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Ed Blum Hints He’ll Be Done After Trying to Knock Out Affirmative Action, Voting Rights Act, and One Person, One Vote

TPM: Evenwel v. Abbott is the culmination of Blum’s decades long effort to take on racially-influenced redistricting, having failed twice before with “one person, one vote” cases that stopped at the Supreme Court’s doorstep. It is expected to be heard … Continue reading ?

When It Comes to Voting, Conservatives Want Some People to Count More Than Others. Sound Familiar?

They are creative, I'll give 'em that. The same conservatives who succeeded in getting the Supreme Court to gut the Voting Rights Act last year are now attacking the principle of one person, one vote, and the court has just agreed to hear their case. Show More Summary

When It Comes To Voting, Conservatives Want Some People To Count More Than Others. Sound Familiar?

They are creative, I'll give 'em that. The same conservatives who succeeded in getting the Supreme Court to gut the Voting Rights Act last year are now attacking the principle of one person, one vote, and the court has just agreed to hear their case. Show More Summary

Call for Papers – Voting Rights Act Symposium

From the Cumberland Law Review: The Cumberland Law Review is doggedly searching for articles, insights, and ideas that implicate a subject that we believe our journal is uniquely situated (and arguably obligated) to explore: a sort of retrospective of the … Continue reading ?

Is Same-Sex Marriage the Civil Rights Issue of This Generation?

Ireland is now the only country in the world to have chosen to permit same-sex marriage, by popular vote. The recent Irish referendum was a national act of inclusion and liberation for gay and lesbian people. But it was also a powerful...Show More Summary

“Garden Grove faces voting-rights lawsuit”

OC Register: “Garden Grove is the ‘poster child’ for California Voting Rights Act violations and will likely be sued unless it creates election districts to choose City Council members, officials for a prominent Latino-rights group says.”   … Continue reading ?

Justice Department Voting Rights Proposal Could Make A Huge Difference For Native Americans

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Native Americans and Alaska Natives have overcome voting barriers that prevented them from casting ballots two decades after the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 and subjected them to literacy tests into the 1970s. But some...Show More Summary

“SCOTUS to hear case that could set back Latino voting power”

Zack Roth reports for MSNBC. One interesting question is how any rule in Evenwel would match up with requirements of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. … Continue reading ?

“The Man Behind the Newest Supreme Court Voting Case; Justices agree to review ‘one person, one vote’ doctrine in Texas redistricting case. “

Tony Mauro Edward Blum, the mastermind behind successful U.S. Supreme Court challenges to affirmative action and the federal Voting Rights Act, has done it again—this time, in a case that could reshape the way voting districts are drawn nationwide. … Continue reading ?

Two Great Law and Political Process Study Group Panels at APSA

All the more reason to come to San Francisco in September for the APSA conference:   Friday, 2:30 pm   53.5 LAW AND POLITICAL PROCESS STUDY GROUP: ROUNDTABLE ON THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AT 50 Chair: Bernard N. Grofman, University of California, … Continue reading ?

Voting Rights for Whom? Examining the Effects of the Voting Rights Act on Latino Political Incorporation”

Melissa Marschall and Amanda Rutherford have written this article for AJPS.  Here is the abstract: This study applies insights from principal-agent models to examine whether and how the language assistance provisions of the Voting Rights Act, Sections 203 and 4(f)(4), … Continue reading ?

Ohio Students Push Back Against Latest Attempts To Keep Them From The Polls

A group of people representing at-risk voting populations filed new lawsuit on Friday alleging the state’s actions to limit voting violate the Voting Rights Act. The post Ohio Students Push Back Against Latest Attempts To Keep Them From The Polls appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why I Strongly Oppose the Republican Anti-Choice Bill

Today I voted against H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The House Republican leadership is once again spending their time and energy trying to restrict a woman's right to a safe and legal abortion instead of advancing...Show More Summary

Alveda King: Every Baby Saved From Abortion is a Step in the Right Direction

This week Members of the US House of Representatives will vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). The vote was previously set for January 22, 2015; but a dispute regarding the language of the bill postponed the vote. Now the language has been tweaked; the House will again work to vote on […]

“Sued If You Do, Sued If You Don’t: Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act as a Defense to Race-Conscious Districting”

Caroline Wong has written this student comment for the University of Chicago Law Review.  Here is the abstract: To avoid liability for vote dilution in violation of § 2 of the Voting Rights Act, states officials sometimes engage in race-conscious remedial … Continue reading ?

Palmdale expected to agree to new voting districts in lawsuit settlement

Palmdale officials are expected to announce Wednesday evening that they have decided to settle a widely watched lawsuit alleging the city violated the California Voting Rights Act.

Battle over Iran nuclear review bill by right and ultra right seems ended. Vote expected Thursday

These two guys are moving toward a vote on Thursday of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. Jordain Carney reports that the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 is likely to pass this week: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday...Show More Summary

“Racial Gerrymandering’s Questionable Revival”

I have posted this draft Essay on SSRN, forthcoming in the Alabama Law Review‘s symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.  Here is the abstract: Like history, the racial gerrymandering cause of action has repeated itself, the first … Continue reading ?

Voter Supression Isn't Over

In the wake of the recent gutting of the Voting Rights Act, partisans were quick to jump on the opportunity to restrict unfavorable voters. Across the country, conservatives in particular have debated fiercely whether to pursue voter suppression to remain competitive in an increasingly diverse electorate. Show More Summary

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