Progressives swoon over Ellison role in Chauvin trial

Ellison, a prominent ally of Bernie Sanders during both of the Vermont senator’s presidential bids, has received accolades from both flanks of the Democratic Party for his role in Chauvin’s trial. Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and a longtime critic of Sanders, tweeted that she is “so grateful” that Ellison was … Leer más

Democrats fear GOP targeting racial justice protests

“It is the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country,” DeSantis said during the bill’s signing. “There’s nothing even close.” Following the summer’s widespread racial justice protests after the killing of George Floyd, Republican lawmakers in 34 states have introduced sweeping anti-riot bills, many of which would enhance sentences for those convicted … Leer más

Chauvin trial political fallout: Groundbreaking verdict, same fault lines

A demonstrator display a banner during a protest.

Yet otherwise there’s little evidence that each party’s messaging will change, with Democrats rallying around racial equity measures and expansive police reforms and Republicans prioritizing law and order. The attacks on each are likely to be familiar: Democrats will continue to frame the GOP as a party that is hostile to the interests of people … Leer más

Raimondo bearish on GOP infrastructure alternative

“Six hundred billion dollars is not what the country needs — the country needs $2 trillion” Raimondo said during a Playbook Live interview. “It’s not nearly enough.” The GOP proposition, which has not yet been formally introduced, has already drawn a chilly reception from several leading Senate Democrats, raising the prospect that the effort might … Leer más

Justice Department opens broad probe of Minneapolis police

While Garland’s predecessors in the Trump administration — Jeff Sessions and William Barr — rejected the notion of widespread abuses of Black people by police, Garland struck a decidedly different tone Wednesday and suggested that such abuses are common. “I know that nothing can fill the void that the loved ones of George Floyd have … Leer más

Few options seen for Chauvin appeal

While Arradondo’s testimony was expected to focus on the police force’s training and policies, the chief also twice told jurors that Chauvin’s actions violated the department’s “values.” “It is certainly not part of our ethics or our values,” said Arrandondo, who had previously offered in public that Chauvin’s actions amounted to murder. Some experts said … Leer más

Chauvin is guilty. Now comes the hard road ahead.

A 77-year-old white president who, on the campaign trail was skewered for being hopelessly out of touch when it comes to race, hailed the verdict as a triumph of racial justice. And in the immediate aftermath of that verdict, he made promises to the Black community — and directly to the family of George Floyd … Leer más

George Floyd’s family: ‘Today, we are able to breathe again’

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, arrives at the Hennepin County Government Center.

The killing of Floyd set off a nationwide reckoning on race and sparked ongoing calls for police reform. At a news conference after Chauvin was convicted, several members of Floyd’s family celebrated the verdict — expressing relief at the outcome — and echoed calls for police reform “to make sure not another family has to … Leer más

Inside the Democratic strategy to expand voting rights state by state

To be sure, not all Republican legislatures are opposed to expanding voting access. In Kentucky, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear signed a sweeping electoral reform law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that broadens early and absentee voting and establishes recount procedures. More broadly, Republicans push back against criticism from Democrats that they’re engaged in a scheme … Leer más