National News Roundup: Year 4, Week 37 (September 27 — October 3)

Constitutional Crisis Corners:

Given everything going on, nobody is talking about Trump’s tax returns anymore, which is itself a new low for Disregard of Governing Norms–but the current chaos on this front is so bad that it might not even matter. Here’s what I have for you:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

  • Recent Court Resilience. There were a few bright spots from a court perspective this week, though much of the news was a hot mess. The judge who blocked the administration’s attempts to curtail census counting has issued a clarifying judgement making it extra super-duper clear that yes, the census counting must continue until October 31 despite everything going on. And in Florida, a movement in response to a recent court decision has donors supporting re-enfranchisement efforts for those convicted of crimes, including paying court fees so that people are eligible to vote. It’s a coalition effort that is making a real difference for the collective re-enfranchisement of a very marginalized group–one that had been denied the right to vote for life for a long time before the right was granted by majority referendum. Especially in 2020, it means a lot to see groups pushing back against court efforts to overrule that collective will.



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