Overall crime rates in 2016 are projected to remain the same as last year, according to a year-end analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice. The murder rate is projected to increase, driven by problems in Chicago.
Florida's lifetime voting ban for people with past felony convictions is rooted in America's Jim Crow past. The harsh law impacts 1.6 million citizens, including 21 percent of the state's voting-age African Americans.
Partisan rancor and an arms race of special interest spending in judicial elections reached new heights this cycle, as the record for TV spending by outside groups in state supreme court races was shattered.
Contributions from charter school enthusiasts, like billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, and anger over racial gerrymandering are helping drive spending by outside groups in state supreme court elections to record levels.