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Ellison Report May 19: Trump; New MD Contraception Bill; Digital Policy & Free Speech Protection

Maryland State House in Annapolis.
Amaury Laporte
Maryland State House in Annapolis.

The Ellison Report is a weekly journal of politics, policy, and the people. 

PART I: Catalina Byrd of WEAA and Barbara Grant of WURD discuss what issues they believe are being disregarded in the media fascination with Trump and the personality clash dynamics of 2016. Also: how bad is the rift between Bernie Sanders and the rest of the Democratic Party? And the meaning behind Trump’s recent SCOTUS nominee list. 

PART II: Karen Nelson, CEO of Planned Parenthood Maryland, along with MD House Delegate Arianna Kelly (D-Bethesda), discuss the contours of a new contraception bill that recently passed the Maryland state legislature and why that’s important nationally.

PART III: Priya Kumar, Resident Analyst at New America Foundation, offers insight on why Americans really need to pay more attention to digital policy – and why candidates need to press that issue, too. Plus: despite the virtues of social media, we really don’t have that much Free Speech protection we thought we had. 

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