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In 2016, Why Are Voters Still Paying Poll Taxes?

Rep. Marc Veasey | Posted 06.25.2016 | Black Voices
Rep. Marc Veasey

With today's third anniversary of the Shelby v. Holder decision, I am reminded of two poll tax receipts hanging in my Congressional office. On January 31, 1949, my grandparents traveled to the tax assessor's office in Jack County to pay their annual poll tax.

Shelby County Won't Get $2 Million For Gutting The Voting Rights Act

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

This may be the end of the legal road for Shelby County, Alabama. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from the county to award it $2 m...

County That Gutted The Voting Rights Act Won't Be Paid For Its Effort

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

It's been more than two years since the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the case is still moving through the co...

Congress Must Hold Hearings on Voting Discrimination

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Last month Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that he was "willing to look at any new evidence of discrimination. ... But at this point in time, we have not seen that." If he would hold a hearing in the committee he chairs, Goodlatte would learn about the continued, pernicious effects of racial discrimination at the ballot box.

Ginsburg Singles Out The Current Supreme Court's Worst Ruling

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her extreme regret over several of the current Court's rulings in a wide-ranging interview publish...

A New Voice in Our City: How Memphis Students Are Becoming Partners in Efforts to Improve Public Schools

Willa Seldon | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Willa Seldon

As local school districts seek to produce better outcomes for students, at least one district is thinking about students not merely as those on the receiving end of reform, but as allies in bringing it about.

A Teacher's Perspective: Preparing our students through Tennessee's Common Core State Standards

Teach Plus | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Casie Jones Tennessee's Common Core State Standards make sense to me. Yet there has been some confusion about these higher expectations from t...

To the Supremes: Hands Off Affirmative Action

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard testimony Tuesday, October 15, 2013 on an Affirmative Action case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

Voting Rights and the Religious Left

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

The religious right has banded together becoming a force of political clout in the U.S. They want to maintain their privilege, but the cost to our society is high. The religious left would do well to make common cause with one another and with activists working for justice.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Gay Marriage, Black Voters and Roberts's Radicals-in-Robes

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgRon Reagan and Erick Erickson debate judicial matters after the DOMA and VRA decisions. But there's a larger subtext -- is Obama's center-left country and Roberts's hard-right Court moving toward a collision? Then, Obama tries to cool off the planet and the frenzy over Snowden.

How Full Is That Glass? Reflecting on Voting Rights, Employment Discriminiation and Gay Marriage

Peter M. Shane | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

In the Windsor and Perry cases, the Court has given Americans much to cheer. The Court has also left much, however, to a political process that the Court has befouled by taking the side of state rights against actual democracy.

Justice Anthony Kennedy and Shelby County

J. Gerald Hebert | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
J. Gerald Hebert

Justice Kennedy has the opportunity to lead the Court and to show he is attuned to the social issues in our country and the deep division on the Court when it comes to issues of race. Will he seize the moment?

Scalia: Voting Rights Act Is An 'Embedded' Form Of 'Racial Preferment'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Monday that the Voting Rights Act is an "embedded" form of "racial preferment," according to a report in The...

Supremely Fallacious

Jim Worth | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

While the entire nation fights to retain their democratic rights the Supreme Court wastes time hearing a plea from Alabama, a state that has spent years trying to subvert the vote and supplant democracy.

Ryan J. Reilly

In Voting Rights Act Case, Scalia Condemns 'Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative justices on the Supreme Court expressed skepticism Wednesday about whether the federal government should still be requiring...

Voting Rights Act Heads Before Supreme Court

Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

By MARK SHERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The most potent weapon in fighting discrimination at the ballot box comes before the Supreme C...

2013: Make-or-Break Year for Voting Rights

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Not one, but two critical voting rights cases will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this year. The Court's decisions will set the framework for election efforts for decades to come.

Supreme Court Review Puts Voting Rights Act in Jeopardy After Election Proves Its Necessity

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

After spending enormous energy and resources in confronting the legislative efforts to suppress the vote during the course of the election, supporters of the right to vote need to spend just as much time and energy making the case to the Court about the constitutionality of this iconic civil rights law.

Michael McLaughlin

'Debtors Prison?': There's No Such Thing, Probation Official Says | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.28.2012 | Crime

Picture a small Southern town where crime is so low that municipal court is in session just twice a month. Imagine the city getting rid of probati...

Black Youths Twice As Likely To Be Jailed Than Whites, Justice Department Finds

Reuters | Tim Ghianni | Posted 04.27.2012 | Crime

(Reuters) - Black youths arrested in Memphis, Tennessee, were much more likely than white juveniles to be jailed and tried as adults, discriminatory p...

Chris Cox's Failed Argument for Forced Concealed Carry

Cliff Schecter | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

If you live in a state that has common-sense laws for the issuance of a carry permit, consider that only 35 states require some type of training, certification or time at the firing range to carry a loaded, concealed weapon.

Contentious Tenn. School Merger Prompts Battle Over Politics, Race And Money

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Canon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Memphis city residents voted "yes" in a referendum held last week, sparking the latest round of controversy in a contentious school system battle invo...