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 ...

Top Tennessee House Republicans open to easing voting rights barriers for many ex-convicts  Chattanooga Times Free PressA legislative push to make it easier for many of Tennessee's former felony offenders to restore their voting rights once their sentences are complete picked up ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Do The Detailed Federal Requirements For Addressing Sex Discrimination Apply To Your Hospital?  JD SupraWhen Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq. (“Title IX”), which prohibits many forms of discrimination on the basis of sex, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government.  Florida PoliticsSixty Days — A prime-time look at the 2019 Legislative Session. The Last 24. Good Thursday evening. How do elections officials know which ex-cons to allow as ...

Too many Tennesseans are disenfranchised. They don't have money, they can't vote and that's not right. | Opinion  The TennesseanDenying the right to vote to people who have served their time and are trying to get back on their feet serves no public safety interest.

Judge dismisses Tiguas tribe's countersuit against Texas over alleged illegal gambling  El Paso TimesThe ruling is a large defeat for the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo as they continue their tense decades-long battle with the Texas Attorney General's Office.

Part III: The Current State of Laws Regarding Mental Illness and Guns  Heritage.orgContrary to popular narratives espoused in the aftermath of tragic events involving both firearms and mentally ill persons,

Firm chosen to restore historic African-American church  Idaho StatesmanAn architectural firm with extensive experience working on buildings of significance to African-American history has been chosen to oversee restoration of a ...

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 ...

Delegate Simon's Richmond Report  Falls Church News PressThis week's edition of my Richmond Report is really coming to you from Richmond this month. The House of Delegates convened for our “short” 46-day session ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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

Instagram influencers are selling you drugs and medical devices  Vox.comBig pharma is partnering with influencers to make #sponcon.

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 ...

Art Industry News: France’s Most Prolific Art Thief Is Caught Red-Handed—Again + Other Stories  artnet NewsPlus, the Morgan Library launches a $12.5 million renovation and an all-women art collective stage a protest outside the National Gallery of Art. artnet News ...

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 ...

Indonesia land-burning fines unpaid years after fires  Washington PostJAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian plantation companies fined for burning huge areas of land since 2009 have failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

Kansas bill claims LGBTQ community is a religion to justify every kind of discrimination against it  ThinkProgressA group of seven Republican lawmakers in Kansas have introduced what is perhaps the most convoluted, if not cockamamie, attempt to roll back LGBTQ ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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)

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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’s felon disenfranchisement system under intense national glare  Tampa Bay TimesTALLAHASSEE –For only the third time this year — but this time under a withering national media glare — Florida's highest elected officials sat in judgment ...

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 ...

Here are 10 historical black history sites in New Jersey  NorthJersey.comBlack history is the most American history of all — it's all about pioneers. Here are 10 New Jersey sites where it comes alive.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Florida's Amendment 4: Restoring voting rights to people with felonies might also reduce crime  The Conversation - USOn Nov. 6, voters in Florida will consider a ballot measure that would restore the right to vote to 1 million citizens who are currently not able to vote because they ...

After getting his own pardon, Gainesville man helps others restore their rights  Gainesville TimesRecently sober, and after seeing his daughter at Duke University, Earnest Mason knew he needed to make a change in 2000 to expand his opportunities.

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, ...

Convicted felons can seek legal advice at no cost with public defenders  KGUNA team of county public defenders guided convicted felons through a process to restore civil rights. A free legal clinic at the at the Primavera Training Center ...

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.

Group looks to help Nevada felons regain voting rights  Las Vegas Review-JournalWith the upcoming registration deadline looming, a new organization is encouraging Nevada's felons to push past misinformation and re-securing their right to ...

Federal court questions whether Florida fight over former felons' voting rights is now moot  Orlando WeeklyAfter Floridians passed a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 election, a federal appeals court is questioning whether it needs to rule in a high-profile...

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 ...

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 ...

State fights ruling on rights restoration  Tallahassee.comThe state continued battling a judge's ruling that would require it to overhaul the controversial process for restoring ex-felons' voting rights.

Bombing suspect is registered to vote in Miami-Dade, voted in August GOP primary, 2016 election  Tampa Bay TimesCesar Sayoc, identified by law enforcement officials as the bombing suspect Friday, is a registered Republican voter in Miami-Dade County and he cast a ballot ...

Rally calls for restoring Florida felons' rights after court defeat  Orlando WeeklyA day after a stinging defeat handed down by an appeals court, ministers and civil rights leaders —- including national talk-show host Al Sharpton —- rallied ...

Respect Voters' Will on Florida's Amendment 4, by Daily Editorials  Creators SyndicateA solid majority of Florida voters sought to right a wrong by supporting constitutional Amendment 4 in the elections that ended Tuesday. Titled "Voting ...

There’s no good reason to stop felons from voting  The Washington PostJACKSONVILLE, Fla. The bumpy path of Desmond Meade's life meandered to its current interesting point. He is a graduate of Florida International University ...

Rick Scott restored the voting rights of twice as many white former felons as black felons  Orlando WeeklyDuring his time in office, Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet restored the voting rights of twice as many white former felons compared to black former felons, ...

Florida voters approve constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to most felons  WGMEMIAMI (AP) — Potentially altering the election landscape in a key swing state, Florida voters Tuesday approved a ballot measure that will enable more than 1 ...

Voters kill remnants of Jim Crow in Florida and Louisiana  NBC NewsA long overdue reckoning with America's post-slavery subjugation of black people unfolded in Florida and Louisiana on Tuesday, as voters threw out vestiges of ...

24 Years Ago She Lost Her Voting Rights For Pushing A Cop. She Just Got Them Back.  HuffPostFelons who have done their time are still forced to wait and wait under Florida's sluggish rights restoration process.

US: The Fight to Overturn Florida's Lifetime Voting Ban  Human Rights WatchFlorida should make history by voting “Yes” on Florida's Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to people with prior felony convictions who have served their time.

In appealing civil rights for ex-felons, Scott is determined to suppress the vote  Miami HeraldGov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi have decided to double-down to support a clemency process that a federal judge determined was “arbitrary” ...

Amendment 4 will save taxpayers, give felons second chance: Guestview  Pensacola News JournalFlorida voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society be given a second chance.

ADVISORY: Civil and Human Rights Coalition Hosts 'Bend Toward Justice' Conference  Civilrights.orgWASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will host its “Bend Toward Justice” conference on Tuesday, December 4 in ...

Judge orders new system for restoring rights  Tallahassee.comA federal judge permanently blocked Florida's “fatally flawed” process of restoring voting rights, giving Gov. Rick Scott and the Board of Executive Clemency a ...

Inside the Unlikely Movement That Could Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million Floridians  Mother JonesOn a muggy August day in 2005, Desmond Meade stood in front of the railroad tracks north of downtown Miami and prepared to take his life. He'd been released ...

Poll: Most Floridians back measure to restore voting rights for ex-felons | TheHill  The HillA majority of Florida voters support a proposition on the ballot in November that would restore voting rights to convicted felons, a poll released Monday showed.

Restoration of felon voting rights –  Weekly ChallengerGov. Rick Scott has restored fewer than 4,000 felons' voting rights in his almost eight years in office, while former Gov. Charlie Christ restored more than 155,000 ...