Postponing the election provided a much-needed reprieve for Poland, and as debates unfold over what comes next, some in the opposition are optimistic that things will be handled a bit better this time around. Legislation mandating an in-person vote with a vote-by-mail option is already under consideration, and a new election date — likely in late June or early July — is expected to be set soon. Civic Coalition announced earlier this month that it had chosen a new candidate for the new elections, Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who is already making significant gains in the polls. … [Read more...] about What Poland’s ‘ghost election’ can teach us about pandemic-era democracy
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In 2000 the voting margin in New Mexico was even narrower than in Florida. Gore won the state's five electoral votes, but they wouldn't have been enough to give either candidate the magic number of 270. So the nation's attention focused on the Sunshine State instead. … [Read more...] about Donald doubles down: Trump says he WILL ‘totally accept’ election results – if HE wins!
Endless battle for power in Afghanistan Pakistani support Pakistan has been under pressure from Kabul and Washington to stop offering safe havens to militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan, a charge Islamabad denies and insists that its influence over the insurgents has been exaggerated. Kabul and Islamabad regularly trade accusations of harboring the other country's militants and the harsh language has underscored the strains between them. … [Read more...] about Direct talks with Taliban: ‘US exploring all avenues,’ State Department tells DW
Bisexual people face particularly intense social stigma—which helps explain why they are much less likely than gay men or lesbians to be out to their peers. According to Pew Research Center data, fewer than a third of bisexual people are out to their inner circles, as compared to nearly three-quarters of gay men and lesbians. Against that backdrop, a bisexual senator is indeed a Big Deal, as evidenced by the joyful responses to her win. … [Read more...] about Kyrsten Sinema’s Election Win in Arizona Is a Big, Bisexual Leap Forward
On January 31st—the same day that the White House released a statement vowing that Trump would be “respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights”— the Education and Justice Departments issued a joint letter rescinding a 2016 Obama administration guidance on transgender students. That policy had declared that the federal government considered restrictions on transgender students’ access to appropriate restrooms and locker rooms to be in violation of Title IX’s 1972 ban on sex discrimination in public education. … [Read more...] about White House Proclaims World AIDS Day, Leaves Out LGBT People & People of Color