FROM Jennie Drage Bowser
Could State Ballot Measures Increase Voter Turnout across the US? Ballot initiatives have become increasingly common, and increasingly divisive, across the country. There are no less than 153 ballot initiatives in various states, with subjects including same sex marriage, abortion and affirmative action, all of which have the capacity to increase turnout. This year, three states are voting on same sex marriage. Jennie Drage Bowser is a senior elections analyst with the National Conference of State Legislators
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?