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The Local Threat to American Democracy

The interests of voters in predominantly Democratic-leaning US cities are being trampled by Republican state-level leaders and their business supporters. Through "preemption" measures, ballot and voting restrictions, gerrymandering, and other schemes, America continues to be threatened by entrenched minority rule.

BERKELEY – As Texas swoons under an unprecedented heatwave, its governor has signed a “preemption” bill to strip cities like Houston and Dallas from setting standards for local workplaces – including guaranteed water breaks for outdoor workers. The “Texas Regulatory Consistency Act” bars municipal governments from enacting policies that go beyond state law in eight broad areas and voids existing city and local laws that do so. Cities will be subject to lawsuits and damages for discrepancies between their policies and those of the state.