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Former Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams’ group Fair Fight Action is launching a multimillion-dollar ad campaign taking aim at elections bills Republicans have filed in recent weeks that critics say would make it more difficult to vote in the Peach State. 

A 30-second ad released by the voting rights organization on Tuesday specifically calls out measures recently filed by Republicans in the state that would place further restrictions on voting by mail.

“Georgians of both parties have voted by mail for decades. Almost half a million Georgia Republicans did it just last year. The GOP knows voting by mail works, it was their idea,” the ad states. 

“It’s how Republicans have been winning Florida. But now, the same Georgia politicians who passed these laws want to make voting harder. That means longer lines, higher taxes, harder for you. Tell Georgia politicians: don’t mess with Georgia’s voting laws,” it continues.

Among a number of bills Republican state senators have filed this month that would directly impact absentee voting includes one measure that seeks to put an end to no-excuse absentee voting. The bill comes after the state saw record absentee voter turnout in the presidential election, when it also went blue for the first time since 1992.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) had pushed for the voting practice, which has been in effect since it was green-lighted nearly two decades ago by a GOP-led legislature, to end back in December, according to The Associated Press. 

At the time, Raffensperger claimed the practice opened "the door to potential illegal voting" without providing justification, the news agency reported. The comments from Raffensperger came as he faced criticism from former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP's elections bill is an 'attempt to suppress the Black vote' Trump closer to legal jeopardy after court ruling on tax returns MORE over his handling of the November race after Joe BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread conspiracy that Texas snow was manufactured by the government The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage hike Throwing money at Central America will not curb illegal migration MORE won the formerly reliably red state.

Republican legislators in the state have claimed the recent voting legislation is aimed at boosting confidence in election security in Georgia after Trump and a number of GOP lawmakers repeatedly spread disputed claims of widespread voter fraud following his defeat in the November race.

However, Democrats and voting rights advocates have argued the bills come in response to the wins their party secured in the presidential election and last month’s pivotal U.S. Senate runoff races.  

In a statement on Tuesday, Lauren Groh-Wargo, CEO of Fair Fight Action, accused Georgia Republicans of an “anti-voting agenda” and said their recent voting legislation “threatens the ability of all Georgians to easily and safely cast their ballot -- including the hundreds of thousands of Republican mail voters.”

“Though Republicans have doubled-down on an unconstitutional voter suppression agenda targeting voters of color, the barriers they are creating will hurt their own base of support. The Republican party should clean their own house up, and focus on learning how to run modern campaigns and run better candidates who focus on issues, not conspiracy theories,” Groh-Wargo said.

“The battlegrounds of Florida and Ohio have similar voting access to Georgia yet Republicans have been winning there- those states should serve as a lesson for them on how access to the ballot can work in their party’s favor- if they do the work,” she added. 

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The 2021 Golden Globes is getting the time’s up treatment.

The awards show, set to air Sunday on NBC, has come under fire after a recent exposé found that the Globes’ elusive group, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, does not have a single black member involved.

The organization Time’s Up launched a #TimesUpGlobes protest campaign Friday, calling out the HFPA, which selects nominees and hands out honors, over the lack of diversity.

“A cosmetic fix isn’t enough,” one of the group’s tweets read, a sentiment that was echoed by Shonda Rhimes as well as Kerry Washington, Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer and more.

Several celebrities joined in to support the movement on Twitter, including Judd Apatow, who wrote: “So many crazy things about the @goldenglobes and the Hollywood Foreign press but this is awful. #timesupglobes.”

A cosmic fix isn’t enough. #TIMESUPGlobes #TIMESUP

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 26, 2021

Ava DuVernay called it “Old news. New energy,” in her tweet along with the hashtag.

So many crazy things about the @goldenglobes and the Hollywood Foreign press but this is awful. #timesupglobes

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 26, 2021

The campaign comes after the Los Angeles Times posted a damning report about the “insular, improbably powerful group” and the mysterious identities of its 87 members, who often keep “low profiles.” While it found that the group has does have some members of color, there are no black members, a fact which the HFPA confirmed. The group also said it’s an issue they’re “committed to addressing.”

For this year’s nominations, there were notable snubs for widely acclaimed films such as Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah” for the top big-screen honors — though “Judas” star Daniel Kaluuya scored a nod for a “supporting role.” HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” was nominated for best TV drama — but the entire cast was overlooked for acting nods.

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In an initial statement, the HFPA said it was a choice made by its members.

“We do not control the individual votes of our members,” HFPA said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We seek to build cultural understanding through film and TV and recognize how the power of creative storytelling can educate people around the world to issues of race, representation and orientation.”

However, by Thursday, the HFPA pledged to “bring in black members.”

“We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them,” the organization said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”

In 2018, Time’s Up led the charge amid the #MeToo movement, and many actors and actresses wore black on the red carpet as a sign of solidarity and to raise awareness about the campaign.

Similarly, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out Oscars, came under fire in 2015 for lack of diversity when it snubbed actors of color, leading to the #OscarsSoWhite social media campaign. Since then, the Oscars has made moves for more inclusivity spurred by the movement.

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