In today’s rundown: Help may be on the way for the unemployed whose benefits are running out. | Georgetown law students will help low-income D.C. residents. | The Washington Post calls a proposal that would restore voting rights to Virginia’s ex-cons a disgrace.
— Despite objections from conservative Republicans, the U.S. Senate has agreed to consider a temporary extension of unemployment benefits. The measure would mean that unemployed Americans who are exhausting their benefits would still receive checks and federal subsidies for health insurance. Click here for more details.
— Georgetown University law students will begin helping low-income residents with legal cases as part of a new program. The Community Justice Project will take on cases ranging from helping homeless people find housing to obtaining medication for HIV patients. To listen to a report on this story, click here.
— A northern Virginia woman has been charged with practicing dentistry without a license. She and a business associate were arrested after a patient developed an infection after a root canal that was performed in a hidden office in a Fairfax County basement. The patient was told she could get dental work performed there “for a much cheaper price than a regular dentist.” Click here for more.
— An editorial in today’s Washington Post calls into question the fairness and “decency” of a plan by Virginia’s governor that would allow ex-cons to vote. Governor Bob McDonnell has proposed that in addition to the current application process former felons must go through in order to vote, they also be required to write a letter explaining what they’ve contributed to society and outline why they should get their voting rights back. To find out why the Post is calling this proposal a disgrace and tantamount to Jim Crow, click here.