Huffington Post posted a commentary about how homelessness has decreased. We have covered how ridiculous the HUD count is and statistically invalid these numbers are in the real world. We also know that the folks at Laura's Home/City Mission would disagree. If any national expert tells you that homelessness is down, they have no credibility with what is going on in the real world.
Brennan Center for Justice has a series of commentaries from state's that changed their voting procedures. DeNora Getachew, from the Brennan Center, is looking at the changes in voting that took place in the 2014 election. She has looked at Texas, Iowa, and Ohio so far. She interviewed me and staff from Souls to the Polls to talk about the harm caused by the loss of Golden Week and evening hours to vote early. One interesting note, the progressive state of Illinois is working to increase access to voting with new legislation:
- It will implement electronic registration, which means more voters will have the opportunity to sign up when they interact with a government agency.
- It will create a permanent same-day registration (SDR) system. SDR will increase convenience by allowing citizens to register and vote on the same day, either before or on Election Day.
- It will increase early voting options by extending them to include the three days — most notably, the Saturday and Sunday — before Election Day.
San Jose has completed clearing "The Jungle" which some say is the largest number of people in one encampment. This is one of the most expensive housing markets in the United States and there were over 60 acres of tents and self constructed homes that were torn down. The San Jose Mercury News editorialized about the cost of not providing housing to these residents. The LA Times looked at the issue here. Huffington asks the relevant question what happened to those who were "cleared" from this encampment?
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