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Daniel Nichanian. criminal justice, voting rights, local politics, pol. theory. Editorial director, @TheAppeal's Political Report. Creator, What's on the Ballot
Sep 17, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
I see some people suddenly say it's time to talk about how teenage acts are punished. People have been fighting on this issue forever, & over far worse fates than a SCOTUS seat! In fact, the SCOTUS ruling against life without parole for juveniles may be at risk with Kennedy gone. California's legislature just passed 2 bills (one would ban kids under the age of 16 from being tried as adults; the other would restrict most children under 12 from being prosecuted in juvenile court) that are still awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's decision on whether he'll sign.
Sep 14, 2018 10 tweets 4 min read
FIRST RESULT: Julia Salazar, who was backed by DSA, wins against state Sen. Martin Dilan. It wasn't close. (@AP has called it.) 2ND RESULT: Robert Jackson defeats state Sen. Marisol Alcantara in in #SD31. Alcantara was a member of the IDC, which allied with the GOP.

First IDC incumbent to lose a primary tonight (🚨), and likely not the last.
Sep 5, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
An absolutely transformative result for criminal justice reform in Boston. Rachel Rollins ran by saying: "We need to end mass incarceration and restore justice in our communities."

She'll replace a DA who resisted reform. Let me quickly go over her platform. Rollins ran on supporting repeal of mandatory minimums, on ending the use of cash bail for low-level offenses, and on increasing the use of diversion & restorative justice programs. She pledged to release demographic data relating to charging decisions.
Aug 27, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
In this new federal ruling striking down North Carolina's congressional map, an explosive possibility: The court **may** order North Carolina to run the 2018 congressional elections under NEW maps. redistricting.lls.edu/files/NC%20cc%… And there's a really explosively ironic twist—so ironic I'll need to take this thread into a third tweet to unpack it.
Jul 24, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
The NC GOP has staged a deluge of political and legislative coups this decade to maintain & consolidate power regardless of election results. How do we even keep up or summarize all of it? [1/] They continually pass laws targeting voting procedures used by African Americans (with "surgical precision," a federal court said), & restricting early voting & weekend voting. They just eliminated early voting on the final Saturday, a day disproportionately used by black voters.
Jul 13, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
NH's GOP governor just signed a GOP law imposing new restrictions on voting eligibility: Being domiciled in NH is no longer sufficient, you will also need to meet the qualifications of a "resident." This will likely mean many college students don't vote.
wmur.com/article/amid-u… Trump lost NH by 3,000 votes & Sen. Ayotte was ousted by 1,000 votes. This law is GOP's predictable solution to prevent a repeat: shrink the electorate.

(Had enough suppressive laws already been in place for Ayotte to get thru, skinny repeal bill wld have passed, for one.)
Jun 27, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
one remedy against the coming SCOTUS: elect govs who'll veto abortion restrictions & gerrymanders, state lawmakers who'll expand labor & reproductive rights, Secretaries of State who'll replace aggressive purges with voting rights agenda, DAs who'll refrain from cruel punishments not just vote: also publicize & mobilize around these local races' fault lines & stakes, which are often obscured & under-covered (e.g. for legislative primaries or DA/Sheriff). In fact, these risk growing even less covered given troubles of local press.
Jun 5, 2018 11 tweets 6 min read
It's Super Tuesday, & my cheat sheet has ballooned to include 33 important elections: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…

So here's a quick thread highlighting some (lower-profile) races you should absolutely be paying attention to today! You know the big ones:
—Will Dems be shut-out in any of the 3 crowded Orange Co districts (#CA39, #CA48, #CA49)?
—Will the GOP be shut out in one/both of California's Senate & Gov race?
What else?
Feb 10, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Washington's state Senate just adopted automatic voting registration! Now on to the state House, which is expected to adopt it. Senate very recently switched to Dem control. It has since passed automatic & same-day voting registration, a ban on conversion therapy, stronger protections for trans students, stronger financial disclosure rules.
Dec 28, 2017 13 tweets 5 min read
Roy Moore is suing Alabama to stop Jones's win from being certified.

He effectively cites high turnout in black areas as evidence of fraud! & evokes mass Election Day migration—a fantasy borrowed from Trump's NH conspiracies.

Let's look at the complaint together, shall we: 1. Moore cites high turnout in a county that's far higher-than-average African-American (a pattern that's not exceptional & is documented throughout state) as evidence of fraud. African Americans voting is apparently inherently suspicious.