Editorial: U.S. Senate should pass new Voting Rights Act in honor of John Lewis

Before his death from cancer last week, U.S. Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, left an indelible mark on civil rights in this country, drawing attention to the inequalities faced by African Americans and working tirelessly to eradicate them, first as an advocate and later a congressman. Time and again, he put himself directly in the crossfire, risking his life to promote equal rights. Many know the story of “Bloody Sunday,” when Lewis, on March 7, 1965, led 600 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. (Balt Sun)

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Del. Ivey: General Assembly should go into special session to address election, police brutality and other issues

The Maryland General Assembly must reconvene for a special session to address the COVID-19 pandemic, police brutality and the 2020 general election. My Democratic colleagues and I have sent letter after letter to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, pleading for him to take immediate action on police brutality, to extend the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures and to send mail-in ballots to every registered voter without requiring they first request the ballot. To date, none of these requests have been met. (Balt Sun)

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Our Say: Anne Arundel should ban police holds like the one that killed George Floyd. Today.

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare was among the first law enforcement leaders to condemn the use of a knee-to-the-neck hold that resulted in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It was a noble thing to do. It strains credulity now, then, to believe that Altomare did not know that one of his officers used the same type of hold after a specious traffic stop in February 2019. (Cap Gazette)

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2020 is shattering gun violence records. We must act.

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the United States, another epidemic is surging: gun violence. Most other types of crime fell during the initial phases of the pandemic, but gun violence increased and mass shootings in particular continue to spiral out of control. There are a lot of crises tugging at the public’s attention, but we cannot let this go unresolved. Often when people discuss mass shootings, they focus on the number of people killed, but that overlooks the massive public health and economic toll that nonfatal shootings have on this country. (Wash Post)

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Rodricks: Federal cops in camo - This is what Republican urban policy looks like under Trump

The Trump administration’s decision to send militarized federal police to Portland, Oregon — and to threaten to do the same in other cities, including Baltimore — represents, in its fascist perversity, the first bold display of urban policy by a Republican president in 50 years. The previous was Ronald Reagan’s war on drugs. Indeed, there’s not much besides the bellicose on the Republican ledger when it comes to cities, and little of long-term good. (Balt Sun)

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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: Hogan is no hero

Across America, communities are awakening to the revelation that the lives of Black men, women and children matter. It is a hard-earned understanding that the structures of systemic racism that diminish humans based on the color of their skin must be eradicated. To paraphrase Angela Davis: The public is no longer accepting the things they cannot change; they will change the things that they cannot accept. However, to understand how hard this transformation will be, one needs to look no further than Maryland. (Balt Sun)

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Hills: Would jury trials via video work?

The U.S. Constitution gives those accused of a crime the right to a jury trial. The Constitution does not include any express disease-related limitation on that right, so it presumably applies even during a pandemic. But because of the pandemic, jury trials have been shut down nationwide for about the last three months. The vast majority of other court hearings that are occurring happen remotely over Zoom or similar videoconferencing tools. This has led some to propose that jury trials be conducted remotely over Zoom as well. While this idea is certainly worth discussing, this solution is anything but easy and problem free. (Balt Sun)

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Our Say: Does it matter if a Republican from Annapolis changes his mind on Donald Trump? Plenty.

Why does one Republican from Annapolis deciding he won’t vote again for Donald Trump matter? The internet, times 100. James Naylor’s discussion of why he’ll abandon the president he voted for in 2016 became something of an Internet sensation earlier this month. It is part of a $10 million media campaign by Republican Voters Against Trump that shares 100 stories from voters like Naylor who have been turned off by the last four years. (Cap Gazette0

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