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Calif. Voting Rights Settlement Calls for Resident Feedback

Calif. Voting Rights Settlement Calls for Resident Feedback

  Feedback from residents in Fullerton, California about voting districts for city elections are part of a settlement stemming from a lawsuit filed by Jonathan Paik, a civil rights organization that represented him announced on July 16.  On July 8, city officials and Paik, a resident, reached an agreement over his contention that Fullerton was [...]
AB 953, a Bill to Combat Racial Profiling, Advances in Calif.  A closely-watched bill that backers say will reduce racial profiling by police officers and sheriff deputies in California was approved by the state Senate Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday, paving the way for a full vote by lawmakers, a Los Angeles civil rights organization said. The California state Assembly approved the legislation, Assembly [...]
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An Alabama Tax Handbook Sheds Light for Residents  Residents in Alabama now have easier access to state tax and budget information, including how public dollars are raised and where money is spent, thanks to an updated, user-friendly handbook from Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP), a nonpartisan organization that works on ending poverty.  The 55-page document, “The Alabama Tax & Budget Handbook,” is [...]
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Ill. Budget Crisis Prompts Rally to Save Human ServicesGrassroots advocates flooded the area outside Illinois state government offices at the Thompson Center in Chicago on Wednesday, deeply upset that Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers have failed to reach a resolution to stop budget cuts that activists say will be devastating to the poor and those in need. The state is facing an estimated [...]
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For Voting, Which States Use Redistricting Commissions?The Constitution requires boundaries for U.S. House districts to be redrawn after each census. While that task typically is done by state legislatures, 13 states use commissions as part of their congressional redistricting process. The amount of legislative involvement with those commissions varies by state. On Monday, Supreme Court justices voted 5-4 to reject a [...]
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Citizenship Proof in Voting to Be Skipped by SCOTUS  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will continue allowing residents of Arizona and Kansas to register to vote using a federal form without having to provide proof of citizenship.  The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from Republican officials in those two states who have sought to enforce laws requiring new voters to submit a [...]
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State money for services from child care to road construction could stop in Illinois starting on Wednesday after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed most of the Democratic Legislature’s budget plan, a move that follows weeks of vitriolic exchanges in a state new to divided government. A day after signing into law [...]
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Poverty Fighting Programs Are Embraced in Calif. BudgetSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California’s growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor. The new budget beginning next month will establish an earned income tax credit for working-poor families, boost the number of state-subsidized child care slots and expand state-funded [...]
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Supreme Court Takes Up ‘One Person, One Vote’ CaseWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote, rather than the total population, when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures.  The case from Texas could be significant for states with large immigrant populations, including Latinos who are children [...]
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Illinois Budget Deficit Needs New Solutions, Advocates Say  Lawmakers in Illinois are working furiously to pass a budget before the month ends and grassroots advocates believe that raising new money is one solution as the state faces a $6.6 billion budget gap for the coming fiscal year.  It’s time, community members say, for state leaders and residents to take this bold step [...]
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