by Jim Thompson
On Tuesday, outgoing Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) issued an executive order restoring voting rights for 170,000 nonviolent ex-offenders who have completed their sentences, reports Ari Berman in The Nation.
In The Atlantic, Gillian B. White states that supply-constricting zoning regulations greatly increase the cost of living in urban areas, deterring many Americans from moving to cities where jobs and resources are plentiful and subsequently exacerbating inequality in the United States.
At The Guardian, Zach Stafford writes about growing tensions in Chicago following the release of video footage showing the inhumane death of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white police officer in 2014.
Victoria Cavaliere reports in Reuters that the NAACP has asked a federal judge to halt the implementation of a photo identification requirement for North Carolina voters, saying that the law disproportionately burdens “minority voters who might have less access to legal documents needed to obtain driver's licenses or other official identification.”