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December Deadline Looms for Senate Democrats to Pass Critical Voting Rights Legislation

Interview with Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way, conducted by Scott Harris

tax the rich

U.S. Tax Code Must be Rewritten to Compel America’s Wealthiest Pay Their Fair Share

Interview with Morris Pearl, a former managing director of BlackRock, chairman of the Patriotic Millionaires, conducted by Scott Harris

oil drilling

California Proposes New Rule Banning New Oil Wells Within 3,200 Feet of Homes and Schools

Interview with Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

This Week’s Under-reported News Summary – Dec. 1, 2021

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • FBI investigating Erik Prince's role in failed arms sale in Libya
  • South Africa is one of the world's most unequal countries
  • Can the U.S. still build & think big for future generations?

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Dear Between The Lines Listeners:

Yesterday, #Gestapo and #DeSantis topics in Twitter were trending, apparently over likely 2024 presidential contender Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' latest proposal to create a private militia, which would be under his authority. This is the latest among many alarming post-Trump authoritarian moves he has attempted to enact — whether by legislation or by executive order — including creating a state law enforcement agency meant to target the sorts of trumped-up election issues former president Donald Trump and his allies still continue to perpetuate; banning mask and COVID vaccine mandates at the local level; or offering immunity to motorists who "accidentally" kill protesters blocking a street.

Nevertheless, DeSantis is just one of many operatives in a relentless Republican onslaught threatening democracy. The GOP have proposed 425 voter suppression bills in 49 states, passed 33 such laws in 19 states — making it more difficult for communities of color, young people and other Democratic-leaning constituencies to vote.

Democracy is seriously at risk. This week, Between The Lines' Scott Harris discusses a December deadline for voting rights legislation with Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way. Jealous notes that voter suppression is not the only threat, but also election subversion — where some states are setting in place regulations that allow legislatures to overturn the popular will of the voters and winners of elections in the future.

Jealous urges your senators and President Biden to get behind the passage of these two bills:
• The John Lewis bill, which restores the power of the U.S. Department of Justice to stop bad redistricting plans and voter suppression bills before they take effect.
• The Freedom to Vote Act, which addresses laws already in existence — such as restrictions on Sunday voting or the removal of polling places from minority neighborhoods.

Jealous says: "We need both. One, if you will, prevents the next round of attempts to light the Constitution on fire and destroy our voting rights. And the other one puts out the flames that are that are currently burning in our democracy."

Here's a link to his interview
https://btlonline.org/december-deadline-looms-for-senate-democrats-to-pass-critical-voting-rights-legislation/

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These two bills are essential for preserving democracy -- Biden should do a carve out of the filibuster to get these bills passed!! It's our last chance to prevent authoritarianism from taking hold #Election2022 #election2024
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This week's Between The Lines:

People for the American Way's Ben Jealous: December Deadline Looms for Senate Democrats to Pass Critical Voting Rights Legislation

BlackRock's Morris Pearl: U.S. Tax Code Must be Rewritten to Compel America’s Wealthiest Pay Their Fair Share

Presente.org's Matt Nelson: California Proposes New Rule Banning New Oil Wells Within 3,200 Feet of Homes and Schools

Bob Nixon’s Under-reported News Summary
• FBI investigating Erik Prince's role in failed arms sale in Libya
• South Africa is one of the world's most unequal countries
• Can the U.S. still build & think big for future generations?

#Libyaarmsembargo, #billionaires, #infrastructure, #libya, #oildrilling, #southafrica, #taxcode, #votingrights, #wealthgap
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All good stuff being taken out by Republicans...