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Posted 10 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Betsy Kim  
Was the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision Racist? [Poll]

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the maps that determined the states, counties and municipalities, which needed federal approval before changing election laws, under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, were outdated. The high court held these states no longer needed this federal “preclearance.” However, from 1982 to 2006, these states had more than 700 laws, which the Department of Justice blocked as discriminatory. Congress based the map on 21 hearings, multiple witnesses and 15,000 pages of testimony. The day the high …

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Crippled Voting Rights Act Will Allow Discrimination [Radio]

Speaking on Chicago’s WIND radio (AM 560), Editor in Chief Larry Bodine said the decision in the Voting Rights Act case gives a free pass to any state that wants to pass discriminatory voter laws. Talk radio hosts John Howell and Amy Jacobson interviewed Bodine on the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. The case challenged the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The high court struck down part of the Act, which had required nine states to first get approval …

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Posted 10 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Guts Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court today cut out the heart of the Voting Rights Act, removing a requirement that for states with a history of discriminatory voting policies, governments seek preclearance from the Justice Department before making any changes to their voting laws. In Shelby County v. Holder, the court in a 5-4 decision eviscerated the provisions of the Act that allowed the government to preemptively block voter suppression attempts and discriminatory gerrymandering. Nine states had been required to seek preclearance …

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Posted 1 year ago in Litigation Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Sheriff Joe Under Fire for Pink Underwear and Selling Meals

From forcing inmates – even obviously mentally ill ones – to wear pink underwear, to requiring them to pay for their food, Sheriff Joe Arpaio seems to be bent on finding new ways to humiliate people who are unfortunate enough to go to prison in Maricopa County, Ariz.   ‘Pink Underwear’ Appeal The U.S. Supreme Court on March 4 refused to hear an appeal by Arpaio’s county in a case brought by the estate of an arrested schizophrenic man who …

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Protections for Voting Rights of Minorities Under Fire

The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 27 heard oral arguments over the constitutionality of the part of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) that requires certain states to get permission from the federal government to pass laws that affect the voting rights of minorities. The case is Shelby County v. Holder.   Alabama: Poster Child for Progress? In its suit against the federal government, Shelby County, Ala., alleges that Section 5 of the VRA, which was extended in 2006 for another …

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