Through these five decades, the VRA has remained a valuable and relevant tool because despite substantial progress in civil rights, our work is not yet done. On several fronts, Latinos continue to be the target of efforts to limit participation in the voting booth.
As we commemorate this singular achievement of the Civil Rights Movement and think about the inspiring stories of the people who worked to pass this legislation, the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) sought to revisit the numbers behind the VRA's most innovative and transformative provision.
Public opinion polling on voting rights over the last 75 years show a country united in a desire to see the right to vote protected, but divided in their beliefs about how to achieve that goal -- or whether the goal has already been reached.
As we gear up for the 2016 election -- the first presidential election since the Supreme Court crippled the VRA's protections -- we need, as President Johnson said, a new triumph for freedom to match any won on a battlefield. On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, it is time to legislate, not just commemorate.
The most pressing threat to constitutionally limited government today is not "judicial activism" but reflexive judicial deference to the political branches.
In our modern world has the Supreme Court one upped all Catholicism, by showing more reason, compassion and understanding of gays? Has the Supreme Court taken the place of the Church, exhibiting more humanity than she?
When was the first government-recognized same-sex marriage in the United States? It wasn't 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled. Or 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to recognize marriages for LGBTs. It wasn't in the 80s or 90s, when various cities began offering limited domestic partnerships.
Two of the possible Republican candidates are from Florida and are very popular there. That puts both Bush and Rubio into a favorable position for the nomination, and could help them both in the general election.
The League of Women Voters has been standing its ground in the fight against discrimination and for voting rights for 95 years, and restoring the VRA is an important step to keep our elections fair, free and accessible.
My secret lover, John Deere, and I are extremely grateful that Rep. Steve King has allowed man/mower unions to step out from the shadows. It is with enormous pride that I post the following announcement
Waldman says even though the Court's conservative are likely to do more damage to workers' rights and women's access to health care during the next term, "You can bet that the GOP presidential candidates are going to have to promise primary voters that they'll deliver more Supreme Court justices like Alito, and fewer like Anthony Kennedy or even Roberts."
The tragic shooting deaths of nine African-American congregants in a South Carolina church and its juxtaposition with the ongoing debate about police mistreatment of African-Americans in a nation led by president who is part African suggests we are in a curious moment in U.S. history.
The framed certificate that now hangs on our wall is not a political statement or a symbol of any kind of so-called "culture war," despite what the right-wingers in my own country may think. For Joe and I, that marriage certificate is a powerful reminder to take our vows seriously.
Those of us outside the courthouse cannot know which cases fall by the wayside, receiving less judicial attention than they require. Every litigant expects what the courts promise: Justice. But some of us aren't getting it.
Children long have been taught by their parents that anyone in America can grow up to be president. Today that message needs to be revised: anyone can grow up to be president if they are willing to circumvent and break the nation's anti-corruption campaign finance laws, and are willing to genuflect before the nation's wealthiest individuals.
Far-right extremists are deathly afraid of the growing progressivism among American youth and will undertake any measures to maintain the status quo and keep the power to legislate policies that are based in hatred, bigotry, and xenophobia.