Alongside all the real issues in any election, the TV debates always become a huge part of the contest. In 2010, they put Nick Clegg in the spotlight - even if it didn't do much for him at the polls. In 2015 they put the Ed Miliband through his paces - it didn't really do much for him either. Just two years ago, Theresa May was too chicken to take part in them - but even not turning up didn't help her out all that much. So it seems like you're damned if you do, and damned if you don't. But that is why TV producers love them - and politicians hate them. This year Sky, the BBC and ITV have all proposed some form of debate - but they might not all go ahead. And with everything to play for things are tense before the first studio light has been turned on - with the Lib Dems and SNP pursing legal action against ITV for keeping them out of its first debate. So with all the fun still to come, here is everything you need to know about the TV debates. When are the general election debates … [Read more...] about General Election 2019: When are the BBC, Sky and ITV debates and who will take part?
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The day Barack Obama was first elected president was bittersweet for Terry Garrett. As an African-American whose parents grew up in a segregated South, she was joyous as she witnessed the moment Americans elected the first African-American president. But she also felt angry, sad, left out. That day Terry had watched her children and husband cast their ballots, knowing she would not be allowed to do the same. The 48-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia, has never been allowed to vote. By the time she reached voting age, 18, she had been convicted of shoplifting. Centuries ago, her home state had forbidden people who committed a felony from voting. But this April, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a sweeping executive order restoring the voting rights of all former felons who have completed their jail sentence and parole or supervised probation. Now, Terry hopes that she will be able to vote for the first time in her life this November. As a newly registered Democrat, she is … [Read more...] about Virginia battle over felons’ rights could swing US election
The Russian election hacking controversy came to Madison, Georgia one Friday afternoon in July. Scrolling through the news feed in her small real estate office inside a narrow red-brick house on Main Street, Jeanne Dufort's interest was piqued by a federal indictment against Russian hackers who had targeted election websites in Georgia amid a plan to interfere in the 2016 election. "That hit home in a really, really specific way," Dufort said in a recent interview in a coffee shop in Madison, a community of some 4,000 residents and the seat of Morgan County, 70 minutes east of Atlanta. "We have been hearing about Russians and hacking and Facebook for a long time," she said. But a federal indictment citing Russian meddling in Georgia announced by Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein elevated the lingering issue to a new level for Dufort, a member of the Morgan County Democrats. "That felt really personal." Read more: Hackers find flaws in German election vote-counting … [Read more...] about Fear of Russian election hacking is real in US state of Georgia