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Politics Corporate squeezes upend politics of voting rights: The Note

14:15  05 april  2021
14:15  05 april  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Georgia voting law explained: Here's what to know about the state's new election rules

  Georgia voting law explained: Here's what to know about the state's new election rules Republican lawmakers in Georgia have overhauled the state's elections. Here's a breakdown of what will change under Senate Bill 202.Democrats and civil-rights groups panned the voting bill, and major Georgia-based corporations came out against the bill after it was passed. GOP state lawmakers who backed the bill and other Republicans nationwide harshly criticized the backlash, calling for boycotts of brands like Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines.

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It's a debate that's fundamental to democracy, and it's playing out at the state and federal levels in much different directions.

But it may not be possible at this moment to even have a true debate over voting rights. The politics of the issue has been upended in recent days -- and if there's a squeeze on corporate entities, the folks at Major League Baseball might know a thing or two about that.

The belated condemnation of Georgia's new voting law -- capped by MLB's decision to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta this summer -- shows how major businesses are calculating that neither silence nor nuance works on the most charged and polarizing issues of the day.

Voting rights: Democratic-led states eye expansion amid GOP push to restrict access

  Voting rights: Democratic-led states eye expansion amid GOP push to restrict access Virginia and New Jersey this week joined other Democratic-led states moving ahead with new laws that would expand voting access -- a stark contrast to the Republican rush in statehouses across the country to make voting more difficult. © Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images Voters fill out their ballots at an early voting center at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center on October 31, 2020 in Alexandria, Virginia. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, which has tracked voting measures across the country, 843 bills that would expand voting access, largely offered by Democrats, have been introduced in 47 states.

Decorations and Braves logos are seen outside of Truist Park in Atlanta, April 2, 2021 after the MLB announced the All Star Game would no longer be hosted in the city because of recent voting legislation. © Nathan Posner/Rex via Shutterstock Decorations and Braves logos are seen outside of Truist Park in Atlanta, April 2, 2021 after the MLB announced the All Star Game would no longer be hosted in the city because of recent voting legislation.

Speaking of lack of nuance, former President Donald Trump is back in the conversation, calling for the very boycotts some progressives favored just a few days ago. Discussion of the right to vote is now mixed up with conservative cries of "cancel culture" and calls for scrutiny on corporate relationships with China.

  Corporate squeezes upend politics of voting rights: The Note © Nathan Posner/Rex via Shutterstock

Trump is engaging while continuing to peddle falsehoods about the last election. But even some prominent supporters who have refused to go there are slamming President Joe Biden for exaggerating the potential impact of Georgia's law.

RNC chair declares she's 'Not watching baseball!!!!" on Opening Day after MLB moves All-Stage Game from Atlanta

  RNC chair declares she's 'Not watching baseball!!!! McDaniel said she wouldn’t be watching baseball after the MLB pulled the All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia's new election law."Guess what I am doing today?" McDaniel tweeted.

"He is lying to cause racial divisions in this country," Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor and ABC News contributor, said of Biden on ABC's "This Week" Sunday.

States including Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey and Virginia have already settled on new voting laws, with outcomes that reflect the different states' political tint. But the debate is hot and could easily become overheated in states including Texas, Arizona and Florida, as well as in Congress, where the House-passed voting bill awaits Senate action.

Big businesses are off the sidelines. But the rules of the game may be changing.

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A coalition of more than a dozen advocacy groups focused on women and caregivers has launched a multimillion-dollar effort dubbed #CareCantWait, pressuring the Biden administration to include paid family and medical leave, subsidized child care and a $450 billion investment in creating a million union caregiving jobs in recovery legislation.

What Georgia's new election law really does – 9 facts

  What Georgia's new election law really does – 9 facts The new law will offer some voters more opportunities for early voting, but it also puts some new restrictions on absentee voting.Democrats and voting rights groups were outraged by voter ID provisions and changes to mail voting that they believe will make more difficult for some minorities and poorer voters to cast a ballot. Within days, major corporations, including Georgia-based Coca-Cola and Delta, along with CBS News' parent company ViacomCBS, spoke out against the bill, and Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game out of Georgia a day after President Biden threw his support behind the idea.

Biden's infrastructure plan, which includes a significant focus on job creation, devotes money to upgrading child care facilities and acknowledges that childcare could be a driver of employment for women. It doesn't provide solutions to address the high cost of childcare or acknowledge that caregiving amid pandemic-related shutdowns disproportionately drove women from the workforce, though White House officials said child care will be part of the second component of the plan.

a person holding a cell phone: A woman receives a Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine from registered nurse Gina Reed at a vaccination center established at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel in Chicago, March 5, 2021. © Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images, FILE A woman receives a Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine from registered nurse Gina Reed at a vaccination center established at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel in Chicago, March 5, 2021.

During congressional testimony in February, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the lack of child care policy has put the U.S. behind many other nations in terms of female participation in the workforce.

"Our peers, our competitors, advanced economy democracies, have a more built-up function for child care, and they wind up having substantially higher labor force participation for women," said Powell.

How some states are expanding voting rights amid sweeping push to restrict access

  How some states are expanding voting rights amid sweeping push to restrict access A burgeoning number of states are pressing ahead with making voting easier amid a push in several Republican-led legislatures to restrict access. The effort might seem like an outlier at a time when Republicans are scaling back voting access across the country and being condemned by Democrats for ushering in a new era of "Jim Crow." In the aftermath of former President Donald Trump and his allies spreading falsehoods about the 2020 election, at least 361 bills aimed at restricting ballot access have been introduced as of March 24, according to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice.

Biden has referred to this infrastructure plan as a "once-in-a-generation investment in America" and advocates said they're going to push to ensure that the nation's women -- who are the backbone of America's so-called "caregiving infrastructure" because they take on the majority of caregiving responsibilities -- are included.

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This week, California's restrictions drop down another tier, enabling more businesses to either open or expand capacity -- a welcome change for Californians and the state's politically embattled governor alike. The loosening restrictions in the pandemic's hardest hit state track with vaccinations ramping up. So far, nearly 20 million Californians have received at least one dose, and Gov. Gavin Newsom is now among them.

Just last week Newsom expanded eligibility to people over 50, and has been traveling the state pushing for more vaccination sites to open as he prepares to expand vaccine eligibility to those 16 and above later this month. In an interview with ABC News, he said preventing a coronavirus rebound is one of his top priorities. Without continuing the proper precautions, Newsom warned: "This thing could blow up quickly, particularly now with over seven variants."

a man in a blue shirt: Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary, California Health and Human Services, gives California Gov. Gavin Newsom the one-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in LA April 1, 2021. © Damian Dovarganes/AP Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary, California Health and Human Services, gives California Gov. Gavin Newsom the one-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in LA April 1, 2021.

Since mid-January, the state's seven-day average of cases has declined by over 94%, and the stakes for Newsom to keep those numbers dropping couldn't be higher. His handling of the pandemic is one of the reasons that led to the most recent recall effort against him. Organizers report 2.2 million people have signed a petition to trigger a recall election.

Why some Democrats are quietly unhappy with the House’s big voting rights bill

  Why some Democrats are quietly unhappy with the House’s big voting rights bill There’s a debate over whether some of the For the People Act’s provisions are misconceived.Known as HR 1 in the House, where it passed in early March with only a single Democratic defection, and S 1 in the Senate, where it’s co-sponsored by every Democrat except West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, it’s a bill that Democrats and allied outside advocates argue is urgently necessary to save the country not only from voter suppression, but also from gerrymandering and the malign influences of big and dark money in politics.

"This is really an assault on California values, and I hope we can stay united," Newsom told ABC News. If roughly 1.5 million signatures are verified, the recall proposal will be placed before voters on the ballot -- the ultimate test for the governor's call​ for unity.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY

  • President Joe Biden receives his daily brief at noon. Later, First Lady Jill Biden joins the president as he delivers remarks on the tradition of Easter at the White House at 1 p.m.
  • Vice President Kamala Harris travels to Oakland, California, at 8:40 a.m. The vice president will tour a facility that highlights the benefits of the American Jobs Plan to invest $111 billion in our nation’s infrastructure. She will depart Oakland for Los Angeles at 2:25 p.m.
  • The White House COVID-19 Response Team and public health officials hold a press briefing at 11 a.m.
  • Press secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing at 1:30 p.m.
  • Surgeon General Vivek Murthy appears on ABC's "The View."
  • Sen. Tom Cotton R-Ark., and former Sen. Kelly Ayotte R-N.H., participate in a virtual grassroots fundraising and organizing event for Republican Bill Boyd at 8 p.m.

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GOP's warnings for corporations face Texas tests: The Note .
"Companies have a choice to make," said Julian Castro, former San Antonio mayor, HUD secretary. Indeed they do, as Republicans even more than Democrats have made clear. © Timothy D. Easley/AP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the media at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Lexington, Kentucky, on April 5, 2021. "My warning, if you will, to corporate America is to stay out of politics -- it's not what you're designed for," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, said Tuesday. He went on to add, "I'm not talking about political contributions.

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