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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

EDITORIAL: Iowa has opportunity on voting rights | Opinion  OttumwacourierSen. Mitch McConnell's intransigence on federal sentencing reform is indefensible. The measure before the Senate has bipartisan support, the backing of ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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...

VIDEO: Leaders Press Civil and Human Rights Agenda at 'Bend Toward Justice' Conference  Civilrights.orgWASHINGTON – Hundreds of national and local activists and leaders heard from a wide range of speakers and learned skills to take back to their communities ...

Leadership Conference Priorities for the 116th Congress  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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Court questions if felons' voting rights fight is moot  Pensacola News JournalTALLAHASSEE --- After Floridians passed a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 election, a federal appeals court is questioning whether it needs to rule in a ...

Andrew Gillum to speak at Washington civil rights conference  Florida PoliticsFormer Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum will speak in Washington, D.C., at a conference on civil rights. The Leadership Conference on Civil ...

Your Illinois News Radar » New Pritzker transition committee: “Equality, Equity and Opportunity”  The Capitol Fax BlogToday, Governor-elect JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton announced the formation and members of the transition's Committee on ...

Former President George HW Bush dead at 94  Amsterdam NewsCompetitor and conciliator are two words that have abound in describing former President George Herbert Walker Bush, who died last Friday in Houston at 94.

St. Augustine house where Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke restored after 2 hurricanes | WJAX-TV  ActionNewsJax.comAfter two hurricanes, a St. Augustine family has restored a home where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in 1964.

Governor Scott to attend service for former President Bush  WCTVGov. Rick Scott will attend the funeral *service* Wednesday for former President George H.W. Bush in Washington, D.C., as the country continues to mourn the ...

25 Years of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act  Washington ExaminerMuch has changed in the 25 years since the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, was enacted. It was the fall of 1993, when Democratic President Bill ...

Evans: Iowa should do right thing and restore voting rights of felons  nwestiowa.comWe Iowans like to think of ourselves as the true occupants of middle America, the geographic and societal equivalent of Baby Bear's porridge.

Akbari to push automatic restoration of voting rights for low-level felons  The Daily MemphianSenate Minority Chairman Raumesh Akbari, with an eye toward passage of a Florida referendum on felon voting rights, is planning to sponsor legislation ...

They served their time and are promised the vote — now what?  The LedgerAn estimated 1.4 million Floridians will become newly eligible to vote next month following the passage of a constitutional amendment dedicated to restoring the ...

Ringing in a Christian Nationalist 2019 With an Even Larger Legislative Playbook  Rewire.NewsA Christian nationalist coalition, including the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, have published a new state legislative playbook for 2019 that's 30 ...

Amendment 4 in danger of becoming poll tax  Orlando SentinelFelony defendants are being forced, in essence, to buy back their voting rights, Greenberg writes.

Voting rights: the fight is personal for Rep. Terri Sewell  Vox"Our history of voter suppression has come right back around."

A SACRED PLACE: Church receives grant for restoration | News, Sports, Jobs  Nashua TelegraphNASHUA – The National Fund for Sacred Places selected Nashua's St. Mary & Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church as one of 13 congregations to ...

Assessing 25 Years of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act  National Catholic RegisterWASHINGTON — Last week marked the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, known as “RFRA.” While the law is ...

The key to saving us from Gorsuch and Kavanaugh lies in an obscure law signed by George H.W. Bush  ThinkProgressIf Democrats regain Congress and the White House, they will spend their time in power at war with an increasingly partisan Supreme Court. They can also learn ...

A yearlong project on 1968 ends in Memphis, a city still grappling with the year's trauma  USA TODAYMemphis was deeply wounded by the traumatic events of 1968. The city still works hard to overcome those scars.

Religion and the New Supreme Court  National ReviewThe amendment singles religion out for special protection. But the Court has strayed from the Constitution's commands.

Nanticoke-Lenape of NJ Win Six-Year Battle to Restore State Recognition  Indian Country Today Media NetworkIt has been said that 'the Indian Wars never ceased, they only changed venue. We are still fighting." Rev. Dr. Norwood.

Atlanta's Famed Cyclorama Mural Will Tell the Truth About the Civil War Once Again  Smithsonian.comOne of the war's greatest battles was fought again and again on a spectacular canvas nearly 400 feet long. At last, the real history is being restored.

“The Fight of Our Lives.” How a Funder Collaborative Backs Civic Participation  Inside PhilanthropyThe Defending the Dream Fund is among the new rapid-response efforts that have popped up since the 2016 election. It recently made its third round of ...

Reviving Due Process on Campus  The Wall Street JournalDeVos restores the right to cross-examination. Democrats are outraged.

Loftin: Help ex-felons get their vote back  Chattanooga Times Free Press"I believe in love and charity and goodness and kindness, and I believe that when a man is down — KICK HIM! That way, if he survives, he has a chance to rise ...

60 years later: Inside Lynchburg's newly restored Historic Academy of Music Theatre  WDBJ7LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7)-- A historical treasure in Lynchburg is two weeks away from opening to the public once again. The renovation of the Historic ...

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 ...

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.

Progressives Won Key Victories Trying a New Campaign Tactic in 2018. They Can Do Even Better in 2020.  SlateOn Election Day, voters in three diverse states cast ballots on how the law would treat some of the country's most stigmatized groups of people.

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 ...

Our Democracy Restored – Building on the Foundation of 2018  Afro AmericanSubmitted to the AFRO by Congressman Elijah Cummings. Our Democratic Mandate. On Election Night last month, I observed that the emerging American ...

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.

PROGRESS DeVos' proposals restore fairness to campus courts  Paducah SunThe following editorial is republished from the Nov. 20 Wall Street Journal.

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 ...

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.

25 Years Ago Bill Clinton Signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)  World Religion NewsThe Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) marked 25 years of its existence on November 16. It was a success by any legal yardstick. The RFRA was ...

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

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 ...

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.

From Slavery To 'American Wonder': Revisiting Frederick Douglass' Remarkable Life  KDLGTERRY GROSS, HOST: This is *FRESH* AIR. I'm Terry Gross. The 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass is probably best known for his compelling ...

Lou Cannon: Opportunities and Challenges for States in 2019  NoozhawkStates function as laboratories for democracy, as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously observed, and they'll have numerous opportunities for ...

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 ...

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 ...

See Robert Cohen's best photos of 2018 | Metro  STLtoday.comA collection of the best photographs by staff photojournalist Robert Cohen of the Post-Dispatch.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Zambia : Opposition parties Full Joint Statement on the Constitutional Court Judgement on Lungu's 2021 Eligibility  Lusaka TimesLusaka - Zambia: JOINT STATEMENT ON: THE STATE OF DEMOCRACY AND THE PLIGHT OF ZAMBIANS TODAY, UNITY OF PURPOSE OF THE ...

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 ...

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  Bradenton 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 ...

Agents of change: How Saints players Ben Watson and Demario Davis are reshaping their community  NOLA.comThe first time Syrita Steib-Martin met Ben Watson, she thanked him. This was back in June, at an event being held at a local YMCA in conjunction with Essence ...

Public Notices | Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Public Notices  The Standard BannerPUBLIC NOTICE. The regular Business meeting of the New Market Utility District Board of Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 at 9:00 ...

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 ...

No. 4's new voters - News  The LedgerLAKELAND — Gail Abodunrin completed her last prison sentence more than a decade ago.By her account, she has made every effort since then to assimilate ...

Cotterell: Economic study supports ex-con rights restoration  Tallahassee.comSupporters of the voter initiative to restore voting rights for ex-convicts now have some impressive dollars-and-cents evidence to support passage of Amendment ...

OPPOSITION UNITE…let's say in one voice no third term, demand abolition of ConCourt  themastonline.com(By Salim Dawood and Melony Chisanga). TEN opposition leaders have urged Zambians to rise up from “slumber and demand a new people driven ...

LePage team settles lawsuit over Facebook blocking  Biddeford Journal TribuneThe operator of a Facebook page that promotes the political views of Republican Gov. Paul LePage has settled a federal lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Maine ...

Florida voters approve constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to most felons  Turn to 10MIAMI (AP) — Potentially altering the election landscape in a key swing state, Florida voters Tuesday approved a ballot measure that will enable more than 1 ...

Florida's Amendment 4 Pushes Back On Tradition Of Social Death For People With Convictions  ShadowproofOn November 6, voters in Florida passed a ballot measure that extends the franchise to some people with a felony conviction. Amendment 4 restores voting ...

Early civil rights leaders' meeting place being restored  WXXI NewsThe 1816 Farmington Quaker Meeting House played a significant role in the civil rights movements of the mid-nineteenth century. Bill Brandow is an.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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)

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.

Vote for Amendment 4 and restore felons' voting rights  The News-PressCalled the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” a proposed constitutional amendment will grant most of the 1.7 million convicted felons the right to vote.

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” ...

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 ...

End draconian rules against ex-felon voting  Lexington Herald-LeaderMy heart always swells near an Election Day. I think of my ancestors and others who fought and literally gave their lives in some cases for me, ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Voting Rights Process For Florida Felons Unconstitutional, Judge Says  NPRU.S. District Judge Mark Walker says a state panel that is the gatekeeper for the restoration of voting rights to felons who served their time is unconstitutional.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

How Letting Felons Vote Is Changing Virginia  The AtlanticUnder Governor Terry McAuliffe, the state embarked on a campaign to grant clemency more often, and to restore the civil rights of convicted felons. Vann R.

This man was granted a pardon. Most others remain in civil-rights limbo.  Bradenton HeraldDozens of people who lost the right to vote in long-ago felony convictions remain in limbo because a federal judge has struck down Florida's civil rights ...

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 ...

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 ...

Florida’s Amendment 4 Would Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million People  The InterceptOn Tuesday voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 4, which would restore voting rights to 1.4 million of Florida's 1.68 million convicted felons.