic Party presidential candidate, wants to give all prisoners the right to vote. He said so during a recent campaign ...

Amendment 4 could give Gov. Ron DeSantis his Lincoln moment | Opinion  Tallahassee.comThis issue of race, equality and who gets to vote is indeed something thousands of Americans of all races have fought and died for.

Felon voting rights legislation signed by Gov. Inslee  Northern Kittitas County TribuneApr 17, 2019. Governor Jay Inslee signs Sen. Manka Dhingra's bill April 17. The bill requires information to be provided to felons on their voting rights after being ...

Most Kentucky felons would have voting rights restored under new bill  Courier JournalMost convicted felons in Kentucky would have their voting rights automatically restored after completing their sentences, parole and probation under a bill filed ...

Felon Voting Rights Legislation Could End Up In Court  WFSUSince January 8, felons have been registering to vote as long as they've completed their sentence, and did not commit a felony sexual offense or murder.

Amy Klobuchar Faces Down Fox News’ Chris Wallace for Asking if Democrats Too ‘Extreme’ on Abortion  MediaiteMinnesota Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar pushed back hard at Fox News' Chris Wallace when he repeatedly asked her if ...

Learning through listening  Albuquerque JournalSANTA FE, N.M. — Old magnetic tapes of Suzan Harjo's 'Seeing Red' radio show about Native issues are now at IAIA.

Florida Amendment 4 results: ex-felon voting rights restored via ballot initiative  Vox.comFlorida voters during Tuesday's midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of ...

Florida Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored  The AtlanticA ballot amendment in the November election could restore voting rights to 1.5 million felons in Florida, one of just three states that permanently bars felons from ...

Civil rights groups join lawsuit to fight Kentucky's felon voter ban  Courier JournalKentucky has some of the nation's highest rates of residents who can't vote because of felony convictions — but a recent federal lawsuit is seeking to change ...

Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida  ReutersTAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ...

Column: The Suicidal Equality Act of 2019 | Opinions and Editorials  Aiken StandardThe House Judiciary Committee has voted out the Equality Act of 2019. It now heads for a vote on the House floor with 240 co-sponsors, which means its ...

Florida Felons Once Denied Rights Begin Registering to Vote  The New York TimesTuesday marked the first day for former felons in Florida to register in vote, following a historic ballot measure that restored their rights.

Is it a poll tax if felons have to pay court costs and fees to regain voting rights?  Miami HeraldRepublicans in the Florida Legislature advanced a bill that would require felons to pay back all court fees and costs before being eligible to vote, even if those ...

Law alumnus Desmond Meade recognized among TIME magazine's “100 Most Influential People”  FIU NewsFor College of Law alumnus Desmond Meade JD '14, life is all about compassion, love and giving people a shot at redemption. It's what guides him as an ...

Squabble between the county and city lets Black museum languish  The Miami TimesA museum to house the history of Black Americans in Miami and Miami-Dade County's former Blacks-only beach has been a project in search of funding for ...

Confusion clouds restoration of Florida felons' voting rights  Tampa Bay TimesSARASOTA — Florida voters spoke clearly four weeks ago: They restored the right to vote to most convicted felons who complete their sentences. When it ...

Harvard’s Feast of Grievance  The AtlanticThe Ronald Sullivan affair is about everything—and nothing.

This week in Mormon Land: LDS ranks shrinking at University of Utah, church dives into politics, hymnbook update  Salt Lake TribuneThe Mormon Land newsletter is a weekly highlight reel of developments in and about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whether heralded in ...

Franchise opportunity Why the restoration of felons’ voting rights in Florida is a big deal  The EconomistTHE MID-TERM elections in Florida featured some momentous races, including razor's-edge counts in the Senate and governor's contests.

Nora Demleitner: Codifying rights restoration now imperative | Guest Columnist  Virginian-PilotTHE POSSIBILITY of an (unelected) Republican governor, with the three top Democratic officials facing scrutiny of their past, forces Virginia to confront another ...

Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?  The New York TimesA referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state's electorate.

‘A joyous day’ ahead as 1.4 million Florida ex-felons have voting rights restored  Washington PostSARASOTA — One of the largest enfranchisements of U.S. citizens in the past century begins Tuesday in Florida, and many of the more than 1.4 million ...

BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am  WSOC CharlotteHere are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable *content*. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage ...

Fines and fees provisions at odds with the language and intent of Amendment 4 | Commentary  Orlando SentinelThe debate over whether voting rights should be restored after fines and fees are paid misses the original intent of Florida's Amendment 4.

Here's what you haven't heard about restoring ex-felons' voting rights: Analysis  Orlando SentinelThe analysis "Civil Rights Restoration in Florida and Amendment 4" addresses some of the glaring gaps in the public discourse on ex-felons' rights and more.

Florida GOP could limit Amendment 4’s expansion of voting rights  Vox.comLast year, Amendment 4 restored voting rights to more than 1 million people with felony records. The Florida House passed a bill requiring them to pay all court ...

Leader of movement to restore voting rights to past convicts in Florida will speak in Naples  Naples Daily NewsDesmond Meade will be the keynote speaker at a criminal justice reform forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples.

Restoration of Birmingham’s A.G. Gaston Motel, a “sacred” civil rights landmark, is underway  Bham NowToday, the city of Birmingham announced it is restoring one of the civil rights movement's most treasured landmarks - the A.G. Gaston Motel.

Pete Buttigieg lunches with Al Sharpton as he works to court African American voters  CNNNew York (CNN) South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg lunched with Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem on Monday, receiving advice on winning over the African American ...

Amendment 4 in Florida restored voting rights to felons. Now that's back in doubt.  NBCNews.comOn Thursday, Florida lawmakers voted along party lines to advance a bill that could bar from the ballot box many of the estimated 1.5 million convicted felons ...

40 Florida Ex-Felons Get Civil Rights Restored At Clemency Board Meeting  WUFTForty ex-felons had their civil rights restored at Florida's Executive Clemency Board meeting Thursday. It was the first Executive Clemency Board meeting to ...