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    During a Friday appearance on “CNN Newsroom,” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) announced an independent September 11-style commission to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Leahy, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the group of rioters, said the commission “is a superb one.” He added the commission should “have subpoena power.” “I sat through every second of that thing because I presided over the trial. I thought the case, the evidence, was overwhelming. Even some of those who voted not guilty said that they thought it was overwhelming, but it was a political decision,” Leahy advised. “Mitch McConnell probably explained best what happened. He voted not guilty and then gave a speech saying the president’s conduct was terrible and there was still going to be consequences … both in the criminal courts and the civil courts around the country....
            by Andrew Trunsky  More lawmakers are backing an independent 9/11-style commission into the Capitol riot on January 6 following the Senate’s acquittal of former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly insurrection that took place. Congressional investigations were already scheduled after this week’s recess, but lawmakers from both parties have called for a holistic investigation following Trump’s acquittal on Saturday afternoon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also asked retired Army Gen. Russel Honoré in January to lead oversee a thorough review of the Capitol’s security in order to prevent something similar from occurring in the future. “There should be a complete investigation about what happened,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy on Sunday. “What was known, who knew it and when they knew, all that, because that builds the basis so this never happens again.” After voting that the trial was unconstitutional in January, Cassidy voted...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of voters initially identified as possibly having moved in Wisconsin shrunk by two-thirds before the November presidential election, and none of the people still on the list cast ballots in 2020, the state Elections Commission reported Wednesday. More than 232,000 voters were initially identified in 2019 as potentially having moved. The Wisconsin Elections Commission wanted to wait until after the presidential election before removing anyone because of inaccuracies found while previously attempting to identify voters who may have moved. Republicans had pushed for the state to deactivate voter registrations for everyone on the list who did not respond within 30 days to a postcard notifying them they had been flagged as potentially moving. The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty sued to force the state to deactivate the voter registration for all of them. The lawsuit made its way to the Wisconsin Supreme...
    Discrepancies in 936 ballots in Clark County, Nevada included six people who voted twice and caused the county's board of commissioners to authorize a re-do of a razor-thin county commission race separated by just 10 votes. No other races had a winner with margins smaller than the number of ballots that had discrepancies, however, and all-Democratic commission voted on Monday to certify the results of the 2020 election canvass in every other race. Clark County accounts for the vast majority of voters in the state of Nevada, where President-elect Joe Biden leads President Trump by 33,596 votes. Clark County registrar of voters Joe Gloria told the board of commissioners on Monday that of the 974,185 votes cast in the election, his office identified 936 ballots with discrepancies. Of those, 710 were discrepancies in mail-in precincts, 121 were in early voting precincts, 105 were in voting day precincts, and...
              A woman running for the city council in Clarksville, which is in Montgomery County, voted in an election seven months ago in Dickson County and this was long after she had already moved to Clarksville. Local and state officials won’t say, at least not yet, if this woman’s actions violate the law. That woman, Margaret Thompson, is running for the Clarksville City Council, Ward 4. Thompson did not return The Tennessee Star’s repeated requests for comment this week. Montgomery County Elections Administrator Elizabeth Black, city county records, said this week that Thompson first registered to vote in Montgomery County on June 17 of this year. “She has provided us with a lease from December 2017, showing she lived where she currently lives for the past three years,” Black said. But, Dickson County Election Administrator Roxanne Hagewood, city her own county records, said Thompson...
    (CNN)Officials in a south Florida city have voted to repeal a law banning low waistbands in public spaces as a step toward providing fairer policies to its citizens.On Wednesday, Opa-locka city commission members repealed saggy pants ordinances from 2007 and 2013 in a 4-1 vote, officials said in a statement Thursday.The original 2007 city ordinance said that men could receive civil citations for wearing saggy pants with exposed underwear in city buildings and parks. In 2013, the law was expanded to include women and public spaces, Vice Mayor Chris Davis told CNN. "Since its inception, this law disproportionately affected certain segments of our population, including Black and brown men and women," the city said in a statement. "The Commission agreed to repeal the law opting for a less aggressive approach of educating our constituents to encourage proper dress."Read MoreFour of the five city commissioners sponsored the repeal. Davis, who proposed...
    Mississippi voters will decide in November if the state will adopt the new flag chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag, NBC News reports. The commission voted 8 to 1 Wednesday to choose “The New Magnolia” design over “The Great River Flag,” according to NBC News. The state commission also decided to change the named of the chosen design, opting to change the name from the “The New Magnolia” flag to “The In God We Trust” flag Wednesday. The design was among 5 initial finalists chosen by the commission after it reviewed nearly 3,000 designs submitted by the public, per WJTV. BREAKING: Mississippi Flag commission selects the ‘magnolia flag’ as the final state flag design. It will be on the ballot November 3rd to be voted on by the public. @16WAPTNews pic.twitter.com/8dNEubrbQS — Troy Johnson (@Troy_Johnson) September 2, 2020 In June, state legislators voted to remove...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The future of the Christopher Columbus Statue will be the topic of discussion for the Philadelphia Art Commission Wednesday. The commission is holding a special meeting to decide once and for all if the Marconi Plaza statue should be removed, relocated or altered in some way. Public comment will follow the meeting. Columbus statues in several other states have already been removed. Last month, the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted in favor of removing the Christopher Columbus Statue from Marconi Plaza. Though the statue has sat in Marconi Plaza for more than a century, the controversy surrounding it reached a peak this year. The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted 10-2 to have the 144-year-old statue removed.
    (CNN)Philadelphia took another step towards removing a statue of Christopher Columbus on Friday when the city's historical commission voted 10-2 in favor of removal. Christopher Columbus statue taken down after Chicago mayor orders its removalThe final decision for removing the statue from Marconi Plaza rests with the Philadelphia Art Commission, which is tentatively scheduled to take up the matter on August 12, Lauren Cox, a spokeswoman for Mayor Jim Kenney, told CNN."This week's meetings were an important opportunity for members of the public to share their opinions about the future of the Christopher Columbus Statue in Marconi Plaza," Cox said in a statement. "The administration believes we made a strong case for the relocation of the statue and will await the final decision of the Art Commission." The commission heard hours of testimony from the public, the majority of whom wanted the 144-year-old statue to stay, according to CNN...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Historical Commission has voted in favor of removing the Christopher Columbus Statue from Marconi Plaza. The commission held a virtual hearing Friday. The city had asked the Historical Commission to evaluate the safety of the South Philadelphia site, both for the public and the statue itself. It has attracted contentious protests. Some residents say Columbus represents racism and genocide. Others say Columbus is an important historical figure for Italian Americans. Now that the Historical Commission has voted, the Art Commission will cast a deciding vote next month.
    PROVO, Utah (AP) — County commissioners in Utah postponed a meeting Wednesday where they were expected to discuss mask mandates after people packed the room and ignored social distancing guidelines. The Utah County commissioners cited public safety concerns as the reason for abruptly canceling the meeting, Fox-13 reported. The commission had to postpone a vote on whether or not to ask for a partial exemption from the statewide mask mandate for schools. Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee had proposed writing a letter to the county’s health director, directing him to ask state officials for a “compassionate exemption” from the mandate Gov. Gary Herbert issued last week. Attendees booed after the commissioners opted to push the vote to a later date because of health concerns. Video footage shows the meeting was packed with people who opposed the mandate, very few of whom were wearing masks. Commissioners Tanner Ainge and Nathan Ivie...
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