RepresentUs launching $5 million campaign to pass the sweeping election, campaign finance, ethics reform package in the Senate
RepresentUs, the nation’s largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign, bringing together conservatives, progressives, and everyone in between, applauds the House for passing the historic anti-corruption bill, the For the People Act. The bill would end partisan gerrymandering, secure and modernize our elections, and halt big money’s control of politics.
RepresentUs members delivered a petition with nearly 20,000 signatures supporting the bill to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday. Members also made thousands of calls to Congress members using the For the People Act online resource hub.
“Washington is more polarized, unstable, and broken than at any time since the Civil War. A mob stormed the US Capitol, people are losing faith in democracy, and special interests’ grip on Congress is stronger than ever. The For the People Act fixes the root cause of the dysfunction,” said RepresentUs CEO Josh Silver. “The fight to get the bill through the Senate has just begun, and RepresentUs is unifying conservatives, moderates, and progressives in support of this historic legislation.”
The For the People Act has supermajority support from voters across the political spectrum, as two-thirds of Americans support the bill. But there will be an enormous effort to stop this legislation…
Practicing attorney Shanti Brien addresses criminal justice reform in her debut memoir Almost Innocent: From Searching to Saved in America’s Criminal Justice System (Amplify Publishing; March 2, 2021). A groundbreaking insider’s account of the messy, tragic, and often unjust legal system in America, Almost Innocent outlines the human impact…
Bipartisan Background Checks Legislation Comes Eight Years After Sandy Hook Tragedy as U.S. Gun Violence Soars
Yesterday, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (D-CA), along with original cosponsors House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI), Sheila Jackson Lee…
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Neuroimaging reveals how ideology affects race perception
Previous research by Amy Krosch, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has shown that white people who identify themselves as political conservatives tend to have a lower threshold for seeing mixed-race Black and white faces as Black.
More often than liberals, Krosch found, white political conservatives show a form of social discrimination termed “hypodescent” – categorizing multiracial individuals as members of the “socially subordinate” racial group.
In new research published Feb. 22 in Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society B, Krosch used neuroimaging to show that this effect seems to be driven by white conservatives’ greater sensitivity to the ambiguity of mixed-race faces rather than sensitivity to the Blackness of faces; this sensitivity showed up in a neural region often associated with affective reactions.
Taken together, these study results suggest white political conservatives might overcategorize mixed-race faces as Black, not because of an aversion to Blackness, but because of an affective reaction to racial mixing more generally, Krosch said. The study appears in a special issue about political neuroscience.
“We knew from our previous work that conservatives tend to categorize more mixed-race faces as their ‘socially subordinate race, or according to hypodescent,” Krosch said, “a principle closely related to notorious ‘one-drop’ rules, used to subjugate individuals with any nonwhite heritage by denying them full rights and liberties under the law from the earliest days of American slavery through the Civil Rights Era.”
In the new study, Krosch said, she and the other researchers wanted to figure out why this is the case: “Specifically, we wanted to know if conservatives and liberals differ in the way they are literally seeing, thinking, or feeling…
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Do policy makers take grants for granted? The efficacy of public sponsorship for innovative entrepreneurshipBy Peter Duncan / Finance Reporter
Recent efforts to support businesses reeling from revenues lost during the pandemic, such as grants and loan programs, have been criticized for favoring larger companies. New research finds that federal agencies get more bang for their buck when they channel grant dollars into smaller startups.
Researchers at Indiana University, Washington State University and the University of Central Florida say their work could provide valuable insights as federal and state governments look for ways to revive the U.S. economy after the pandemic, like the recent Paycheck Protection Program loans.
The study tracked results from about 130 ventures at eight business incubators in the southeastern United States over a four-year period. Small companies receiving their first grant experienced strong revenue growth — an average of 1,000 percent over two years.
By comparison, mid-sized and larger firms in the business incubators reported flat or declining growth trajectories after receiving a grant.
The findings appear in the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal article “Do Policy Makers Take Grants for Granted? The Efficacy of Public Sponsorship for Innovative Entrepreneurship.”
“From a public policy perspective, awarding grants to smaller ventures appears to generate better returns for economic development,” said Alex Kier, assistant professor of entrepreneurship in the WSU Carson College of Business. “We’ve heard the stories on the news about large, multimillion-dollar organizations that got pretty substantial Paycheck Protection Program loans. Our research indicates that money may have been better spent by spreading out the PPP loans to smaller firms.”
Each year, the federal government awards billions of…
New solution set helps asset managers and bankers better manage commercial real estate portfolio risk
Equifax today announced a new Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Tenant Risk Assessment product suite designed to help asset managers and bankers better build, manage and maintain CRE portfolios. Built on Equifax commercial credit data, the suite is designed to provide a more complete financial picture of a building’s business tenants for a better understanding of each property’s potential risk and overall performance in a time of economic uncertainty.
“COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the Commercial Real Estate industry, with tenant payment behavior and demand for space heavily influenced by social distancing, unemployment, and business stress,” said William Phelan, General Manager of the Equifax United States Information Solutions (USIS) Commercial business. “Whether you’re a banker overseeing a CRE portfolio, an asset manager, or a property manager, it’s become increasingly important to understand the current financial health of buildings and business tenants to prevent losses. The Equifax Commercial Real Estate Tenant Risk Assessment product suite helps you understand which tenants were on sound financial footing before the coronavirus, and better predicts how they will weather the storm.”
According to the National Association of Realtors Research Group’s January 2021 Commercial Real Estate Trends and Outlook, 59% of CRE executives surveyed reported an increase in missed, late, or partial rental payments for office, retail, and industrial space. Staying up-to-date on the financial situations of commercial tenants is a challenge…
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