Democracy Happy Hour – May 11, 2022

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Upcoming Democracy Happy Hour topics:

  • May 18th – Ranked Choice Voting Local Campaigns: Clark & San Juan Counties w/ FairVote WA
  • May 25th – The Precinct Strategy: What is it and why?

YO VOTE! (Youth Organizers for Voter Outreach, Teaching & Engagement) - https://www.yo-vote.org

WON (Women in Office Now) – https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/won

Campaign Communications – May 17th @ 6 pm – w/ guest speaker Kristine Reeves – Register @ https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/won-modules/module-06-campaign-communications

Movement Briefing: January 6 Select Committee Hearings with Representatives Jayapal & Raskin - Thursday, May 12th @ 4 pm PT - https://www.mobilize.us/jan6hearings/event/455245/

January 6th Commission Hearing Watch Event - Thursday, June 9th @ 5 pm PT - (Time tentative based on Commission schedule) - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tUim-Dh8Q_GjUBQvDlaNkQ

Running With My Girls – Film Screening & Panel Discussion – May 26th @ 6 pm PT – Register @ https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bJh0GUlAR3-G8z0WV4NhO

Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote – Film Screening & Panel Discussion – June 9th @ 6 pm PT –  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t-6eJlOiR6Kdw7TqMzIruQ

What Divides Rural, Suburban & Urban Politics? Links:

Urban–rural political divide - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban%E2%80%93rural_political_divide#

Our urban/rural political divide is both new — and decades in the making - https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/10/08/our-urban-rural-political-divide-is-both-new-decades-making/

Tracing the Divide: Urban and Rural Voting Preferences Started to Diverge in the 1970s - https://dailyyonder.com/tracing-the-divide-urban-and-rural-voting-preferences-started-to-diverge-in-the-1970s/2021/05/20/

The divide between us: Urban-rural political differences rooted in geography - https://source.wustl.edu/2020/02/the-divide-between-us-urban-rural-political-differences-rooted-in-geography/

Why are urban and rural areas so politically divided? - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/03/05/why-are-urban-rural-areas-so-politically-divided/

What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities - https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2018/05/22/what-unites-and-divides-urban-suburban-and-rural-communities/

Key Findings about American life in urban, suburban and rural areas - https://www.southportland.org/files/2215/5362/1201/03-Pew_Research_Center_Key_findings.pdf

How the Urban/Rural Political Divide Plays Out in America’s Suburbs - https://apnorc.org/projects/how-the-urban-rural-political-divide-plays-out-in-americas-suburbs/

Some digital divides persist between rural, urban and suburban America - https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/08/19/some-digital-divides-persist-between-rural-urban-and-suburban-america/

How the Rural-Urban Divide Became America’s Political Fault Line - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/upshot/america-political-divide-urban-rural.html

The ‘rural-urban divide’ furthers myths about race and poverty—concealing effective policy solutions - https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/12/08/the-rural-urban-divide-furthers-myths-about-race-and-poverty-concealing-effective-policy-solutions/

The Growing Rural-Urban Political Divide and Democratic Vulnerability - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/00027162211070061

What we learned about the urban/rural political divide in WA - https://crosscut.com/opinion/2021/08/what-we-learned-about-urbanrural-political-divide-wa

Shrinking Rural America Faces State Power Struggle - https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2021/08/10/shrinking-rural-america-faces-state-power-struggle

How Right-Wing Media Fuels The Political Divide - https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2020/11/23/matthew-sheffield-built-a-career-in-conservative-media-now-he-wants-to-free-people-from-it

Joke’s on them: how Democrats gave up on rural America - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/feb/22/us-politics-rural-america

Big cities aren’t dividing America. They hold the key to our collective future - https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2021/11/09/big-cities-arent-dividing-america-they-hold-the-key-to-our-collective-future/

Democracy in the News Links:

Oath Keeper details pre-Jan. 6 planning, pleads to seditious conspiracy - https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/05/04/wilson-pleads-guilty/

Oath Keepers sharing with January 6 investigators their efforts to find election fraud, communications with Trump allies - https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/09/politics/oath-keepers-january-6-election-fraud-trump/index.html

Inside Mark Meadows’s final push to keep Trump in power - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/09/inside-mark-meadowss-final-push-keep-trump-power/

Donald Trump Jr. meets with Jan. 6 panel - https://thehill.com/news/house/3477547-donald-trump-jr-meets-with-jan-6-panel/

Giuliani withdraws from interview with Jan. 6 committee - https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/giuliani-withdraws-interview-jan-committee-84536081
Facebook Provided Warning to FBI Before January 6, GAO Report Reveals - https://www.justsecurity.org/81384/facebook-provided-warning-to-fbi-before-january-6-gao-report-reveals/

New Evidence Undercuts Jan. 6 Instigator Conspiracy Theory - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/05/us/jan-6-ray-epps-evidence.html

In Georgia, a judge rules that Marjorie Taylor Greene did not engage in an insurrection on Jan. 6. - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/06/us/politics/marjorie-taylor-greene-insurrection.html

Pro-Trump OAN network admits there was no widespread fraud in Georgia in the 2020 election after extensively pushing the claim - https://www.businessinsider.com/pro-trump-oan-admits-no-election-fraud-georgia-2020-2022-5

Groups perpetuating Trump’s 2020 election lie face scrutiny and lawsuits - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/09/conservative-groups-trump-election-lie-lawsuits-scrutiny

'Rogue governor' scenario spooks senators working to prevent stolen elections - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2022-election/rogue-governor-scenario-spooks-senators-working-prevent-stolen-electio-rcna27373

Jail is the new threat facing election workers - https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/10/politics/election-workers-jail-threat-ctzn/index.html

Colorado county bars indicted pro-Trump official from overseeing 2022 elections - https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/10/politics/mesa-county-clerk-tina-peters-2022-elections-ban/index.html

Appeals court reinstates Florida’s disputed voting law - https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/2022/05/06/appeals-court-reinstates-floridas-disputed-voting-law/

Louisiana lawmakers target local voting rules with proposed amendment - https://lailluminator.com/2022/05/05/louisiana-lawmakers-target-local-voting-rules-with-proposed-amendment/

Missouri lawmakers aim to require photo ID, two weeks of early voting in elections bill - https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/politics/2022/05/05/mo-lawmakers-aim-pass-photo-id-two-weeks-early-voting/9639242002/

New workgroup is paving the way for more election legislation in 2023 - https://montanafreepress.org/2022/05/09/montana-election-improvement-workgroup/

ACLU-Pa. sues Lancaster County commissioners over ballot drop box removal - https://www.fox43.com/article/news/politics/aclu-pa-sues-lancaster-county-commissioners-ballot-drop-box-removal/521-f9f9ce25-3b79-489c-8a50-3319d68aa423

People With Disabilities Say New Bills Could Make it Impossible For Them to Vote: 'I'm Being Punished' - https://people.com/politics/new-voting-drop-box-laws-target-people-with-disabilities/

Immigrant Communities Push for More Non-English Ballots - https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2022/05/10/immigrant-communities-push-for-more-non-english-ballots

What Unions Are Doing to Protect American Democracy - https://newrepublic.com/article/166336/wisconsin-unions-protect-american-democracy

Voting groups sue over DeSantis' new congressional map - https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/politics/desantis-florida-congressional-map/67-bf9f2518-6581-4ca5-b780-f433604180e6

State fires back in redistricting lawsuit - https://www.wlrn.org/news/2022-05-09/state-fires-back-in-redistricting-lawsuit

New Hampshire Supreme Court hears arguments in case over congressional redistricting map - https://www.wmur.com/article/new-hampshire-supreme-court-congressional-redistricting-5422/39909681#

Judge won’t revive NY political maps that favored Democrats - https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-voting-rights-lawsuits-manhattan-legislature-0678b16285bbd31a9bf7acc79b8e877d

Ohio Redistricting Commission passes statehouse maps already struck down by Supreme Court - https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/2022/05/05/ohio-redistricting-commission-fails-pass-new-legislative-maps/9657076002/

Ohio Supreme Court deliberating over resubmitted, rejected maps - https://www.wvxu.org/politics/2022-05-08/ohio-supreme-court-deliberating-over-resubmitted-rejected-maps

Ohio GOP asks high court to pause map fight for 2022 vote - https://apnews.com/article/voting-rights-2022-midterm-elections-redistricting-8b46345fb6dd8d4229e2031ede6ebdb1

South Carolina to adjust House district lines in voting rights lawsuit - https://www.wrdw.com/2022/05/05/south-carolina-adjust-house-district-lines-voting-rights-lawsuit/

With high court in spotlight, Democrats push judicial ethics overhaul - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/10/warren-supreme-court-ethics/

Clarence Thomas says he worries respect for institutions is eroding - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/06/clarence-thomas-abortion-supreme-court-leak/

Draft Opinion Overturning Roe Raises a Question: Are More Precedents Next? - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/05/us/abortion-precedent-alito.html

If Roe Falls, Is Same-Sex Marriage Next? - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/11/us/politics/roe-wade-supreme-court-abortion.html

Texas Governor Ready to Challenge Schooling of Migrant Children - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/05/us/texas-schools-undocumented-immigrants-supreme-court.html

Companies Are Stuck Between Their Workers and Politicians - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/07/business/dealbook/companies-abortion-florida.html

Unprecedented $1 billion first quarter lobbying haul puts 2022 on track for record year - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2022/05/unprecedented-1-billion-first-quarter-lobbying-haul-puts-2022-on-track-for-record-year/

Scoop: GOP heavyweights launch “anti-woke” lobbying group - https://www.axios.com/2022/05/10/gop-anti-woke-chamber-lobby

Crypto becomes a political player - https://www.axios.com/2022/05/06/crypto-becomes-a-political-player

Class of 2022 – Ready to Vote Challenge - https://thecivicscenter.org/class-of-2022-challenge

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