Hate crimes rose for 2nd year in a row in 2016, FBI reports

I have called for the House to pass the NO HATE Act. The FBI just released hate crime statistics for 2016, which showed a rise in bias crimes in the US for the second consecutive year. The legislation would give law enforcement across the country additional tools to track and fight hate crimes.

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Senate tax bill would cut taxes of wealthy and increase taxes on families earning less than $75,000 by 2027

I am adamantly opposed to the House Republican tax bill. This bill will raise taxes on millions of middle class Americans in order to fund tax cuts for the wealthy.

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How Congress Could Fix redistricting — without the Supreme Court

Raskin is teaming up with Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.) on the Fair Representation Act, under which an independent commission would draw the lines. But their proposal goes further, requiring ranked choice voting. Voters would be given a list of candidates from both parties, and they’d then vote for their top three choices. If a politician fails to garner enough support, he or she gets knocked out, and the voter’s second and third choices become more important. The lawmakers also want to end most single-district seats and instead have from three to five lawmakers representing a single seat, which they argue will force politicians to run to the middle to appeal to a broad array of voters and not just the extremes in both parties.

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Honoring the arts in Fairfax

Daniel Sheehy, director of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk & Traditional Arts program between 1992 and 2000, was the recipient of this year’s Arts Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements of an artist in any discipline. Following his eight years at the NEA, Sheehy, a resident of Baileys Crossroad, became the director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Under his leadership, Folkways published more than 200 recordings, earned five Grammy Awards and a Latin Grammy. In addition, he launched Smithsonian Global Sound, an online MP3 music store in 2005.

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