This Is an Election Story That Mentions Neither Biden Nor Trump

This Is an Election Story That Mentions Neither Biden Nor Trump

Chris Creese for The New York Times Clearly, the decision on whether the president should stay or go is Issue No. 1 on Election Day. But we’re watching so many other consequential elections and ballot issues further down the ballot. What will a legislative campaign in Vermont tell us about changing attitudes toward gun control? Can a non-Latina be elected in Miami? Will the mayor of Portland hang on, after months of vilification from all sides? We asked our national correspondents to share what they’ll be keeping an eye on this week. California Reconsidering an affirmative action ban After a summer of unrest over racial injustice, California voters will consider a measure aimed at dismantling systemic racism in two broad areas. Proposition 16 would reverse the state’s voter-approved ban on affirmative action in public university admissions and public contracting. Yet in a state that prides itself on its progressivism, polling has shown that it’s far from an easy win . Californians’ vote on Proposition 16 may hint at where debates over how to achieve racial equity are headed. — Jill Cowan Vermont A bereaved mother calls for gun regulation In Vermont, a grieving mother is challenging a state legislator in a campaign around gun regulations, an agenda Vermonters are, gradually, beginning to embrace. Alyssa Black was propelled into politics by the suicide of her youngest son, Andrew, in 2019. When a police officer informed her about Andrew’s actions on the day he died, she was stunned. “How could you […]

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