ABRAMS TO FOCUS ON FIGHTING VOTER SUPPRESSION

Stacey Abrams, a Democrat who narrowly lost a bid for GEORGIA governor in 2018 in a defeat some of her supporters blamed on voter suppression, will expand her voting rights group and work on reducing obstacles to voting in 2020. Abrams was considering a run for president in 2020, but this week said she would focus on voter enfranchisement instead. Several observers believe she likely will take another shot at the Georgia governorship in a rematch with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022. Abrams’ 2020 effort will be called Fair Fight 2020 and will focus mostly on battleground states. Since her loss, Abrams has twice testified before Congress on voting rights and encouraged allegations that Kemp won through voter suppression, a charge the governor denies. (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, NEW YORK TIMES)

SUNUNU VETOES NH REDISTRICTING BILL

NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Chris Sununu (R) vetoed a measure to give an independent commission the main role in redistricting rather than lawmakers. Sununu said the bipartisan bill was well-intentioned, but that the commission members would end up being picked by party bosses and would be unaccountable to the electorate. The proposal would have created a 15-member commission to draw the district maps for legislative and congressional seats, but the maps drawn by the commission would have to be approved by lawmakers. “Legislators should not abrogate their responsibility to the voters and delegate authority to an unelected and unaccountable commission selected by political party bosses,” Sununu said. Lawmakers will get a chance to override the veto. (NEW HAMPSHIRE UNION LEADER)

 

-- Compiled by Dave Royse