October 2021

In what may have been an unexpected turn of events for Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, the cash bounty he announced nearly a year ago for those who identify perpetrators of voter fraud has yielded only one recipient so far: a progressive-leaning poll worker in Pennsylvania who has brought forward a confirmed case of a registered Republican casting an illegal vote.   Visit NBC DFW to learn more. Image Credit: Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Despite adopting compromises proposed by conservative-leaning Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Democrats in the Senate failed to win a single Republican vote in favor of the Freedom to Vote Act. Because 60 votes are still needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate, the Democrats appear to have run out of options for achieving voting rights reform beyond changing the rules of their legislative body. Senator Manchin had rejected the earlier voting rights bill put forward by his fellow party-members, but as

Following Republican Senators’ most recent rejection of a modified voting rights reform proposal, President Joe Biden has told anchor Anderson Cooper in a town hall interview that he is willing to consider supporting revisions to the filibuster - and possibly even supporting its elimination. However, President Biden maintained that he would prefer to make the filibuster harder to execute, perhaps by requiring Senators to physically hold the floor and speak, as was customary in the past  Biden also expressed the fear that if he

Republican legislatures have adopted a new method for drawing electoral maps that excludes the use of any racial data. Critics of the technique argue that while no racial data is employed in drawing districts, the legislators still know full well when they have drawn a map that dilutes the power of voters of color. However, legal experts suspect that this new method may nevertheless deter voting rights advocates from bringing lawsuits against gerrymandered maps. An increasingly conservative judiciary has shown itself to be repeatedly

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) has issued an open letter announcing his intention to file for a vote to end debate on The Freedom to Vote Act, a piece of legislation crafted by Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Klobuchar (D-MN). Republicans are expected to refuse to advance the bill.  The Freedom to Vote Act was crafted by Democrats as a compromise, after Senator Manchin refused to support the For The People Act, which has passed the House of Representatives. However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch