RockTheVote Public date: 09.11.2017 19:32:19

Common Councilors, political science experts react to Ben Walsh’s historic election win

Ben Walsh, an independent candidate, without much financial supports, beat the democrat candidate convincingly, even though he trailed in the polls for most of October.  Only 24,000 of the 143,400 eligible people voted. Analyst say that poorer people vote less and syracuse has become poorer.
Ben Walsh, an independent candidate, without much financial supports, beat the democrat candidate convincingly, even...
7 Nov 2017

Virginia Voters Get Mysterious Robocalls That Their Polling Places Have Changed

In Virginia, voters in a prominent Democratic-majority county are getting robocalls falsely telling them their polling places have changed. Republicans have been convicted in the past of similar tactics
In Virginia, voters in a prominent Democratic-majority county are getting robocalls falsely telling them their polling...

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6 Nov 2017

How secure are New Jerseys voting machines

New Jersey voting machines are subject to less regulations than pharmacy scales, gas pumps, amusement park rides and other types of equipment.  New jersey leave the testing of machines to counties. Voting rights activist are concerned and question whether this is the right approach.
New Jersey voting machines are subject to less regulations than pharmacy scales, gas pumps, amusement park rides and...

Publisher: Mother Jones

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6 Nov 2017

Virginia Votes on Tuesday. Here Are 3 Ways Ed Gillespie Wants to Make That Harder

In the race for Governor in Virginia the republican candidate, Ed Gillespie, is working to suppress votes in order to win. He is doing this by ex-felon disenfranchisement,  gerrymandering, and promoting restrictive voter ID laws.
In the race for Governor in Virginia the republican candidate, Ed Gillespie, is working to suppress votes in order to...

Publisher: Politico

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5 Nov 2017

Activists eye post-Charlottesville surge in black voting in Virginia

African American interest in voting has spiked since the events in Charlottesville this summer.  Since then black political activist have run a steady stream of radio and digital ads invoking Charlottesville and inequality in the criminal justice system, including NFL players’ protests of the issue. 
African American interest in voting has spiked since the events in Charlottesville this summer.  Since then black...

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5 Nov 2017

Trial Likely in Lawsuit Over Massachusetts City’s Election System

Activist and minorities are suing the city council, stating that the "winner take all" system discriminates against minorities in this diverse community.  Even though almost 50% of the residents in Lowell are minorities, all of the 9 members in city council and 6 members of the school committee are white.
Activist and minorities are suing the city council, stating that the "winner take all" system discriminates against...
4 Nov 2017

Tax bill would give WV much needed stimulus

This is a Republican propaganda piece advocating for the Trump, and Paul Ryan led tax cuts, claiming that the tax cuts for businesses will give the business an opportunity to give the workers a much deserved raise! This is the same trickle down economic that has a documented failure. 
This is a Republican propaganda piece advocating for the Trump, and Paul Ryan led tax cuts, claiming that the tax cuts...

How Business lobby groups and consumer align to fight for their cause

Self styled progressive city councils and their union allies need to listen to their constituents, and not work in vacuum. See how minority advocacy groups, have aligned themselves with te real estate industry to fight excessive taxes against low-income homeowners.
Self styled progressive city councils and their union allies need to listen to their constituents, and not work in...
3 Nov 2017

Members of the Ohio House and Ohio Senate Endorse Democrat Kathleen Clyde for Secretary of State

“Our right to vote is what makes our democracy so special. Kathleen has spent her time at the Statehouse standing up for this right and protecting the voices of so many Ohioans,” said House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn. “Kathleen’s leadership is exactly what we need right now and that is why I’m endorsing her campaign for Secretary of State.”
“Our right to vote is what makes our democracy so special. Kathleen has spent her time at the Statehouse standing up...
3 Nov 2017

Republican tax plan would decimate affordable housing in New York, advocates and city officials warn

The GOP tax reform plan, released Thursday, would cost New York $4.5 billion in financing to provide housing for low- and moderate-income tenants, the New York Housing Conference said in a release Friday afternoon. The loss totals 17,128 homes, the advocacy group said.
The GOP tax reform plan, released Thursday, would cost New York $4.5 billion in financing to provide housing for low-...
24 Oct 2017

The voting rights issue at the center of the Virginia election

Ex felon turned activist, who used her time behind bars to educate herself on Virginia's draconian disenfranchisement laws, is now going around and signing up ex-felons to vote.  The clear difference between the Republican and Democratic candidate in this race is that the Republican is trying to disenfranchise citizens and stop them from voting!
Ex felon turned activist, who used her time behind bars to educate herself on Virginia's draconian...

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14 Oct 2017

Gov. Brown Signs AB1008 giving applicants with conviction records a fair chance

California becomes the 10th state to require both public- and private-sector employers to delay background checks and inquiries about job applicants’ conviction records until they have made a conditional job offer to the applicant. The law takes effect in 2018.
California becomes the 10th state to require both public- and private-sector employers to delay background checks and...

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12 Oct 2017

FAMM Praises California for Passing “Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancements (RISE)” Act

Governor Jerry Brown of California, signed SB 180 into law, that repeals the "Ineffective Sentencing Enhancement" act.  This act is praised by  Families against mandatory minimums.
Governor Jerry Brown of California, signed SB 180 into law, that repeals the "Ineffective Sentencing Enhancement"...
3 Oct 2017

New York sent $41 billion more in taxes to feds than residents, state got in benefits

The disparity between what New Yorkers send to Washington in taxes versus what the state receives in federal spending has grown sharply over the past several years, the state’s chief fiscal watchdog is warning.
The disparity between what New Yorkers send to Washington in taxes versus what the state receives in federal spending...
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Wisconsin voter ID law deterred nearly 17,000 from voting, UW study says

The study by University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Ken Mayer concluded 16,800 to 23,250 voters in the two counties — the Democratic strongholds of Wisconsin — did not vote because of the voter ID law. The $55,000 survey was paid for with property tax money by Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell, a Democratic opponent of the law.
The study by University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Ken Mayer concluded 16,800 to 23,250 voters in the two...
23 Aug 2017

New York state quietly stopped funding a key affordable housing program

The city has stopped funding the 80/20 plan. This plan called for offering tax exemption for affordable housing units. In essence is a 100 million dollar project, provided 20% affordable housing, 20 million of it would be tax exempt.  One real estate finance source said that the change caught the industry by surprise.
The city has stopped funding the 80/20 plan. This plan called for offering tax exemption for affordable housing units....
19 Jun 2017

The Supreme Court has a chance to rein in partisan gerrymandering

The supreme court has finally agreed to hear a case in extreme gerrymandering in Wisconsin. “Wisconsin’s Assembly,” the map’s challengers note, “. . . bears no resemblance to its evenly split electorate. In 2012, Republicans won a supermajority of sixty seats (out of ninety-nine) while losing the statewide vote. In 2014 and 2016, Republicans extended their advantage to sixty-three and sixty-four seats, respectively, even though the statewide vote remained nearly tied.”
The supreme court has finally agreed to hear a case in extreme gerrymandering in Wisconsin. “Wisconsin’s...
11 Oct 2016

The Problem with Voting Rights in New York

New York is one of the only states that doesn't allow early voting. It also don't allow same day voter registration, and even worse require voters to register 25 days before elections. In contrast 14 states and DC allow same day registration.
New York is one of the only states that doesn't allow early voting. It also don't allow same day voter registration, and...

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10 Sep 2016

Michigan Prosecutors Defy the Supreme Court

The courts decided and many states have followed suit on mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders.  However the prosecutors in Michigan are defying court orders and attempting to keep these defendants in jail.
The courts decided and many states have followed suit on mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders.  However...

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8 Mar 2016

As More People Move In, New York City Suffers Affordable Housing Crisis

New York City is facing an affordable housing crisis. More people are moving into the city, yet even though developers are building new 90 story apartment complexes, the city has lost over 250,000 rent control units.
New York City is facing an affordable housing crisis. More people are moving into the city, yet even though developers...

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2 Dec 2015

New lawsuit challenges Alabama voter ID law

NAACP legal defense is suing the state of Alabama for voter suppression, claiming disenfranchisement of thousands of African-American and Latino voters—all in the name of “curing” a voter fraud problem that does not exist.”
NAACP legal defense is suing the state of Alabama for voter suppression, claiming disenfranchisement of thousands...

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3 Jul 2014

New York City’s Affordable Housing Bonanza for the Rich

Housing subsidies go to families making up to $193K. Rent control laws[*] were intended to protect poor New Yorkers from rapacious landlords, but in practice they disproportionately benefit the well-to-do, who are more likely than the poor to remain for decades in apartments that become increasingly underpriced as the years go by. De Blasio, who ran on a promise to reduce inequality, is now enabling upper middle class New Yorkers to tap into these subsidies to serve their housing needs.
Housing subsidies go to families making up to $193K. Rent control laws[*] were intended to protect poor New Yorkers...
12 Sep 2001

New York’s buildings emit most of its greenhouse gases. The mayor has a plan to change that.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) will announce plans Thursday to force thousands of aging buildings there to become more energy efficient, a first-of-its-kind initiative intended to make the Big Apple a national leader in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, by mandating owners to invest in more efficient cooling systems.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) will announce plans Thursday to force thousands of aging buildings there to...
17 May 2001

Despite increases in funding, some D.C. schools face possible cuts

Despite the Democratic Mayor's proposed increase in eduction budget, many of the schools in the district face cuts in staff, education aides, teachers and counselors. This is because 83 million of the proposed 105 million increase is going to public charter schools.  But more than 50% of the 90,000 students attend traditional public schools.
Despite the Democratic Mayor's proposed increase in eduction budget, many of the schools in the district face cuts in...

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