ATLANTA — Georgia’s expensive new voting machines weren’t working.Poll workers at some precincts couldn’t call up voters’ registrations. Touchscreens that were supposed to display ballots faded to black. Delays compounded into more delays, frustrating voters.“They have a line,” a report from one precinct said, “and people are leaving.”This was November, when Georgia rolled out its $104 million voting system in a handful of counties. It was a soft opening, a chance for state officials to identify bugs that could be fixed before 2020’s statewide primary elections.But that’s not what happened.Ins...
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A Dunkin' Donuts franchise in Rhode Island is scrambling to apologize after posting an invitation offering free coffee to white customers.
The Facebook post invited customers to a celebration at the Cranston location, but company officials say the post mistakenly excluded customers from other races, reported WJAR-TV.
"It's an unfortunate mistake, it's an embarrassing mistake,” said Kelsey Chester, a field marketing manager for Dunkin' Donuts. "Dunkin' as a company obviously is very excited for this opening for the people of Cranston, all the people of Cranston."
Chester said the post had been copied from a similar giveaway at a store in White Plains, New York, and the employee who made the post replaced the word "Plains" with "Cranston" but neglected to delete the word "White."
The celebration went on as planned, with the first 100 customers of any race receiving a free coffee, and regulars said they accepted the explanation for the post.
"It's too racially diverse in there," said customer Shelley Ramsey, "and it's just, that's just not how that's not how things roll."
President Joe Biden on Thursday called for an "exception" to the Senate filibuster rule so that Democrats can pass an abortion rights law, reversing the recent Supreme Court decision.
The "exception to the filibuster" called for by Biden would allow Democrats to pass a law enshrining abortion access rights with their current thin majority and no Republican support.
His call for the unusual legislative manoeuvre comes after the Supreme Court overturned decades of federal protection for abortion access.
Under Senate rules, most legislation requires 60 votes from the 100 senators to pass, but Democrats presently have only 50 votes, with Vice President Kamala Harris providing the tie-breaker.
Bypassing the filibuster would allow a simple majority to pass a new law, but many lawmakers and Biden himself have generally been wary of breaking with precedent, because the filibuster is seen as a useful check on power by any party with a narrow majority.
The Supreme Court ruling that overturned almost 50 years of abortion rights under the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling has ended federal protection for abortions and given individual state legislatures authority to set their own laws.
Already around half of the 50 US states are enacting laws to restrict abortion access.
According to KLFY, a former police chief just elected to the city council in Abbeville, Louisiana, was caught on film spewing slurs in a bar fight, with the footage released the night before he's set to be sworn into office.
"Body camera footage obtained by News Ten from the Abbeville Police Department shows newly elected city councilman Tony Hardy getting into a fight at a local bar and using homophobic slurs," reported Britt Lofaso. "At the time, Hardy was still a political candidate running for office."
"'Hey queer boy, hey queer boy. You’ll never get a bleep chance like that again. You’ll never get another chance like that. I’ll hurt you next time, bleep,' Hardy is heard saying to a man he had gotten into the fight with in the body camera footage," said the report. "After yelling at the man, Hardy turns to a police officer and says, 'Hey, I’m not doing nothing. Do your bleeping job. Bring that bleep to jail. Bring this queer to jail.'"
"According to the incident report from Abbeville Police, when officers arrived, Hardy and an unidentified man were in an verbal altercation. The report says both men were irate. Officers separated the men and then spoke with the bar owner who said she did not want to kick anyone out but wanted the men separated. While officers were speaking with the bar owner, the report says Hardy and a different man got into a verbal fight, and it became physical," said the report. "The body camera video shows the two men pushing and punching one another. An officer ran towards the altercation. 'You saw that? I’m filing charges on that bleep,' Hardy tells the officer."
Hardy did not start the physical altercation, according to witnesses, but had been "antagonizing" the other person.
A number of local officials have landed in hot water after being caught making slurs. In New Jersey, a mayor was found to have secretly used racial slurs while speaking with the police chief, and the city paid $400,000 to try to silence a whistleblower. And a jailer in Bullitt County, Kentucky has blamed "stress" on his use of the N-word, and even tried to coerce Black employees to attend a GOP function with him to try to appear less racist.
"Bring this queer to jail" Body cam footage www.youtube.com