Elizabeth Warren’s plan would eliminate up to $50,000 in student loan debt for every person with a household income of less than $100,000; borrowers who make between $100,000 and $250,000 would have a portion of their debt forgiven.
Republicans, frightened by the big Democratic turnout in the 2018 elections, are making it much harder to vote in many states.
Criminal penalties for improper registration applications (Texas), much tougher early voting rules (Arkansas), fines for groups that do registration drives and turn in incomplete forms (Tennessee)--these are all attempts to discourage minority, young, poor, and generally blue voters being passed right now.
"If Senate Bill 9 passes [in Texas], a person who makes a simple mistake — puts the wrong ZIP code on a voter registration card — could be prosecuted, fined and even put in jail," said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, which registers young voters, among other things."
Meanwhile, "many Democratic-run states are heading further in the opposite direction by expanding access to early and absentee voting and adopting automatic voter registration."
The Supreme Court will hear this case on Tuesday, Apr. 23 (tomorrow)!
Republicans want to add a question to the census form asking respondents whether they are citizens. Opponents of this measure say that it will intimidate many from taking part in the census, thus falsifying the count of residents in the US, information extremely important for planning and budgeting for things like roads, schools, and health care.
"The justices will ultimately have to decide if the Commerce Department’s decision to add the question, announced last year, was done arbitrarily and without proper study of its impact. They will also consider if asking the question violates the Enumeration Clause of the Constitution, which states that Congress must conduct an “actual enumeration,” or count, of the population.
Court observers say the legal question will likely come down to whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had the actual authority to reinstate the citizenship question to the census roughly 70 years after it last appeared on the survey."
Homeowners in Crickentree, near the former Golf Club of South Carolina, are fighting rezoning that would allow hundreds of new homes to be built on the unused golf course. They fear lowered property values, clogged roads, and harm to the environment.
A public hearing on the zoning change will be held by Richland County at its meeting at 7 PM on Tuesday, Apr. 22.
The change in zoning could affect other areas as well: The Members Club at Woodcreek & Wildewood, The Windemere Club, LongCreek Plantation and Spring Valley Country Club.
"Cricketree residents are backing a plan pitched by Blythewood Mayor Mike Ross that the county or private donors purchase the property and turn it into much-needed recreational space — hiking and biking trails, even equestrian trails in additional to playing fields."
Residents around the closed Golf Club of South Carolina at Crickentree are fighting a rezoning request at Richland County Council. A Texas developer wants to build hundreds of homes on the former golf course.
For hopefuls in the Democratic primary, "success in South Carolina, home to the nation’s first Southern presidential primary, could come down to connecting with politically influential churchgoing African Americans."
Kamala Harris is in a Columbia church for Easter, and Cory Booker was at another in this city for MLK Day. Last week, Bernie Sanders held a town hall in an African American church. Beto O'Rourke, John Hickenlooper, and Kirsten Gillebrand have also been to churches in the state.
"But Antjuan Seawright, a South Carolina political consultant and fifth-generation member of the African Methodist Episcopal church, notes that an endorsement from a pastor is no guarantee of securing his parishioners’ support."
Still, the hopeful candidates will come, but should listen to Seawright: "Regardless of their approach, Seawright urged white candidates to strive to make authentic connections and develop policy proposals that back up whatever overtures they’re making as they visit the state’s parishioners."
“People want authenticity, people want genuineness, and they want honesty,” Seawright said.