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(Reuters) - The eight leading candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor exchanged jabs on Wednesday over public safety, housing and homelessness at the final televised debate before Tuesday’s primary election. Adams piled on, calling Yang’s plan “Monopoly money.”Much of the debate’s early clashes focused on public safety, which has been the No. 1 issue during the campaign thanks to a spike in violent crime around the city. Adams, Yang and former sanitation chief Kathryn Garcia, considered more moderate candidates, have proposed beefing up the police department in response. Adams, Wiley, Garcia and Yang are widely seen as the top four candidates, based on public polling.
Persons: Tuesday’s, Eric Adams, Adams, Andrew Yang, Yang, Scott Stringer, Kathryn Garcia, – Maya Wiley, Dianne Morales, Stringer –, Representative Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Garcia, Wiley Organizations: Reuters, Democratic, New York City, , MSNBC, Wiley, U.S, Representative Locations: Brooklyn
Texas is part of a national push by Republicans to tighten voting laws after former President Donald Trump's false claim that he lost last year's presidential election due to voter fraud. "That's a good sign that this public pressure works," said O'Rourke, who has visited 18 cities and towns in recent weeks to hold voting rights events. "This state is the epicenter of the fight for voting rights, and if this state comes together in numbers large enough, I really do think that helps advance the cause." O'Rourke said he has had conversations with members of the Biden administration, which has called on Congress to pass voting protections. Democratic President Joe Biden has put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of a national voting rights push; she met on Wednesday with 16 Texas Democratic legislators who participated in last month's walkout.
Persons: Beto O'Rourke, Eric Thayer, Donald Trump's, Greg Abbott, O'Rourke, Abbott, Joe Manchin, Manchin, Biden, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Ted Cruz, Joseph Ax, Colleen Jenkins, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: Democratic Party, Liberty, REUTERS, Senate, Republican, Democratic, The U.S, Texas Democratic, U.S, Thomson Locations: Des Moines , Iowa, U.S, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Florida, Austin, The
Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor Maya Wiley speaks to voters and media while campaigning at the Co-op City housing complex in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S., June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File PhotoFor months, a trio of liberal Democratic candidates in New York City's mayoral race has vied for the mantle of progressive standard-bearer in a crowded field. "New York is not a progressive city," said Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University. "We know there are a lot of Democratic voters who call themselves progressive and support progressive values but think AOC is a little too far left." "She's clearly the progressive candidate that can win in this race," said Gabby Seay, the political director for the union, which represents healthcare workers.
Persons: New York City Mayor Maya Wiley, Mike Segar, Maya Wiley, Representative Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Elizabeth Warren of, Jumaane Williams, , Andrew Yang, Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia, Wiley, Adams, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, Bill de Blasio, Christina Greer, Scott Stringer, Dianne Morales, Stringer, Morales, Sochie Nnaemeka, Gabby Seay Organizations: Democratic, New York City Mayor, REUTERS, MSNBC, U.S, Representative, Working Families Party, Brooklyn Borough, New York Police, NYPD, Republican, Democrat, Fordham University, City Hall, Service Employees International Union, Thomson Locations: Bronx, New York City , New York, U.S, New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Brooklyn, York
FILE PHOTO: Eric Adams, Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor, acknowledges supporters following a campaign appearance in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., June 2, 2021. Under RCV, voters can rank multiple contenders instead of choosing just one. Dozens of cities, including San Francisco, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City, use RCV for local elections. In New York’s mayoral election, voters can list up to five names. Research shows RCV elections feature more candidates of color, according to FairVote, a nonprofit group that favors the system.
Persons: Eric Adams, Brendan McDermid, RCV, , Susan Lerner, Lerner, Christina Greer, “ I’m, I’ve, Bill de Blasio’s Organizations: Reuters, New York, Democratic, New York City Mayor, REUTERS, RCV, Academy of Motion Picture Arts, Sciences, Manhattan, , Fordham University Locations: New York City, Brooklyn , New York, U.S, San Francisco , Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, New York, York’s
REUTERS/Mike SegarWhen New York City voters go to the polls on June 22 to select their party's mayoral nominee, they will fill out a new kind of ballot that allows them to pick up to five candidates in order of preference in a system known as ranked-choice voting. Under RCV, voters can rank multiple contenders instead of choosing just one. Dozens of cities, including San Francisco, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City, use RCV for local elections. In New York's mayoral election, voters can list up to five names. Research shows RCV elections feature more candidates of color, according to FairVote, a nonprofit group that favors the system.
Persons: Kathryn Garcia, Mike Segar, RCV, Susan Lerner, Lerner, Christina Greer, I've, Bill de Blasio's Organizations: Democratic, New York, REUTERS, RCV, Academy of Motion Picture Arts, Sciences, Manhattan, Fordham University, Thomson Locations: Manhattan's Chinatown, New York City, U.S, San Francisco , Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, New York, York's
The leading Democratic contenders for New York City mayor, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, faced harsh attacks from each other and a half dozen rivals during a televised debate on Wednesday. "We know that you've been investigated for corruption everywhere you've gone," Yang said, calling Adams "unprincipled." 1/3 Andrew Yang, Democratic candidate for mayor of New York City, speaks during a rally against Asian hate crimes following the May 31, 2021 unprovoked attack on a 55 year old Asian woman, in Manhattan's Chinatown district of New York City, U.S., June 2, 2021. Yang responded by defending his experience as a surrogate for national Democrats, including President Joe Biden, during last year's election. The candidates spent much of the two-hour debate clashing over policing and crime, with polls showing public safety is voters’ top concern.
Persons: Andrew Yang, Eric Adams, Yang, Scott Stringer, Maya Wiley, Yang –, , you've, Adams, Shannon Stapleton Read, Joe Biden, Kathryn Garcia, , Stringer, Dianne Morales Organizations: Democratic, New York City, Brooklyn Borough, Republican, MSNBC, Adams, REUTERS, Democrats, Thomson Locations: Brooklyn, New York City, Manhattan's Chinatown, U.S, New York
Republican-backed bills restricting vote advance across U.S., report finds
  + stars: | 2021-05-28 | by ( Joseph Ax | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: +2 min
“Americans’ access to the vote is in unprecedented peril,” the report warned. That said, 14 states have also enacted 28 bills that expand voting access, the report found. Dozens of judges rejected lawsuits asserting voting irregularities, and election officials across the country have said the vote was safe and secure. There are at least 61 additional restrictive bills that have advanced in some way in 18 state legislatures, the report said. Overall, lawmakers have introduced 389 restrictive bills in 48 states.
Persons: Donald Trump, Octavio Jones, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden Organizations: U.S, Conservative Political, REUTERS, Brennan Center for Justice, Republican Locations: Orlando , Florida, U.S, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Texas, November’s
A sign advertising available positions outside The Salty Whale & Guesthouse in Manasquan, New Jersey, U.S., May 25, 2021. But a smaller pool of foreign workers due to the closure of international borders means hospitality staff are highly sought. With unemployment at 16%, the hospitality sector has not so far raised any concerns about a lack of staff. While still 13% below Memorial Day 2019, the weekend kicks off a summer that may look and feel increasingly normal. Ordinarily that would be music to the ears for Schlossbach in New Jersey, but she doesn't have the staff to keep up.
Persons: Joseph Ax, Marilyn Schlossbach, Schlossbach, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Clare Smyth, Vicki Clark, Clark, massages Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Memorial, Queensland, Michelin, of Commerce, U.S . State Department, Asbury, Jersey, AAA, Transportation, Administration, Major League Baseball, Thomson Locations: Manasquan , New Jersey, U.S, New Jersey, Jersey, Queensland, Australia, Britain, Western Europe, North America, Europe, May County, Spain, Greece, Long, Pleasant Beach, Jersey Shore
Bodycam footage raises questions about deadly arrest of Black man in Louisiana
  + stars: | 2021-05-19 | by ( Joseph Ax | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
Michael M. Santiago/Pool via REUTERSNewly published bodycam footage shows Louisiana state troopers punching, dragging and stunning a Black man who died in custody two years ago, raising fresh questions about a case that is already the subject of a federal civil rights investigation. The Louisiana State Police, which has refused to release the footage, said in a statement that the "unauthorized release of evidence undermines the investigative process" but did not comment on the video's contents. The case received renewed attention after the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in police custody last year set off nationwide protests. The Louisiana video shows Greene apologizing to police and saying, "I'm scared," as they repeatedly hit him with a Taser, the AP reported. Protests were planned on Wednesday in North Carolina, where prosecutors on Tuesday said they would not bring charges against sheriff's deputies who killed Andrew Brown, a Black man, during an attempted arrest.
Persons: Ronald Greene, Michael M, Greene's, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, Floyd, Greene, sheriff's, Andrew Brown Organizations: Lincoln Memorial, REUTERS, Associated Press, Louisiana State Police, AP, U.S . Justice Department, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Santiago, Louisiana, North Carolina
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstVice President Kamala Harris, the first Asian American to hold the No. 2 position in the White House, will headline a virtual summit hosted this week by the leading Asian American Democratic political action committee, organizers told Reuters. Harris' attendance at the AAPI Victory Fund's first-ever "Unity Summit," which will be announced on Monday, bolsters the group's effort to harness an unprecedented surge of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters in the 2020 presidential election. read more"The AAPI community does now have the loudest voice we've ever had," said Varun Nikore, the executive director of the AAPI Victory Fund. Two other ethnic political groups – Collective PAC, which supports Black candidates, and the Latino Victory Fund – will also participate in the summit.
Persons: Kamala Harris, Jonathan Ernst, Harris, Hillary Clinton, Cory Booker of, Tammy Duckworth of, Joe Biden's, Varun Nikore, , Joe Biden Organizations: White, REUTERS, Democratic, Reuters, Unity, American, Pacific, State, AAPI Victory Alliance, Democratic U.S, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, , PAC, Latino, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, American, Cory Booker of New Jersey, United States
Yang sits atop mayoral field vying to revive a battered New York City
  + stars: | 2021-05-13 | by ( Joseph Ax | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
FILE PHOTO: Andrew Yang, Democratic candidate for mayor of New York City, speaks after being endorsed by U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) in the Queens borough of New York, U.S., May 10, 2021. “I want people to look around our city and say that things are cleaner, things are safer, things are more vibrant, the opportunities are back - there’s a sense of optimism back in New York City,” Yang said at a campaign appearance on Monday. Similar to his presidential campaign, Yang has proposed a number of innovations, including a basic income of $2,000 a year to 500,000 poor residents. “To move forward, we cannot continue being derailed by the dangerous and violent behavior in our city,” Adams told reporters on Monday in Manhattan. “People aren’t going to come back to work on mass transit if they’re going to get mugged,” said Kathryn Wylde, who heads the Partnership for New York City, a prominent business organization.
Persons: Andrew Yang, Grace Meng, Shannon Stapleton John Lau, Yang, ” Yang, Bill de Blasio, Eric Adams, Scott Stringer, Kathryn Garcia, Maya Wiley, Ray McGuire, Shaun Donovan, Obama, Dianne Morales, , “ He’s, , Christina Greer, , I’m, Adams, ” Adams, aren’t, Kathryn Wylde, Stringer, Morales, Garcia Organizations: YORK, Democratic, U.S, REUTERS, ., New York, MSNBC, THE ENTERTAINMENT, New, New York City’s, New York’s Fordham University, Wiley, New York Times, WNYC Locations: New York, New York City, Queens, U.S, United States, . New York, COVID, Brooklyn, Manhattan,
An election official points towards a mail in ballot while scanning votes for the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Marfa, Texas, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Adrees LatifThe Texas House of Representatives opened floor debate on Thursday on a Republican-backed bill barring election officials from sending voters unsolicited mail-in ballot applications and giving partisan poll watchers more access to voting sites. If adopted, Republican lawmakers will most likely seek to reconcile the House bill with companion Senate-passed legislation that imposes limits on the early casting of election ballots, and abolishes drive-through voting and round-the-clock voting, among other provisions. Both houses of the Texas legislature are controlled by Republicans, and Republican Governor Greg Abbott has expressed support for the effort. "This bill is about protecting voters, making sure the voter rules are clean," Republican Representative Briscoe Cain said during House floor debate.
Persons: Adrees Latif, Greg Abbott, Briscoe Cain, I'm, Jessica Gonzalez, Jim Crow, Donald Trump's, Democrat Joe Biden, Ron DeSantis, Biden, Trump Organizations: REUTERS, Republican, Senate, Republicans, Democratic, American Airlines Group Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co, Microsoft Corp, Democrat, Florida’s Republican, Major League Baseball, Thomson Locations: Marfa , Texas, U.S, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Atlanta
An election official points towards a mail in ballot while scanning votes for the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Marfa, Texas, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Adrees LatifThe Texas House of Representatives on Friday backed a bill to bar election officials from sending voters unsolicited mail-in ballot applications, while giving party-affiliated poll watchers greater access to voting sites. Friday's Texas vote ran along party lines, with the bill, which still requires final approval in both the House and Senate after a third reading, passing by 81 to 64. The Senate, also Republican-controlled, has already passed related legislation that imposes limits on the early casting of election ballots, and abolishes drive-through voting and round-the-clock voting, among other provisions. Voting by mail, and early voting in general, surged during the 2020 election as voters sought to avoid ballot-box queues in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Persons: Adrees Latif, Joe Biden's, Friday's, Greg Abbott, Briscoe Cain, I'm, Jessica Gonzalez, Critics, Donald Trump's, Ron DeSantis, Biden, Trump Organizations: REUTERS, Republican, American Airlines Group Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co, Microsoft Corp, Senate, Democratic, Biden, Florida’s Republican, Major League Baseball, Thomson Locations: Marfa , Texas, U.S, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Friday's Texas, Atlanta
An election official points towards a mail in ballot while scanning votes for the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Marfa, Texas, U.S., November 3, 2020. The Texas House bill gives more access to partisan poll watchers and bars election officials from sending unsolicited mail-in ballot applications to voters, among other restrictions. The Senate bill includes limits on early voting and would prohibit 24-hour polling sites and drive-through voting, both changes that Harris County made last year during the coronavirus pandemic. "This bill is about protecting voters," Republican Representative Briscoe Cain said during the House floor debate. Voting rights advocates say Texas already has in place some of the highest barriers to voting of any state.
Persons: Adrees Latif Texas, Greg Abbott, Donald Trump, Democrat Joe Biden, Harris County, Briscoe Cain, Jasmine Crockett, Ron DeSantis, Biden, Trump Organizations: REUTERS, Republican, Democrat, American Airlines Group Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co, Microsoft Corp, Major League Baseball, Thomson Locations: Marfa , Texas, U.S, Austin, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Atlanta
FILE PHOTO: People listen to speakers during a Rally Against Hate to end discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in New York City, U.S., March 21, 2021. An online launch event on Tuesday will feature former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the foundation said. The organization means fill in gaps that have long constrained AAPI community organizations, which receive less than 0.5% of charitable foundation giving. The effort bolsters the emergence of Asian Americans as a political and cultural force, particularly in the wake of a spate of anti-Asian hate crimes in the last year. The organization has already awarded $1 million each to Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Stop AAPI Hate and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, as well as $500,000 to the Asian American Education Project to transform the “Asian Americans” PBS miniseries into a curriculum, Shah said.
Persons: Eric Lee The, Li Lu, Jerry Yang, Joseph Tsai, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Joseph Bae, Peng Zhao, Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Jonathan Greenblatt, Sonal Shah, Obama, ” Shah, , State Condoleezza Rice, Daniel Dae Kim, Lisa Ling, Fareed Zakaria, Jim Yong Kim, Jeremy Lin, Shah Organizations: Reuters, Pacific, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, REUTERS, Eric Lee The Asian American Foundation, Yahoo, Alibaba, KKR, Co, Citadel, Citadel Securities, Defamation League, U.S, State, CNN, Bank, Advancing Justice, National Asian Pacific American Women’s, Asian American Education Project, PBS Locations: New York City, U.S, Atlanta, Citadel LLC’s, United States
FILE PHOTO: People listen to speakers during a Rally Against Hate to end discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in New York City, U.S., March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Eric LeeThe Asian American Foundation will invest its initial funding - described by organizers as the largest-ever philanthropic effort to support the AAPI community - in three key areas: anti-hate programs, education, and data and research. The effort bolsters the emergence of Asian Americans as a political and cultural force, particularly in the wake of a spate of anti-Asian hate crimes in the last year. In an interview, Shah said the foundation will counteract the “model minority myth” that Asian Americans are successful and do not need assistance. Only 1.5% of U.S. corporate officers are of Asian descent, she noted, and many Asian Americans face discrimination, poverty and marginalization.
Persons: Eric Lee The, Li Lu, Jerry Yang, Joseph Tsai, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Joseph Bae, Peng Zhao, Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Jonathan Greenblatt, Sonal Shah, Obama, Shah, ” Shah, , State Condoleezza Rice, Daniel Dae Kim, Lisa Ling, Fareed Zakaria Organizations: Reuters, Business, Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans, REUTERS, Eric Lee The Asian American Foundation, Yahoo, Alibaba, Companies, Cola Co, Walmart Inc, Citigroup Inc, Amazon.com Inc, UBS Group AG, National Basketball Association, KKR, Co, Citadel, Citadel Securities, Defamation, U.S, State, CNN Locations: New York City, U.S, Atlanta, Citadel LLC’s, United States
Asian-American business leaders launch $250M effort to fight hate
  + stars: | 2021-05-03 | by ( Joseph Ax | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
FILE PHOTO: People listen to speakers during a Rally Against Hate to end discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in New York City, U.S., March 21, 2021. The effort bolsters the emergence of Asian Americans as a political and cultural force, particularly in the wake of a spate of anti-Asian hate crimes in the last year. The foundation has already issued several grants, including $1 million to support the work of Stop AAPI Hate, an organization that began compiling a database of attacks last year. In an interview, Shah said the foundation will counteract the “model minority myth” that Asian Americans are successful and do not need assistance. Only 1.5% of U.S. corporate officers are of Asian descent, she noted, and many Asian Americans face discrimination, poverty and marginalization.
Persons: Eric Lee The, Li Lu, Jerry Yang, Joseph Tsai, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Joseph Bae, Peng Zhao, Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Jonathan Greenblatt, Sonal Shah, Obama, Shah, ” Shah, , State Condoleezza Rice, Daniel Dae Kim, Lisa Ling, Fareed Zakaria Organizations: Reuters, American, Pacific, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, REUTERS, Eric Lee The Asian American Foundation, Yahoo, Alibaba, HK, Companies, Cola Co, Walmart Inc, Citigroup Inc, Amazon.com Inc, UBS Group AG, National Basketball Association, KKR, Co, Citadel, Citadel Securities, Defamation, U.S, State, CNN Locations: New York City, U.S, Atlanta, Citadel LLC’s, United States
The influx of money has also boosted political groups aiming to sustain voter engagement after a record surge in AAPI turnout in last year’s presidential election. “The Asian-American population is becoming an electorate to be contended with,” said Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the advocacy group National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Several advocates said her historic campaign undoubtedly drove interest among Asian-American voters, particularly of South Asian descent. Nikore said Trump’s divisive rhetoric, including referring to the coronavirus as “Kung Flu,” made him the “greatest motivating force” for AAPI voters. TargetSmart’s analysis found the turnout surge was particularly pronounced among older voters: one-third of first-time AAPI voters were over 50, Chief Executive Tom Bonier said.
Persons: Jerry Yang, , Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Hillary Clinton, Hans Tung, Jeremy Liew, Eric Kim, Eric Yuan, Varun Nikore, ” Nikore, Joe Biden, Republican Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Nikore, Christine Chen, Tom Bonier, Alice Yi, Tung, hasn’t, You’ve, Joseph Ax, Chris Kahn, Colleen Jenkins, Richard Chang Organizations: Yahoo, Pacific, Asian American Foundation, Defamation League, National Association for, Advancement of Colored People, Reuters, National Asian Pacific American Women’s, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Goodwater Capital, Zoom Technologies, Advancing Justice, AAPI Victory Alliance, Americans, Pacific Islanders, U.S, Republican, , Pacific Islander Locations: American, Atlanta, GGV, Philanthropy, Indian, Austin , Texas, United States
The nonprofit National Redistricting Action Fund, which is affiliated with former Attorney General Eric Holder's National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), brought the lawsuits on behalf of several individual voters in each state. Both Pennsylvania and Louisiana have Democratic governors who can veto maps produced by their Republican-controlled legislatures. Adam Kincaid, the executive director of the Republican counterpart to the NDRC, the National Republican Redistricting Trust, dismissed the litigation. Both parties are readying for a fierce contest over redistricting, the once-a-decade process by which states redraw their electoral maps for congressional and state legislative districts based on the census count. "I have no doubt that the same Republican legislators who have pushed these bills will now try to use the redistricting process to illegitimately lock in power for that party for the next decade," he said.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, Eric Holder's, Marc Elias, Joe Biden's, Elias, Adam Kincaid, Holder Organizations: U.S, Census, REUTERS, Democratic, U.S . Census, Electoral College, Redistricting, Fund, Democratic Redistricting, Republican, Senate, Census Bureau, National Republican Redistricting Trust, U.S . House, Thomson Locations: New York City , New York, U.S, Pennsylvania , Minnesota, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, North Carolina
States use the numbers and other census data to redraw electoral maps based on where people have moved. Texas will receive two more congressional seats next year, and five states - Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Montana and Oregon - will gain one congressional seat each, the census bureau said. California, the most populous U.S. state, lost a congressional seat for the first time in its 170-year history. Every state uses the census data to redraw lines both for districts and thousands of state legislative seats in a process known as redistricting. The four most populous U.S. states - Texas, Florida and New York, along with California - have more than 110 million residents combined and will hold about one-third of the House seats.
Persons: Brian Snyder, , Kyle Kondik, boomer, Trump, Hurricane Maria Organizations: Reuters, . House, REUTERS, Census, U.S, Constitution, Electoral College, Republicans, University of Virginia, Supreme, Washington , D.C, Democrats Locations: Texas, Florida, North Carolina, U.S, Somerville , Massachusetts, Washington, Northeast, Midwest, North Carolina , Colorado , Montana, Oregon, New York , California , Illinois , Michigan , Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, California, York, Minnesota, House, New York, Illinois, Mississippi, Washington ,, Puerto Rico, Wyoming
Texas, Florida among states to gain U.S. House seats in latest census
  + stars: | 2021-04-26 | by ( Joseph Ax | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PhotoTexas, Florida and North Carolina are among the states that will add congressional seats next year, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Monday, as it released population data that reapportions U.S. House of Representatives members and Electoral College votes among the states. Texas will receive two congressional seats, and five states - Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Montana and Oregon - will gain one congressional seat each, the census bureau said. The shift in seats to states such as Texas and Florida, where Republicans control the statehouses, could be enough to erase Democrats' razor-thin majority in the House. Every state uses the census data to redraw lines both for districts and thousands of state legislative seats, a process known as redistricting. The four most populous U.S. states - California, Texas, Florida and New York - have more than 110 million residents combined and will hold about one-third of the House seats.
Persons: Brian Snyder, Hurricane Maria Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . Census, House, Electoral, U.S, Constitution, Electoral College, Republicans, Supreme, Washington , D.C, Congressional, Thomson Locations: U.S, Somerville , Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Washington, North Carolina , Colorado , Montana, Oregon, New York , California , Illinois , Michigan , Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, House, California , Texas, New York, Washington ,, Puerto Rico, Wyoming
(Reuters) - The top executives of more than three dozen Michigan-based companies, including General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co, on Tuesday issued a joint statement opposing Republican-backed legislation to restrict voting. Republican lawmakers in numerous states have proposed a slew of voting limits, after former President Donald Trump, a Republican, falsely claimed he lost November’s election to President Joe Biden due to widespread fraud. In Michigan, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to veto bills that Republicans have proposed, including new restrictions on absentee and mail ballots. Georgia’s new law, which imposed tougher requirements for absentee ballots and made it illegal for members of the public to offer food and water to voters in line, drew criticism from many companies, including Delta and Coca-Cola. Most CEOs on a recent private call to discuss voting limits said they would reassess donating to candidates who support such measures and would reconsider whether to invest in states that pass them, Reuters reported on Sunday.
Persons: Mary Barra, Rebecca Cook, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer, Jim Farley, Swamy Kotagiri, Jay Farmer, Jerry Norcia, Christopher Ilitch, Rod Wood, Arn Tellem, Ford’s Farley Organizations: Reuters, General Motors Co, Ford Motor, Republican, General Motors, GM Orion Assembly Plant, REUTERS, Cola, Delta Air Lines Inc, Democratic, Republicans, GM, Ford, Magna International, Rocket Companies, Quicken, Mortgage, DTE Energy, Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers, National Hockey, Detroit Red Wings, National Football, Detroit Lions, National Basketball Association’s Detroit Pistons, U.S Locations: Michigan, Lake Orion , Michigan, U.S, Georgia, , Delta, Texas
The CEOs of 37 Michigan-based companies signed a letter opposing GOP-proposed voting legislation. The leaders of Ford, GM, and a number of sports teams spoke out against vote-restricting bills. The top executives of more than three dozen Michigan-based companies, including General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co, on Tuesday issued a joint statement opposing Republican-backed legislation to restrict voting. Republican lawmakers in numerous states have proposed a slew of voting limits, after former President Donald Trump, a Republican, falsely claimed he lost November's election to President Joe Biden due to widespread fraud. Some business leaders have also publicly opposed Republican-led efforts in Texas to pass new voting restrictions.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer, Mary Barra, Jim Farley, Swamy Kotagiri, Jay Farmer, Jerry Norcia, Christopher Ilitch, Rod Wood, Arn Tellem, Ford's Farley Organizations: GOP, Ford, GM, General Motors Co, Ford Motor, Republican, Cola, Delta Air Lines Inc, Democratic, Republicans, Magna International, Rocket Companies, Quicken, Mortgage, DTE Energy, Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers, National Hockey, Detroit Red Wings, National Football, Detroit Lions, National Basketball Association's Detroit Pistons, U.S, Reuters Locations: Michigan, Georgia, Delta, Texas
“The ‘spark of life’ doctrine is controversial because it violates the foundational principle of relevance in evidence law,” said Ted Sampsell-Jones, a law professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. “You don’t want to go too far where the jury is just deciding things on raw emotion,” said David Schultz, a University of Minnesota law professor. But Cahill said that could change if Chauvin’s lawyers argue that fairness demands they should be allowed to cross examine character claims made by Floyd’s brother. Chauvin’s lawyers argue the cause of death may have been a drug overdose. Chuck Ramsay, a Minneapolis defense attorney who has seen “spark of life” evidence used against his clients, called the doctrine unfair.
Persons: Derek Chauvin, George Floyd, Philonise Floyd, Rodney Floyd, Nicholas Pfosi, Chauvin, Floyd, , Ted Sampsell, Jones, David Schultz, Schultz, Peter Cahill, “ Mr, Cahill, Floyd’s, Courteney Ross, Ross, Matthew Frank, Chuck Ramsay, ” Ramsay, ” Benjamin Crump, ” Crump, Organizations: MINNEAPOLIS, Hennepin County Government Center, REUTERS, Minnesota Supreme, Defense, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, University of Minnesota, Locations: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis , Minnesota, U.S, Minnesota, St, Paul , Minnesota, Texas
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Texas appeared on Thursday to become the next flash point on politically charged issues in Corporate America after legislation passed by the state Senate to limit voting access prompted a rebuke from American Airlines. Presidio County election judge Lauren Martinez folds a booth after polls and voting ended for the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Marfa, Texas, U.S., November 3, 2020. The legislation, which is now set to go before the Texas House of Representatives, would eliminate drive-through voting, limit polling site hours and give partisan poll watchers more autonomy. The state already has some of the most stringent voting laws in the country, according to election experts. A state House of Representatives committee on Thursday was holding a hearing on a companion bill that would impose other voting restrictions.
Persons: Lauren Martinez, Adrees Latif “, , , Donald Trump, Ed Bastian, Brian Kemp, Marco Rubio, Delta, ” Rubio, Kemp Organizations: WASHINGTON, Corporate, American Airlines, REUTERS, Southwest Airlines, Texans, Southwest, Delta Air Lines, Wednesday, Republican, Georgia House, Fox Business Locations: Texas, Corporate America, Presidio County, Marfa , Texas, U.S, Fort Worth , Texas, Georgia, Florida , Arizona, Iowa, Atlanta, China, United States
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