Posted inDemocracy

New anti-protest laws cast a long shadow on First Amendment rights

This story also appeared in HuffPost and Indian Country Today Tiffany Crutcher was worried.  Oklahoma lawmakers had passed a new measure stiffening penalties for protesters who block roadways and granting immunity to drivers who unintentionally hit them. The state NAACP, saying the law was passed in response to racial justice demonstrations and could chill the […]

Posted inInequality

Photo gallery and voices from the Deep South

The legacy of slavery continues to shape life circumstances for Black people in Madison Parish, Louisiana, and Jefferson County, Mississippi. On opposite sides of the Mississippi River, these Deep South communities boast a proud civil rights history. Expanding Medicaid would benefit Mississippi communities like Jefferson as studies show it has in rural Louisiana. These photos […]

Posted inInequality

What Medicaid expansion means and why it matters

Do I qualify for reduced-cost health coverage based on my income? The 2021 federal poverty level (FPL) income numbers can determine eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). FPL also determines eligibility for health insurance subsidies on Healthcare.gov and state marketplaces. Find those numbers here. Did my state expand Medicaid under the […]

Posted inBarriers to the Ballot Box

New data tracks polling place locations for 37 states

The Center for Public Integrity is releasing a dataset of polling place locations used in the 2020 general election to help journalists and researchers analyze access to the ballot box and the potential impact of a slew of changes to state election laws.  The new data release, available via Github, includes polling place locations and […]