Recent efforts in Kentucky to expand voting access illustrate the duplicity behind Republican concerns about election integrity.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signs a series of bills flanked by state legislators from both parties on April 7, 2021. | Photo: Governor’s Communications Office

On April 7, 2021, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed a substantial voting reform bill into law, joining the stampede of states turning their attention to election reform after the 2020 election.

The new legislation, however, is a unicorn among horses in this stampede. The bill, HB 574, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the state House and Senate by votes of 91–3 and 33–3, respectively. …

NFTs are revolutionizing digital ownership and sparking a reckoning with the growing climate cost of the crypto-world.

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, which serves as the foundation for NFTs, are transforming digital commerce with tremendous climate cost. | Photo: Pexels

Many may be asking themselves these days: Who would buy a digital Logan Paul Pokemon card for $2,000? A highlight of Lebron James dunking on Sacramento Kings’ Nemanja Bjelica for $200,000? A piece of digital art for $69 million? A tweet for $2.9 million?!?!

It turns out the answer to all of these questions is someone. Someone out there is willing to buy a $10,000 virtual shoe. Yes, someone out there has amassed a $20 million portfolio of NBA highlight clips. …

Alex Mears

I write about climate change, clean energy, and the crumbling husk of an institution we call American democracy.

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