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Obama, Trayvon and the Problem That Won't Be Named

Obama, Trayvon and the Problem That Won’t Be Named

by Aura Bogado on July 22 2013, 8:27AM

The president’s remarks Friday are notable both for what he said and what he omitted.

Topics: Politics, Trayvon Martin

Pa. GOP Chair Credits Voter ID With Cutting Obama Voters

Pa. GOP Chair Credits Voter ID With Cutting Obama Voters

by Brentin Mock on July 17 2013, 4:42PM

Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians lack ID to vote under new law. Republican chair says that was good for his party.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voter Suppression

How Zimmerman's Colorblind Trial Helps the Justice Dept.'s Case

How Zimmerman’s Colorblind Trial Helps the Justice Dept.’s Case

by Brentin Mock on July 17 2013, 12:14PM

States don’t do well prosecuting hate crimes. The Feds are built for it.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics, Trayvon Martin

South Carolina's Voting Walking Dead Story Proven Fluke

South Carolina’s Voting Walking Dead Story Proven Fluke

by Brentin Mock on July 12 2013, 2:25PM

South Carolina lawmakers claimed zombies have been voting. An investigation by the state’s law enforcement division proved this wrong.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Farm Bill Passes House Without a Dollar for SNAP Food Assistance

Farm Bill Passes House Without a Dollar for SNAP Food Assistance

by Brentin Mock on July 12 2013, 1:46PM

African American Rep. Corrine Brown teared up as she scolded Republican lawmakers for extracting food stamps from the farm bill, telling them “This is not a game.”

Topics: Food Stamps, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

NC Redistricting Decision Another Setback for Voting Rights

NC Redistricting Decision Another Setback for Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on July 10 2013, 3:32PM

A redistricting plan for North Carolina that civil rights activists call racially gerrymandered is upheld by three-judge panel.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

NAACP LDF President Gives Blueprint for Voting Rights in Post-Shelby Nation

NAACP LDF President Gives Blueprint for Voting Rights in Post-Shelby Nation

by Brentin Mock on July 9 2013, 8:59AM

Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund talks about the future of the Voting Rights Act.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Is a Constitutional Right to Vote Attainable?

Is a Constitutional Right to Vote Attainable?

by Brentin Mock on July 5 2013, 9:02AM

If we really want our voting rights protected, say advocates, we need the right enshrined into the Constitution

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Environment, Immigration and Gay Groups Pledge Fight for Civil Rights

Environment, Immigration and Gay Groups Pledge Fight for Civil Rights

by Brentin Mock on July 2 2013, 10:17AM

Environmentalists, marriage equality advocates and immigration law reformists pledge to work together for voting rights.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Decision Might Not Apply to Texas

SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Decision Might Not Apply to Texas

by Brentin Mock on June 27 2013, 8:38PM

Texas was one of the first to run wild after the SCOTUS decision on the Voting Rights Act. A racist redistricting plan may lasso it back in.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Black Louisiana Senator 'Excited' That Voting Rights Act Was Gutted

Black Louisiana Senator ‘Excited’ That Voting Rights Act Was Gutted

by Brentin Mock on June 26 2013, 2:59PM

State Sen. Elbert Lee Guillory, an African American legislator for Louisiana, was elated yesterday that the Supreme Court neutralized the Section Five provision of the Voting Rights Act. In a message sent last evening from his Facebook account, Sen. Guillory…

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

State Attorney Generals Vow Immediate Voter ID Implementation

State Attorney Generals Vow Immediate Voter ID Implementation

by Brentin Mock on June 25 2013, 4:39PM

States that had holding back on voter ID laws are now moving forward full throttle after the Shelby decision.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Justice Ginsburg Quotes King and Shakespeare in Shelby Dissent

Justice Ginsburg Quotes King and Shakespeare in Shelby Dissent

by Brentin Mock on June 25 2013, 3:50PM

Justice Ginsburg rips apart the majority’s opinion which hollowed the Voting Rights Act.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

OK, Congress, Time to Get Your (Voting Rights) Act Together

OK, Congress, Time to Get Your (Voting Rights) Act Together

by Brentin Mock on June 25 2013, 11:30AM

Congress now must go back to the drawing board on the Voting Rights Act. Can it?

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Supreme Court Guts Voting Rights Act

Supreme Court Guts Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on June 25 2013, 10:30AM

The Supreme Court says this is the end of Section Five of the Voting Rights Act. Now what?

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Does the SCOTUS Arizona Ruling Impact the Voting Rights Act Case?

Does the SCOTUS Arizona Ruling Impact the Voting Rights Act Case?

by Brentin Mock on June 20 2013, 12:45PM

What does this week’s SCOTUS decision on proof-of-citizenship laws have to do with their upcoming decision on the Voting Rights Act?

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Five Decisions to Watch From the Supreme Court

Five Decisions to Watch From the Supreme Court

by Aura Bogado on June 20 2013, 11:36AM

The high court’s decisions will affect the future of affirmative action, voting rights, tribal sovereignty, and marriage equality.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Two Ways Arizona's Proof of Citizenship Law Might Get Reinstated

Two Ways Arizona’s Proof of Citizenship Law Might Get Reinstated

by Brentin Mock on June 18 2013, 1:01PM

Justice Scalia and Senators Cruz and Vitter are creating paths for Arizona to revive the proof of citizenship requirement.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Proof of Citizenship Voting Law

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Proof of Citizenship Voting Law

by Brentin Mock on June 17 2013, 10:35AM

Proof of citizenship law in Arizona, which burdened Latino and Native American voters, has been struck by high court.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Are States Delaying Voter ID Enactment to Duck Federal Racial Review?

Are States Delaying Voter ID Enactment to Duck Federal Racial Review?

by Brentin Mock on June 12 2013, 10:04AM

Some states may be hedging on a Supreme Court decision that might strike the Voting Rights Act’s Section Five clause.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act