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Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, the head of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, regarding the installment of The Emancipation and Freedom Monument after the past year with COVID-19, the murder of George Floyd and the racial reckoning. The monument, which replaced the statue of Robert E. Lee that was removed from Richmond, Va., earlier this month, makes its debut after several of the largest Confederate statues have been removed. (NPR — September 22, 2021)
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, regarding the department’s sanctions against virtual currency exchange in hopes to crack down on ransomware attack payments. (The Hill — September 21, 2021)
White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, regarding the danger that extreme heat can pose, especially to the poor, elderly and minority groups. Twelve of the 28 Hurricane Ida-related deaths in Louisiana were caused by heat as the hurricane wiped out power for more than a million people, including the entire city of New Orleans. (Associated Press — September 20, 2021)
Illinois Valley Soil and Water Conservation District Community Organizer Christopher Hall, regarding illegal cannabis farms that are stealing natural water resources and causing severe shortages across Oregon. (Associated Press — September 17, 2021)
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, regarding his relationship with now-husband Marlon Reis; the couple has been together for 18 years and six years ago the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Polis and Reis married on Wednesday, becoming the first same-sex marriage of a sitting governor. (NPR — September 15, 2021)
Lori Tremmel Freeman, head of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, regarding laws that have been enacted in at least 26 states to limit the powers of public health officials in the backlash of COVID-19 restrictions. (Associated Press — September 15, 2021)
Ramsey County, Minn., Judge Leonardo Castro, in his ruling that changes to the state’s police use of deadly force law are to be put on hold until a lawsuit filed by law enforcement lobbying groups has been resolved. Until the lawsuit has been settled, the use of force conditions will revert back to the rules that were implemented prior to March 2020 when the new law went into effect. (Associated Press — September 14, 2021)
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, regarding his veto on two bills that would have limited how public schools could discuss certain racial concepts and increased penalties for teachers who engage in violent protests. (Associated Press — September 10, 2021)
Columbia University assistant economics professor Laura Boudreau, regarding the difficulty some workplaces will face in getting their employees to return to an in-person office environment, especially full time. For many workers, the convenience and comfort of working remotely will encourage them to continue doing so. (Associated Press — September 8, 2021)
California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, regarding her proposed legislation requiring companies that employ substantial numbers of warehouse workers to disclose the productivity requirements it sets for its employees to ensure health and safety in the workplace. (The Hill — September 9, 2021)
Crowds chanting as they watched in Richmond, Va., when workers hoisted one of the nation’s largest Confederate monuments off a pedestal where the figure of Gen. Robert E. Lee towered over Virginia’s capital city for more than a century. (Associated Press, September 8, 2021)
Joint statement published simultaneously by the editors of 229 medical journals. (The BMJ, September 6, 2021)
Arthur DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, commenting on the fact that the flash floods in the Northeast last week resulted from not one storm but several small storms whose interactions with each other were hard to foresee. (New York Times, September 3, 2021)
California state Sen. Scott Wiener, regarding the proposed legislation that would require some department stores to have a gender neutral section for some child products, like toys and hygiene and teething products. This is at least the third attempt to pass a bill like this. (Associated Press — September 2, 2021)
Officials of Terrebone Parish, La., in a statement posted on Twitter, imploring residents to stay away after evacuating to escape Hurricane Ida because there was still no electricity, unreliable water services, damaged emergency shelters and no operating hospitals in the area. (Reuters — September 1, 2021)
Kentucky Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, a Republican from Greensburg, regarding the state’s response to COVID-19, particularly the surge caused by the delta variant. (KET — August 30, 2021)
Sandy Gillis, executive director of the Hilton Head Deep Well Project, regarding the bureaucratic hurdles that have impeded the ability of many states to distribute federal rental relief funds. The project has stopped referring tenants to the program and has instead started paying overdue rent bills through its own private funding. South Carolina had distributed only 6 percent of its funds as of Aug. 20. (Associated Press — August 29, 2021)
Somerton, Ariz., City Manager Jerry Cabrera, commenting on the Census Bureau’s population numbers that place the city’s total much lower than expected. But Somerton isn’t the only area in which officials believe certain populations, like Latino, Black, Asian and other minority communities, were undercounted; many believe the undercounts in the 2020 Census were worse than previous decades. (Associated Press — August 27, 2021)
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, commenting on the statewide mask mandate and vaccine requirements that will take effect on Monday. The state will require all eligible students and school employees to get vaccinated and will reinstate an indoor requirement. (Reuters — August 26, 2021)
Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., regarding the school’s decision to require all faculty, staff and students to be fully vaccinated now that the FDA has given full approval to the Pfizer vaccine. Many schools and businesses across the nation are now requiring their students and staff to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. (Associated Press — August 24, 2021)
Chicago’s Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Deborah Witzburg, regarding the section’s analysis of the police department’s use of gunshot detection technology to help combat violent crime. The study found that only 9.1 percent of dispatches from ShotSpotter resulted in evidence of a gun-related criminal offense. The Chicago Police is ShotSpotter’s largest customer, paying $33 million in August 2018 for a three-year contract. (The Hill — August 24, 2021)
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, regarding the mandate that all public school teachers and staff will be required to get at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 27. (Reuters — August 23, 2021)
Dr. Leonardo Alfonso, an emergency room doctor in Jacksonville, Fla., regarding the surge of COVID-19 patients in Florida that are maxing out hospitals’ capacities across the state, but especially in the Jacksonville area, which has become a major hot spot. (Associated Press — August 20, 2021)
The Center for Reproductive Rights president and CEO, Nancy Northup, regarding the ruling by a New Orleans federal appeals court that upheld a Texas law banning a commonly used second-trimester abortion method. (Associated Press — August 19, 2021)
Fulton County, Ga., Board of Commissioners Chairman Robb Pitts, regarding the State Elections Board’s decision to investigate the county’s handling of elections, a move that many see as a power grab by Republicans. (Associated Press — August 18, 2021)
Joe Del Bosque, a farmer in California’s San Joaquin Valley, regarding the state’s extreme drought that has forced him to uproot his almond trees years earlier than planned due to the lack of water. California’s almond industry produces about 80 percent of the world’s almonds. (Associated Press — August 17, 2021)
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, regarding the drastic impact that the COVID-19 delta variant has had on the state, and the nation, causing a sharp spike in coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths especially among unvaccinated individuals. Oregon will send up to 1,500 National Guard troops to hospitals across the state to assist health-care workers. (Associated Press — August 13, 2021)
Sherry Johnson, the education director with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, regarding the Noem administration’s decision to remove lessons on Indigenous history and culture from the state’s K-12 education curriculum. Half of the references to Indigenous Native Americans, tribal, or Oceti Sakowin were removed from the plan. (Associated Press — August 10, 2021)
Brendan Steinhauser, a Republican strategist in Texas, regarding the politicization of mask mandates and how many aren't tackling the pandemic from a place of cooperation. (Associated Press — August 12, 2021)
Joe Kanter, Louisiana’s chief public health officer, regarding the shortage of hospital staff and how hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and not enough staff to assist them. (Associated Press — August 10, 2021)
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