Democracy Happy Hour – April 3, 2024

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Democracy in the News Links:

Trump’s Defense Team Argues First Amendment Prohibits Georgia Charges - https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/28/us/trump-georgia-hearing.html

Trump ramps up attacks on judges, sparking concerns as criminal trial nears - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/04/01/trump-judges-attacks-trials

Trump Asks Trial Judge to Step Aside, Aiming Again at His Daughter - https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/02/nyregion/trump-trial-judge-daughter.html

‘It’s clearly strategic’: Why Trump kept attacking judges’ families - https://www.politico.com/news/2024/04/02/trump-attacks-judges-families-gag-order-00150080

Judge recommends conservative lawyer John Eastman be disbarred in California - https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/03/27/eastman-california-bar-ruling/

Trump special counsel fires back at Cannon order that could disrupt case - https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/04/03/trump-documents-case-cannon-jack-smith/

Judge’s inaction in Trump classified documents case dashes July trial hopes - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/02/judge-delay-schedule-trump-classified-documents-case

Donald Trump has posted a $175 million bond to avert asset seizure as he appeals NY fraud penalty - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/04/01/donald-trump-civil-fraud-trial/3b7b239a-f087-11ee-a4c9-88e569a98b58_story.html

Judges, witnesses, prosecutors increasingly warn of threats to democracy in 2024 elections as Jan. 6 prosecutions continue - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/judges-witnesses-jan-6-cases-warn-threats-to-democracy-2024-elections/

RNC plan for 2020 denialist to head ‘election integrity’ unit raises alarms - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/01/republican-election-integrity-denier

Hostility and Abuse Threaten to Undermine Gains in Representative Democracy - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/hostility-and-abuse-threaten-undermine-gains-representative-democracy

Threats against politicians are prevalent. The FEC wants to let campaigns pay for security. - https://www.politico.com/news/2024/03/27/fec-regulation-security-costs-00149218

Election disinformation takes a big leap with AI being used to deceive worldwide - https://apnews.com/article/artificial-intelligence-elections-disinformation-chatgpt-bc283e7426402f0b4baa7df280a4c3fd

Fretting About Election-Year Deep Fakes, States Roll Out New Rules for A.I. Content - https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/26/us/politics/election-year-deep-fakes-ai-rules.html

Why there's a long-standing voter registration gap for Latinos and Asian Americans - https://www.npr.org/2024/04/02/1238751749/voter-registration-gap-racial

Can Multiracial Democracy Survive? - https://horizonsproject.us/can-multiracial-democracy-survive/

Alabama Civil Rights Groups Scramble to Fight Back Against New Voting Law - https://boltsmag.org/alabama-law-absentee-voting-law/

DC Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Open Primaries, Ranked Choice Voting Ballot Measure - https://ivn.us/posts/dc-judge-tosses-lawsuit-against-open-primaries-ranked-choice-voting-ballot-measure

A federal trial is underway for Florida’s controversial voter registration law - https://news.wfsu.org/state-news/2024-04-01/a-federal-trial-is-underway-for-floridas-controversial-voter-registration-law

Federal Judges uphold Florida map, but raise questions on whether race motivated Gov. DeSantis - https://floridapolitics.com/archives/667151-federal-judges-uphold-florida-map-but-raise-questions-on-whether-race-motivated-gov-desantis/

Florida top court allows for near-total abortion ban; says voters can decide issue in November - https://www.reuters.com/world/us/florida-top-court-lets-abortion-rights-ballot-measure-go-voters-2024-04-01/

Revealed: the election deniers relentlessly hounding Georgia officials - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/29/georgia-election-deniers-trump-2020-election

Federal appeals judges skeptical of Republican challenge to Illinois’ vote-by-mail law - https://chicago.suntimes.com/elections/2024/03/28/u-s-seventh-circuit-appeals-court-republican-challenge-illinois-vote-by-mail-law

Ranked Choice Voting for Presidential Elections Passes in Maine - https://ca.movies.yahoo.com/movies/ranked-choice-voting-presidential-elections-211235370.html?guccounter=1

Secretary of state moves to dismiss GOP lawsuit trying to limit mail-in absentee ballots - https://mississippitoday.org/2024/03/27/republican-absentee-lawsuit-mississippi-secretary-michael-watson-libertarian/

Minnesota Voters Alliance says new law improperly restored voting rights to felons - https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-voters-alliance-says-new-law-improperly-restored-voting-rights-to-felons/600355505

Montana Supreme Court strikes down voting restrictions - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/03/27/montana-supreme-court-voting-laws/

Court rejects claim challenging North Carolina map for diluting Black vote - https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2024/03/28/north-carolina-voting-map-rejected/

Fight over Gerrymandering in Ohio Continues - https://columbusunderground.com/fight-over-gerrymandering-in-ohio-continues-ocj1/

Undated Pennsylvania mail-in ballots should not be counted, appeals court rules - https://penncapital-star.com/justice-the-courts/undated-pennsylvania-mail-in-ballots-should-not-be-counted-appeals-court-rules/

South Carolina latest state to use congressional map deemed illegal - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/03/28/south-carolina-redistricting-2024-election/

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Revive Washington State Voting Map Said to Hurt Hispanics - https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/02/us/politics/supreme-court-washington-state-voting-map.html

As campaigning revs up, WA laws aim to detect cyber attacks and protect election workers - https://www.newsfromthestates.com/article/campaigning-revs-wa-laws-aim-detect-cyber-attacks-and-protect-election-workers

Gov. Tony Evers signs bills strengthening protections for judges - https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2024/03/27/gov-tony-evers-signs-bills-strengthening-protections-for-judges/73122028007/

WISCONSIN VOTERS SET TO DECIDE ON REPUBLICAN-BACKED BALLOT MEASURES AIMED TO RESTRICT VOTING RIGHTS - https://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/newswire/wisconsin-voters-set-decide-republican-backed-ballot-measures-aimed-restrict-voting-rights/

How the Right Is Taking Over State Courts With Judicial Gerrymandering - https://theintercept.com/2024/04/02/state-courts-judicial-gerrymandering-voting/

Biden raises $25 million in ‘historic’ fundraiser with Obama, Clinton - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/03/28/biden-obama-clinton-fundraiser-new-york

Democratic committees are out fundraising GOP committees this election cycle - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2024/03/democratic-committees-are-out-fundraising-gop-committees-this-election-cycle

Biden has more money from fundraising, Trump has more small donor support - https://san.com/cc/biden-has-more-money-from-fundraising-trump-has-more-small-donor-support

Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation: U.S. House Dissolves Office of Diversity and Inclusion; More Black Women in Office Is the Real ‘American Dream’ - https://msmagazine.com/2024/03/29/black-women-politics-diversity-equity-inclusion-congress/

Fair Representation Act - H.R.7740 - To establish the use of ranked choice voting in elections for Senators and Representatives in Congress, to require each State with more than one Representative to establish multi-member congressional districts, to require States to conduct congressional redistricting according to nonpartisan criteria, and for other purposes. - https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/7740

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