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Corporate squeezes upend politics of voting rights: The Note

The TAKE with Rick Klein

It’s a debate that’s fundamental to democracy, and it’s playing out at the state and federal levels in much different directions.

The belated condemnation of Georgia’s new voting law — capped by MLB’s decision to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta this summer — shows how major businesses are calculating that neither silence nor nuance works on the most charged and polarizing issues of the day.

Speaking of lack of nuance, former President Donald Trump is back in the conversation, calling for the very boycotts some progressives favored just a few days ago. Discussion of the right to vote is now mixed up with conservative cries of “cancel culture” and calls for scrutiny on corporate relationships with China.

States including Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey and Virginia have already settled on new voting laws, with outcomes that reflect the different states’ political tint. But the debate is hot and could easily become overheated in states including Texas, Arizona and Florida, as well as in Congress, where the House-passed voting bill awaits Senate action.

Big businesses are off the sidelines. But the rules of the game may be changing.

The RUNDOWN with Averi Harper

A coalition of more than a dozen advocacy groups focused on women and caregivers has launched a multimillion-dollar effort dubbed #CareCantWait, pressuring the Biden administration to include paid family and medical leave, subsidized child care and a $450 billion investment in creating a million union caregiving jobs in recovery legislation.

Biden’s infrastructure plan, which includes a significant focus on job creation, devotes money to upgrading child care facilities and acknowledges that childcare could be a driver of employment for women. It doesn’t provide solutions to address the high cost of childcare or acknowledge that caregiving amid pandemic-related shutdowns disproportionately drove women from the workforce, though White House officials said child care will be part of the second component of the plan.

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