Feb 22, 2019

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown: Voters want to see more diverse candidates

Gov. Kate Brown. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown — the country's first openly bisexual governor — said at an Axios event Friday morning that the success of female, non-white and LGBTQ candidates running for national office is trickling down to the state level, but that there is still a long way to go.

"It's important to have more diversity, especially at the governor level. The joy of being governor is that you can get stuff done ... It really changes the type of policy that's on the agenda."
— Gov. Kate Brown

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The slippery slope of protest surveillance

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump's call to treat antifa supporters like terrorists could be a green light for high-tech surveillance of dissidents.

Why it matters: It's unlikely the Trump administration can designate antifa as a terrorist group in any legally meaningful way, but the declaration gives law enforcement tacit approval to use a plethora of tech tools to monitor protesters and left-leaning activists.

The biggest crisis since 1968

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Bettmann/Contributor

The year 1968 has been on a lot of people’s minds lately — another year of protests, violence and upheaval that seemed to be tearing the nation apart.

Yes, but: This crisis also has moments we’ve never seen before — and some historians and experts say the differences suggest that 2020 doesn't compare well at all.

SoftBank to launch $100M fund backing companies led by people of color

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

SoftBank COO Marcelo Claure said in a letter to employees early Wednesday that the firm will create a $100 million fund that "will only invest in companies led by founders and entrepreneurs of color."

Why it matters: The Opportunity Growth Fund is one of the first to put significant capital behind companies' statements of empathy and outrage in response to protests over systemic racism in the U.S. typified by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African Americans by police.