Opponents of Voter ID Rally Before Monday Trial

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Groups opposed to the state’s voter ID law are gearing up for Monday’s trial of the law in Commonwealth Court. The full panoply of liberal political

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In 2016, Remember This Week at the Supreme Court | blog.pfaw.org

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It’s been a week of mixed emotions for those of us who care about civil rights.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

"Elections have real consequences. These Supreme Court decisions had less to do with evolving legal theory than with who appointed the justices. Whether historically good or disastrous, all these decisions were decided by just one vote. In 2016, let’s not forget what happened this week."

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What Scalia really has against the Voting Rights Act

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by DAVID HORSEY (Baltimore Sun)

 

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is alleged to be one of the great intellects of conservative jurisprudence, but his comments during oral arguments over a challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act displayed all the mental acuity of a third-tier talk radio bozo.

 

Shelby County, Ala., is making the case against the voting law. Section 5 of the act empowers the federal government to negate new local and state voting rules if they would lead to discrimination against minority voters. It has been enforced primarily in Southern states that had a long, dismal history of preventing African Americans from voting. Shelby County contends the problem has been remedied and so Section 5 is no longer justified.

 

Georgia’s U.S. Rep. John Lewis begs to differ. Lewis was severely beaten in Selma, Ala., during the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” police riot directed against peaceful civil rights marchers. The horror of that scene as it played out on America’s television screens led directly to congressional approval of the Voting Rights Act.  MORE

 

Greg Russak‘s insight:

"The right to vote is the core of our constitutional democracy. It is not, as Justice Scalia says, "a racial entitlement," it is an American entitlement. It seems that might be a very useful thing for Congress to watch over and protect. It was eminently important in 1965 and remains important today." – David Horsey, Baltimore Sun

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