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U.S. voter advocates face tough fight despite Texas triumph
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( Julia Harte | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Protesters show support for voting rights during a rally against Texas legislators who are advancing a slew of new voting restrictions in Austin, Texas, U.S., May 8, 2021. REUTERS/Mikala ComptonWith the Texas legislature poised to pass the measure during a special session later this year, voting rights advocates said the U.S. Congress needed to act on a Democratic-backed election reform bill to ensure lasting protections. Reyna Walters-Morgan, the Democratic National Committee’s director of civic engagement and voter protection, said the Texas outcome was a “great example” of Democrats protecting voting rights by any means possible. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday he would bring the bill to a vote in the Senate in late June. President Joe Biden on Tuesday said Vice President Kamala Harris would lead the administration’s efforts on voting rights and help push for the act’s passage.
Persons: Mikala Compton, , Sylvia Albert, Greg Abbott, Donald Trump, Reyna Walters, Morgan, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Jim Manley, Harry Reid Organizations: WASHINGTON, Tuesday, Republican, Protesters, Texas, REUTERS, U.S ., Democratic, The Texas Democratic Party, Democrats, Democratic National, Act, Senate, Republicans Locations: Texas, Austin , Texas, U.S, Democratic Texas, United States, Washington
Texas legislature close to approving measure to make voting more difficult
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Voting rights activists gather during a protest against Texas legislators who are advancing new voting restrictions in Austin, Texas, U.S., May 8, 2021. REUTERS/Mikala ComptonThe Texas Legislature on Sunday moved closer to approving a sweeping bill that curtails voting opportunities in the country's second most-populous state, as Republicans fast-tracked the measure before the legislative session closes. The bill would bar Texans from using 24-hour polling sites or cast ballots at drive-through polling places located in parking garages and lots. It also would ban mobile units or temporary structures from being used as polling places. Republican lawmakers across the nation have pursued more stringent voting restrictions in the wake of former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud.
Persons: Mikala Compton, Greg Abbott, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump's Organizations: Texas, REUTERS, Mikala Compton The Texas Legislature, Sunday, Republicans, Republican, Texans, American Airlines Group Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co, Microsoft Corp, Thomson Locations: Austin , Texas, U.S, Mikala Compton The Texas, Texas
Vote on Texas bill to make voting tougher blocked by no quorum
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( Brad Brooks | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Voting rights activists gather during a protest against Texas legislators who are advancing new voting restrictions in Austin, Texas, U.S., May 8, 2021. The Texas House went into recess until 10 a.m. local time on Monday - beyond the midnight Sunday deadline to pass legislation in this session. The proposed bill states that the changes "are not intended to impair the right of free suffrage" but are necessary to "prevent fraud in the electoral process." read moreSCRAPPING INNOVATIONSThe Texas bill would strike down innovations used during last November's election because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hispanics are forecast by the official Texas state demographer to surpass non-Hispanic whites as the largest group later this year.
Persons: Mikala Compton, Greg Abbott, Michael McCaul, CNN's, Donald Trump's, Brennan, Joe Biden, Jim Crow, Gary Bledsoe, Julian Castro, Barack Obama, Beto O'Rourke Organizations: Texas, REUTERS, Mikala Compton Democrats, Representatives, Blacks, Republican, Republican U.S, Republicans, Brennan Center for Justice, Texans, Democratic, American Airlines Group Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co, Microsoft Corp, Texas Legislative Black Caucus, NAACP, Democratic Party, U.S, Congress, Thomson Locations: Austin , Texas, U.S, Texas, United States, Houston, San Antonio
Because of the tie vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is expected to take procedural steps to bring it to the full Senate for debate and a vote, according to committee Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar, a fellow Democrat. The Senate bill and a similar one passed by the House of Representatives in March with no Republican support go beyond election reforms. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said the Democrats' bill represented nothing more than a power grab. "This legislation would let Washington Democrats dictate the terms of their own re-election races by rewriting all 50 states’ election laws," McConnell said. read moreThat follows Georgia's enactment in March of a far-reaching Republican bill that includes a prohibition on offering food or water to voters waiting in long lines.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Amy Klobuchar, Schumer, Mikala Compton Read, Donald Trump, Trump's, Mitch McConnell, McConnell Organizations: U.S . Senate, Republicans, Administration Committee, Democratic, Republican, Texas, REUTERS, Senate, Representatives, Democrats, Reuters, Thomson Locations: U.S, Austin , Texas, United States, Florida, Texas
Voting rights activists gather during a protest against Texas legislators who are advancing a slew of new voting restrictions in Austin, Texas, U.S., May 8, 2021. The bill faces long odds in the Senate, where 10 Republicans would have to join with Democrats for it to pass. "Democrats’ partisan power-grab 'election reform' bill is not about voting rights. It’s about letting Washington Democrats control the terms of political debate and all 50 states’ election laws," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Twitter on Monday. read moreThat follows Georgia's enactment in March of a far-reaching Republican election law bill that includes a prohibition on offering food or water to voters waiting in long lines.
Persons: Mikala Compton, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump Organizations: Texas, REUTERS, Mikala Compton Democrats, Senate, Republicans, Washington Democrats, Twitter, U.S . House, Representatives, Republican, Democrats, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Austin , Texas, U.S, Florida, Texas, United States
Live Live Updates: Democrats Press to Expand Voting Rights at Federal Level A senate committee will debate a sweeping elections overhaul designed to blunt Republicans’ statewide efforts to limit voting rights. The White House will allow undocumented college students access to emergency pandemic aid. Undocumented students, including tens of thousands of so-called Dreamers, would be eligible for the emergency aid under a coming Biden administration regulation. Mr. Biden and Mr. Putin are expected to hold their first summit next month. That spread of 27 percentage points represents the widest approval margin in an A.P./NORC poll since Mr. Biden took office.
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Live Live Updates: White House Will Allow Undocumented College Students to Access Pandemic Aid The decision reverses a Trump-era policy that barred some students from receiving emergency aid flowing to colleges. The White House will allow undocumented college students access to emergency pandemic aid. Undocumented students, including tens of thousands of so-called Dreamers, would be eligible for the emergency aid under a coming Biden administration regulation. Mr. Biden and Mr. Putin are expected to hold their first summit next month. The Biden administration jump-started progress on Vineyard Wind in March as part of its larger push to tackle climate change.
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Live Updates: Senate Committee Deadlocks on Elections Overhaul
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( Nicholas Fandos | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +35 min
Live Live Updates: Senate Committee Deadlocks on Elections Overhaul The 9-9 party-line vote sets the stage for a showdown on the Senate floor over the bill, which could determine the future of voting rights and campaign rules across the country. Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, has defiantly embraced her downfall, offering herself as a cautionary tale within her party. Ms. Cheney, who is facing a vote Wednesday morning that is almost certain to succeed in ousting her from House Republicans’ No. “Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution,” Ms. Cheney said. While it did not mention him by name, it also amounted to a black eye for Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the top House Republican.
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Demand for heat pushed wholesale power costs to 400 times the usual amount and propelled natural gas prices to record highs, forcing utilities and consumers to pay exorbitant bills. Kinder Morgan, another gas storage and pipeline operator, earned about $1 billion during the storm, the vast majority from higher gas prices and sales. A source close to BP said gas trading contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the company’s first quarter results. Graphic: Texas gas prices soars during February freeze -At the beginning of February, gas prices ranged from $2.50 to $3 per million British thermal unit (mmBtu) at hubs from Houston to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Macquarie was sued by Exxon seeking to void an $11 million gas bill.
Persons: Mikala Compton, Kinder, Goldman Sachs, Vitol, BofA, Kinder Morgan, Bernard Looney, , , I’ve, Tyson Slocum, Macquarie, JP Morgan Chase Organizations: Reuters, February’s, REUTERS, Kinder Morgan, Enterprise Products Partners, Energy, BP plc, Bank of America, Macquarie Group, Natural, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Federal Energy Regulatory, BP, ” Energy, CPS Energy, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Public Citizen, Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Exxon, Citigroup Locations: February’s U.S, San Marcos , Texas, U.S, Texas, Houston, Tulsa , Oklahoma, San Antonio’s, Chevron
The deep freeze caught Texas's utilities off-guard, killed more than 100 people and left 4.5 million without power. Demand for heat pushed wholesale power costs to 400 times the usual amount and propelled natural gas prices to record highs, forcing utilities and consumers to pay exorbitant bills. The firms combined stand to reap billions of dollars in profits by selling gas and power during the storm, according to interviews and reviews of public documents. "I've been tracking natural gas markets for 20 years. Macquarie was sued by Exxon seeking to void an $11 million gas bill.
Persons: Mikala Compton, Kinder, Goldman Sachs, Vitol, BofA, Kinder Morgan, I've, Tyson Slocum, Macquarie, JP Morgan Chase Organizations: REUTERS, February's, Kinder Morgan, Enterprise Products Partners, Energy, Bank of America, Macquarie Group, Natural Resources, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Federal Energy Regulatory, East Daley Capital, Reuters, CPS Energy, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Public Citizen, Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Exxon, BP, Citigroup, Thomson Locations: San Marcos , Texas, U.S, February's U.S, Houston, Tulsa , Oklahoma, Texas, San Antonio's, Chevron
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Predicts More Than 600,000 U.S. Hong Kong locks down a neighborhood for the first time since the pandemic began. Officials said that 162 confirmed coronavirus cases had been recorded across 56 buildings in Jordan in the first 20 days of January. Even now, it has recorded fewer than 10,000 total coronavirus cases, along with 168 deaths. As of Saturday, Hong Kong was averaging 73 daily cases over the past week, according to a New York Times database.
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