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The Trump loyalist who could be a major threat to US democracy

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As Donald Trump tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election, there were few officials more willing to help than Doug Mastriano, then a little-known Pennsylvania state senator. Mastriano, a retired army colonel ...

Rainy election day in Sydney and Brisbane won’t dampen democracy sausages

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It’s set to be a chilly and rainy election day in parts of Australia’s east coast, while other major cities look likely to enjoy perfect weather to exercise their democratic right. Voters in Sydney and Brisbane will p...

High-spend politics might make great TV, but democracy pays the price for it

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (pre-Brexit that is), I was vaguely involved in British politics. One thing that always stood out for me was how people from both main parties would often complain that Britis...

The Guardian view on local democracy: make it matter

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The 19th-century Birmingham pastor Robert Dale would have been dismayed by today’s apathy towards local elections. As one of the greatest proselytisers for the role of municipal government in Victorian England, Dale m...

‘We have a democracy problem’: how Texas voter suppression helps keep climate action off the table

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For Alán de León, natural disasters are a way of life. Growing up in Houston, de León knew that late summer meant hurricane season, a time when his family took special care to save money and stock up on extra food. In...

Every day Boris Johnson clings on, our democracy rots a little bit more

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We can’t know for certain how long Boris Johnson will survive as prime minister or whether his departure is indeed, as one of his ministers whispers, “a matter of when, not if”. But there are two things we do know, be...

‘A plot to destroy democracy’: civil rights group raises alarm at threats to US elections

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An “insidious and coordinated” effort between lawmakers and extremist groups is under way to undermine American democracy, according to a new report. On Tuesday, the nonpartisan civil rights organization National Urba...

The Guardian view on partygate: a test of our democracy

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The prime minister and the chancellor broke the law. That is the finding of the Metropolitan police investigation, which will result in fixed-penalty notices for the two men. To be more precise: Boris Johnson broke th...

The Age of the Strongman by Gideon Rachman review – democracy muscled out?

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered a long-term shift in the tectonic plates of history that even three months ago appeared extremely unlikely. We are only six weeks in but even now, it is clear this one event ...

Young adults show dramatic loss of faith in UK democracy, survey reveals

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A dramatic loss of faith in the ability of British democracy to serve the interests of UK voters is revealed in a new report that finds that donors to political parties and big businesses are now commonly viewed by th...

‘January 6 was a real wake-up call’: US unions fight to save democracy

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Many union leaders used to pooh-pooh talk about saving democracy, according t0 Shane Larson, the Communications Workers of America’s director of government affairs. All that changed after the January 6 assault on the ...

The Guardian view on Hungary’s election: a dismal day for democracy

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What now for the European Union’s most challenged and compromised democracy? The scale of Viktor Orbán’s fourth consecutive election victory in Hungary was crushing, comprehensive and unexpected. Faced for the first t...

The Guardian view on public interest: democracy rests on a free press

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Last week saw a good day for press freedom. An Old Bailey judge ruled that Chris Mullin, the former Labour minister and journalist, would not have to hand over the notes that he made while looking a decade later into ...

Letting Republicans depress the vote is ‘not in the cards’: a US governor on a race that may shape democracy

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Wisconsin’s governor, Tony Evers, is not exactly known as a hotheaded partisan warrior – the softspoken Democrat enjoys polka, the card game Euchre, and a daily McDonald’s Egg McMuffin. But it struck a nerve this week...

Mitt Romney warns of ‘extraordinary challenge’ in preserving democracy

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At a private event in Virginia, senior Republican senator Mitt Romney delivered a stark warning about the threat to US democracy in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “We are really the only significant experiment...

‘Arsonists with keys to the firehouse’: once-obscure state races fuel fears for US democracy

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Last year, Brad Raffensperger was attracting national headlines for taking a stand against Donald Trump and his lies about the 2020 election. In a phone call that was quickly made public, Trump demanded that Raffenspe...

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