To commemorate the 50th anniversary years of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, a new exhibition is on view at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power by City Paper photographer Joseph Giordano are nearly life-sized portraits of luminaries from these movements that create a new visual […]
There’s a reason Ava DuVernay’s sober and moving account of the months between the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church by white supremacists and Congress’ 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act is titled Selma and not, say, Dr. King.Show More Summary
Promoted by Rosi On Thursday the Assembly State and Local Government Committee is hearing the fast-tracked bill A-3628/S2412, a bill that deprives voters of their existing decision-making role regarding the control of our local water systems. Show More Summary
Remember kids, racism is a barbarous old relic of the past that is no longer applicable in American politics, therefore political remedies for racism like the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act are equally as outdated. Nevada Assemblyman...Show More Summary
From the program description: This year and next we will celebrate the anniversaries of major racial justice victories like the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. In this plenary, big thinkers will reflect on trends and strategies for the next half century. Show More Summary
A bill championed by privacy rights advocates, the tech industry, and the White House was suddenly blocked Tuesday night when it did not receive the necessary votes to proceed in the Senate. The bill, t he USA Freedom Act, aimed to rein...Show More Summary
You have to give Alabama credit for its cheek. Last year, the state's Shelby County persuaded the US Supreme Court to find unconstitutional part of the Voting Rights Act that required certain states with histories of discriminatory election laws to get permission from the federal government before changing their voting practices. Show More Summary
Alabama voters acted irresponsibly on many fronts. Not only did they vote straight GOP virtually across the board, but they made gun ownership a human right. By an overwhelming vote of 73 to 27 percent, voters passed a constitutional amendment that places weapons above human life, making the ownership of firearms a fundamental human right [...]
[guest post by JVW] Some gal named Maria Theresa Kumar on MSNBC claimed during that network’s election coverage that changes to the Voting Rights Act contributed greatly to the GOP wave earlier tonight. She lamented that she had been at the University of Florida in Gainesville a couple of weeks ago and “50,000 students found […]
Poll monitors and voting rights groups reported thousands of questions and complaints during the early hours of voting in the first major national election since the Supreme Court overturned key aspects of the Voting Rights Act.
If you thought Mark Begich and his fellow Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid acted on veteran's issues out of principle and compassion... you'd be wrong. As Roll Call reports, a newly planned vote on veteran's programs appears to have less to do with veterans, than struggling Alaska Democrat Mark Begich. Show More Summary
To the editor: The U. S. Supreme Court has countenanced Republicans' partisan dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, and Andrew Cohen rightly excoriates the justices' specious reasoning. ("Shame on Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court," Op-Ed, Oct. 22)
When the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, it was with the explanation that "Congress could have updated the coverage formula at that time, but did not do so. Its failure to act," said the 5-4 majority, left "us today with no choice but to declare [Section 4] unconstitutional. Show More Summary
Since the Supreme Court nixed a key part of the Voting Rights Act last year, voting rights supporters have been worried that previously covered states would no longer have to go through the pre-clearance process when making changes to voting laws. Show More Summary
Election Law Blog: A federal court has struck down Texas's voter ID law. It violates the Voting Rights Act, it violates the constitutional prohibition on poll taxes, it violates the constitutional prohibition of unjustified burdens,Show More Summary
When the Supreme Court threw out part of the Voting Rights Act last year, many predicted it would bolster Republican efforts to tighten voting procedures in advance of this fall's election, particularly in the South.
THE “MARGIN OF FRAUD” JUST EXPANDED: Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin’s voter ID law. “In a related action, a district court judge in Texas ruled that state’s voter ID law is racially discriminatory and violates the Voting Rights Act. The state attorney general’s office said it would appeal.”
The Supreme Court acted Wednesday to limit voting rights in North Carolina, after doing the same for Ohio the week previous. Early voting was the key issue in both cases. In North Carolina, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a dissent,...Show More Summary
Amid a flurry of last-minute action on legislation awaiting his signature, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have expanded the ability of minority groups to sue under the state's Voting Rights Act.
One day after the U.S. Supreme Court neutered Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act -- i.e., one day after the preclearance requirement for changes to voting laws in jurisdictions with a history of voter suppression efforts was nullified by that decision -- North Carolina passed House Bill 589. The......