Tuesday, July 27

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Elections, Eric Adams, INSIDER Data, Kathryn Garcia, NYC Mayor, Politics

4 takeaways from New York City’s attempt to use ranked-choice voting to pick its next crop of politicians

This past June, New York City became the largest city to use ranked choice voting. The Board of Elections messed up on messaging and tabulation, but in the end the system worked. While the mayor race was a fiasco, ranked choice was huge for contentious city council races. See more stories on Insider's business page. Ranked-choice voting worked as intended, but its New York City debut didn't go off without a few hitches. Ranked-choice voting is a type of ballot that asks voters to list their choices — In New York's case, five — in their order of preference. When the votes are in, the lowest-ranked candidate has their ballots realloc...
Capitol Siege, INSIDER Data, Politics

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said he represented ‘the will’ of his constituents when he told Capitol protesters to ‘start taking down names and kicking ass’

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said he "represented the will" of his constituents when speaking against the presidential election certification. Brooks told protesters to "start taking down names and kicking ass" hours before rioters breached the Capitol. Swalwell claimed on Friday that Brooks missed his deadline to file a response, but court filings show Brooks filed on time. See more stories on Insider's business page. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said he "represented the will" of his constituents when he told Capitol protestors to "start taking down names and kicking ass" just hours before rioters breached the Capitol, according to a recent c...
champlain towers, INSIDER Data, Politics

Biden says Florida condo collapse survivors and victims’ families are ‘going through hell’ after meeting with them in Surfside

Biden expressed sympathy for those affected by the Florida condominium crash on Thursday.  Biden and First Lady Jill Biden met with the families affected by the tragedy that day. There have been 18 confirmed deaths from the collapse and as many as 145 people are still missing. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
2021 elections, DDHQ, INSIDER Data, New York City, Politics, Voting

RESULTS: New York City to re-tally ranked choice rounds after major tabulation errors included dummy votes

New York City voters are selecting Democratic and Republican nominees for mayor. New York is using ranked-choice voting for the first time, so the winner may not be known for weeks. Eric Adams' initial lead was cut down by Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley. See more stories on Insider's business page. New York City officials have retracted the most recent vote count and the first set of ranked-choice vote tabulations for the city's mayoral race after accidentally including 135,000 dummy test votes in the ranked-choice runoff tallies it conducted and released on Tuesday. The Board of Elections removed the previous results from the firs...
Abbott, INSIDER Data, Politics, Texas, Texas legislature

Texas Democrats petitioned the state Supreme Court to overturn Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to defund the entire legislature

Texas Democrats petitioned the state Supreme Court to overturn Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to defund the legislature. Abbott line-item vetoed all legislative funding in the state's budget after Democrats broke quorum to prevent legislation from passing. The lawsuit claims that Abbott's line-item vetoes were unconstitutional and therefore should not have any effect. See more stories on Insider's business page. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
Economy, Indiana, INSIDER Data, Markets, Policy, Politics, Unemployment, Unemployment aid, Unemployment benefits

An Indiana judge just preserved extra unemployment benefits for thousands

Indiana's early end to unemployment benefits is on pause after a ruling in state court. A judge granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought against the state. Jobless workers in other states have brought similar suits over benefits ending before September. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
INSIDER Data, John McAfee, McAfee Antivirus, Tech Insider

A brief history of John McAfee’s run-ins with the authorities

Silicon Valley mogul John McAfee butted heads with law enforcement around the globe. McAfee was a "person of interest" in the murder of his neighbor in Belize and bragged about avoiding US taxes. Spanish news reported that McAfee was found dead in his Spanish prison cell on Wednesday after Spanish authorities granted the US' extradition request. See more stories on Insider's business page. John McAfee became a Silicon Valley legend after founding the first commercial computer antivirus software with McAfee Associates in 1987. But the internet mogul's life took a series of bizarre turns after he sold the company to Intel in 2011.Ten...
Arkansas, Campaign Finance, INSIDER Data, McDonald's, Out Insider, State Farm, transgender children

Companies like State Farm and McDonalds say they support LGBT rights, but their franchisees and agents sometimes have other ideas

Insider investigated the campaign finance records of Arkansas lawmakers who sponsored anti-transgender legislation. Several visibly LGBT-friendly companies, their agents, and franchise owners gave money to the laws' sponsors. McDonald's franchise owners and State Farm agents donated a combined $107,000 to the Arkansas legislators. See more stories on Insider's business page. The franchisees and agents of companies like McDonald's and State Farm directed vast sums to legislators that backed some of the most anti-LGBT legislation passed this year.Arkansas was one of several states across the US that enacted legislation restricting tr...
Climate change, Drought, energy, Heat wave, INSIDER Data, Power Grid

Western US power grids are straining to keep up as sweltering heatwaves persist

Sweltering heatwaves in the Western US are straining power grids. Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency, asking residents to reduce energy use. Grid operators say the grid is in better shape to withstand surging demands than in previous years. See more stories on Insider's business page. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Thursday as its power grid struggles to match rising demand. Heat waves continue to ravage the region, pushing temperatures as high as 107 degrees Fahrenheit in Salt Lake City.The California Independent System Operator (California ISO), the corporation in charge of runn...