“It's not done with malice. It's just we don't have any money. What do you do?"
Lewis County, Ky., Clerk Leslie Collier, regarding the fact that the 500-square-mile county that serves 13,000 people will have only four centralized polling sites for the general election that ends Tuesday. The county allots just $50,000 annually. Lewis County isn’t the only Kentucky county that has had to reduce polling locations; in this year’s race, 64 of the state’s 120 counties have reduced their polling locations to just a few centralized voting centers. Voting rights activists are concerned that consolidating voting locations could disenfranchise voters. (NPR — Nov. 5, 2023)
“It will be a beginning step toward moving forward. Opposition is not progress. We have to move forward.”Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins, regarding the city’s approval of a new location for a police station, which will replace the one that was ransacked and burned in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. The city will spend $14 million to buy an existing building and parking lot and transform it into a new station. (Associated Press — Nov. 3, 2023)
“There are still too many unanswered questions for Alabama officials to responsibly move forward with this protocol.”Robin Maher, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, regarding the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling that the state can execute an inmate with nitrogen gas, a method that has not previously been used to carry out a death sentence. Alabama, Oklahoma and Mississippi have authorized nitrogen hypoxia for executions but none have tried to use it. Opponents have likened the new procedure to human experimentation. (Associated Press — Nov. 2, 2023)
“We feel like this is the best way to prepare faculty, but also prepare law enforcement and the system however we can.”Georgia Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, regarding his plan to pay teachers $10,000 a year to encourage them to carry guns in schools as a proactive way to prevent shootings. The state has 180 school districts and more than 2,300 public schools with 1.75 million students. (Associated Press — Oct. 25, 2023)
Josh Hutchinson, the leader of the Massachusetts Witch-Hunt Justice Project, regarding the group’s efforts to persuade the state to take a fuller reckoning of its early history. The group is made up of history buffs and descendants and they are dedicated to clearing the names of all of those accused, arrested or indicted for witchcraft across the state, whether or not the accusations ended in hanging. Hutchinson and his peers have been collecting signatures for a petition but hope to take their case to the statehouse. (Associated Press — Oct. 31, 2023)