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Georgia Democrats aim to shift conversation from Biden

ATLANTA — Stacey Abrams and U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock are trying to shift the political conversation away from President Joe Biden's economic record and toward their own proposals to curb higher energy prices, rein in crime and preserve abortion rights.

Facing growing questions about the enthusiasm of the party's base, Abrams and Warnock have swung to the offensive as a tough November election against Gov. Brian Kemp and Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker approaches.

Abrams has released a suite of policies that one-up Kemp on important policy divides, including plans for a heftier teacher pay raise than the Republican secured in his first term and demands that he extend a gas tax break through the rest of the year.

And she outlined a plan Thursday to hike the starting salary for some law enforcement officials, including corrections officers and Georgia State Patrol troopers, to $50,000. Warnock has shown he's unafraid to pressure Biden, whose flagging approval ratings threaten to bog down state Democrats. The senator helped successfully buck a White House plan to close a Savannah military installation and pressed Biden to forgive student debt.

—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Long Island library board votes to ‘remove all Pride displays’ and LGBTQ books from children’s section

NEW YORK — A library on Long Island has voted to remove “all Pride displays” as well as Pride-related books from its children’s sections.

The Smithtown Library Board of Trustees voted 4-2 Tuesday to ban any and all displays related to LGBTQ Pride from kids’ areas at Smithtown Library buildings, a move that was met with fierce backlash and call for action by advocates.

The New York Library Association slammed Smithtown’s move, calling it “a direct violation of NYLA’s commitment to intellectual freedom and the freedom to read that libraries are entrusted to uphold.”


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