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Karen Bass becomes the first woman elected mayor of Los Angeles
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Karen Bass becomes the first woman elected mayor of Los Angeles

This story was originally published by The 19th By Nadra Nittle, The 19th  Karen Bass has made history, defeating billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso to become the first woman — and the first Black woman — elected mayor of Los Angeles, Decision Desk HQ projects. Bass garnered 53 percent of the vote to Caruso’s 47 percent. Although Bass is a veteran politician — she was elected to California's 47th Assembly district in 2004 and to Congress in 2010 — her victory against Caruso was far from assured. Having never held political office, Caruso poured roughly $100 million of his own money into the mayoral campaign, outspending Bass 13 to 1. His immense wealth and real estate background drew comparisons to former President Donald Trump, although Caruso ran for mayor as ...
Vice President Harris says issues of “heart and home” are “under attack” on the eve of crucial midterms
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Vice President Harris says issues of “heart and home” are “under attack” on the eve of crucial midterms

Harris, interviewed by The 19th’s Errin Haines along with actor DeWanda Wise, emphasized abortion rights and democracy in her pre-election pitch to young voters of color. This story was originally published by The 19th By Grace Panetta, The 19th Vice President Kamala Harris warned that issues of “heart and home” are under attack in America in a BET special conversation on reproductive rights moderated by The 19th’s editor-at-large, Errin Haines, at Howard University ahead of the midterms. Harris spoke at Howard, her alma mater, along with actor DeWanda Wise for BET’s program “State of The Union: Reproductive Rights,” which is airing in full on the network Monday at 9 p.m. ET. Harris emphasized attacks on abortion access, broader privacy rights and efforts to undermine de...
How a divided America, including the 15% who are ‘MAGA Republicans,’ splits on QAnon, racism and armed patrols at polling places
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How a divided America, including the 15% who are ‘MAGA Republicans,’ splits on QAnon, racism and armed patrols at polling places

By Garen Wintemute, University of California, Davis There is much talk about political violence in America these days. Garen Wintemute, a University of California, Davis, scholar who researches firearm violence, has recently led a nationwide survey research project on political violence. The Conversation U.S. asked him for a portrait of what Americans think about political violence as the midterm elections approach. What’s the landscape of political violence in the US today? There have been several studies in recent years, with different designs, methodologies and measures of violence. The expert assessment is that taking them as a whole, it’s clear that in general Americans’ support for political violence has been increasing. Some of that research has found that Republicans’ s...
Why the ideology of the “New Right” is so dangerous
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Why the ideology of the “New Right” is so dangerous

Johannes Steizinger, McMaster University The populist radical right has been on the rise for some time, with candidates and parties on the far-right fringe of the political spectrum reaching new heights across the world. The electoral successes of Donald Trump in the United States, Marine Le Pen in France, the Alternative for Germany and, most recently, Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy has put the spotlight on an ideological shift: the so-called New Right. It’s a loose network of radical right-wing activists who organize themselves in regional initiatives such as the Alt-Right in the U.S., the Nouvelle Droite in France, the Neue Rechte in Germany and the CasaPound in Italy. This broad movement is aiming for an ideological renewal of right-wing politics by focusing on...
Georgia’s GOP overhauled the state’s election laws in 2021 – and critics argue the target was Black voter turnout, not election fraud
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Georgia’s GOP overhauled the state’s election laws in 2021 – and critics argue the target was Black voter turnout, not election fraud

Richard F. Doner, Emory University In the rash of election reform laws enacted after former President Donald Trump’s false claims of fraud during the 2020 presidential election, few were tougher than SB 202 – the Election Integrity Act – passed in 2021 in Georgia, a state long known for its history of suppressing the Black vote, especially in response to growth in Black political influence. Media attention focused on SB 202’s shortened runoff periods from nine to four weeks, limits on who can turn in absentee ballots and a partial ban on offering food or water while waiting in line to vote. But other parts of SB 202 have drawn especially strong charges of racism from Black voters, Democrats and voting rights activists. Details of the new Georgia law One part of the law restrict...
More Than Two Years After George Floyd’s Murder Sparked a Movement, Police Reform Has Stalled. What Happened?
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More Than Two Years After George Floyd’s Murder Sparked a Movement, Police Reform Has Stalled. What Happened?

By Jake Pearson ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. In the spring of 2020, George Floyd’s caught-on-camera murder by a Minneapolis police officer prompted massive social justice protests across the country. Millions of people marched for law enforcement reform — even Sen. Mitt Romney, the Utah Republican and onetime GOP presidential nominee. Activists pressed policymakers to “defund the police.” Amid the pressure, elected officials pledged sweeping changes to how officers operate and how they’re overseen. But two and a half years later, with violent crime increasing across the country, that momentum has seemingly stalled. In Washington, support for the George Floyd ...
US, Mexico prepare United Nations resolution to send help to Haiti as crisis worsens
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US, Mexico prepare United Nations resolution to send help to Haiti as crisis worsens

The United States and Mexico officials are reportedly preparing a United Nations resolution that would send security reinforcements to Haiti as the country's economic and political crisis deepens. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, announced during an emergency meeting with the U.N. Security Council that a proposed "non-U.N." mission would be limited and led by a "partner country," which was not disclosed at the time of the meeting. Military force was also an option on the table, reported the Associated Press. Russia and China have signaled concerns about sending a foreign militaries to Haiti amid its humanitarian crisis. Thomas-Greenfield said the proposed resolution is a "direct response" to a request made Oct. 7 by Prime Minister Ariel Henry and...
Nury Martinez resigns from L.A. City Council amid scandal
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Nury Martinez resigns from L.A. City Council amid scandal

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez resigned from her position today amid mounting calls for her and two other council members to resigned after an audio recording leaked. Martinez issued a statement announcing her departure from the council and asking for privacy. Dozens if people jam-packed the City Council chambers Monday and Tuesday demanding Martinez, as well as Gil Cedillo and Kevin de Leon. RELATED: L.A. City Councilwoman resigns as president after leaked audio of racist remarks about Black child and indigenous people The three council members were caught on audio having a discussion about redistricting. During the discussion, Martinez said in Spanish that Councilman Mike Bonin’s adopted Black son looked like a “little monkey.” The discussion also ignited controversy ...
Crowd cheers after Alabama senator makes racist remark at Trump rally in Nevada
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Crowd cheers after Alabama senator makes racist remark at Trump rally in Nevada

Alabama senator Thomas Tuberville is under scrutiny after making a racist remark during a Trump rally in Nevada on Saturday. The former college football coach told the audience that Democrats are “pro-crime” and support people who feel they are owed “reparations.” Many in attendance cheered after Tuberville, who has a history of racially-charged statements and sentiments, made the comment. Condemnation was swift but virtually absent from the GOP. A clip of the disgusting speech appealing to White Fear can be found below. More about Tuberville’s comments can be found here.
L.A. City Councilwoman resigns as president after leaked audio of racist remarks about Black child and indigenous people
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L.A. City Councilwoman resigns as president after leaked audio of racist remarks about Black child and indigenous people

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez resigned from her post as president of the council today after she was caught in a leaked audio recording using racist comments with two other council members and another official. In the audio, Martinez can be heard saying during a Martin Luther King Jr. parade, fellow City Council member Mike Bonin’s adopted Black son looked like a “Changuito,” which translates to “little monkey” in English. She also made disparaging remarks about people from Oaxaca, Mexico. The conversation was recorded about one year ago during a discussion about redistricting and how there weren’t more Latino districts, but instead Black districts. She also accused Bonin of being “with the Blacks” in the recording. Community leaders have called on Martinez, as well as...