AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A run of legal defeats over its voting laws means Texas could risk becoming the first state forced back into federal oversight since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act four years ago.
Late on Thursday, a federal district court struck down the state House map that Texas Republicans drew in 2011 on the grounds that it intentionally engaged in racial discrimination in violation of the Voting Rights Act, the 14th Amendment, and the “one person, one vote” principle. Show More Summary
The same three-judge court that recently held that Texas’s congressional redistricting violated the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act in drawing some districts has now issued this new decision and these findings of fact in relation to the challenge to … Continue reading ?
To the editor: We should not evaluate the success of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) by whether Latino candidates are elected in the very first municipal election following conversion from an at-large to a districted system. (“A voting law meant to increase minority representation has generated...
Lyle: Earlier this year, however, a federal trial judge in Houston, District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, became the first since the demise of Section 5 pre-clearance to impose Section 3 pre-clearance as a remedy for a discriminatory voting practice. That … Continue reading ?
Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 404, which protects minor girls, increases parental rights and helps victims of sex trafficking, earned final approval in the Indiana Senate today by a vote of 31-10. Author Sen. Erin Houchin (District 47) filed a motion to concur with the Indiana House’s change on Monday. SEA 404 protects young pregnant girls […]
Important LA Times piece on the effect of the CA Voting Rights Act. … Continue reading ?
House Republican leaders cancelled a vote on the American Health Care Act nearly two weeks ago, after it became clear the measure would not command a majority. The conservative House Freedom Caucus objects that, far from repealing and replacing ObamaCare, the AHCA would make ObamaCare permanent. Show More Summary
From today’s order (via Josh Gerstein): Having heard re-argument, this Court intends to issue its new opinion on whether SB 14 was passed with a discriminatory intent in violation of the Voting Rights Act at its earliest convenience and in … Continue reading ?
Brian Tashman reports at Right Wing Watch: Yesterday, Pat Robertson kicked off “The 700 Club” by declaring that the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, “is going to pass” and “they’re...Show More Summary
Even by the low standards set by the Trump Presidency, the proposed GOP American Health Care Act—which would repeal Obamacare and replace it with, well, nothing good—is a trash fire of epic proportions. Democrats hate it. Moderate Republicans hate it. And ultra conservatives hate it for not being draconian enough. Do you hate it? There's something you can do.
The first line of LBJ's remarkable speech introducing Voting Rights Act before Congress, 52 years ago today https://t.co/vvXIAYxR7V pic.twitter.com/ZcQhBPXo4J — Ari Berman (@AriBerman) March 16, 2017 There’s been lots of change for the better just in my lifetime — too much for the Angry White Men fronting the Republican party right now. I keep reminding […]
A panel of federal judges in San Antonio ruled Friday that some of Texas’ congressional districts are unconstitutional or violate the Voting Rights Act. A 2-1 majority in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas decided that the Texas legislature must redraw Texas’ 23rd, 27th and 35th Congressional Districts. Show More Summary
“A federal court panel late Friday invalidated three Republican-drawn congressional districts in Texas, including one in Travis County, for violating the U.S. Voting Rights Act,” the Austin American-Statesman reports. “However, in voiding the districts, drawn by the Texas Legislature in [...]
Good evening! Hey y'all I know it's 9:30 on a Friday night but...um...the Federal court has filed a ruling on TX Congressional redistricting. So HEADS UP. — Harold Cook (@HCookAustin) March 11, 2017 The case in question was originally...Show More Summary
The long awaited lengthy opinion on the congressional plan, with a dissent by Judge Smith, is here. The numerous findings of fact and conclusions of law are here. (The court has not released findings yet on the state House challenge). … Continue reading ?
We knew this would happen. In 2013, when the Supreme Court decided to invalidate major provisions of the Voting Rights Act, it dealt a major blow to voter protections and many states have been feeling the impact ever since—particularly in the South. Show More Summary
Release: Attorneys for Hispanic Federation, Voto Latino, Chhaya CDC, MinKwon Center for Community Action, and New York resident William Towbin sent a pre-litigation notice letter today, alleging that the state is failing to meet its obligations under the National Voter … Continue reading ?
by Heidi Groover Walla Walla Republican Maureen Walsh on the Washington Voting Rights Act: "Sometimes I think about this and I think, is this reverse discrimination?" TVW Down in the Washington State Legislature, lawmakers are, for the...Show More Summary
With a stroke of his pen, Trump could reverse executive orders and policies made by Barack Obama, who knew that there weren’t the votes in Congress to add “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.