Category: Black History

Confusion at the polls: ProPublica reporters research solutions to fixing America’s voting system

One in five American adults struggles to read and write at an elementary level, so when it comes to citizens’ ability to register to vote and read a ballot, how do those with low literacy skills fare in the process? One Detroit producer WIll Glover sits down with ProPublica reporters Annie Waldman and Aliyya Swaby who recently explored the confusion and complexity behind America’s election process, how it impacts voters and what states can do to make the process more accessible.

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Absentee or In-person: Michigan voters react to key issues, races in the midterm election

Where do Michigan voters stand on key issues ahead of the Nov. 8, 2022 midterm election? One Detroit senior producer Bill Kubota teamed up with Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau Chief Paul Egan to talk with voters from across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties about who they’ll cast their ballots for and where they land on the key issues like absentee voting, the economy and abortion.

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Republican Nominee for Governor, Congressional, and State Legislative Races Decided in Michigan Primary Election

The results are in. After the 2022 Michigan primary election, One Detroit contributor Nolan Finley and Deadline Detroit’s Greg Bowens sit down to discuss the results of the hotly contested governor, congressional and state legislative races across the state and what the results could mean for November.

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Behind the Ballot Box: Detroit Election Inspectors Receive Training Ahead of 2022 Midterms

New plans for how Detroit will verify votes during the Aug. 2 primary election will include more stringent protocols on the number of challengers present as election inspectors count and verify ballots. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota teams up with the Detroit Free Press for a visit to one of Detroit’s election inspector trainings for a look at what goes on behind the scenes of elections and what election workers are required to know to preserve the democratic process.

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  • Biden calls on Congress to block potential railroad strike

    President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to pass legislation to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month's deadline in the stalled contract talks.

  • Thousands in China protest zero-COVID policy in largest demonstrations in decades

    The largest protests in more than 30 years rocked China as tens of thousands of demonstrators across the country filled the streets to denounce Beijing's zero-COVID quarantine and testing policies. But some of the demonstrations quickly evolved into demands for political change, including the removal of President Xi. Nick Schifrin spoke with long-time China watcher Minxin Pei about the protests.

  • News Wrap: Teenager pleads guilty to killing ten Black workers and shoppers in Buffalo

    In our news wrap Monday, a white teenager pleaded guilty to killing ten Black shoppers and workers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, unrest in China sent a shudder down Wall Street as major stock indexes dropped, Ukraine is warning of another hard week with more Russian missile strikes against power and water systems and Mauna Loa in Hawaii is erupting for the first time in nearly 40 years.