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Why Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to the Biden classified documents case (opens a new window)

“Any time classified materials go to a place they’re not supposed to go, there is almost always an inquiry into how they got to that place,” said Kristy Parker, the former deputy chief of the criminal section of the DOJ’s civil rights division and now counsel at Protect Democracy, an organization that seeks to check authoritarian attacks on American democracy. “The department always takes that really seriously.”

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Lawyers Who Investigated Trump Start Firm to Combat Threats to Democracy (opens a new window)

In the Colorado gun control case, the firm is working with Everytown for Gun Safety, the group founded by the former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, as well as Davis Polk, Mr. Dunne’s former firm. On the Florida voting rights case, they have met with a group called Protect Democracy, a nonprofit group aiming to curb authoritarian politics, as well as Paul Weiss, where Mr. Pomerantz was a partner for many years.

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    ‘A dark day for our country’: How the Jan. 6 insurrection has changed Michigan politics (opens a new window)

    Although the U.S. Congress at first failed to meet the moment in the insurrection’s aftermath, the work it accomplished in the past year has left American democracy in better shape than before, according to the nonpartisan, anti-authoritarianism nonprofit D.C.-based Protect Democracy.

    Those accomplishments include reforming the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act to patch up vulnerabilities that Trump supporters attempted to exploit, as well as other advances that Protect Democracy says have furthered transparency, accountability and government efficiency.

    But the threat has not passed, the nonprofit warns in a report released Wednesday.

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    Voting is Safe Across Appalachia. Here’s What to Do if Somebody Tries to Change That. (opens a new window)

    This was a “blatant example” of voter intimidation and the judge granted all the relief sought by Protect Democracy, according to John Paredes, a lawyer for the group.

    “Voter intimidation is something different from political expression. It is not protected by the First Amendment, and that if anyone chooses to intimidate voters or engage in political violence, they can be held liable in a court of law,” Paredes said.

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    How the Worst Fears for Democracy Were Averted in 2022 (opens a new window)

    In a survey of voters in five battleground states conducted by the research firm Citizen Data for the advocacy group Protect Democracy, a third who cast ballots for a mix of Democrats and Republicans in November cited a concern that G.O.P. candidates held views or promoted policies “that are dangerous to democracy.”

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    The Biggest Takeaway from the January 6 Report (opens a new window)

    “If we imagine” that preventing another assault on the democratic process “is only about preventing the misconduct of a single person,” Grant Tudor, a policy advocate at the nonpartisan group Protect Democracy, told me, “we are probably not setting up ourselves for success.”

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    Light At End Of Tunnel For ECA Reform: Lawmakers Include It In Year-End Spending Bill (opens a new window)

    This reform is “​​a critical step to strengthen the guardrails for our democracy and ensure that the will of the voters is upheld following a presidential election,” said Holly Idelson, a counsel with Protect Democracy.

    The House already passed its version of ECA reform in September.  All Democrats and nine Republicans voted in favor of it.

    Idelson emphasized the bipartisan support around ECA reform “shows this is not something to benefit one party or the other.”

    “The fact that it was able to make it into the end-of-the-year spending package is in testimony to bipartisan support and support from a swath of outside allies,” she added.

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    An Early Trump Backer’s Message to the Republican Party: Dump Him (opens a new window)

    One of the few polls to try to isolate the question came out this week. In surveys commissioned by Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan watchdog group, 46 percent of voters in five battleground states said that the Jan. 6 hearings were a factor in their decision. And a larger group — 57 percent — said they had been at least some exposure to the hearings.

    The poll zeroed in on so-called ticket-splitters — Republicans and independents who voted for a Democrat in one race and a Republican in another. In Arizona, 20.9 percent of those ticket-splitters said that Jan. 6 was a top factor in their vote. In Pennsylvania, that number was just 8.5 percent. Those numbers are pretty modest, but every vote counts.

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