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Supreme Court Voting Rights

Freedom Summer, 2015

The New Yorker | Jeffrey Toobin | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices

The Supreme Court’s year usually follows a predictable pattern. The term, as the Justices call it, begins on the first Monday in October, and throug...

Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election. A ma...

How Advocates Are Trying To Protect The Right To Vote

ProPublica | Kara Brandeisky | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law. But ...

Race in America: A More Perfect Union?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Even though, as President Obama observed, things are better for African Americans in our nation today than when he was the age of Trayvon Martin when he died, the moral crisis of racism remains an open wound. We should not kid ourselves. Things have gotten better, but they are still shameful.

The Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act Decision Isn't the Whole Problem

Armand Derfner | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Armand Derfner

The Supreme Court is dead wrong in its cases trivializing voters. Congress needs to act, and we need to shine a spotlight on the Supreme Court. We need to restore voting as a fundamental right and keep on pursuing the "noble goal."

The Struggle Continues for Civil Rights

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Make no mistake: voting rights in this country are still under assault. In the 1960s, voter suppression was carried out with attack dogs, water hoses, and physical beatings Today, those who seek to disenfranchise minorities use more discreet tactics.

Supreme Court Decision Will Backfire on Republicans

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 09.01.2013 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

The once insane idea of a red state like Texas turning blue doesn't seem so crazy. And if something like that happened, you could kiss the Republican Party as we know it goodbye.

The Republicans of the Supreme Court

Robert Reich | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Supreme Court justices are appointed for life in order to ensure their independence from politics. But when it comes to the core political strategy of the Republican Party, the five Republican appointees are, in effect, an extension of the GOP.

President, DOJ and State Attorneys General Must Fight Regressive Voting Laws

Juan Cartagena | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Juan Cartagena

The Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder will roll back the impressive gains made by Latinos in Section 5 jurisdictions. By finding Section 5's coverage formula for preclearance antiquated the Court says things are different today when it comes to voter discrimination.

Gutting the Voting Rights Act: Freedom to Discriminate

Matthew W. Hughey | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices
Matthew W. Hughey

Jim Crow did not die. It crawled forth from its sepulcher as undead and undying racism. Now clothed in the parchment of legal maneuvers and paradoxes, James Crow, Esquire, stalks our landscape.

Dear Marriage Equality Advocates: I Can Not Celebrate With You, Today

Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

There is an irony in the SCOTUS rulings in the last two days. The irony is grounded in the fact that gay marriage is grounded in the spirit of the black freedom struggle yet that promise was eroded yesterday.

Jennifer Bendery

Republican Senator 'Cannot Imagine' Congress Fixing Voting Rights Act | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's up to Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court struck down one of its core provisions on Tuesday. But at l...

The Supreme Court's Ruling on the Voting Rights Act Is a Travesty of Justice

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Those of us who remember the struggle during the last 50 years for equal opportunities to vote for African-Americans must say: we will not stand idly by and let the voting rights we earned through blood, sweat and tears, be limited or extinguished by the Supreme Court or Congress.

Politicians React To Contentious Voting Rights Ruling

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued its decision on a key civil rights law that provides protection against voting discrimination. In a 5-4 rulin...

Ryan J. Reilly

Holder Deplores Voting Rights Ruling | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder is "deeply disappointed" that the Supreme Court "invalidated an essential part of the Voting Rights Act, a ...

Amanda Terkel

Voting Rights Act Now Lies In Congress' Hands | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since 1965, the federal government has required certain states and localities to obtain permission from the Justice Department before ma...

Civil Rights Icon Weighs In On Court's Voting Rights Decision

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Civil rights hero and longtime congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) reacted in dismay to the Supreme Court's ruling striking down Section 4 of the Voting Ri...

ACLU Slams Supreme Court Decision As 'Roadblock'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union reacted strongly to the Supreme Court's Tuesday decision to gut Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Today #SCOTU...

Howard Fineman

Supreme Court Declares The Civil War Over Today | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court just declared that the Civil War is no longer relevant to the history and administration of racial justice in America....

High Court Rules On Voting Rights

Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court ruled on the Voting Rights Act Tuesday, striking down Section 4, which designates which parts of the country must have changes to th...

Supreme Court Voting Rights Ruling Comes In

AP | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

BY MARK SHERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforc...

FULL TEXT: Supreme Court Rules On Voting Rights Act Case

Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, deciding that the provision cannot be enforced until Congress creat...

Justices Rule On Voting Rights Act

Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court ruled on Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder Tuesday, striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. The court made the ruling by...

'A Huge Defeat For The Civil Rights Community'

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Media

MSNBC was the first cable news network to turn to the news of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday. Both MSNBC and NBC si...

Supreme Court Still Has Big Rulings Left

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - With some big rulings still left in its waning nine-month term, including two on gay marriage and one on voting rights...