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Florida State University Institute of Politics Premieres  ‘Politics in the Sunshine’ podcast with Jeb Bush interview
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Florida State University Institute of Politics Premieres  ‘Politics in the Sunshine’ podcast with Jeb Bush interview

An interview with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush kicks off the Institute of Politics' series. The Institute of Politics at Florida State University (IOP@FSU) has launched a new podcast series, “Politics in the Sunshine.”  The podcast is moderated by former Republican Party of Florida Chair and FSU adjunct faculty member Al Cardenas. The first guest is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who was first elected to office in 1998 and served two terms through January 2007.  The 30-minute interview covers various topics, including civility in the political arena, community leadership and public policy issues, such as the relationship between education and the future workforce.  In the podcast, Bush also offers advice to students starting out in public service and eyeing elected office. “Don’t...
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Slow rollout gives lesson in EU politics

Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesLONDON — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it herself: "The start was tough."The European Union has had a bumpy Covid-19 vaccine rollout. The campaign has prompted complaints that regulators were too slow to approve the shots and led to a simmering tussle with AstraZeneca as the pharmaceutical giant repeatedly slashed its delivery commitments.More recently, several countries briefly halted their use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine amid safety concerns, a move that baffled health experts and raised questions about future uptake.The World Health Organization expressed concern earlier this week that the region's ongoing coronavirus crisis now appears "more worrying" than it has f...
Blog: How should we approach corporate political activity? | Cooley LLP
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Blog: How should we approach corporate political activity? | Cooley LLP

A new piece in the NYT, “Corporations, Vocal About Racial Justice, Go Quiet on Voting Rights,” starts off this way: “As Black Lives Matter protesters filled the streets last summer, many of the country’s largest corporations expressed solidarity and pledged support for racial justice. But now, with lawmakers around the country advancing restrictive voting rights bills that would have a disproportionate impact on Black voters, corporate America has gone quiet.” The author is talking about new voting laws just passed in Georgia and the reluctance, with some exceptions, of the largest corporations to say anything or do anything—beyond anodyne statements of support for voting rights in general—that might pressure the state to back down, as major corporations did when several states passed...
Maine’s local politics has taken a distinctly national turn
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Maine’s local politics has taken a distinctly national turn

It was once common to hear that all politics in the U.S. was local. Yet, local politics in Maine has taken on a distinctly national bent in recent months.More than half a dozen Maine towns and cities have declared themselves 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in recent weeks, including sizable communities such as Caribou and Fort Fairfield. And the fallout from a January anti-mask resolution continues to reverberate in Piscataquis County, where county commissioners last week refused to write a letter of support for a local theater because of the political views of its executive director and board chair on COVID-19 restrictions. In Hancock County, Sheriff Scott Kane last year prohibited a public health group from providing opioid recovery coaches to local jail inmates because it issue...
In Brazil, political crisis overshadows Covid-19
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In Brazil, political crisis overshadows Covid-19

A day after the biggest Cabinet reshuffle since President Jair Bolsonaro took office, the three commanders of Brazil's armed forces were squeezed out, fueling speculation that Bolsonaro is losing the support of the military and seeking to assert control, amid growing criticism over his handling of the pandemic."The Military Refuses Political Affiliation and Bolsonaro Replaces the Heads of the Armed Forces," declared O Globo newspaper. In its headline, Folha de S. Paulo called it the "biggest military crisis since 1977," when there was a similar institutional rift during the military dictatorship.The military departures have been particularly scrutinized because Bolsonaro, a former captain, has made much of his ties to the armed forces, filling his cabinet with generals and even celebrat...
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Hong Kong’s political overhaul: Five things to know

HONG KONG -- Activists have campaigned for decades to bring full democracy to Hong Kong, and China promised -- when it resumed control of the city from Britain in 1997 -- to work toward introducing universal suffrage.But changes to the city's legislature -- the Legislative Council -- and election system approved this week by the National People's Congress Standing Committee in Beijing will erect new hurdles for anyone seeking to run for office as well as diminish the public's role in electing both legislators and the city's chief executive.Here are five things you need to know about the dramatic overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system.Why does Beijing want to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system?Sustained and sometimes violent protests against the Hong Kong government and Beijing's in...
Can gender quotas counter sexism in Australian politics?
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Can gender quotas counter sexism in Australian politics?

In recent months, Australians have grown accustomed to stories of sexual impropriety by their politicians dominating the news headlines. Instances of groping, rape, and even a man masturbating on a female colleague's desk at Parliament House have become so ubiquitous that Prime Minister Scott Morrison called this week for a "shake-up" to address systemic sexism in Australian politics.But what are the proposals currently dominating the political conversation, and where might they lead? Backstory. For years, Australian women working in politics have described Canberra as an "Old Boys' Club" that prevents women from progressing up the leadership ladder. Over the past few years, several high-profile female politicians across the political aisle resigned from their posts, citing pervasive ge...
NY prisons must offer COVID-19 vaccine to inmates, judge rules | Politics
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NY prisons must offer COVID-19 vaccine to inmates, judge rules | Politics

"Our goal all along has been to implement a vaccination program that is fair and equitable, and these changes will help ensure that continues to happen," she said. But the lawsuit brought against the state raises questions about equitable distribution of the vaccine, at least within prisons. Other people in congregate settings were eligible for the vaccine, but incarcerated individuals were excluded.There have been COVID-19 outbreaks in several state prisons. According to DOCCS, more than 11,500 incarcerated individuals, parolees and employees have contracted the virus. There have been 6,273 positive cases among the incarcerated population. Alexander Horwitz, executive director of New Yorkers United for Justice, blasted DOCCS for its response to the pandemic in prisons. "Nearly half of ...
Biden handed Harris a political grenade. Can she defuse it?
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Biden handed Harris a political grenade. Can she defuse it?

“The problem cannot be solved by one person or in four or eight years, as has been proved by the litany of past failures by people of good will and talent,” a person close to the vice president who is unauthorized to speak to the press said. “But that’s not bad for her necessarily because any improvement over the status quo should be a win.” Harris’ exact role hasn’t been fully laid out publicly. Though senior administration officials keep hammering home that Harris isn’t in charge of the administration’s overall immigration agenda or activity at the border, Symone Sanders, Harris’ senior advisor and chief spokesperson, told reporters Friday that the vice president received an “extensive briefing on the northern triangle and Latin America” and would be “speaking with leaders from the r...
Essential Politics: The Newsom recall and California’s budget boom
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Essential Politics: The Newsom recall and California’s budget boom

This is the Mar. 29, 2021 ,edition of the Essential Politics newsletter. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get it in your inbox three times a week.There are two kinds of nasty state budget fights in Sacramento: those triggered by too little tax revenue to go around and the ones that break out when there’s plenty of money and everyone wants it.The politics of scarcity played a major role in the recall election that ultimately led to the ouster of then-Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. The politics of surplus could have a profound effect on this year’s effort to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom. The politics of a $40-billion spring surprise When Newsom sent a budget proposal to the California Legislature in January, things were already looking better than expected when last year’s spending plan was en...
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