Voter Protection, Justice Denied, COVID Exhaustion and More

Posted on February 9, 2022

Voter Protection Act: Conservatives are gearing up to prevent Americans from voting through suppression, intimidation or supposed mistakes. The Voter Protection Act bans specific types of intimidation and suppression, establishes a Voter’s Bill of Rights, and requires the creation of a Manual of Election Procedures.

Justice delayed is justice denied: In 2016, candidate Trump famously said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?” Two recent news stories suggest he wouldn’t be prosecuted either. For more, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

How Americans’ Exhaustion With COVID-19 Is Shaping Politics: People are getting tired of COVID restrictions as the Omicron surge is declining in blue (if not red) jurisdictions. The FiveThirtyEight podcast discusses what restrictions Americans now do and don’t support.

State and local governments see rebound after billions of dollars in losses during pandemic: Many state and local governments are now “awash in record amounts of money,” according to a PBS report. This is mostly because pandemic relief from the federal government more than offset losses in revenue.

State Equality Index 2021: This is a comprehensive state-by-state report from the Human Rights Campaign that provides a review of laws and policies that affect LGBTQ+ people and their families.

Eight years of the PLI Bulletin: This is the eighth anniversary of the first Bulletin in 2014. You can see our Bulletin archives here and more than 400 IdeaLog blog posts here.