Amendment 4: Florida House passes bill requiring ex-felons pay civil judgments before rights restored  Orlando SentinelFlorida House restores felons voting rights, as long as they pay first  Tallahassee.comHouse passes Amendment 4 bill requiring felons to pay up before they can vote  Miami HeraldFlorida House Approves Requiring People To Repay Criminal Fines, Fees Before They Can Vote  HuffPostView full coverage on Google News

Controversial felons' rights plan clears Senate  Florida PoliticsFlorida Republicans limit Amendment 4’s expansion of voting rights  Vox.comFloridians Gave Ex-Felons the Right to Vote. Lawmakers Just Put a Big Obstacle in Their Way.  The New York TimesFlorida legislators agree to limit felons’ voting rights. Critics call it a new poll tax.  The Washington PostFlorida House passes bill that makes it harder for ex-felons to vote  CNNView full coverage on Google News

Florida House passes bill that would require ex-felons pay all fees before exercising voting rights  CNNThe Republican-controlled Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would restore voting rights for ex-felons on the condition that they first pay all fees, fines ...

How The Fight For Religious Freedom Has Fallen Victim To The Culture Wars  NPRThe promotion of religious freedom in America, a cause that not long ago had near unanimous support on Capitol Hill, has fallen victim to the culture wars.

Ex-felons face long odds, long wait to restore voting rights  KTAR.comMichael Romero looks like someone who has worked with his hands for a long time. His muscular forearms make the many tattoos that cover them seem like ...

LGBTQ Equality Act passes House, pushing back on Trump's religious freedom policies  Roll Call Growing tensions over the Trump administration's policies that aim to strengthen religious freedom protections for health care workers have led to a partisan ...

Kerr: Giving ex-offenders back their Civil Rights  Inside NoVAWhen is a criminal's debt to society officially paid in full? It's a good question. About thirty years ago, I was working at our local polling place. I was the.

The Fight for Voting Rights in Florida Isn’t Over  The New YorkerDaniel A. Gross writes about Amendment 4, which restored the voting rights of Florida residents with felony convictions, and Senate Bill 7066, which Florida's ...

A bad idea: Voting behind bars  Camden NewsCAMDEN — The debate over allowing felons to vote is heating up as Democratic presidential candidates respond to comments by Vermont Sen. Bernie ...

LDS Church comes out against Equality Act, saying LGBTQ rights bill doesn't ensure religious freedom  Salt Lake TribuneThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a strong statement Monday opposing the Equality Act, a Democrat-led bill recently introduced in ...

Restoration Underway On Nina Simone's Childhood Home  BPR / Blue Ridge Public RadioAn update on a story we've been following since the spring of 2017 . That's when four artists from New York bought the Tryon childhood home of legendary.

Arizonas Ex-Felons Face Long Odds To Restore Voting Rights  Patch.comArizona's Ex-Felons Face Tough Odds On Voting - Across Arizona, AZ - Some 221170 Arizonans were unable to vote in 2016 due to felony convictions, the 9th ...

Trying to Restore the Vote to Prisoners Hurts More Than It Helps  SlateThere is also already momentum for change on this issue.

‘Everybody is under attack.’ Protesters disrupt Legislature over ‘civil justice.’  Miami HeraldA dozen groups protesting “anti-civil rights” bills briefly halted a House floor session with protests Wednesday afternoon in the Florida Capitol.

'Equality Act' Passed in US House Attempts to Use Federal Civil Rights Law to Eliminate Rights of Christians  Christian News NetworkWASHINGTON -- Under the guise of equality, a bill passed the United States House on Friday that would add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to ...

Amendment 4 deal could deny voting rights for thousands of Florida felons  Tampa Bay TimesTALLAHASSEE — In a blow to the backers of a ballot measure passed by state voters in November, the Florida Senate will consider a more restrictive version of ...

The Florida Democratic Party Is Tackling Voter Suppression  WUSF NewsEarlier today the Florida Democratic Party announced the launch of a voter protection program as a result of the recently passed amendment four bill and.

There’s a right way to restore felons’ voting rights  Albuquerque JournalSo democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to give all prisoners the right to vote. He said so during a recent campaign speech, much to the ...

Nina Simone childhood home restoration - The Tryon Daily Bulletin  Tryon Daily BulletinHOPE Crew begins work at 30 East Livingston. TRYON—On February 21, 1933 Eunice Kathleen Waymon (Nina Simone's birth name) was born in Tryon, North ...

Equality Act Is About Civil Tyranny, Not Civil Rights  Daily SignalThe House Judiciary Committee has voted out the Equality Act of 2019. It now heads for a vote on the House floor with 240 co-sponsors, which means its ...

They did their time. They regained the vote. Florida is taking it away again.  ThinkProgressCoral Nichols will be eligible to vote again when she is 188 years old. That's the estimate, at least, if she pays the state of Florida $100 per month to satisfy her ...

T. Thomas Fortune house saved, home of Civil Rights pioneer now a cultural center  Asbury Park PressEarly civil rights leader T. Thomas Fortune's house has been saved from the ravages of time and neglect.

Voters approved Amendment 4 to allow ex-offenders to vote. Period | Opinion  Miami HeraldThis ballot initiative was lauded as the greatest expansion of voting eligibility since the 1960s when approved by a super majority of voters in November.

Ex-felon bill, with financial constraints, awaits DeSantis signature — or veto  Sarasota Herald-TribuneThe legislation would force ex-felons to pay all fines, court costs and financial restitution before they can become eligible to vote. Democrats likened those ...

Game for a deal?  El Dorado News-TimesThe New York Times obtained 10 year's worth of President Donald Trump's federal income tax records and revealed what many have long suspected: Trump ...

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp in Colorado  FOX 31 DenverDENVER -- A University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern ...

The Equality Act Is a Time Bomb  National ReviewThe Equality Act (H.R. 5) passed the House on Friday. The sweeping legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and ...

Florida’s change to Amendment 4 is travesty and a transgression of the people’s will  The Washington PostThe arc of justice bent briefly toward Florida in November, when citizens here restored the right to vote for most people with felony convictions who have ...

Groups protest 'anti-civil rights' bills in Florida House  Miami HeraldAbout a dozen groups protesting “anti-civil rights” bills on topics from immigration to school vouchers to the restoration of felons voting rights exploded into ...

States Sue Trump Admin Over Clinicians' Right to Decline Abortions on Religious Grounds  FaithwireA number of states and municipalities are suing the federal government in an attempt to prevent the enacting of a new rule that would allow clinicians to refuse…

Trump Pardons Ex-California Legislator and Prison Reformer Pat Nolan  NewsmaxOn Wednesday night, the national press focused on President Trump granting a full pardon to Conrad Black and restoring his civil rights after the onetime press ...

House Passes Equality Act, Extending Civil Rights Law To LGBT Americans  Outside The Beltway - Mobile EditionLate last week, the House of Representatives, on a largely party-line vote, passed the Equality Act, which would extend civil rights protections to LGBT ...

Music icon Nina Simone's Tryon birthplace is being restored. Here's what they're doing.  Asheville Citizen-TimesThe nearly 90-year-old home where Simone grew up in Tryon is being stabilized after years of neglect that nearly saw the structure be demolished.

Sanders faces heat for saying people should be able to vote from prison  The Washington PostAs the words left his mouth, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could see the shape of the attack ads that could be used against him. A questioner at a CNN town hall ...

Pro-LGBT Equality Act Forces Doctors to Violate Their Oath to Do No Harm  Church MilitantYou are not signed in as a Premium user; we rely on Premium users to support our news reporting. Sign in or Sign up today! DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A ...

The Racist Roots of Denying Incarcerated People Their Right to Vote  ACLUDo you want the Boston marathon bomber to vote?” is a provocative question that acts as a smokescreen concealing the real issue — why and when did ...

Florida voters gave ex-felons right to vote. Then lawmakers stepped in.  The Christian Science MonitorLast fall Florida voters approved vote restoration for former felons. But under a bill formalizing the measure, not all those people can vote.

Voter rights activist gets TIME honor  The Miami TimesThe driving force behind Florida's ballot initiative to restore voting rights to Floridians with past felony convictions has been chosen as one of Time magazine's ...

Japan mulls amnesty in honor of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement  Kyodo News PlusJapanese government considering granting amnesty to criminals in honor of new Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony in October.

Shiny and not-so-new: Celebration of Preservation honors CLE's shining stars in historic restoration  freshwaterclevelandCleveland has had its shares of ups and downs in the 223 years since Moses Cleaveland first set up shop, but many of the city's homes and buildings have ...

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp  Miami HeraldA University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern Colorado.

Transgender Activists Fume as Ben Carson Restores Women-Only Spaces in Homeless Shelters  BreitbartBen Carson's Department of Housing and Urban Development has decided to restore single-sex spaces for women in homeless shelters.

SPLC launches voting rights legal team, testifies before U.S. House panel in Alabama  Southern Poverty Law CenterEver since state and local law enforcement officers attacked peaceful civil rights marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, Alabama ...

Leader McConnell, let us vote | TheHill  The HillThe For the People Act offers a transformative vision for democracy that puts the American people and our shared values first. Importantly, it also commits to ...

This Map Shows Where It’s Still Legal to Be Fired for Your Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity  MONEYMillions of LGBTQ Americans can be fired — legally — due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. But this harsh reality will soon be put to its biggest test.

“Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants” strike calls for statewide restoration of driver licenses  Milwaukee IndependentThousands of people marched on the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison as part of the Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants on May 1, a statewide general strike ...

Study suggests Amendment 4 requirement would disproportionately impact black people  WCTVBy: Capitol News *Service* May 17, 2019. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) – A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice found more than 2,000 felons registered to ...

After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New “Poll Tax”  TruthoutCivil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with ...

What if Iowa could protect both religious freedom and LGBTQ rights?  Des Moines RegisterIowa's efforts to protect religious freedom have stalled. But maybe that could change if the state included robust protections for LGBTQ people.

Democrats Blast Florida Bill Limiting Felon Voting Rights  Courthouse News ServiceFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CN) – At a congressional field hearing on voter suppression in Florida, Democratic lawmakers were up in arms Monday over a new ...

The Equality Act  Kemmerer GazetteFrom the beginning, this column has covered any number of local attempts to roll back First Amendment freedoms in the name of stopping discrimination.

Recent attempts at reparations show that World War II is not over  Alton Telegraph(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Timothy Webster, Case Western Reserve ...

House Republican seeks to change name of Equality Act to 'Forfeiting Women's Rights Act'  Washington BladeWith a vote on the Equality Act expected next week in the U.S. House, Republicans have proposing a slew of anti-LGBT amendments on floor consideration of ...

Kathy Jones: Progress starts at the ballot box  AL.comWe are becoming more aware of the injustices that have existed for a very long time and want to make a difference.

Study suggests Amendment 4 bill would disproportionately impact minorities  WJHG-TVTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS *SERVICE*) - A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice found more than 2,000 felons registered to vote in Florida ...

Historic Home, Once a Hub of Black Activism, Reopens in Red Bank  New Jersey MonthlyIn the first decade of the 20th century, a stately house with a mansard roof on the west side of Red Bank was a gathering place for African-American intellectuals ...

Andrew Young to address ACLU event Saturday in Old Fourth Ward  Atlanta Journal ConstitutionAndrew Young will address an ACLU event in Atlanta Saturday as the civil liberties group led by his daughter vows to challenge Georgia abortion bill.

CHR set to halt restoration of death penalty  SunStar PhilippinesWITH the restoration of the death penalty having high hopes due to election of several bets of President Duterte in the upper and lower chambers, the ...

Civil Rights Advocates Consider Litigation Over Voting Rights Restoration Bills | Daily Business Review  Law.comProposed legislation in the Florida House and Senate have some gearing up for potential lawsuits over the right of ex-felons' voting rights.

Governor Northam announces civil rights restored to over 10,000 Virginians  WTKR News 3RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam says that since he took office, his administration has restored the civil rights of 10,992 Virginians previously convicted of ...

Felon Voting Rights Legislation Could End Up In Court  WFSUSince January 8, felons have been registering to vote as long as they've completed their sentence, and did not commit a felony sexual offense or murder.

A Most Uncivil Law is Coming  NRB TodayA vote in the House of Representatives could come as early as this Thursday on H.R. 5, the contentious bill that would place nearly all Christian ministries, ...

ACA Litigation Round-Up: Contraceptive Coverage Mandate  Health AffairsLitigation continues over the Trump administration's rules on religious and moral objections to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) contraceptive mandate. The final ...

'Everybody is under attack.' Protesters disrupt Florida House  Tampa Bay TimesTALLAHASSEE — About a dozen groups protesting “anti-civil rights” bills on topics from immigration to school vouchers to restoration of felons voting rights ...

Lawmakers hopeful for Puget Sound funding from Congress  Kitsap SunWashington's congressional delegation is hoping for more money directed to restoring the sound to health.

Amendment 4 could give Gov. Ron DeSantis his Lincoln moment | Opinion  Tallahassee.comThis issue of race, equality and who gets to vote is indeed something thousands of Americans of all races have fought and died for.

Local historian, gardener Francis Inglis dies at age 90  The Daily AdvanceThursday, May 23, 2019. Friday evening, I interviewed Frances Inglis on her porch with her daughter Susan along with former county commissioner John ...

Bishops Clash With Liberal Activists Over Equality Act  National Catholic RegisterLast week, a story headlined, “Some Catholic advocates support Equality Act, despite opposition from U.S. bishops,” and posted on America, the Jesuit media ...

Most Kentucky felons would have voting rights restored under new bill  Courier JournalMost convicted felons in Kentucky would have their voting rights automatically restored after completing their sentences, parole and probation under a bill filed ...

More cake? The Supreme Court could hear another gay wedding cake case  The EconomistIN RECENT years, the Supreme Court has made a habit of waving a gavel and turning blockbuster cases into duds.

Florida Amendment 4 results: ex-felon voting rights restored via ballot initiative  Vox.comFlorida voters during Tuesday's midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of ...

Florida Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored  The AtlanticA ballot amendment in the November election could restore voting rights to 1.5 million felons in Florida, one of just three states that permanently bars felons from ...

Civil rights groups join lawsuit to fight Kentucky's felon voter ban  Courier JournalKentucky has some of the nation's highest rates of residents who can't vote because of felony convictions — but a recent federal lawsuit is seeking to change ...

Here’s how Inland-area members of Congress voted on Obamacare this week  Press-EnterpriseHere's how area members of Congress voted on major issues during the legislative week ending Friday, May 17. HOUSE. DEMOCRATIC REPAIR OF 2010 ...

'I Can't Afford It and I Never Will Be Able To'  The AppealFlorida is poised to pass a law that imposes a 'poll tax' on thousands of formerly incarcerated people.

Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida  ReutersTAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ...

Court Rules Against Gang Members-Turned-Evangelists...... | News & Reporting  ChristianityToday.comEx-members say they're uniquely equipped to reach gangs. Former Latin Kings continue to fight Illinois restrictions they believe hamper their right to share the ...

Is it a poll tax if felons have to pay court costs and fees to regain voting rights?  Miami HeraldRepublicans in the Florida Legislature advanced a bill that would require felons to pay back all court fees and costs before being eligible to vote, even if those ...

Florida Felons Once Denied Rights Begin Registering to Vote  The New York TimesTuesday marked the first day for former felons in Florida to register in vote, following a historic ballot measure that restored their rights.

Confusion clouds restoration of Florida felons' voting rights  Tampa Bay TimesSARASOTA — Florida voters spoke clearly four weeks ago: They restored the right to vote to most convicted felons who complete their sentences. When it ...

‘The Right Has a Greater Appreciation of Labor’s Role Than We Do’  The New York TimesEven as many Democrats appear to accept organized labor's decline, Republicans recognize the crucial importance of unions and are determined to gut them ...

As Bernie Sanders Says 'No Apologies' for His Position, 70+ Groups Back Call for Prisoner Voting Rights  Common DreamsSen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday unequivocally doubled down on his position that prisoners should have the right to vote—as dozens of civil rights groups ...

Nora Demleitner: Codifying rights restoration now imperative | Guest Columnist  Virginian-PilotTHE POSSIBILITY of an (unelected) Republican governor, with the three top Democratic officials facing scrutiny of their past, forces Virginia to confront another ...

Franchise opportunity Why the restoration of felons’ voting rights in Florida is a big deal  The EconomistTHE MID-TERM elections in Florida featured some momentous races, including razor's-edge counts in the Senate and governor's contests.

‘A joyous day’ ahead as 1.4 million Florida ex-felons have voting rights restored  Washington PostSARASOTA — One of the largest enfranchisements of U.S. citizens in the past century begins Tuesday in Florida, and many of the more than 1.4 million ...

Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?  The New York TimesA referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state's electorate.

World War 2 Over But Not Done, Recent Reparations Attempts Show  Patch.comWW2 Over But Not Done, Reparations Attempts Show - Across America, US - Treaties might have ended World War 2 more than 70 years ago but recent ...

The President Is Not the Front-Runner  The NationIn normal election cycles, incumbent presidents are favored to win. But 2020 is no normal election cycle.

Fines and fees provisions at odds with the language and intent of Amendment 4 | Commentary  Orlando SentinelThe debate over whether voting rights should be restored after fines and fees are paid misses the original intent of Florida's Amendment 4.

Here's what you haven't heard about restoring ex-felons' voting rights: Analysis  Orlando SentinelThe analysis "Civil Rights Restoration in Florida and Amendment 4" addresses some of the glaring gaps in the public discourse on ex-felons' rights and more.

Florida GOP could limit Amendment 4’s expansion of voting rights  Vox.comLast year, Amendment 4 restored voting rights to more than 1 million people with felony records. The Florida House passed a bill requiring them to pay all court ...

Amendment 4 in Florida restored voting rights to felons. Now that's back in doubt.  NBCNews.comOn Thursday, Florida lawmakers voted along party lines to advance a bill that could bar from the ballot box many of the estimated 1.5 million convicted felons ...

In New York, Undocumented Immigrants Could Become Eligible for Driver's Licenses Again  Pacific StandardNew York state legislators are expected to vote in the coming weeks to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses amid growing calls from civil ...

Leader of movement to restore voting rights to past convicts in Florida will speak in Naples  Naples Daily NewsDesmond Meade will be the keynote speaker at a criminal justice reform forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples.

Restoration of Birmingham’s A.G. Gaston Motel, a “sacred” civil rights landmark, is underway  Bham NowToday, the city of Birmingham announced it is restoring one of the civil rights movement's most treasured landmarks - the A.G. Gaston Motel.

This Native Hawaiian Taro Farmer Has Been Fighting A&B For Decades  Honolulu Civil BeatThe result has been bittersweet. Stream water was restored to his East Maui land three years ago, but so many others gave up traditional taro farming during the ...

The legacy of Emmett Till: Revisiting history as new facts emerge and memories fade  Chicago TribuneTwo new books — "Remembering Emmett Till" by Dave Tell and "Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till" by Elliott J. Gorn — consider the continuing ...

City Update: Siemens Investigation Moves Forward, Bridge Closure, JPD Accreditation, Local Heroes  Jackson Free PressWard 3 Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes removed his glasses as Council President Melvin Priester Jr. of Ward 2 announced the body would be going ...

Tennessee felon voting rights restoration bill advances  NewsChannel5.comNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee push to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A House ...

Squabble between the county and city lets Black museum languish  The Miami TimesA museum to house the history of Black Americans in Miami and Miami-Dade County's former Blacks-only beach has been a project in search of funding for ...