Posts Tagged ‘voting’

Prison-Industrial Complex Watch: End Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Non-Violent Drug Offenses

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It’s time for Americans to pay attention to what we are doing to so many non-violent drug offenders. We put them in jail, take away their right to vote when they get out, in many cases for minor offenses, that probably shouldn’t be illegal in the first place. Americans need to see the forest for…
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Voting Rights Act ‘Preclearance’ – Stage Set For Increased Discrimination

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With yet another 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The high court ruled the “preclearance” formula in Section 4 as unconstitutional, stating that the formula, used to determine which states and jurisdictions are subject to federal approval, was outdated. The New York Times…
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Justice Antonin Scalia Is The Rush Limbaugh Of The Supreme Court

Last week Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said the Voting Rights Act was a “racial entitlement.” Funny, I didn’t know protection of minority rights were entitlements. What does a white boy gotta do to get him some entitlements? Adding to his offensive screed, Scalia said: I am fairly confident it [the Voting Rights Act] will…
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Challenging The 1965 Voting Rights Act, Here’s What I Don’t Get

Shelby County, Alabama, is challenging the 1965 Voting Rights Act before the Supreme Court. Lawyers for the county argue that Section 5 of the act is unconstitutional and threatens Alabama’s sovereignty. Here’s what I don’t get — How is the pre-clearance required by Section 5 such a burden to the county and the state? All…
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Voting Rights Act To Face Supreme Court

The 1965 Voting Rights Act will go before the Supreme Court this week. “Over a century after the Emancipation Proclamation, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act,” said Chris Hayes on “Up” this morning. “Which finally ended decades of routine exclusion of people of color from exercising their right to vote.” Section…
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Trust Me, Your Excuse Sucks. So Damn It, Go Vote! NOW!

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Well, wait until your local polling location opens in the morning. Whatever excuse you come up with not to vote, I’m fairly certain it sucks. Remember this, if billionaires are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to buy your vote, surely your vote must mean something, right? Excuse #1 — My Vote Doesn’t Matter In…
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PA Rep. Daryl Metcalfe: People are “Too Lazy” to get the “ID They Need”

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Pennsylvania Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R), sponsor of PA’s voter ID law, says a lot of people are “too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need.” Just as they [Republicans] have no proof of widespread voter fraud, they also have no proof that “a lot of people” are lazy….
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Know Your Voting Rights: Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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Voting rights are under attack in America by a Republican Party that sees its odds of winning future elections hinge on the ability to suppress the minority vote. The country is growing increasingly diverse and by 2050 whites will no longer be in the majority. The Republican Party is going in the opposite direction. The…
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