CONCORD, N.H. — Senator Kamala Harris, visiting New Hampshire for the first time in her life, distanced herself on Monday from the last candidate to win this state’s Democratic presidential primary, saying she was “not a democratic socialist” like Senator Bernie Sanders. Ms. Harris made the remark during conversations with voters in Concord, N.H., as she began her debut as a presidential candidate in the state, which holds the nation’s first primary in 2020 shortly after the Iowa caucuses. The California senator planned to hold a town-hall-style event in Portsmouth later Monday afternoon. [Make sense of the people, issues and ideas shaping American politics with our newsletter.] The exchange involving Mr. Sanders, the independent senator from neighboring Vermont who won the 2016 primary here with 60 percent of the vote, came after a question about whether Ms. Harris would have to tack left like Mr. Sanders to do well in the New Hampshire primary next year. … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris Tells New Hampshire: ‘I Am Not a Democratic Socialist’
RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina elections regulator said Monday that “a coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme” potentially involving more than 1,000 absentee ballots or request forms took place last year in the state’s Ninth Congressional District. The regulator, Kim Strach, the executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, gave the first account of investigators’ conclusions at a hearing in Raleigh that could determine the fate of the Ninth District race after allegations of widespread fraud. The Republican nominee, Mark Harris, has a 905-vote lead over his Democratic rival, Dan McCready, but state officials last year refused to certify Mr. Harris as the winner because of concerns about “irregularities” in absentee balloting. The hearing’s outcome could undermine Republicans’ assertions that they take a hard line against election fraud. The state board could certify the … [Read more...] about In North Carolina, Investigators Find Ballot ‘Scheme’ in House Race
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Anna Stein, 44, doesn’t have a preferred presidential candidate yet for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But one thing is certain, she says: Elizabeth Warren’s handling of her Native American ancestry claims will not factor into her decision. A.J. McConnell, 70, suspects he’ll vote for Kamala Harris, the California senator, for president. But he thinks the criticism over Ms. Warren describing herself as Native American for years is unfair, because he also had family members who once identified as Native Americans. Bobbie Pate, 69, arrived at a Warren rally in northern Georgia on Saturday a little worried that Ms. Warren would mention the ancestry issue. Even acknowledging it would give credence to President Trump’s “racist attacks” on Ms. Warren, the Massachusetts senator she said. (Mr. Trump routinely slurs her as “Pocahontas.”) “Everybody makes mistakes,” Ms. Pate said of Ms. Warren’s bumpy … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Ancestry Draws a Shrug From These Voters
BALTIMORE — It was not an overt incident of racism that prompted Edray Goins, an African-American mathematician in the prime of his career, to abandon his tenured position on the faculty of a major research university last year. The hostilities he perceived were subtle, the signs of disrespect unspoken. There was the time he was brushed aside by the leaders of his field when he approached with a math question at a conference. There were the reports from students in his department at Purdue University that a white professor had warned them not to work with him. One of only perhaps a dozen black mathematicians among nearly 2,000 tenured faculty members in the nation’s top 50 math departments, Dr. Goins frequently asked himself whether he was right to factor race into the challenges he faced. That question from a senior colleague on his area of expertise, directed to someone else? His department’s disinclination to nominate him to the committee that controls hiring? The … [Read more...] about For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One’
WASHINGTON — Doug Evans, a white state prosecutor in Mississippi, has worked hard to keep black people off the juries that have heard his case against Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times — yes, six times — for the 1996 murders of four people inside a furniture store in Winona, Miss. Next month, the Supreme Court will consider whether Mr. Evans’s use of dozens of peremptory challenges — ones that do not require giving a reason — to exclude black prospective jurors violated the Constitution. Mr. Evans’s track record is extraordinary, and the court’s ruling may be narrow. But the justices could also use the case to put some teeth into Batson v. Kentucky, a 1986 decision that made an exception to the centuries-old rule that peremptory challenges are completely discretionary and cannot be second-guessed. In the Batson case, the court ruled that racial discrimination in jury selection was different, and it required lawyers accused of … [Read more...] about When Does Kicking Black People Off Juries Cross a Constitutional Line?