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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Washington State Uncertain if New COVID Strain Has Arrived

Public officials are nervous about the presence of new strains of the coronavirus and the potential to have yet another spike in case contractions and deaths. But without the proper detection tools, the state can’t do much.

By Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times  |  January 15, 2021
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Blacks in State Legislatures: A State-by-State Map

Just under 10 percent of the nearly 7,500 legislators serving in America’s state houses are Black, and only 13 are Republicans.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 15, 2020
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What We Need to Do for Young Victims of Sex Trafficking

Children and teenagers need particularly specialized treatment, but what residential programs that exist help only a tiny fraction of victims. Interstate cooperation could make a difference.

By Timothy Head, Faith and Freedom Coalition  |  January 15, 2021
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Trump's Second Impeachment and the Lessons of History

The attack on Congress has led to impeachment and increased security in Washington and state capitols. Governing spoke with historian Jonathan Earle about political violence in the nation's past.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 14, 2021
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Former Michigan Gov. to Be Charged for Flint Water Crisis

Former Gov. Rick Snyder, one of his top aides and his health director are all expected to soon face criminal charges over the alleged cover-up of the Flint water crisis.

By Leonard N. Fleming, Craig Mauger and Rile Beggin, The Detroit News  |  January 13, 2021
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Sudden Rush of Vaccine Distribution Creates Confusion

Rules for COVID vaccine distribution lack consistency between states and as health officials change distribution recommendations. With case numbers continuing to rise, the nation scrambles towards widespread inoculations.

By Michelle Cortez, Bloomberg News  |  January 13, 2021
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Georgia Judge Now Considers 2018 Voter Suppression Claims

A federal judge is now considering a lawsuit alleging widespread voter suppression that was filed after Stacey Abram’s loss to Gov. Brian Kemp. The state is arguing that the claims of voter suppression are as unsubstantiated as Trump’s claims of fraud.

By Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  |  January 13, 2021
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Jaywalking and the Dilemma of ‘Victimless’ Crimes

How much authority should governments have to protect people misbehaving in ways that are, in most cases, dangerous only to themselves?

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  January 13, 2021
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What History Tells Us about President-Elect Biden’s Cabinet

His appointments are set to break barriers and establish new precedents when it comes to diversity. A look back at past cabinets shows how norms and customs have been slow to change.

By Lindsay Chervinsky, Historian and Contributor  |  January 13, 2021
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State Capitols Across the Nation Face Security Gaps

The violence at the U.S. Capitol last week has drawn attention to the range of security measures in place at state capitols. About 30 buildings use metal detectors while about 20 allow carrying legal firearms inside.

By Elain S. Povich and Alex Brown, stateline.org  |  January 12, 2021
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To Put Voters First Again, Amend the Constitution

It's the only way to undo the damage the Supreme Court did when it overturned laws regulating the raising and spending of campaign money. It has bipartisan support, and states should lead the way.

By Bill Kilmartin, Costas Panagopoulos and Jeff Clements, Massachusetts Citizens Commission  |  January 12, 2021
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