“The Coming Coup”: Ari Berman on Republican Efforts to Steal Future Elections

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: President Biden is meeting with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill today for a lunchtime meeting to push for rewriting Senate rules to prevent Republicans from filibustering a pair of major voting rights bills — the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act …
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Ari Berman: With Extreme Gerrymandering, the Republicans Are Rigging the Next Decade of Elections

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: I want to bring in Ari Berman who writes for Mother Jones, is well-known for his book Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. Can you connect the redistricting and what is happening now, a …
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A Political Solution Is the Only Way: Crisis Escalates in Ethiopia Amid War, Famine & Elections

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show in Ethiopia, a country being torn apart by war and famine. On Tuesday, the Ethiopian military bombed a marketplace in the Tigray region, killing at least 64 people in one of the deadliest attacks since government …
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Labour leadership ‘tried to make Rayner carry the can’ after dismal elections

Labour’s leadership tried to make Angela Rayner “carry the can” for poor local elections results, by firing her as party chair and elections co-ordinator, according to MP Diane Abbott. The former home secretary said there is a “problem with strategy” within the party. She urged unity from Keir Starmer, who has made changes to his …
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Elections watchdog contacts Tories over Boris Johnson’s Downing St flat revamp

The official elections watchdog has contacted the Tory Party over a reported payment for the refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat, it’s been disclosed. The Electoral Commission said it was in touch to establish whether any sums relating to the renovation works should have been declared under the law on party political donations. £200k …
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As Senedd elections approach in Wales, ‘institutional racism’ is discouraging people from entering public life

The Canary‘s #Independence2021 series explores issues relevant to independence in Scotland and Wales in the run up to May’s elections. And this week it’s exploring racial diversity in Wales. So, we spoke to Niki Jones, the founder of YesCymruBAME, and Leila Usmani, a development worker with Race Alliance Wales (RAW). Usmani is also the lead …
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Outrage as Labour North West bans candidates from Liverpool mayoral elections

Labour North West has barred all three shortlisted candidates for the Liverpool mayoral elections, leaving many voters confused and angry. Shortlisted candidates acting mayor Wendy Simon, current lord mayor Anna Rothery, and former deputy mayor Ann O’Byrne were supposed to be competing for Joe Anderson’s vacated position from last week. Instead, an email sent to …
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More headache for Keir Starmer as yet another Labour group is looking to boycott the local elections

A group of Labour members is planning on not campaigning for the party in the upcoming local elections. But the problem for Keir Starmer is that this isn’t the first group saying it will ‘down tools’ for Labour. And it only adds to his woes. There’s been an ongoing ‘purge‘ of left-wing members from the …
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Socialist candidate leads in Ecuador elections, but run-off vote could mean a return to austerity

Ecuador’s election finished without a decisive winner and is therefore set to go to a run-off between the candidates with the top two vote tallies. But who those two candidates will be is not yet clear. In a surprise upset, the center-right candidate failed to win a comfortable second-place showing and is neck-and-neck with an …
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Nationwide May elections to give voters first chance for say on coronavirus and Brexit

As well as voting on regional matters, millions of voters will this year get their first chance to have a say on how politicians have handled coronavirus (Covid-19) and Brexit. Devolved and local A bumper set of elections are to be held across Great Britain on 6 May, including a number of contests postponed from …
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