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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Short Circuit: Impatience with the Institutions of Democracy Grows

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It's worrisome that the only channels for change that seem to be unclogged, locally as well as nationally, are channels that short-circuit deliberation and deny the chance to assemble a durable majority.

Nash Collection Farm Worker Photos Get Front Page Treatment

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The Nash Collection had been locked away in a sub-basement of the Washington State University Library since the early 1990s, with only about 100 low resolution images from the collection posted on the library’s website, until a Seattle couple posted a few of those images on Facebook.

The Chamber of Commerce Disarms Itself Politically. Sorta.

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The Chamber's unilateral disarmament will last through 2021. Beyond that, no guarantees.

Dump the Filibuster? Not So Fast.

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Wait til after the 2022 election. You need more Democratic votes to stand a chance to succeed, and you need the prospect of a good long run of Democratic dominance in D.C. to make it worth while.

To Have a Democracy, You Have to Let People Vote

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State laws are being proposed under the guise of curbing voter fraud. Yet reliable studies have shown there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Voter fraud essentially is an illusion, an excuse to clamp down on ballot access and make voting more difficult, especially for minority voters and for young and low-income voters.
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