Gov. Northam Announces Civil Rights Restored to Over 10000 Virginians  NBC 29 NewsGovernor Northam announces civil rights restored to over 10,000 Virginians  WTKR News 3Virginia governor’s civil rights restoration efforts are underwhelming, activists say  ThinkProgressGovernor Ralph Northam: About 11,000 previously convicted Virginians have civil rights restored  13newsnow.com WVECGov. Northam: Rights restored to nearly 11,000 Virginians since taking office  8NewsView full coverage on Google News

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 ...

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 ...

OPINION EXCHANGE | Earlier restoration of felons' right to vote would be wrong  Star TribuneA push to let such offenders regain the right while still on parole or probation focuses more on what is seen as good for them than on the rights of law-abiding ...

Virginia: State Senate passes voting-rights bills  Augusta Free PressSenate Democrats celebrated an expansion of voting rights as SB1026 passed both the House of Delegates and Senate.

Tennessee Considers Easing Felon Voting Rights Restoration  U.S. News & World ReportNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering a move to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored.

In Montgomery, Ala., restoration and reconciliation are in full swing — and a Sudbury native is at the center of it  The Boston GlobeSarah Beatty Buller could see on her first visit to Montgomery that the historically rich and important city needed some love. So she and her husband purchased ...

Homecoming: The Feeling Of Having Your Voting Rights Restored After Incarceration  EssenceEmmy-nominated comedian Felonious Munk shares his story of incarceration and how it feels to finally have his voting rights restored.

Tennessee Republicans, ACLU join forces to help more felons regain right to vote  The TennesseanTwo Republican lawmakers, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, are setting out to make it simpler for people with felony convictions to regain ...

Desmond Meade helps restore voting rights to millions of ex-felons across Florida | Central Floridian of the Year finalist  Orlando SentinelDesmond Meade is a finalist for the Orlando Sentinel's Central Floridian of the Year. Meade is the leader of the Amendment 4 movement which granted voting ...

Controversial 'religious freedom' bill gets another look at Iowa Capitol  Des Moines RegisterRepublican lawmakers have reintroduced a bill at the Iowa Capitol that they say will protect religious rights but that critics warn could allow businesses in the ...

Push to restore felon voting rights in Minnesota gains momentum, key supporters  Star TribuneMinnesota is one of 22 states where felons cannot vote until they complete post-incarceration supervision. The change could affect as many as 60000 on ...

Panel OKs Iowa governor's bill to restore felon voting rights  KSFYDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds' proposal to restore voting rights to felons after they've served their sentences has passed its first legislative hurdle ...

Ralph Northam’s apology campaign hits another snag  ThinkProgressThree weeks after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) admitted to having worn blackface in the 1980s and apologized for (and then denied) appearing in a racist ...

Fighting for the right: Stanford man joins suit suing Bevin over voter reinstatement process - The Advocate-Messenger  Danville AdvocateFour Kentuckians have sued Gov. Matt Bevin over the state's arbitrary process for restoring voting rights to former felons. Bevin's office has called the lawsuit an ...

The restoration of felon voting rights must not be held up by politics | Editorial  NJ.comHere is a grim New Jersey fact that makes you question how much we've evolved since Hackensack was a prairie: Since 1844, state law has deprived a sizable ...

RED BANK: Once facing demolition, Fortune House restoration is done.  redbankgreenRED BANK: Once facing demolition, the onetime home of pioneering civil rights journalist T. Thomas Fortune has been restored. You can tour it this weekend.

Iowa is on the wrong side of history: Amend state constitution to restore ex-felon voting rights  Des Moines RegisterThe Register's editorial: We endorse the proposed constitutional amendment to restore the vote to ex-felons and call on Iowa lawmakers to support it.

Diverse coalition backs easier restoration of felon voting rights  The Daily MemphianMatthew Charles admits he made a lot of bad moves in the early 1990s, decisions that led to more than two decades in jail for felony cocaine trafficking ...

Vanita Gupta Emphasizes Voting Rights in Testimony on Democracy Reform  Civilrights.orgJanuary 29, 2019. For Immediate Release Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398, inouye@civilrights.org. WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of ...

Voting Rights - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  Civilrights.orgVoting is the language of American democracy. The ability to participate in civic life — to have a voice in choosing the elected officials whose decisions impact ...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s hearse has Tallahassee connection  WTXL ABC 27TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A piece of American history was hiding right here in the Capital City. The hearse used during Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's ...

DeLand Purple Heart recipient who fought in Vietnam War dies at 73  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlandoA Purple Heart recipient from DeLand who fought in the Vietnam War died Friday at the age of 73.

T. Thomas Fortune Foundation Hires New Curator, Holds Preview  The Two River TimesBy Rick Geffken. RED BANK – With the naming of its first curator and a much-anticipated unveiling next weekend as part of Black History Month, Red Bank's T.

New Gallery Dedicated to Social Impact to Open in Los Angeles  ArtforumBrannan Mason Gallery (BMG), a new contemporary art gallery dedicated to social impact, will open a 4,500-square-foot-space in downtown Los Angeles's arts ...

ONLINE SPECIAL: Insurance carriers can solve the "AOB crisis" on their own  The LedgerRestoration companies have seen a dramatic drop in the amount insurance companies are paying.

Community Calendar February 21 - February 27  Amsterdam NewsCheck out What's going on around the city this week!

If this plane could talk: A U.S. president’s plane rests in Warner Robins  Macon TelegraphA Lockheed VC-140 Jetstar that served as Air Force One during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson sits at the Museum of Aviaion in Warner Robins, Ga., ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Over 1 million Florida felons just had their voting rights restored  MarketWatchFelons who have done their time and completed the terms of their probation and parole, will now be allowed to vote, with some exceptions.

Felons can get advice on restoring civil rights at free Tucson clinic  Arizona Daily StarProfessionals will offer advice on restoring rights, setting aside convictions.

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.

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 ...

Amendment 4 on 2018 Florida ballot is about voting rights  Bradenton HeraldAmendment 4 on the Election 2018 ballot in Florida would restore voting rights to former felons who have completed their sentences. It would not apply to people ...

Florida Amendment 4: midterm election voters decide on ex-felons’ right to vote  Vox.comAmendment 4 will let Florida voters restore voting rights for ex-felons.

Rep. Marcia Fudge holds first official listening session on voting rights  cleveland.comFudge kicked off the session by declaring that the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder “struck down the idea that all eligible Americans ...

The Real Price of a Chocolate Bar: West Africa's Rainforests  Yale Environment 360Ivory Coast has lost more than 80 percent of its forests in the last 50 years, mainly to cocoa production. The government has a plan to turn over management of ...

‘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 ...

Convicted felon advocates for restoration of civil rights  Wink NewsShould convicted felons' civil rights be restored? Neil Volz, of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition was convicted of conspiracy as part of the Jack Ambramoff ...

Convicted felons in Arizona have tough time getting voting rights back  Tucson News NowA person convicted of a felony loses a lot more than just their freedom. Depending on the state they live in, some have to fight to regain their right to vote after ...

Saint Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Evacuated Due to Bomb Scare  ArtforumThe State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg was evacuated on Thursday, February 21, after it received an emailed bomb threat. A museum spokesperson ...

Not so fast? Too bad — voters have spoken | Opinion  Tallahassee.comAmendment 4 calls for an automatic restoration of voting rights for people charged with felonies who have served their time.

Editorial: Gov. Rick Scott’s clemency process should be criminal  Pensacola News JournalHBO talk show host John Oliver may be known as a comedian, but his recent report on Florida's Jim Crow-era culture of felon disenfranchisement was more ...

Understanding felon voting rights restoration  PolitiFactWhen felons leave prison, should they regain the right to vote? That's a question that many states have grappled with in recent decades. New York and Florida ...

Japan's Immigration Policy: Turned Corner or Cul-De-Sac?  The DiplomatA new immigration reform package still doesn't go far enough to meet Japan's needs.

Central African Republic Still Needs Robust International Support amid Precarious Humanitarian Situation, Special Representative Tells Security Council - Central African Republic  ReliefWebEnglish News and Press Release on Central African Republic about Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding and Protection and Human Rights; published on 21 Feb ...

No One Seems To Know How Amendment 4 Will Be Implemented To Restore Felon's Right To Vote  WLRNWith its passage on November 6, Amendment 4 granted over a million felons across the state the right to vote.

Restore felons' voting rights, Florida. It's smart justice | Opinion  Sun SentinelAmendment 4, the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” will save Florida taxpayers money and give felons a second chance. Florida residents should vote "Yes" in ...

Seidman: Anticipated roadblocks on the route to restoration of felons voting rights  Sarasota Herald-TribuneJust hours after county election supervisors meeting this week in Sarasota asked for a directive from the state on how to implement Amendment 4 — the recently ...

Amendment 4 will give felons their lives back, and save the rest of us money  Miami HeraldFlorida's 13 million voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society earn the right to vote, and a second ...

How Iowa can fix its 'anti-democratic' felon voter ban? Critics say end it; governor willing to listen  Des Moines RegisterThere is a proven fix for Iowa's felon voting ban that has mistakenly rejected the ballots of law-abiding Iowans: Let felons vote once they've served their time, ...

Amendment 4 has passed in Florida and the implementation questions start  Amsterdam NewsThere are an estimated 1.5 million plus Floridians who are formerly convicted felons without civil rights, including the ability to vote,” said Renata Sago of the ...

Price tag for restricting felons' rights after prison put at $385 million a year  Bradenton HeraldThe restrictive policy imposed by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet costs the state in lost revenue, wage growth, and increased prison costs, a new report ...

What's in the Natural Resources Management Act  OutsideIf it's signed into law, NRMA will be the most wide reaching and important public lands legislation passed since the 1970s.This is an extraordinary achievement ...

Amendment 4 is happening: Ex-felons can register to vote Tuesday  Tampa Bay TimesDespite hedging from Florida's Republican leaders, an amendment that allows eligible former felons to register to vote will go into effect on Tuesday, Tampa Bay ...

Column: Some facts and figures you might not know about civil rights restoration in Florida  Tampabay.comAfter U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled Florida's process for restoring felons' civil rights was unconstitutional in early February, he allowed me to file a friend ...

In Florida, getting back civil rights means groveling to politicians  Orlando SentinelLast month, while trying to decide whether to restore a Florida man's right to vote — a right the man lost when convicted of a crime more than a decade ago ...

A new Congress could restore the promise of the Voting Rights Act | TheHill  The HillMyrna Pérez says as we mark the anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its landmark guarantees of free and fair elections have dimmed.

Gov. Kim Reynolds says she's open to automatically restoring felon voting rights in Iowa  Des Moines RegisterGov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday raised the possibility of automatically restoring voting rights to felons, a move that could affect at least 52,000 disenfranchised ...

Cotterell: Economic study supports ex-con rights restoration  Tallahassee.comBasically, forbidding released prisoners to register and vote has an economic impact of about a million dollars a day.

Nevada laws on ‘pink tax,’ felons’ rights take effect Tuesday  Las Vegas Review-JournalTwo new laws take effect in Nevada on Tuesday: the voter-approved “pink tax” exemption for feminine hygiene products and a bill from the 2017 Legislature ...

Restoration of felon voting rights march to culminate with rally at Capitol Thursday  Tallahassee.comHundreds of millennials are expected to join religious and civil rights leaders in a march and rally on the state Capitol Thursday to support the restoration of ...

Ruling Clarifies That Some White-Collar Felons Can Possess A Firearm  ForbesMost people assume that white collar offenders, like many other federal offenders, cannot possess a firearm as a result of a conviction. A new ruling brings to ...

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on latest developments in Venezuela  EU NewsThe EU strongly calls for the start of an immediate political process leading to free and credible elections, in conformity with the Constitutional order, ...

Judge orders Gov. Scott, Cabinet to create system to restore felons’ voting rights  Miami HeraldA judge on Tuesday ordered Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to dismantle Florida's “fatally flawed” system of arbitrarily restoring voting rights to felons and to ...

Prepare now for accelerating climate threats, military officials warn  Reuters AfricaTHE HAGUE, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Militaries must prepare now to deal with more frequent disasters, new conflicts and other risks as ...

Amendment 4 gives felons a second chance and saves Florida money | Opinion  Florida TodayData proves that the vast majority of felons who get their voting and other civil rights back do not commit new crimes.

Group Works to Help Some Nevada Felons Regain Voting Rights  U.S. News & World ReportLAS VEGAS (AP) — A new organization is encouraging Nevada felons who can regain the right to vote to make sure they're registered in time to vote for the ...

Florida Restored Voting Rights to Felons … Is Iowa Next?  WHO TV Des MoinesDES MOINES, Iowa -- Civil rights advocates say this could be the year Iowa felons get their voting rights back. Iowa is now only one of two states that ban felons ...

White Republican felons fare better when Rick Scott restores voting rights  Orlando SentinelWhite, Republican felons fare better under Rick Scott's voting-restoration, but politicians shouldn't even be involved. (See: Amendment 4)

Governor Northam Continues McAuliffe's Felon Voting Rights Restoration  Community Idea StationsGovernor Ralph Northam has restored voting rights to ex-felons at a slower clip than his predecessor, a shift his office attributes to a clearing out of old requests ...

Felons\' Voting Rights Restoration Should Be Delayed, Says Florida Governor-Elect  GoverningRon DeSantis said the amendment, which would restore voting rights for most ex-felons who have served their sentences, should take effect after state ...

Joel Feinman: Pima County to hold rights restoration clinics  Arizona Daily StarFor people convicted of a felony, punishment doesn't really ended when they leave prison.

Elections Supervisors Seek Answers On Restoration Of Felon's Voting Rights  WLRNFlorida officials don't have a plan for how to carry out a constitutional amendment that restores the right to vote to more than a million Floridians convicted of ...

Advocates: Delays in restoring felons voting rights unacceptable  Daytona Beach News-JournalCome Jan. 8, Edward Barnes and 1.4 million other Floridians become eligible once again to register to vote.Although Amendment 4, restoring felons' voting ...

Restoration of Vote to Ex-Cons Likely to Influence Outcomes in Florida  Courthouse News Service(CN) – A Florida ballot initiative to restore voting rights to most felons who have served their time ended 150 years of voter disenfranchisement and will ...

Amendment 4: Restores felons' rights  WESH 2 OrlandoNext week's election could be a game changer for millions of Floridians who, at some point, have been convicted of a felony but have since returned to society.

Another Opinion: This fall, restore felons right to vote  Daily CommercialMany supporters, myself included, of Amendment 4 (Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative), for felons who have served their sentences, were deeply ...

Florida ballot measure looks to restore felon voting rights  Fox NewsMore than 1.5 million Florida residents are barred from voting in state elections for the rest of their lives, because of a tough law that permanently revokes voting ...

Leadership Conference Priorities for the 116th Congress - The  Civilrights.orgView a PDF of this document here. Dear Senator/Representative,. On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by ...

Do Republicans think we’re stupid? Floridians want ex-felons to vote.  Miami HeraldWelcome to yet another Florida episode of politicians thwarting the voters' will.

Leon elections supervisor, others throughout state, to start registering ex-felons  Tallahassee.comUnless a judge orders otherwise, Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley will begin to register formerly convicted non-violent felons on Jan. 8, the day ...

Advocates Fight to Restore Voting Rights to Those With Felonies  Arizona Public MediaManny Mejias served 20 years in prison and is now a re-entry coordinator for the Pima County's Criminal Justice Reform Unit. (PHOTO: Candace Manriquez ...

Florida Felon Takes Lead in Fight to Restore Voting Rights  VOA NewsIn 2004, Desmond Meade, while serving a 15-year prison sentence for a drug offense in Florida, got a break. An appeals court returned his conviction to the ...

Congress overrides Reagan civil rights veto, March 22, 1988  PoliticoOn this day in 1988, the House, following the Senate's lead, overrode President Ronald Reagan's veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987. The legislation ...

Florida felon voting rights: Who got theirs back under Scott?  Palm Beach PostThe governor restored rights to the lowest percentage of blacks, highest percentage of Republicans in 50 years, The Post found. Howard Lee Lockett brought his ...

Florida's fight for Amendment 4 is a personal crusade for many seeking right to vote  Orlando SentinelWith Amendment 4, Florida residents could see a change in the state's constitution if at least 60 percent of citizens vote yes on measure, which would ...

Florida to Gain 1.4 Million Voters if Felon Measure Passes  The Wall Street JournalMIAMI—Florida voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to restore voting rights for an estimated 1.4 million people with felony records, and supporters of the measure ...

Rick Scott, Cabinet defend felons’ rights restoration system in court  Tampabay.comGov. Rick Scott and Florida's three elected Cabinet members Friday mounted a new legal defense of the state's 150-year-old system for restoring the voting ...

Florida felons may soon have voting rights restored  Tallahassee.comWhy wouldn't the governor and Cabinet appeal U.S. District Judge Mark Walker's rulings that Florida's clemency/civil rights/voting eligibility restoration process ...

In Florida, Long Fight for Restored Vote Often Ends in Minutes  Courthouse News ServiceThis is the third installment of a four-part series on the effort overturn a 150-year old law in Florida that strips felons of their voting rights for life. A proposal that ...

ACLU chief Howard Simon leaves on the ‘highest note’ — restoring felons’ voting rights  Bradenton HeraldOutgoing ACLU Executive Director Howard Simon is retiring after more than two decades of advocacy for Florida's disenfranchised felons, same-sex couples, ...

Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government.  Florida PoliticsDuring a ceremony honoring the newly unveiled Civil Rights Institute at Florida State University, Desmond Meade, activist and spokesperson for the push to ...

The case against Amendment 4 on felon voting rights | Opinion  Tallahassee.comThe problem with Amendment 4 is that it perpetuates the discrimination of disenfranchisement against a subclass of ex-felons.