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The Republicans’ 50th Anniversary Voting Rights Act Celebration

The Hill: House Republican leaders are slamming the brakes on voting rights legislation, insisting that any movement on the issue go through a key Republican committee chairman who opposes the proposal. House Democrats are pressing hard on GOP leaders to … Continue reading ?

A Voting-Rights Q & A for the Republican Debate

The Left continues to push bad legislation to resurrect an obsolete and pernicious part of the Voting Rights Act — and, because this week marks the 50th anniversary of the Act, I can just see it coming up at the Republican presidential...Show More Summary

“Ever since the beginning of time, John Roberts has yearned to destroy the Voting Rights Act.”

I have a piece up about two excellent recent articles about the Republican war on voting rights: Essentially, the Republican Party worked a clever bait-and-switch. Legislators would nominally support the Voting Rights Act, while Republican executive officials, judges, and statehouses worked full-time to undermine its effectiveness at every turn. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton to Appear on Al Sharpton’s Radio Show

Hillary Rodham Clinton will appear on the Rev. Al Sharpton's syndicated radio show on Thursday, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the day of the first widely broadcast Republican debate.

Voter Suppression Laws Won’t Work For Long

15 hours agoNews : Newsweek: US

The New York Times Magazine cover story, “A Dream Undone,” on August 2 chronicles the history of recent successful efforts to undermine the Voting Rights Act. The passage of state measures which effectively restrict voting for some groups...Show More Summary

Recalling Coffman's Proposal for English-Only Ballots, as the Voting Rights Act Turns 50

Over the weekend, I enjoyed reading Jim Rutenberg's piece in the New York Times magazine on how conservatives have methodically dismantled the Voting Rights Act, which turns 50 on Thursday, culminating in the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 decision gutting major provisions of the law. Show More Summary

Voting Rights at 50?

This new one by Sam Issacharoff (forthcoming, Alabama Law Review symposium on 50th anniversary of VRA) goes to the top of my reading list.  Here is the abstract: The fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act comes at a difficult juncture. The … Continue reading ?

“The Voting Rights Act at 50 and the Section on Election Law at Birth: A Perspective”

Gene Mazo has posted this abstract (no draft) on SSRN (forthcoming ELJ): On the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the scholarly community has been fretting over the statute’s possible demise. Two years after Shelby County v. … Continue reading ?

In Huge NYT Mag Cover Story, Jim Rutenberg Sees New Jim Crow in North Carolina, Smears Reagan as Racist

The New York Times Magazine cover story by political correspondent Jim Rutenberg, "A Dream Undone -- Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act," is a 10-part, 10,000-word doorstop (issued with the baleful threatShow More Summary

CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK UNIVERSITY: In The NY Times Review Of "50 Years After The Voting Rights Bill" They Engineer A Narrative That The Americanized Negro FEELS Like He Is Being Redlined By Photo ID, So The NY Times Doesn't Have To Do A Forensic Audit On W

NY TIMES: The 50 Year Attack Upon The "Voting Rights Act" CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK UNIVERSITY : "How The 50 Run Of The 'Bayard Rustin' 'Vote Your Black Community Salvation Scheme" HAS FAILED To Develop The Negro Through The Institutions...Show More Summary

“50 years after the Voting Rights Act, election law expert assesses its impact and recent changes”

KC Star: Black men had been granted the right to vote in 1870 in the 15th Amendment, which said people should be allowed to vote regardless of their race or previous condition of slavery. But soon after Reconstruction, which ended … Continue reading ?

Remembering Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner: 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

An African proverb reminds us, "If surviving Lions don't tell their stories, the Hunters will get all the credit." I have been blessed with comparative longevity. So, on the occasion of next week's 50th Anniversary, August 6th, of the...Show More Summary

This is why the Voting Rights Act is on trial in North Carolina

In a Winston-Salem, N.C. federal courthouse, closing arguments are taking place this morning in a hotly-contested trial over North Carolina’s restrictive voting law. The U.S. Department of Justice and civil rights groups say that the 2013 law, passed by a Republican legislature over the objections of Democrats, violates the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution. The […]

“This is why the Voting Rights Act is on trial in North Carolina”

I have written this post for The Monkey Cage at WaPo.  It begins: In a Winston-Salem, N.C. federal courthouse, closing arguments are taking place this morning in a hotly-contested trial over North Carolina’s restrictive voting law. The U.S. Department of Justice … Continue reading ?

Rep. Hank Johnson Claims Confederate “#FlagStillFlies” Until VRA is Renewed

Last Friday, Democrats in the US House and Senate, including Georgia Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson, filed the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015. This legislation amends the Voting Rights Act and modernizes the formula that determines which states must submit changes to their voting laws for preclearance by the Department of Justice. Show More Summary

Here Are Some Photos of Rep. John Lewis Holding Some Adorable Puppies

Shortly after commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Thursday, Rep. John Lewis stopped by the ASPCA's Paws for Celebration event on Capitol Hill to meet some adorable puppies. Fortunately for the rest...Show More Summary

The Fight for American Voting Rights: Inside Ari Berman's New Book

The Voting Rights Act is having a bit of a moment in American society right now: The struggle for its passage was brought to the masses last year in Selma, and its 50th anniversary will be marked later this month, just two years after the law was effectively gutting by the Supreme Court. In Give Us...

Rolling back voting rights?

As the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act approaches, a NY Times article claims new voting laws passed by GOP state legislatures threaten to...

A Dream Undone

5 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act.

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