Democracy Happy Hour – November 1, 2023

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Democracy Happy Hour, Nov 1, 2023 - Meeting Recordings:

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Democracy Happy Hour Upcoming Topics/Schedule:

  • Nov 8 - How to Get Involved with Local Actions, Daniel Weise, Take Action Network
  • Nov 15 - Avoiding Election Misinformation with DeMario Phipps-Smith, News Literacy Project, Senior Manager of Community Learning
  • Nov 22 - CANCELED - No Democracy Happy Hour this week - Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Nov 29 - The Path to Full Voting Rights Restoration with Anthony Blankenship, Civil Survival

ACTIONS & EVENTS:

2023 MEANINGFUL MOVIES AWARDS CEREMONY & 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - Sunday, November 5, 2023 @ 5:00 PM - https://meaningfulmovies.org/events/2023-meaningful-movies-awards-ceremony/


LWVWA Lobby Team Gears up for Action Workshop (Dec 2, 2023) and Lobby Week (Jan 22-26, 2024) - https://lwvwa.org/page-18629/13271047


Sign the petition to President Biden: Act now to protect democracy - https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-the-petition-to-president-biden-act-now-to-protect-democracy-2?source=20231018SWBidenDemocracyEO_FDF&referrer=group-fixdemocracyfirst

CivXNow Educator Advocacy Program Sign Up – Looking for current & retired educators - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOWc_xCfCfCMumfhnIVeDAcgdLahSTFV5fg-4btfUgd9O91A/viewform

Citizen Connect - https://citizenconnect.us/

Redrawing Washington's 15th Legislative District Links:

Democracy in the News Links

Judge reimposes restrictions on Trump’s speech in Jan. 6 case - https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2023/10/29/trump-gag-order-resumes-jan-6-judge

US judge asks Trump if he wants his federal election trial televised - https://news.yahoo.com/us-judge-asks-trump-wants-202442696.html

What Guilty Pleas in Georgia Mean for the Federal Case Against Trump - https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/25/us/politics/trump-georgia-election-guilty-pleas.html

Trump’s Children Are Set to Take the Stand at His Fraud Trial This Week - https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/30/nyregion/trump-children-fraud-trial-testimony.html

How Trump critics hope to use the 14th Amendment to kick him off ballots - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/10/30/trump-running-president-14th-amendment-2024

Lawyers argue whether the Constitution’s ‘insurrection’ clause blocks Trump from the 2024 ballot - https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/court-arguments-begin-in-effort-to-bar-trump-from-presidential-ballot-under-insurrection-clause

Expert says Trump could have defended Capitol on Jan. 6 as disqualification case enters new phase - https://apnews.com/article/trump-insurrection-ballot-14th-amendment-colorado-6a8528813e29c9f45a0bb4972369e97e

What we learned from our Florida voting rights investigation - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/oct/28/florida-voting-rights-investigation-ron-desantis

Georgia’s Voting Maps Are Struck Down - https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/26/us/politics/georgia-voting-maps.html

Georgia’s congressional map violates Voting Rights Act, court finds - https://www.politico.com/news/2023/10/26/georgias-congressional-map-violates-voting-rights-act-court-finds-00123779

Judge rules Georgia’s political maps must be redrawn before 2024 elections - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/10/26/georgia-election-maps-redrawn

Georgia voter intimidation trial begins after 250K registrations challenged - https://www.union-bulletin.com/news/national/georgia-voter-intimidation-trial-begins-after-250-000-registrations-challenged/article_d5b8e7f3-7583-5193-b6d4-66bf2583850d.html

5th Circuit Upholds Consent Decree for Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Elections - https://www.democracydocket.com/news-alerts/5th-circuit-upholds-consent-decree-for-louisiana-supreme-court-justice-elections/

N.C. Republicans pass redistricting map expected to flip 3 House seats - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/10/25/north-carolina-redistricting-map-passed-republicans/

Democrats vow to challenge North Carolina's new voting district maps, claim racial gerrymandering - https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/politics/north-carolina-politics/north-carolina-redistricting-congressional-maps-political-gerrymandering-democrats-vow-lawsuits/275-bc014e82-872e-4644-9e97-cf7702285189

Anatomy of a North Carolina Gerrymander - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/anatomy-north-carolina-gerrymander

Virginia Admitted to Wrongfully Removing 3,400 Voters. Can It Recover Ahead of Pivotal Elections? - https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2023/10/virginia-elections-wrongful-removal-voter-rolls/

Supreme Court Weighs When Officials May Block Citizens on Social Media - https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/31/us/supreme-court-first-amendment-social-media.html

US judge, scholars urge Supreme Court term limits in bipartisan push - https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/us-judge-scholars-urge-supreme-court-term-limits-bipartisan-push-2023-10-25/

‘Get the right cases to the supreme court’: inside Charles Koch’s network - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/oct/26/charles-koch-us-government-rightwing-supreme-court

Clarence Thomas’s RV loan was forgiven, Senate committee report says - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/10/25/clarence-thomas-rv-loan-forgive/

Democrats plan to subpoena wealthy benefactors of Supreme Court justices - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/10/30/harlan-crow-leonard-leo-subpoena-supreme-court/

Trump-skeptical GOP rainmakers are taking another look at Trump - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/trump-skeptical-gop-rainmakers-are-taking-another-look-trump-rcna122082

Joe Manchin grows $11 million war chest as he mulls 2024 election plans - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2023/10/joe-manchin-grows-11-million-war-chest-as-he-mulls-2024-election-plans

Spending passes $17M in Pennsylvania high court campaign as billionaires, unions and lawyers dig in - https://apnews.com/article/pennsylvania-supreme-court-election-campaign-3676cdc368faf25dc0cfc567608b42fb

Outside interests spend more than $1M on Seattle City Council races - https://crosscut.com/politics/2023/10/outside-interests-spend-more-1m-seattle-city-council-races

Realtors, unions, Nirvana’s bassist: $1.3M in PAC spending in Seattle - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/realtors-unions-nirvanas-bassist-whos-behind-1-3m-in-pac-spending-in-seattle-council-races

It takes lots of money to win elections. Here's what you need to know - https://www.npr.org/2023/11/01/1205728664/campaign-finance-donations-election-fec-fundraising-ad-spending

Defense contractors spent $70 million lobbying ahead of annual defense budget bill - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2023/10/defense-contractors-spent-70-million-lobbying-ahead-of-annual-defense-budget-bill-ndaa

Sen. Josh Hawley introduces ban on political spending by publicly-traded corporations - https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article281261213.html

Mitch McConnell warns GOP senators they’ll face ‘incoming’ if they back Hawley bill to limit corporate giving in campaigns - https://www.cnn.com/2023/10/31/politics/mitch-mcconnell-josh-hawley-citizens-united/index.html

11% of the world’s billionaires have held or sought political office - https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2023/10/11-of-the-worlds-billionaires-have-held-or-sought-political-office/?fj=1

President Biden Issues Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence - https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/10/30/fact-sheet-president-biden-issues-executive-order-on-safe-secure-and-trustworthy-artificial-intelligence/

The politics of Biden’s vast new AI order - https://www.politico.com/news/2023/10/30/bidens-executive-order-artificial-intelligence-00124395

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