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Democrats’ Turnout in Georgia Blew Past Typical Off-Year Levels

Nate Cohn New York Times
The battle for control of the House will be fought in large part in Republican-leaning districts like Georgia’s Sixth, and a strong Democratic turnout alone probably won’t be enough to win a high-turnout election. The Democrats must face the additional challenge of mobilizing young, nonwhite and especially Black voters. The race suggests that Democrats will probably be disappointed if they hope to increase the Black share of the electorate with traditional mobilization.

Lawsuit Ends Georgia's Onerous Voter Registration Rules

Sue Sturgis Facing South
Georgia will have to do away with its exact-match voter registration verification scheme thanks to a lawsuit filed last year by voting rights advocacy groups. The program resulted in the disenfranchisement of some 42,000 people, disproportionately people of color -- but now it's being considered by other states including Florida, Virginia and West Virginia.

Kelly Gissendaner, a Prosecutor's Remorse, and Redemption

Liliana Segura The Intercept
In light of the execution of Kelly Gissendaner, it is worth reading Liliana Segura's article about a prosecutor who sent Glenn Ford to die for a crime he did not commit. Marty Stroud III's mea culpa is juxtaposed to the case of death row prisoner Kelly Gissendaner who was executed by the state of Georgia early Wednesday morning.

WikiLeaks, Ukraine & NATO

Conn Hallinan Dispatches From the Edge
Is the Russian occupation of the Crimea a case of aggressive expansionism by Moscow or aimed at at blocking a scheme by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to roll right up to the Russia’s western border? WikiLeaks has revealed a secret cable describing a meeting between French and American diplomats that suggests the latter, a plan that has been in the works since at least 2009.

The End of the Solid South?

Chris Kromm The Institute for Southern Studies
Chris Kromm and Sue Sturgis at the Institute for Southern Studies argue in the latest issue of The American Prospect that a state can become both more progressive and more conservative at the same time, and that is actually happening in North Carolina -- creating an especially turbulent moment in the state's political history.
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