House passes bill to include LGBTQ protections in Civil Rights Act  Washington ExaminerLGBTQ Equality Act passes House, pushing back on Trump's religious freedom policies  Roll Call Democrats Passed A Historic LGBT Rights Bill. Conservatives Say It's An Attack On Women.  BuzzFeed NewsLGBTQ Equality Act 2019: Eight Republicans Broke Party Ranks to Vote in Favor of Historic Civil Rights Bill  NewsweekMississippi Republicans Vote Against LGBT Civil Rights Bill  Jackson Free PressView full coverage on Google News

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 ...

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.

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.

The Florida Democratic Party Is Tackling Voter Suppression  WJCT NEWSEarlier today the Florida Democratic Party announced the launch of a voter protection program as a result of the recently passed amendment four bill and.

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 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 ...

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 ...

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.

'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 ...

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 ...

U.S. bishops 'gravely disappointed' with House passage of Equality Act  America MagazineFive U.S. bishops, chairmen of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committees or subcommittees, said May 17 they were "gravely disappointed" with the U.S. ...

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.

‘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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ex-felon bill, with financial constraints, awaits DeSantis signature — or veto  Sarasota Herald-TribuneThe legislation would force ex-felons to pay all fines, court costs and financial restitution before they can become eligible to vote. Democrats likened those ...

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.

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 ...

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.

Officials discuss justice system's hold on marginalized communities during '32' documentary screening  Chattanooga Times Free PressThe Chattanooga city councilwoman asked everyone in the room Thursday to stand up if they'd ever been a slave before. Near the front stage of The ...

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp  The Seattle TimesA 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 ...

Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week  GoErie.comWASHINGTON — Here's how area members of Congress voted on major issues during the legislative week ending May 17. HOUSEDemocratic Repair of 2010 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

Five things you need to know today and may I have your attention?  Cincinnati Business CourierHere are the five most important things you need to know to help start your busy business day.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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 ...

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 ...

Kashmiri Pandits will launch 'sustained' struggle for restoration of identity: Outfit  Business StandardKashmiri Pandits have "pledged" to launch a "sustained struggle" in Jammu and Kashmir for restoration of their "lost identity and rights", an outfit representing the ...

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.

Pete Buttigieg Rebuffs Donald Trump's Approval of Gay Marriage, Calls for Equality Act Support  NewsweekPete Buttigieg dismissed President Donald Trump's compliments about his marriage to a man, remarking that he'd rather see Trump enact actual policies which ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

Todd Starnes: Democrats poised to destroy religious liberty (yes, you read that correctly)  Fox NewsIf Democrats get their way religious hospitals would be forced to perform abortions, Christian churches would be forced to host events that are contrary to the ...

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 ...

Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week  Madison.comHere's how members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation voted on major issues this week.

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.

Dr. King's legacy offered a 'turning point' for Archbishop Gregory's life  My catholic standardArchbishop Wilton Gregory's appointment as the seventh archbishop of Washington was announced on April 4, which happened to be the 51st anniversary of ...

In First, House Approves Equality Act to Ban Anti-LGBT Discrimination  pride source.comFor the first-time ever, a chamber of Congress has approved legislation — with bipartisan support — that would amend the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Diane Dimond: Allowing prisoners to vote: Let's think this through  Northern Virginia Dailyso 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 ...

Qatar: Families Arbitrarily Stripped of Citizenship  Human Rights Watch(Beirut, May 12, 2019) – Qatar's decision to arbitrarily strip families from the Ghufran clan of their citizenship has left some members still stateless 20 years later ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Becoming a Dangerous Woman  Thrive GlobalTitles are tricky — both the personal titles that often follow our names in an introduction and certainly, titles of books which, according to my book editor, can ...

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 ...

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.

In Focus: How the Harley Clarke Mansion became Evanston's most hotly contested issue  The Daily NorthwesternFormer 3rd Ward alderman Emily Guthrie could not believe what she saw on Election Day last November. Unlike many in the country, she wasn't focused on the ...

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.

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 ...

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 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 ...

Tennessee felon voting rights restoration bill advances  NewsChannel5.comNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee push to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A House ...

Reeves Falsely Claims Hood Will Let 'Terrorists and Rapists' Vote  Jackson Free PressMississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican candidate for governor this year, misled voters on Tuesday when he claimed that state Attorney General Jim ...

CHR ready for ‘frank, factual’ discussions on death penalty  INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Sunday said it was ready to have a “frank and factual” conversation with Congress ...

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 ...

Minnesota felons ask lawmakers for voting rights restoration  KMSP-TVConvicted Minnesota felons are asking state lawmakers to restore voting rights for previously incarcerated people, but a bill that's moving in the House faces a ...

Headlines Senate felon voting bill drops some—but not all—financial requirements to cast ballots Civil  Florida PoliticsThe Senate bill aimed at defining what it means for felons to complete their sentences before they can vote under Amendment 4 has dropped some ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Tennessee considers easing felon voting rights restoration  WREG NewsChannel 3Tennessee lawmakers are considering a move to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored.