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“Everything is hard before it is easy”
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
🏢 Corporate America vs. GA Voting Law 🍑
A number of major U.S. corporations have released statements criticizing SB 202 – a recent law passed in Georgia making changes to the state’s election process. (The full list.)
Many companies expressed concern the laws would disproportionately affect underrepresented voters, including communities of color.
In a full-page NYT ad on Wednesday, 72 Black executives called on corporate America to publicly and directly oppose the new voting laws in Georgia (and other states considering similar legislation).
🤿 A deeper dive…
The Georgia bill contains a number of changes to the state election process, including:
Replacing signature matching on absentee ballots with a procedure requiring voters to write their driver’s license or state ID card number down on the ballot and envelope.
Requiring every county have a secure drop box for absentee ballots, and limiting them to one per 100,000 registered voters.
Narrowing the window to request an absentee ballot from six months before an election to 11 weeks (with a deadline of 11 days before the election).
Mandating state election officials work in shifts to count ballots until they are done, rather than taking breaks as they did in 2020, and shortening the certification deadline to six days from ten.
Removing the secretary of state as the chair of the state election board, a position that will now be elected by the state legislature. It also gives the election board the power to suspend and replace county election officials with an individual of its choosing.
Another part of the bill attracting headlines is that it makes it a misdemeanor for anyone to hand out food or drink to people waiting in line to vote, though poll workers are allowed to set up self-serve water stations.
⏭️ What’s Next?
A number of civil rights groups have already sued Georgia over the law, including the ACLU, NAACP, and Southern Poverty Law Center. Those suits will play out over the next months or years.
Since late February, other state legislatures have introduced more than 100 bills proposing similar changes to their election processes, according to the Brennan Center for Justice (which supports expanded voter access). Those measures are expected to be voted on in the coming months.
Georgia election law vote is marching backward into history
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🔫 FBI Gun Background Checks
The FBI conducted nearly 4.7M background checks in March, a 36% increase from the month before. The number of background checks does not equal the number of guns sold, but it does tend to correlate with the volume of sales.
Last month’s number breaks the previous all-time high set in January, and is 1M more than March 2020.
“High tide was coming in, and all of a sudden this octopus swam across in the shallow water.”
The dog was so shocked when the octopus swam up that she dropped the ball and stood frozen, observing her new friend.
Taking that as its cue, the eight-legged sea creature quickly grabbed the tennis ball with its tentacle, playing with it at the surface for a few moments before pulling it under the water and disappearing into the depths below.
The duo waited for 20 minutes to see if the buoyant ball would resurface nearby, but it was nowhere to be found.
“I think my reaction was the same as Lucy’s! I’ve never experienced anything like it. This was just next level!”
🐰 Some-Bunny Called?
Easter wouldn’t be complete without Grandma’s homemade muffins at brunch. Crisco’s All-Vegetable Shortening is a plant-based, gluten free baking staple giving Grandma’s treats a taste so delectable you can’t resist.
The choices are endless. Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening can be used in a multitude of baking recipes such as cakes, pies, and cookies. It will give your pastries that flaky, soft, buttery taste you love with 50% less saturated fat than butter.
Adding this pantry staple to your kitchen this season will guarantee all of your Easter treats will be egg-cellent!
🎮 Grand Theft Lockup… Chinese police busted the world’s biggest video game cheat operation last week. Its $76M in revenue came from charging clients monthly subscription fees for hacks to popular games such as Overwatch and Call of Duty.
🐸 Living Robots… after biologists extracted small clumps of skin stem cells from frog embryos, the cells organized themselves into clusters called “xenobots” that were able to swim, navigate, and organize small particles of iron oxide – even without nerve cells or brains.
🌎 Country Club
Russia is the largest country in the world by area. Which nation ranks second?
A) China B) United States C) Canada D) Australia
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Canada is the second-largest country in the world, covering 3,855,100 square miles. The U.S. either ranks third or fourth behind China, depending on whether its coastal and territorial waters are counted.