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Open Secrets

  • With legal troubles mounting and spending slowing, NRA promises to boost Trump August 7, 2020
    Hours after a New York attorney general filed a case against the NRA seeking their dissolution, the gun rights group announced major 2020 plans. The post With legal troubles mounting and spending slowing, NRA promises to boost Trump appeared first on OpenSecrets News.
    Ian Karbal and Anna Massoglia
  • Political campaigns are staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic August 6, 2020
    Presidential and congressional candidates are spending far less on travel and events than in previous cycles amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The post Political campaigns are staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic appeared first on OpenSecrets News.
    Karl Evers-Hillstrom
  • Justice Democrats secure another victory with Cori Bush, unseating a dynasty August 5, 2020
    After 50 years of dynastic representation in Missouri's 1st District, Rep. Lacy Clay, son of Rep. Bill Clay, has been unseated by progressive Cori Bush. The post Justice Democrats secure another victory with Cori Bush, unseating a dynasty appeared first on OpenSecrets News.
    Ian Karbal
  • Big money pours into Republican primary for Senate in Tennessee August 5, 2020
    In Tennessee’s Republican Senate primary, wealthy donors — and the candidates themselves — are pouring millions into the crowded contest that has largely turned into a two-person race. The post Big money pours into Republican primary for Senate in Tennessee appeared first on OpenSecrets News.
    Zamone Perez
  • Small donors flock to Republicans challenging high-profile Democrats August 4, 2020
    Rep. Ilhan Omar is one of a number of high-profile Democrats facing a Republican opponent who has used her fame to boost fundraising efforts. The post Small donors flock to Republicans challenging high-profile Democrats appeared first on OpenSecrets News.
    Ian Karbal

 

ACLU

  • Amendment 4 is Back in Court as Florida Fights Our Victory Over its Modern-Day Poll Tax August 7, 2020
    Betty Riddle, a grandmother and university graduate, stood in line to vote for the first time in her life in Florida’s 2020 presidential primary. Marq Mitchell, a peer support specialist and advocate, also proudly voted for his first time in March. Jeff Gruver, a local activist for people experiencing homelessness, is yet another of our clients who cast his […]
    Anton Marino
  • Tracking Apps are Unlikely to Help Stop COVID-19 August 6, 2020
    Proposals to use the tracking capabilities of our cell phones to help fight COVID-19 have probably received more attention than any other technology issue during the pandemic. Here at the ACLU, we have been skeptical of schemes to use apps for contact tracing or exposure warnings from the beginning, but it is clearer than ever that such tools are unlikely to […]
    Jay Stanley
  • Retired Federal Probation Officer: Stop Sending People to COVID-Filled Prisons Unnecessarily August 6, 2020
    In early April, the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City suffered its first coronavirus death: Michael Tyson. Mr. Tyson, 53, had been arrested in late February not because he had committed a crime, but for a technical violation of his parole. As a retired federal probation officer, I can tell you that incarcerating someone for a technical rule violati […]
    Mark Buckwalter
  • Clemency, Redemption, and Justice: A Personal Story August 5, 2020
    In 1998, at the age of 21, I was sentenced to life without parole plus 320 years for drug-related offenses that were committed mostly in my teens. In 1998, 16 years into my sentence, I received clemency from President Obama after writing a letter to him asking for forgiveness, asking for mercy, asking for understanding that I wasn’t a bad kid, just a kid who […]
    Jason Hernandez
  • From Punishment to Promise: The Power of Redemption August 4, 2020
    My view of the American system of justice is clear — it is overly punitive and in need of correction. My opinion is anything but armchair analysis. I came to this conclusion through my time as a prosecutor — most notably in the case of Cyntoia Brown. Cyntoia was sentenced to more than five decades in prison at the age of 16 for killing a man who she believed […]
    Preston Shipp

 

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