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  • Regulation of voter fraud “has always been cover for disenfranchisement,” wrote Vann Newkirk in an article for The Atlantic. Newkirk argued that the voter roll purges ahead of the Georgia gubernatorial election led by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is also running for governor of Georgia, are the “vanguard of a new norm” of disproportionate disenfranchisement of minorities. This “new norm” followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision that weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to Newkirk.
  • Tulishree Pradhan of India’s KIIT School of Law argued in a recent paper that media regulations in the United Kingdom should pursue concrete objectives, rather than simply react to changing market conditions and new technology. Pradhan cited “effective communication, diversity, economy and public service” as values that media regulations should support, and he called for a stewardship model of media regulation that would protect the interests of “all present and future generations of citizens.”
  • In a recent article, Jameson Taylor of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy argued for state regulations that would allow small-scale poultry producers—farmers producing fewer than 20,000 birds per year—to sell to grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, schools, and hospitals. These producers are currently only permitted to sell directly to consumers, which Taylor described as “severely restricting” the viability of small-scale farms and giving “more limited access to diverse food options” for consumers.