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Executive Director of the NBA’s Social Justice Coalition James Cadogan, regarding the basketball league’s decision to not schedule any NBA games on Nov. 8 to better promote nonpartisan civic engagement and encourage their fans to vote. (Associated Press — Aug. 16, 2022)
Wilfredo Laracuente, a former prisoner of the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York, regarding the state’s decision to prohibit friends and family from delivering packages to incarcerated individuals during in-person prison visits. They also will not be able to mail boxes to inmates unless they come directly from third-party vendors. (Associated Press — Aug. 14, 2022)
Twitter spokesperson Elizabeth Busby on the social media company’s plans to roll out safeguards early in the election season, with protections for "real-time election information from state election officials, plus local news outlets and journalists." There is mounting concern about how misinformation could impact the upcoming elections. (CNET — August 11,2022)
Senior Researcher at the Revolving Door Project Timi Iwayemi, regarding the attempt to create new banking and finance laws for cryptocurrencies and how most laws already adequately address digital assets and protect consumers compared to proposed alternatives. (CQ-Roll Call — Aug. 9, 2022)
Tulsa, Okla., Mayor G.T. Bynum, regarding some people’s concerns about the amount of growth that Tulsa has experienced over the last several years. “It was called the ‘80s, and it did not work out well.” The city has had several programs to draw remote workers to the area in hopes of driving economic development, particularly during the pandemic. (Governing — Aug. 9, 2022)
Donald Trump, regarding an unprecedented FBI search of the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., as part of a federal investigation into whether Trump illegally removed records from the White House as he left office in January 2021. Trump attempted to spin the raid in a way to gain political donations from his followers. (Reuters — Aug. 9, 2022)
David McCullough, historian and two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author, who dedicated himself to documenting and popularizing American history and recently died at age 89. (All Author/Washington Post — August 8, 2022)
Gretchen Gorham, the co-owner of a sandwich shop in Ketchum, Idaho, commenting on the failed tax increase proposal to fund affordable housing for workers in the resort town. Officials found that home prices rose more than 50 percent over the past two years, with the median reaching about $1.2 million. (New York Times – Aug. 5, 2022)
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigeg, regarding a Transportation Department proposal that would require airlines to offer passengers a refund if their flight schedule was changed by three or more hours for domestic flights and at least six hours for an international one; refunds would also be required if the airline changed the passenger’s departure or arrival airport, added stops into the itinerary or caused a “significant downgrade” in flight experience through switching the type of plane. Consumer complaints with the department increased nearly sevenfold in 2020; 87 percent were about refunds. (Associated Press — Aug. 4, 2022)
Alex Jones, admitting that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre did, in fact, happen. Jones is currently on trial for allegedly defaming the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the 2012 mass shooting in Newton, Conn., by perpetuating false claims that the 2012 shooting didn’t happen and that no one died through his media company and website; the couple is seeking $150 million for defamation and emotional distress. Jones has claimed the lawsuit is an attack on his First Amendment rights. (Associated Press — Aug. 3, 2022)
Former President Donald Trump, in a statement regarding his endorsement for the Missouri Senate race, a hotly contested race between two candidates named Eric: Eric Greitens, former state governor, and Eric Schmitt, the state attorney general. There is even a third, lesser-known candidate named Eric McElroy. When asked to clarify which Eric he was supporting, Trump said his statement “speaks for itself.” Both Greitens and Schmitt claimed Trump’s endorsement in Tweets that were sent just 11 minutes apart. (Reuters — Aug. 1, 2022)
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, regarding the fact that a minimum-wage worker in New York would need to work for 26 weeks to be able to afford child care for their family. Many states are considering greater financial investments in child care to make it more affordable and accessible for families. (Associated Press — July 31, 2022)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, regarding the state’s plan to make and sell its own insulin so that the diabetes medicine can be sold for a much cheaper price. (Associated Press — July 29, 2022)
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, regarding the torrential rains that have unleashed on central Appalachia, including eastern Kentucky, western Virginia and southern West Virginia. Storms have dumped several inches of rain over the past few days, causing flash flooding across the region. (Associated Press — July 28, 2022)
Sturm CEO and President Christopher Killoy, to the U.S. House committee that is investigating recent massacres in Texas and New York. Gun company executives were firm in their assurances that the firearm industry should not be held responsible for the mass shootings. (Reuters — July 27, 2022)
The office of Rep. Glenn Thompson, a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, regarding Thompson’s son’s same-sex marriage. The wedding, which took place on Friday, July 22, occured just three days after Rep. Thompson voted against legislation that would protect the recognition of same-sex marriages. The legislation passed the House of Representatives with a 267-157 vote. (Associated Press — July 26, 2022)
Director of the SEC Enforcement Division Gurbir S. Grewal, regarding the nine people who were charged in four separate insider trading schemes, one of whom was former U.S. Congressman Stephen Buyer. (Associated Press — July 25, 2022)
Washington, D.C., City Council members, regarding the approximately 5,200 migrants from Texas and 1,100 from Arizona who have been bused to D.C. since April and May. New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser have asked the Biden administration for help managing the situation; some Republicans seem gleeful over the pleas, claiming they are evidence of the nation’s immigration crisis. (Associated Press — July 21, 2022)
Rep. Kathy Manning, regarding a bill that would ensure the right to use contraceptives that the House passed in response to concerns that the attack on reproductive rights could go further than just the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. (Associated Press — July 21, 2022)
Scott Jennings, a longtime Republican strategist, regarding the role that former Vice President Mike Pence may play in the future of the Republican party. Many praise Pence for his willingness to stand up to Trump when others refused to cross him. (Associated Press — July 20, 2022)
Cook County, Ill., Treasurer Maria Pappas, regarding a report that proposes scrapping or modifying the state’s Scavenger Sale law in favor of tax-cutting and other programs that would help homeowners of color accumulate generational wealth. The study blames the deterioration of many neighborhoods of color and the Black exodus from Chicago on redlining, which the Scavenger Sale law was supposed to be a solution to but it didn’t work. (Associated Press — July 19, 2022)
The National Rifle Association, in a tweet on July 18, following a shooting at a shopping mall in Greenwood, Ind., over the weekend in which a “good Samaritan” man shot and killed the gunman. The good Samaritan was lawfully carrying a firearm. (Reuters — July 18, 2022)
Melissa Robinson, a Democratic Kansas City, Mo., Council member, regarding the growing local debate about who should have control over the city’s police department. As it is now, the city does not have control of the police department, the police chief or how the department spends its tax dollars because of a 1930s-era law that gives that power to a five-member board whose members are mostly appointed by the governor. The local debate is coming to a head this summer and residents will vote in November on a constitutional amendment that would give the Legislature more control over the police department. (Associated Press — July 15, 2022)
Tops employee Rosalie Bishop, commenting on the reopening of the supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., two months after a white gunman killed 10 Black people in the store. (Associated Press — July 14, 2022)
GLAAD’s president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, regarding a new report that found that LGBTQ social media users don’t feel that the platforms are welcoming or a safe place for them. GLAAD’s report graded Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok on their measures to protect LBGTQ users; all platforms received a failing grade. (NPR — July 13, 2022)
Jill Biden’s spokesperson, Michael LaRosa, regarding the first lady’s comment that the Latino community was as unique as San Antonio breakfast tacos while addressing the annual conference of UnidosUS. Her comment immediately received pushback. (Associated Press — July 12, 2022)
Ohio state Sen. Jay Hottinger, regarding the envelopes full of feces that were mailed to all 25 Republican members of the state Senate on Thursday, July 7. The situation is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service as a federal crime. (The Columbus Dispatch — July 7, 2022)
Sean Holihan, state legislative director for the gun safety advocacy group Giffords, regarding the number of gun safety laws in Illinois that still were not enough to prevent a Fourth of July mass shooting in Highland Park. (Associated Press — July 8, 2022)
Jessica Beard, a trauma surgeon and a fellow at the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting, responding to comments that Highland Park, Ill., is the last place one might expect a mass shooting. The shooting in the wealthy, predominantly white suburb of Chicago was just one of five shootings that took place across the country on July 4. (NPR — July 7, 2022)
Amanda Litman, a millennial and the CEO of Run for Something, an organization that supports first-time Democratic candidates, commenting on why so many young candidates are running for office. Three 25-year-olds are running for Congress this cycle, the youngest age eligible for election; all three candidates are members of Gen Z. The average age of leadership in the U.S. House is 55 years old for Republicans and 71 for Democrats. (NPR — July 6, 2022)