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TheIndependenceParty
Cranky yankee and a rehabilitated ex-Republican
11:34 AM on 06/26/2013
July 20, 2006, the VRA was unanimously renewed in a 98-0 vote in the Senate.

The notion that this, and all Republicans, would refuse to reeact it now, is all America needs to understand about That Party.
bigjimtx
Blue Texas....
11:32 AM on 06/26/2013
I cannot imagine congress ie republicans fixing anything that needs to be done all they can accomplish is to block what the people want and ANY progress to get us back on track.....fire them all....
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AK 47
AK 47
11:31 AM on 06/26/2013
I bet Martin Luther King, Jr. would be proud.
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cqwnurs
11:29 AM on 06/26/2013
Really?! you can't imagine Congress doing its job? Neither can the country! Shame on Congress.
11:18 AM on 06/26/2013
I'm sorry but you have to be extremely dumb to think that this right wing congress dominated by the republican party which itself is dominated by the South will pass anything that would guarantee voting rights for black people.
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sol3a1
This Liberal "Gots Guns"
11:05 AM on 06/26/2013
Of course a GOP politician from a RED State has no wish to make the needed corrections to how voting is done in the US

They can barely win by cheating now and it's only going to get worse for them
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rbud
Neither left nor right, just rational
11:05 AM on 06/26/2013
Corker: "The problem isn't partisanship ..."

Of course it is. The VRA passed by near unanimous bi-partisan support in years past. These days, everything is partisan, nothing is American.

The simple answer is that all proposed changes of state voting laws by all/any state pass DOJ review. If all states are treated fairly and with the same standard, there is no formula for treating difference states differently. I see no reason why all states should not be treated with the same standard anyway.

It's all partisan politics. It's about re-structuring voting privilege, and disenfranchising opposing voters, to win elections. The constitution and people's voting rights are not at issue or even considered, only winning at all costs, even if it destroys our democracy.
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GroveGal10
chillin' on Biscayne Bay
10:57 AM on 06/26/2013
If this Congress fails to create a new VRA, the GOP will have effectively sealed its coffin in 2014. I cannot wait for that day. Look at the turn out last year when Americans felt their right to vote was being suppressed. There aren't enough angry white men left to counter a massive turnout.
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sol3a1
This Liberal "Gots Guns"
11:10 AM on 06/26/2013
Let us hope they do

While we need two parties in our system, when one party is not a rational actor, they are worse than not being there
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GroveGal10
chillin' on Biscayne Bay
11:13 AM on 06/26/2013
Yes we need a 2 party system working together. What we have now is a constant battle while people go hungry and we slide into an impoverished nation. Until the GOP can return to it's roots minus the tea party, they are stealing democracy.
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galivantstom
Retired, Public Administrator & Realtor
10:49 AM on 06/26/2013
The rewriting of the voting rights legislation be not be as impossible to pass it first appears. The are a number of senators and house members that are from majority or near majority minority states. These legislators could face some serious voter backlash if they choose not to write new legislation addressing the points raised by SCOTUS in states like South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
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sol3a1
This Liberal "Gots Guns"
11:11 AM on 06/26/2013
And Texas, North Carolina, even Ohio, Pennsylivania and Wisconsin
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galivantstom
Retired, Public Administrator & Realtor
08:45 PM on 06/27/2013
Oops. They're so many I missed those.
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62WildEagle
GM IS ALIVE-BIN-LADEN IS DEAD
10:44 AM on 06/26/2013
I wrote a major piece on this yesterday that was deleted...That is fine...I'll just write it again..So a Republican Senator says this will not happen again...passing a voting law...That's it..Done..Well I say this once again to the Democrats........STOP CRYING OVER SPLIT MILK!!! So what..The BIG BAD SUPREME COURT gutted the Voting Rights Act...SO What!! Are The Democrats Going to sit there and play like Harry Reid and have NO BACK BONE?? This Is Your Rallying Cry!!! What Happens In 2014?? MID-TERM ELECTION.. Oh Gerrymandering have you worried?? FIGHT THE FIGHTS THAT NEED FIGHTING!!! If you only try to compete in the districts you could win. FIGHT BACK.. If The Democrats Have The House And Senate You Can RE-WRITE SECTION 4. STOP CRYING. STEP UP. FIGHT OR THE REPUBLICANS WIN. It's Your Choice!!!!!
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VonMarco
Common Sense is not so Common
11:58 AM on 06/26/2013
I agree! We, as democrats, must turn out in huge numbers and vote regardless of the lines. Vote early, take vacation days, sick days or comp days and get out and vote in 2014.....that is the only way we will change this rightwing/TP/GOP assault on our democracy and freedoms. Repeat 2010 by staying home will not cut it, it you chose not to vote in this off year election.....kiss the rest of your freedoms good bye!!!! Any sensible person knows full well WHO the CONS represent and it is not the majority of voters!!!! F/F
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Micah Floe
restructuring irrational thought patterns
10:41 AM on 06/26/2013
Why is the supreme court so blatantly partisan. Judges are supposed to be unbiased free of party affiliation or ideological activism.
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VonMarco
Common Sense is not so Common
12:06 PM on 06/26/2013
They are republicans and will do anything for power and control to dictate their failed policies that benefit their puppet masters and false religious dictates at the expense of everyone else. SCOTUS together with the CONS are turning the clock back right before our eyes.....VOTING is the only recourse we have to stop them!!!!

If you don't believe me.....watch this video and the others......the rightwing CONS and groups have been working on voter suppression laws since the 1980s.......they know they can not win with a majority vote because their policies are unacceptable to that majority.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR4wxlCGIu0
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Micah Floe
restructuring irrational thought patterns
01:07 PM on 06/26/2013
whats sad is that voting could not have stopped this... supremes are there for life and appointed by the President... well I suppose it could have been avoided, indirectly... if only we could turn back the hands of time to say... Nov 2000, or at least to Nov 2004?
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Micah Floe
restructuring irrational thought patterns
10:39 AM on 06/26/2013
" the problem is..... that a fix would require lawmakers pointing out other lawmakers' problems with racial discrimination back in their localities or states"

So the problem is that fixing this bill forces lawmakers to be honest?
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10:37 AM on 06/26/2013
Why were these states so concerned about the scrutiny of their voting laws?

If their proposed laws didn't violate voting rights what difference would "preclearance" make?

If their current laws weren't violating rights then what was the motivation for wanting to change them in the first place?

If states were really interested in protecting rights why wouldn't they voluntarily submit to a review?
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jsanti7
Sin's a Good Mans Brother I Know Both
10:35 AM on 06/26/2013
The problem isn't partisanship, he said, but that a fix would require lawmakers pointing out other lawmakers' problems with racial discrimination back in their localities or states. Corker said

The very reason this is a bad decision from the court. A republican also admitting that discrimination is still a problem. That they will not address voter suppression in a reasonable manner and rights of the people infringed upon.....for political gain in some states.
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Ppossom
His life is full
10:33 AM on 06/26/2013
So, it is constitutional for log cabin republicans to play house and unconstitutional for black democrats to vote. Civil rights and wrongs.
Kitnbear
Logic is your friend...
11:00 AM on 06/26/2013
Gay rights are not the problem here....
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sol3a1
This Liberal "Gots Guns"
11:12 AM on 06/26/2013
All rights are at risk here