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Seven facts about abortion in Minnesota

by Christopher Ingraham, Minnesota ReformerJanuary 25, 2023 This week the state Senate plans to take up a bill that will codify stronger protections for abortion and other reproductive health care rights into state law. The bill has already passed the House, and is considered a top legislative priority for the new DFL trifecta

Ransomware attacks on US healthcare organizations cost $7.8bn in 2021

In 2021, 108 individual ransomware attacks affected 2,302 medical organizations, which impacted 19.76 million patient records. We estimate that these attacks cost medical entities almost $7.8 billion in downtime alone. Since 2016, ransomware attacks have been a well-known threat to medical organizations. We saw a massive influx of attacks from the pandemic onwards.

Opinion: What the Left Doesn’t Understand about Rural America

by Skylar Baker-Jordan, 100 Days in AppalachiaFebruary 10, 2022 To win in rural communities, Democrats need to show up and help, not heckle. Earlier this month, a small Twitter spat erupted between mystery writer Don Winslow and Tessa Duvall, an investigative reporter with the Louisville Courier-Journal. Winslow, well known as a liberal activist,

What voter turnout shows, and hides, about elections

by Aaron Mendelson, Center for Public IntegrityNovember 18, 2022 The voter turnout in 2020 was a stunning 67%, according to one source. Another had it at 94%. A third fixed 2020 voter turnout at 63%. All three are correct — because they do the math differently. They’re comparing actual voters with the number

US politics: midterm elections have handed Joe Biden a divided Congress – history tells us that’s bad for good government

Christoph Pfeufer, Bocconi University and Massimo Morelli, Bocconi University Contrary to the expectations of many observers, the “red wave” stopped at the House of Representatives and only delivered the Republican Party a small majority. The Senate, though, will remain under Democrat control. So the US Congress will be divided until the 2024 election

How women defied and made history in this year’s midterms

Originally published by The 19th We’re making sense of the midterms. We’ve finally made it (mostly!) to the other side of this year’s consequential midterm elections. Election Day proved to be the only poll that mattered, with what we already know so far bucking predictions from pundits and prognosticators of Democratic doom and

The role of local election officials: 5 studies to consider

by Clark Merrefield, The Journalist’s ResourceOctober 6, 2022 During the 2020 presidential election, national and local news outlets highlighted the critical role election officials play in administering impartial voting in the U.S.  With the 2022 midterms on the horizon, local election officials should once again be in the spotlight leading up to Election