Sunday Reading: What Caught My Eye This Week


The Powerful Role Confusion Plays In American Elections
This fantastic piece by Talking Points Memo makes the case that confusion in elections is essentially another form of voter disenfranchisement. It traces several issues from the November midterms to illustrate how problematic the layers of local, state, and federal laws can make it for people. It concludes with a few solutions.

How to End Government Shutdowns, Forever
This article from The Atlantic outlines a way the government could circumvent shutdowns even in the face of disagreements between the House and the Senate, or Congress and the White House. It then also points out the issues with that solution.

Emergencies Without End: A Primer on Federal States of Emergency
When Trump blurted out he might declare a state of emergency to build a wall, I knew I needed to learn more about how they work. This clear guide written by the brilliant minds at LawFare was written a year ago, but it incredibly relevant today. Warning: you might not feel better after reading it.

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  1. Oh, today’s did not make me feel better even without following the links…! Tomorrow I may have more energy and see this all as the “opportunity for improvement” that it is! lol

    • These are real downers as subjects. But the first two do discuss solutions, and not just the problem, which I really appreciated. Thanks so much for checking in!

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