Conservative leaders in states across the country have been busy this week, from passing new restrictions on abortion access to unleashing further attacks on LGBTQ rights.
Florida lawmakers were particularly active this week in furthering the agenda of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Republicans in the Florida Legislature also passed a bill banning gender-affirming care for minors, along with an expansion of the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” education law. And for good measure, they threw in a bill allowing the governor to operate with greater secrecy.
Here’s a rundown of news from other states:
And here are some recent headlines related to voting rights and election administration:
While several high-profile election deniers running for state office last fall failed in their bids, a new report from States United Democracy Center emphasizes that more than a dozen election deniers still won their races and that the anti-democracy movement remains a serious threat. Data compiled for the report also reveals an “election denier penalty” for candidates who cling to voter fraud lies. Read more here.
Extremism in the Military
The presence of white supremacy and right-wing extremism in the U.S. military remains a major concern, and our investigation has previously uncovered documents showing the military’s pattern of failing to adequately track and address incidents of white supremacy within its ranks.
Trump Energy Secretary’s Pre-2020 Election Trips to Swing States
Prior to the 2020 election, several top Trump administration officials took highly publicized, taxpayer-funded trips to swing states where they promoted the former president’s policies, raising significant concerns about potential Hatch Act violations and conflicts of interest.