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Alex Askew, the Democratic incumbent in Virginia’s 85th District, commenting on his recent loss to Republican challenger Karen Greenhalgh. A recount of the November general election awarded Askew 12 more votes. However, it was still not enough to overcome Greenhalgh. (Associated Press — December 3, 2021)
Dr. Lee Norman, Kansas’s former top health officer, regarding the criticism and pushback from the governor and state Legislature. Norman led Kansas through the coronavirus pandemic until he abruptly resigned last month after he was asked to step down. (Associated Press — December 2, 2021)
Former California Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, regarding the legal challenges to the state’s law that requires women on boards of publicly traded companies. When it was enacted, California’s law was the first of its kind in the nation and, since then, several other states have made similar laws of their own. Jackson authored the legislation. (Associated Press — December 1, 2021)
Oakland, Calif., Mayor Libby Schaaf, regarding her plans to reverse budget cuts to the city’s police department. She wants to hire more officers as violence and homicides have increased. There have been 127 homicides so far this year. (Associated Press — November 29, 2021)
Jen Miller, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, regarding the state’s new congressional map that creates 15 new districts in the state, 12 of which are either heavily in favor or lean in favor of Republicans. Anti-gerrymandering advocates claim the map was designed to keep a Republican stronghold in the state. (NPR — November 24, 2021)
Dr. Timothy Brewer, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at UCLA, regarding the misinformation surrounding the COVID-19, including the notion that the COVID vaccine is dangerous and causes medical emergencies. (The Sacramento Bee — November 24, 2021)
Jennifer Reesman, regarding the two-week notice that parents received when the Montgomery County, Md., Public Schools decided to cancel the half day before Thanksgiving. Schools across the nation have been canceling classes on short notice due to staff shortages, staff fatigue and mental health concerns. Burbio, an organization that tracks school district websites, says these closures have affected 858 districts and 8,692 individual schools thus far. (NPR — November 23, 2021)
Idaho state Rep. Greg Ferch, claiming that vaccines are not the only way to end the pandemic and that immunity gained from earlier infections should be enough to earn exemption from COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (Associated Press — November 22, 2021)
Ann Arbor, Mich., Mayor Christopher Taylor, regarding the city’s decision to require all public restrooms to carry menstrual products starting in January, including pads, tampons, soap and toilet paper. (NPR — November 18, 2021)
Michigan Rep. Steve Johnson, regarding an audit that found the state’s unemployment system made at least $3.9 billion in overpayments to 347,437 ineligible claimants since the beginning of the pandemic. (The Detroit News — November 18, 2021)
Bridget Todd, director of communications at UltraViolet, regarding concerns that rising online misogyny will discourage more women from running for office at the national, state or local levels. This follows after Rep. Paul Gosar posted an edited video clip of him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (The Hill — November 16, 2021)
Jeff Speck, an influential urban planner, commenting on the compromises made to ensure passage of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill signed into law on Tuesday. For example, a stipulation written by lawmakers in the House would have ensured that jurisdictions repair their road systems before they expand them, but it was stripped from the bill by Senate moderates. (Governing – November 16, 2021)
President Joe Biden, announcing his step toward banning oil and gas development outside the boundaries of Chaco Culture National Historic Park in hopes of improving public safety and justice for Native Americans. Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan includes a record $13 billion for tribal infrastructure. (Reuters — November 15, 2021)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a video announcing her 2022 re-election campaign, pushing back against former President Trump’s endorsement of her opponent, Kelly Tshibaka. Murkowski has been a senator since 2002. (Associated Press — November 12, 2021)
Kym Davis Rogers, litigation attorney at Disability Rights Texas, regarding a federal judge’s ruling that has halted Texas’ efforts to ban mask mandates in schools. The ruling could have impacts on other states that have similarly banned mask mandates in schools. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has said he would make legal challenges against the judge’s ruling. (NPR — November 10, 2021)
Katie Fitzgerald, chief operating officer of Feeding America, regarding the increased strain on U.S. food banks due to increasing food prices and supply chain issues. The Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, Calif., is spending $1 million a month to distribute 4.5 million pounds of food; pre-pandemic it was spending a quarter of that for 2.5 million pounds of food. (Associated Press — November 10, 2021)
A statement by the Philadelphia Police Department, regarding the decision to ban low-level traffic stops, including things such as driving with a single broken brake light, driving with a single headlight, driving without an inspection or emissions sticker or having a registration plate that’s not clearly displayed, fastened or visible. The law will go into effect in early 2022. (NPR — November 8, 2021)
Michigan state Rep. and former Wayne County Sheriff’s lieutenant Tyrone Carter, commenting on the availability of information on social media platforms. The state police are using software programs that allow the agency to scan public social media posts for information, raising privacy concerns from civil liberties advocates. (The Detroit News — November 8, 2021)
Ambie Bell, a candidate for Benton Harbor, Mich., city commissioner, responding to the city’s ongoing water crisis. For three years, the tap water in Benton Harbor has tested high for levels of lead, leaving residents to rely on bottled water for cooking and drinking. Almost half of the majority-Black city’s residents live below the poverty line. (Associated Press — November 4, 2021)
Sally Curtin, a statistician at the CDC, regarding a new report that found, overall, a 3 percent decrease in suicides in 2020, a decrease of approximately 1,600 people. April had the starkest decrease, 14 percent fewer people died by suicide than in April 2019. However not every racial group saw the same decrease; Black people between the ages of 15 and 24 and Hispanic people between the ages of 25 and 34 both saw double digit increases in suicide rate in 2020. (NPR — November 3, 2021)
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, commenting during his declared re-election victory over democratic socialist India Walton through a write-in campaign. Local media reported that Walton had earned 41 percent of the vote while 59 percent were for “write-in.” Walton had won the June primary over Brown, but Brown urged voters to write his name on their ballot as there was no Republican candidate. (Reuters — November 2, 2021)
California state Sen. Ben Allen, regarding the environmental problems that seawalls can cause on nearby, unprotected shorelines. (Stateline — October 28, 2021)
Marques Armstrong, a Black activist in Minneapolis, regarding the city’s proposal to replace the city’s police department with a new Department of Public Safety. For many residents in Minneapolis’ highest-crime areas, a drop in the number of police officers could leave them more vulnerable amid an increase in violent crime. (Associated Press — October 31, 2021)
Ric Griffith, a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, regarding the state’s sharp descent from being one of the best states for COVID-19 vaccination rates to the worst. Only about 49 percent of the state’s population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. (Associated Press — October 29, 2021)
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and reporter Nicholas Kristof in his final New York Times column. He is now a candidate for governor of Oregon. (New York Times — October 28, 2021)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, regarding broadband maps that need updating to ensure that proposed funding will be distributed to the areas that actually need it. (The Hill — October 26, 2021)
Thomas Dee, a professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, commenting on the nationwide school enrollment decrease of nearly 3 million students last year, dropping to the lowest share in more than two decades. Just 40 percent of 3- and 4-year olds were enrolled in school in 2020 and college enrollment numbers dropped to their lowest since 2007. (The Hill — October 22, 2021)
Ted Thomas, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, commenting on how states have rejected plans to incorporate storm-proofing measures, such as burying electrical lines, as weather becomes more volatile with climate change, citing pressure to keep rates low. Of $15.7 billion in grid improvements under consideration last year, regulators approved only $3.4 billion, according to a national survey by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center — about one-fifth. (Washington Post – October 25, 2021)
Sen. Rob Portman, regarding a bipartisan bill that aims to secure data collected by artificial intelligence. The GOOD AI Act, sponsored by Portman and Sen. Gary Peters, would establish an AI working group to ensure that all federal contractors are securely obtaining data through AI without compromising privacy. (The Hill — October 21, 2021)
Fred Guttenberg, father of a 14-year-old girl who was killed in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., commenting on gun violence prevention laws and regulations. Guttenberg, who has become a nationally known activist in the years since the shooting, will be a senior adviser to Brady PAC, a gun violence prevention group. (Associated Press — October 21, 2021)
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