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 By Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has faced backlash from both Democrats and members of the Republican Party for his support of Florida’s new Black history curriculum standards, which include guidance for students “to be told that enslaved people benefited from slavery.”

TOP IMPACT What to read this week

Trump campaigns in pivotal Erie days after fresh charges filed

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Campaigning in crucial northwest Pennsylvania this weekend, Donald Trump gave familiar remarks amid a not-so-familiar path to 2024.

Though Trump spoke in the same downtown Erie arena as he did in 2016 and 2018, it was against a new backdrop. Losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden and the four criminal investigations into Trump’s conduct — from his 2016 campaign to after he left the White House — are now central in his pleas to Pennsylvania voters for next year’s Republican nomination. | Pennsylvania Capital-Star


Harris asks Iowans to be vigilant in the face of a ‘full-on attack’ on freedom

(Screen shot from White House video)

Vice President Kamala Harris stopped in Des Moines on Friday to call on Iowans to fight back against what she called a “full-on attack against hard-won freedoms.”

During an hour-long stop at Des Moines’ Drake University, Harris focused on the Iowa Legislature’s recent passage of a law – stayed, for now, by the courts – that seeks to ban access to virtually all abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. Harris said it’s important to remember that in a democracy it’s not unusual for the rights of some citizens to come under attack, and so Americans must always remain vigilant about protecting those rights. | Iowa Capital Dispatch


BIG PICTURE Election coverage across the country

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  • Tennessee raises bar to restore voting rights for those with felony convictions | Tennessee Lookout

  • Democrats fear low Black voter turnout could hurt Biden's re-election | Washington Post

  • North Carolina lurches toward elections with voter photo ID | NC Newsline

  • GOP changes course, launching early voting campaign | Wisconsin Public Radio


  • As DeSantis faces cash crunch, he appears as a ‘special guest’ at his own campaign events | Florida Phoenix

  • One diner stop at a time: DeSantis tests revamped 2024 strategy to beat Trump | Reuters

  • Some top GOP donors are having trouble choosing a 2024 candidate — so they're picking two | NBC News

  • Trump makes quick but lucrative campaign stop in Louisiana | Louisiana Illuminator

  • Former President Donald Trump will not meet for interview with Gov. Kim Reynolds at Iowa State Fair | Iowa Capital Dispatch

  • Nikki Haley warns Donald Trump's legal troubles could cost GOP the 2024 presidential election | USA Today


  • Alabama congressional redistricting: Plaintiffs, state nominate new cartographers | Alabama Reflector

  • ​​​2020 election disinformation targeted voters of color and 2024 will be worse, groups say | Associated Press

  • Attorney General Labrador asks Idaho Supreme Court to dismiss open primary challenge | Idaho Capital Sun

  • Need extra money? Poll workers are in demand and getting a pay raise before the 2024 election​​​​ | USA Today

  • What 2020 Did — And Didn’t — Change About How Americans Vote | FiveThirtyEight


COMING UP Calendar of events

  • August 4, 2023, 7 p.m., MONTGOMERY | Trump plans to speak at a dinner for the Alabama Republican Party, his first trip to the state since 2021.
  • August 6, 2023, 4 p.m., CEDAR RAPIDS | Seven presidential candidates plan to speak at U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson's "BBQ Bash."
  • August 10-20, 2023, DES MOINES | The Iowa State Fair begins in Des Moines, bringing in most presidential candidates for events with Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox.

Follow state-level coverage of Election 2024 anytime at News From The States. Send tips and thoughts to ropsahl@iowacapitaldispatch.com, and follow them on Twitter @robinlopsahl

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