close Video Could Georgia's 'exact match' law tip governor’s race? 53,000 voter registrations on hold due to new law. Concerns over potential voter suppression have rocked the Georgia gubernatorial race in the days leading up to the midterm election – with calls for the Republican candidate to step down from his job as secretary state. Brian Kemp, who has served as Georgia’s secretary of state since 2010, faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in the contentious election. Abrams can make history if she wins – as the state’s first black, female leader. Fox News has ranked the gubernatorial race a toss-up. But claims of alleged voter suppression has been a recurring theme throughout the gubernatorial race – from senior citizens kicked off a bus taking them to vote to lawsuits filed over Georgia’s so-called “exact match” law. “You could say Georgia has been a leader in the field of voter suppression,” Bruce Mallard, an … [Read more...] about Georgia under scrutiny for alleged voter suppression: What’s going on?
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News / UK and world by Press Association October 23, 2018, 6:55 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Irish government has approved the forensic excavation of the site of a former mother and babies home. A mass grave was found at the former home in Tuam in Co Galway last year. Ireland’s Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone announced there will be a forensic excavation and recovery of the human remains, as well as a forensic analysis of any recovered remains and, where possible, identification and respectful reburial. A commission was set up following allegations that around 800 infants were buried in a septic tank at the former home for unmarried mothers. Ms Zappone described it as a “day filled with emotion”. The excavation can only happen after legislation is passed by the Irish parliament to deal specially with the project, which is expected to cost between six million and 13 million euro. Ms … [Read more...] about Full forensic excavation for mass grave at Tuam home for unmarried mothers
PUBLISHED: 07:28 13 September 2018 Andrew Hirst Colchester MP Will Quince Picture: CONTRIBUTED Archant An Essex MP who lost a baby son has spoken of his delight after the Government today introduced a new workplace relight to paid leave for bereaved parents. Colchester MP Will Quince, whose son was stillborn full term in October 2014, had been a keen supporter of the Parental Leave and Pay Bill since its first hearing, having proposed a similar bill during the last Parliament.The Bill, which has been officially enshrined in law today and is expected to come into force by 2020, will mean employed parents who lose a child under 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, will receive two week’s paid leave. Mr Quince, welcoming the news on Twitter, said: “I’m delighted to say that today the Parental Leave and Pay Bill achieves Royal Assent and becomes an Act of Parliament. “This is the first law of its kind in the UK … [Read more...] about Essex MP who lost stillborn son praised for helping introduce new law supporting bereaved parents
Steven Lamar Foster, Democratic candidate for Congress in Georgia's 14th District, says he has no intention to quit the race after a judge sentenced him in August to six months in jail for drunken driving. (Whitfield County Sheriff's Office) A Georgia Democrat running for Congress says he plans to continue his campaign despite being jailed for six months because of a drunk driving conviction. Steven Lamar Foster, 61, was convicted last month by a Dalton jury for driving under the influence on the evening of Sept. 23, 2017. A police report from that day stated that Foster, a former physician, was stopped because he was driving his silver Mercedes with the headlights off after dark. According to police, Foster reportedly told the officer he “had not been drunk since 1981” and would “give him a breath test if he wanted to.” The officer reportedly then asked why Foster might need to take a breath test. POLL: VOTERS SAY CORRUPTION MOST IMPORTANT 2018 … [Read more...] about Georgia Democrat running for Congress vows to stay in race while in jail
News / UK and world by Press Association August 30, 2018, 1:04 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Government is facing calls to change the law on bereavement benefits after a Supreme Court victory for an unmarried mother. Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, was refused the benefit after her partner of 23 years John Adams died from cancer in January 2014 because the couple, who had four children, were not married or in a civil partnership. But, by a majority of four justices to one, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the current law on the allowance is “incompatible” with Human Rights legislation. Giving the lead judgment, the court’s President Lady Hale said the couple’s children “should not suffer this disadvantage” because their parents chose not to marry. Speaking after the ruling, Ms McLaughlin said: “For me, this case was always about the rights of bereaved children. “I am … [Read more...] about Calls for Government to change law on bereavement benefits for unmarried couples