The 24-hour news cycle is filled with political coverage, but not everything gets the attention it deserves. Here are five politics stories you may have missed in the past week.
1. In violation of Texas law, most high schools aren’t giving students chance to register to vote — Texas Observer, 8/2. In Texas, roughly two out of three high schools don’t comply with a state law requiring them to help students with voter registration. Why it matters: Texas ranks 47th in voter turnout, and increased civic engagement among young voters could transform the demographics and politics of the state.
2. Amazon removes products featuring Nazi symbols — The New York Times, 8/2. Amazon will remove from their site any products featuring Nazi and white nationalist symbolism. Why it matters: Amazon’s quick response to pressure from lawmakers and nonprofit groups could provide a model for other companies like Facebook and Spotify facing similar criticism over hateful content.
3. Federal judge orders Indiana district to let transgender student use men’s restrooms — The Hill, 8/6. A transgender student at an Indiana school must be allowed to use the restroom of their choice, a judge ruled last week. Why it matters: The ruling, coupled with a similar Oregon decision last week, challenged Trump administration policies aimed at rolling back protections for transgender students.
4. Radio hosts suspended for racist comments about N.J.’s AG back on air, say they ‘learned a lot’ — New Jersey Advance Media, 8/6. Two radio hosts in New Jersey returned to the air following a 10-day suspension for mocking the state’s Sikh attorney general. Why it matters: The hosts’ language was criticized and cited as another example of the recent rise of hate speech in the United States.
5. State lawmakers surviving allegations in the age of #MeToo — Associated Press, 8/2. This year, 25 state lawmakers who have been accused of sexual misconduct are running for are re-election, and so far 15 of them have won their primaries. Why it matters: The lawmakers’ primary wins have tested the strength of the #MeToo movement (something the PBS NewsHour’s Gretchen Frazee also explored here).