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A federal judge has decided to permit the advance of a legal attempt to prohibit Republican US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) from seeking reelection because of her alleged involvement in the attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election. While observers suspect that Rep. Greene will remain on the 2022 ballot, the judge’s decision means that Greene will be the first sitting Republican Member of Congress forced to testify under oath about possible complicity in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6th,

In what many are viewing as a dangerous precedent, a federal judge in an Arkansas district court has ruled that a challenge to potentially discriminatory election maps under article 2 of the Voting Rights Act (or VRA) can only go forward if the Attorney General of the United States joins the suit. A staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union says, “Until today, no court had ever questioned that private individuals may enforce their rights under the VRA.”    Visit The Hill to learn moreImage Credit:

In the wake of yet another defeat for voting rights legislation at the hands of Republicans in the United States Senate, US Representative Jim Clyburn (D-SC-6), the House Majority Whip, is publicly encouraging President Biden to draft executive actions, if necessary, in order to demonstrate political progress to voters before the 2022 midterms. Clyburn, generally regarded to be the most powerful African-American lawmaker in the House, cited President Lincoln’s unilateral issue of the Emancipation Proclamation and President Truman’s desegregation of the US Armed Forces

U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-NY-16) was among those arrested near the Capitol building for protesting the defeat of voting rights legislation in the Senate.  Representative Bowman noted that he was in the company of 20 other people who were arrested, among them young hunger strikers. Bowman called his colleagues in the Senate who contributed to the bill’s defeat - including fellow Democrats Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) - “a direct threat to our democracy.”    Visit The Hill to learn more.Image Credit: Mpls55408 (CC

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