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‘The Squad’ reelected: Progressive group adds new members

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Members of the progressive Democrat “squad” in Congress won their reelection bids in Tuesday’s House elections. In 2018 the group first made their debut, coming onto the scene after taking long-held incumbent Democrat seats in their districts. The group, now known as the ‘squad’ promised from from their inception to shift the Democratic party more to the left and change the political status quo. That’s exactly what they’ve done.

First, the group has had the support of the Democratic socialists like Senator Bernie Sanders, D-VT, and they’ve teamed up with him. One of their biggest issues is to push a sweeping climate change agenda, known as “The Green New Deal” to reduce to net-zero emissions by 2030.

Moreover, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-NY, Ilhan Omar, D-MN, Ayanna Pressley, D-MA, and Rashida Tlaib, D-MI have declared victories as results slowly rolled in Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.

These four women have also reportedly expanded this election, by adding three new progressive Democrats to their team. That group of new members includes Cori Bush, D-MO, Jamaal Bowman, D-NY, and Mondaire Jones, D-NY.

“This moment is brought to us by us, by our movement for social, racial, and economic justice. Now, our movement is going to Congress and we will beat the challenges of this moment and the movement side by side, arm in arm with our fists in the air, with our fists in the air ready to serve each other until every single one of us is free. Thank you for electing me as your first Black congresswoman here in the State of Missouri,” said Bush in her victory speech Tuesday night.

You can follow Jennie Taer on Twitter @JennieSTaer

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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections

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New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.

“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

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Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”

The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.

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