Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders urged state officials across the country to allow imprisoned felons to vote in national elections over the weekend; saying it’s “absolutely the direction we should go.
Sanders was speaking with supporters in Iowa Saturday when he was asked if the imprisoned should be allowed to cast their ballot while serving their jail sentences.
“While Iowa struggles on whether to restore voting rights to felons who have completed their prison sentences, Sen. Bernie Sanders said people convicted of felonies should never lose access to the ballot box in the first place,” writes the Des Moines Register.
“I think that is absolutely the direction we should go,” said Sanders, whose home-state of Vermont and Maine are the only two states in the country to allow incarcerated individuals to vote from behind bars.
“In my state, what we do is separate. You’re paying a price, you committed a crime, you’re in jail. That’s bad,” he said. “But you’re still living in American society and you have a right to vote. I believe in that, yes, I do.”
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BORDER CHAOS: New GOP Bill Would Make First-Time Crossing a FELONY
A new bill introduced by a Congressional Republican this week would drastically increase the criminal penalties for those illegally entering the United States; making first-time crossing a federal felony instead of a misdemeanor.
The legislation -introduced by Tennessee GOP Rep. Diane Black- would make all first-time crossers face felony charges and face a mandatory jail sentence of one year in prison.
“Her Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act would change the punishment for those apprehended illegally entering the U.S. for the first time to one year and one day in prison, which therefore makes it a felony. Today, the misdemeanor offense comes with jail term of up to six months,” writes the Washington Examiner.
“What this bill does is it sets up a huge disincentive,” she told the Washington Examiner. “There is already a process set up and they should be using what the process is … We’re not penalizing people are who doing things the right way seeking asylum. This is for people who are going around the system.”
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AVENATTI UPDATE: Michael Avenatti Speaks with Reporters after Arrest in LA
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti spoke with reporters Wednesday night after his sudden arrest on charges of ‘Felony Domestic Violence,’ saying he would “never strike a woman” and will be “fully exonerated” in time.
“I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing,” said Michael Avenatti Wednesday night after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence earlier in the day. https://t.co/WtVskGeTxu pic.twitter.com/p9lTq2BFIH
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2018
“I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue being an advocate. I’m not going to be intimidated from stopping what I’m doing,” said Avenatti.
“I’m the father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman. I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident I will be fully exonerated,” he added.