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A 90-second radio report and podcast which keeps you informed of the key democracy issues in the U.S. Visit us at AmericanDemocracyMinute.org, on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @democracyminute. The American Democracy Minute is the successor to the Open Democracy Minute, produced from 2019 to 2022 and focused on NH democracy issues. Click on the ADM Logo on the episode, or in other players, the Play ⏯️ button. Are you a radio station? Find our broadcast files at Pacifica Radio Network's A ...
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 22, 2024 Another Tactic to Undermine Citizen Ballot Initiatives in Arizona: Slap Signature Collectors with a Subpoena Yesterday, we reported on attempts by anti-voter legislators in Arizona to make it harder to get citizen ballot initiatives on the ballot, and a higher threshold to pass o…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 21, 2024 Arizona Anti-Voter Legislators Up Their Game to Quash Citizen Ballot Initiatives How’s this for cruel irony: Arizona anti-voter legislators are proposing voters pass their legislative constitutional ballot question this November to make it harder for voters to get a citizen ballo…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 20, 2024 Why People Don’t Vote: Surveys Show Many Nonvoters Don’t Think Their Vote Matters A 2020 survey by political research site FiveThirtyEight.com found that many just don’t like the candidate, some have to wait in line for hours, and some, well, they just don’t think their vote make…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 17, 2024 U.S. Supreme Court Stays 5th Circuit, Allowing Louisiana’s Fairer Congressional Maps - Apparently Invoking the Purcell Principle We recently explained the Supreme Court’s Purcell principle and its impact. May 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a shocking Fifth Circuit decisi…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 16, 2024 The Purcell Principle: A SCOTUS Decision Intended to Avoid Voter Confusion May Now Be a Stealth Voter Suppression Tactic You may have heard references to the “Purcell principle” in news reports. What started as a U.S. Supreme Court opinion to minimize confusion and disruption clo…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 14, 2024 Nevada Supreme Court Throws Out Citizen Ballot Initiatives on Redistricting, and May Have Damaged Future Direct Democracy Efforts in the Process Fair Maps Nevada had its ballot questions written and vetted by the secretary of state to put a citizen-run independent redistricting c…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 14, 2024 Shades of Corruption: Menendez & Cuellar Prosecuted for Accepting Cash & Cars; Trump Reportedly Promises Climate Rollbacks for $1B in Campaign Contributions from Big Oil The corruption trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez started May 13th for allegedly taking gold bars and cash …
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 13, 2024 New York Appeals Court Protects the State Mail-in Voting Law, Dealing a Blow to NY Congresswoman & GOP Groups A New York state appeals court upheld a new state law allowing any state resident to vote by mail during the early voting period. New York and national Republican committ…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 10, 2024 South Dakota Democracy Advocates Submit Ballot Measure Signatures for a ‘Top 2’ Single Ballot Open Primary System. If Approved, All Voters Get a Voice in the Primary May 7th, South Dakota democracy advocates submitted the necessary signatures to put a constitutional amendment est…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 9, 2024 Betrayed by State Officials, North Dakota Native Americans Forced to Again Fight for the Right to Choose Their Own State Representation In 2021, Native Americans nations negotiated with the State of North Dakota to create majority minority state House districts under the Voting Ri…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 8, 2024 What is the ‘Gingles Test’ and How Does it Impact Minority Voting Rights? Today, we’re looking at a principle called the “Gingles Test” that federal courts use when determining whether a gerrymandered redistricting map is a violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. How that test is…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 7, 2024 Oklahoma Becomes the 7th State to Ban Ranked Choice Voting, While Pro-Voter States Consider Its Adoption After a 2023 resolution by the Republican National Committee, GOP state legislators have pushed legislation to ban ranked choice voting. April 29th, Oklahoma became the seventh…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 3, 2024 The Federal 5th Circuit Backtracks on Louisiana Congressional Maps, Throwing Out New Map Which Gave Black Voters & Candidates a Chance Louisiana’s voting age population is 30% Black, yet a 2022 Congressional district map drew only one of six Congressional districts as majority Afr…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 3, 2024 Revelations from Crypto CEO Sam Bankman-Fried Show How Reported – And Unreported -Money Funds Our Candidates In our final Dark Money report this week, we revisit Sam Bankman-Fried’s frank admissions of buying influence with U.S. politicians. Bankman-Fried was sentenced in March 20…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 2, 2024 How NY, AZ & MN are Fighting Back Against the Influence of Anonymous Campaign Cash The LLC Loophole in most states is big enough that you could drive a yacht through it. So while Brian’s on vacation this week, we’re rerunning our series on Dark Money in our campaigns and its influ…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for May 1, 2024 How the Rich Use the LLC Loophole to Circumvent Personal Donation Limits The LLC Loophole in most states is big enough that you could drive a yacht through it. So while Brian’s on vacation this week, we’re rerunning our series on Dark Money, today exploring how the wealthy use the…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 30, 2024 Shedding Light on Dark Money: How LLCs Hide Political Donors, Especially in State Races Already in the 2024 election, Open Secrets estimates over $162 Million in Dark Money has infiltrated the election — and the primaries aren’t even over. So while Brian’s on vacation this week…
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American Democracy Minute Radio Report for April 29, 2024 How 501c Nonprofits are Exploited to Hide Political Donors While Brian is on vacation, we're rerunning our 2023 series explaining Dark Money, starting with “charitable” & “social welfare” 501c3 groups. Most of these groups do great work and don’t engage in sketchy political activity. But the…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 26, 2024 U.S. Justice Department Revamps Site for Voting Rights Information, Violation Reporting The U.S. Justice Department announced changes to its voting rights information and violation reporting page on April 17th, including a new guide on voting-related language assistance, and a …
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 25, 2024 2020 Fake Elector Scheme Investigations Grind On in Michigan, Nevada and Georgia, and Arizona The first Trump criminal trial is underway, but the 2020 fake electors still face months of investigation before any alleged conspirators are brought to trial. Michigan, Georgia, and N…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 24, 2024 U.S. Supreme Court Passes on Texas Access to Mail-In Voting Case April 22nd, the U.S. Supreme Court declined a 2020 Texas case testing whether the state’s no-excuse mail-in voting law for seniors discriminated against younger voters. To view the whole script of today’s report, …
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 23, 2024 Pro-Voter Pushback in Wisconsin on Drop Boxes and Electronic Voting for Disabled Citizens We’re in Wisconsin today, where Governor Tony Evers signed on to a state supreme case to restore drop boxes, and disability and democracy groups are pushing to allow electronic ballots for…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 22, 2024 FBI, CISA and ODNI Issue Guidance to Election Officials to Harden Websites, Train Staff and Educate Voters, Anticipating Foreign Influence Campaigns U.S. government cybersecurity experts issued warnings April 17th to election and public officials to lock down computer systems a…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 19, 2024 Maine Becomes the 17th State to Join the National Popular Vote Compact Maine became the 17th state to join the National Popular Vote Compact April 15th, pledging the state’s Presidential electoral votes to the candidate with the most overall votes nationally. It won’t impact th…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 18, 2024 Georgia Omnibus Voter Suppression Law Banning Line Warming, Curtailing Drop Boxes & Restricting Mail-In Voting Goes on Trial After the Georgia legislature passed its omnibus voter suppression bill SB 202 in 2021, a firestorm of criticism erupted, including the moving of that ye…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 17, 2024 U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Washington State Case Challenging the Washington Voting Rights Act Washington state voters can breathe easier, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to the Washington Voting Rights Act, passed in response to the stripping Vo…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 16, 2024 Doesn’t U.S. Law Already Prohibit Non-Citizens from Voting in Federal Elections? Yes, it Does. In an announcement April 11th heralded as a major “election integrity” policy proposal, former President Donald Trump and House Speaker Mike Johnson announced their intention to requi…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 15, 2024 Ever Wonder The Reason It Took So Long for the IRS to Offer an Online Tax Preparation App? Big Money Lobbying. The IRS has a pilot program in 12 states this year to file your personal taxes online for free without the use of 3rd party software. Wonder why it took so long? Big m…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 12, 2024 Michigan Case Which Used the ‘Independent State Legislature Theory’ to Challenge Voting Rights Ballot Questions is Dismissed We reported last October that 11 Michigan GOP legislators used the “Independent State Legislature” theory to challenge two Michigan ballot questions expa…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 11, 2024 National Study of Elections Officials Confirms Turnover from Harassment, But Also Finds An Aging Workforce and Increasing Workloads are Factors Disinformation spread about the 2020 election by candidates & partisan groups mobilized extremists to harass or threaten election offi…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 10, 2024 Trying to Game the System, Missouri Legislature Proposes Ballot Question Rule Changes to Head Off Reproductive Rights Question in November In the face of a reproductive rights ballot question later this year, Missouri’s legislature is the latest to try to game the system, makin…
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One more day of repeats and we're back doing new reports! Thanks for your patience while we navigated the challenges of the past week. - Brian Beihl The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 9, 2024 Nonpartisan Report Recommends Ways Local Officials Can Expand Voter Participation and Recruit Election Workers Using Public/Privat…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 8, 2024 Another day of no power and no interenet in my area of New Hampshire – we’ve been out since April 3rd — so we’re posting a report from mid-February. There were crews working down the street, so hopefully soon! – Brian Beihl True the Vote’s Claim of Evidence of 2020 Ballot Stuffi…
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Today, Brian is one of over a 100,000 electric customers in NH without power, due to high winds and over a foot of heavy, wet snow. Fortunately, we still have internet -- for now -- and are writing under generator power. Here's an important rebroadcast from February. Have a good weekend; I'll be shoveling! The American Democracy Minute Radio Report…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 4, 2024 In April 2 Presidential Primaries, Wisconsin Voters Approve Restraints on Running Elections, and Large Numbers of Voters Unhappy With Nominees April 2nd, Wisconsin voters passed two ballot questions impacting how local elections are run, and in Wisconsin and other states’ primar…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 3, 2024 Despite the Salacious Details, Trump’s Alleged NY ‘Hush Money’ Actions Covered Up Serious Campaign Finance Violations On the eve of former President Donald Trump’s first criminal trial, the media has focused on the salacious details, but not as much on the cover-up of less titil…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 2, 2024 Montana Supreme Court Throws Out Four Anti-Voter Laws Targeting Native American, Younger, Elderly, and Disabled Voters In a victory for voters, Montana’s Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision March 27th, striking down four anti-voter laws which disproportionately impacted …
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for April 1, 2024 Federal Courts Leave Racially Gerrymandered South Carolina, North Carolina & Florida Maps in Place for 2024 Election Three federal court actions last week in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida cases let stand racially-gerrymandered maps diluting Black voting power. Those…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for March 29, 2024 Arizona Senate Committee Endorses Constitutional Amendment Ending the State’s Popular No-Excuse Mail-in and Early In-Person Voting An Arizona Senate committee March 18th endorsed a 2024 constitutional amendment ballot question which would end no-excuse mail-in voting, end in-pe…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for March 28, 2024 Have You Been Purged? States Have Stepped Up Removals of Inactive Voters - Sometimes for Partisan Advantage – and It’s Time to Check Your Registration Maintenance of voter registration lists is a standard practice, to remove voters who’ve died, moved, or are no longer eligible.…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for March 27, 2024 Five States Are Considering Conspiracy-Fueled Legislation Which Bans Ballot Tabulators. But Fed-Up Voters are Pushing Back. Five states are considering legislation banning electronic ballot tabulators, driven by debunked conspiracy theories that the machines were used to rig th…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for March 26, 2024 April 2nd Wisconsin Ballot Measures Would Prohibit Outside Help & Funding, Hampering Small Town Elections While the candidates for President have already been decided, April 2nd, Wisconsin voters must still vote on two important ballot questions with roots in 2020 conspiracy th…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for March 25, 2024 Brian has just returned from traveling. A new episode for Tuesday will be posted Monday by noon. How the Changing Social Media Landscape Could Hamper the Fight Against Disinformation from Both Foreign and Domestic Bad Actors We reported recently on Russia’s anticipated 2024 ele…
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Brian is traveling today, and we have a rebroadcast of an important study by Issue One that came out last fall. An example of this debased logic was a hand count that Votebeat Texas covered in Gillespie County, where only 8,000 ballots were cast. It took more election workers until 4:30 in the morning, and it's now become apparent that there are co…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for March 21, 2024 Brian is traveling Wed-Thurs-Friday, so we're posting some still-timely rebroadcasts. You can follow the reported expenditures of the 2024 Presidential candidates at BallotPedia or Open Secrets. At the 14th Anniversary of Citizens United, SuperPACs and Candidates Spent Over $30…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for March 20, 2024 Federal Court Releases Redistricting Maps After Striking Down Districts Diluting Latino Voting Power A Washington State fight over Latino voting rights may still not be over, but March 15th, a federal judge approved new state house and senate maps for central Washington State. …
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for March 19, 2024 NH ‘Election Information Portal’ Funding Passes State Senate. Will the Granite State Finally Enter the 21st Century? Former New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner famously quipped, “You can’t hack a pencil.” Perhaps, but that mindset has set the Granite State decades beh…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for March 18, 2024 ‘Election Integrity’ Gone Bad: Updates on Michigan’s Electronic Ballot Tabulator Tampering Cases We reported extensively last year on the alleged tampering of electronic vote tabulators in Michigan following the 2020 election. The first of three trials is imminent, but after fa…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for March 15, 2024 Never Mind . . . After Trump Shake-Up at RNC, 'Bank Your Vote' Mail-In Voting Campaign Dropped, 'Election Integrity' Unit Created Instead We reported last month that the Republican National Committee unveiled its 2024 “Bank the Vote” campaign to encourage Republicans to vote ea…
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The American Democracy Minute Radio Report & Podcast for March 14, 2024 NC Legislature’s Stripping of Governor’s Appointment Power to Election Boards Overturned; SCOTUS Decision Expected in SC Gerrymandering Case A North Carolina appeals court struck down the state legislature’s new law removing the governor’s appointment power for election boards.…
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