Patagonia CEO calls on U.S. business leaders to act on restrictive voting laws

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Ryan Gellert outlines three steps American CEOs should take immediately to help protect democracy. Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert is calling on CEOs and business leaders across America to not just speak out, but act up to protect democracy from restrictive voting laws like the election bill that passed last month in Georgia. Forty-seven states have already introduced 361 bills this year that would restrict voting rights. Read Full Story

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Democrat Warnock wins Georgia Senate seat; Democrat Ossoff’s campaign confident of victory in too-close-to-call race

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The Georgia special election is an epic nail biter. In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Rev. Raphael Warnock declared victory in Tuesday’s special election for one of two Georgia Senate seats, ousting incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler. As of 3am E.T., with less than 2% of votes remaining to be counted, Warnock led by a margin of 46,000 votes, or roughly 1%. NBC News, Fox News and the Associated Press projected Warnock as the winner. The victory will make him Georgia’s first black Senator, as well as as well as the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Georgia since 2000. Read Full Story

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Meet the Gen Z activists who helped win the Georgia Senate seats

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These inspiring young activists worked for weeks to make millions of calls and social media posts to get out the youth vote for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, Sophia Woodrow was 14 years old. Four years later, she was fighting to mobilize young voters in Georgia for the 2020 election and then the runoff to decide control of the Senate. Read Full Story

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The simple reason tech CEOs have so much power

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Dual-class voting shares concentrates power in the hands of investors and founders, a troubling trend that disrupts the checks and balances needed to keep business accountable. Coinbase’s plan to go public in April highlights a troubling trend among tech companies: Its founding team will maintain voting control, making it mostly immune to the wishes of outside investors. Read Full Story

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Joe Biden widens electoral vote lead against Donald Trump in decisive presidential race

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With Georgia added to his tally, Biden would have 306 electoral votes compared to Trump’s 232. President-elect Joe Biden widened his electoral vote lead against incumbent President Donald Trump on Friday after multiple decision desks called the state of Georgia in his favor. NBC News, CNN, and The New York Times made the call with projections that would add the state’s 16 electoral votes to the former vice president’s tally, giving him a total of 306 compared to Trump’s 232. Read Full Story

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How LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Company became the envy of Hollywood

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The duo’s startup has become a media and branding juggernaut that empowers communities and is built for the future. The morning of January 8, just a day and a half after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, the nonprofit More Than a Vote released a response video. Less than a minute long, the montage depicts professional athletes taking a knee and wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts and Black Americans casting votes in Georgia, alongside footage from the insurrection. With a sepia tone that evokes news footage of 1960s civil rights protests and dynamic graphics that convey urgency, the video presents a powerful contrast between peaceful political efforts by Black Americans and white barbarians at the gate. Read Full Story

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What the hell is happening in Georgia? Senate race runoff rules explained as vote count continues

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Georgia is about to be on everyone’s mind. No, America’s balance of power usually does not rest in the state that brought us the cotton gin, Coca-Cola, and the world’s largest drive-in restaurant . The emerging political situation in Georgia is unprecedented as its two Senate races look likely to result in a runoff election in January. Those seats could end up determining whether Republicans or Democrats ultimately control the Senate. Here’s what’s happening. Read Full Story

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‘An electoral steroid for white candidates’: the troubling history of Georgia’s runoff elections

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In most of the 10 states that have runoff elections, the system was implemented to dilute the Black vote. All eyes are on Georgia January 4, as two runoff elections in the the state will decide the control of the U.S. Senate. Joe Biden’s win there in November has given Democrats hope for two more victories in a state that’s been in a tight Republican grip for decades. A grip that’s in no small part due to the fact that the state conducts these kind of runoff elections. Read Full Story

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