voting rights act


Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Five Points On The Big Court Losses For GOP Vote Suppressors

*This is a good list. The voter suppression wave that gained strength after Shelby v Holder is starting to break. Things are starting to pick up for November. VL By Tierney Sneed, Talking Points Memo Voting rights advocates have had a good couple of weeks at the courts this summer, having received favorable rulings in

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

 Congressional Democrats Launch a New Strategy to Restore the Voting Rights Act

*You can call it the VRA 2.0. When the Supreme Court gutted section 5 of the Voting Rights Act I saw a bright side – that the gutting provided the opportunity to come back with a better,...

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Why Latinos Are Still Fighting For The Voting Rights Act

*Lot’s of developments this past week on the voting rights front: The 50th anniversary of the VRA and a Texas lawsuit that found strength in Section 2 of the Act – voter ID was successfully pushed-back. I...

Friday, August 7th, 2015

For Latinos, 1965 Voting Rights Act Impact Came A Decade Later

*For Latinos, 1975 was just as significant as 1965. The VRA extension of that year ended language discrimination at the polls. VL By Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News Gloria Molina has achieved several firsts in her lifetime –...

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Obama to call for Voting Rights Act restoration on law’s anniversary

*There’s momentum in the President’s planned call for restoration of the VRA. It’s the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and yesterday’s voter ID victory in Texas put voting rights in the moment’s spotlight. It’s good...

Friday, March 6th, 2015

LBJ Linked Latinos, Civil Rights In ‘Selma’ Speech

*This makes sense, given that LBJ began his teaching career in a predominantly Mexican-American shool in Cotulla, Texas. The fight for civil rights in the U.S. has been entwined between the Latino and black communities for decades....

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Texas GOP’s secret anti-Hispanic plot: Smoking gun emails revealed

*Meanwhile … away from the border and the crisis that’s nudged all other issues important to Latinos to the sidelines, a precedent setting lawsuit began toady in Texas. At stake is the right of Latinos voters to...

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Voting Rights Still “Under Siege,” Says New Coalition for Redistricting Reform

*Voting rights is a central issue for the Latino community. The fact that MALDEF is part of this coalition underlines it’s importance. After the Shelby v Holder decision the idea of a re-vamp of redistriciting practices and...

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Now a bipartisan gang wants to put it back together.

By Dylan Matthews, The Washington Post It’s rare that you can get Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) to agree on much of anything. The former, after all, introduced the USA PATRIOT Act to the House,...

Friday, July 26th, 2013

North Carolina legislature approves restrictive voting measures, Latino groups worried

By Adriana Maestas, NBCLatino The North Carolina Senate passed HB 589, one of the most restrictive voter ID measures in the nation. It permits only permits 7 kinds of ID – such as a valid in-state DMV issued...

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Decisions, Decisions at the Supreme Court

By Mario Hinojosa, Latino USA The Supreme Court ruled its last batch of decisions on several cases that directly impact Latinos and other people of color. Among these, a decision that invalidates one of the most important...

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

SCOTUS and the VRA: “Tossing the umbrella in the rain”

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco You knew the dark clouds were gathering last February when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that extending Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act was a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” Looking back...

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

VRA on Life Support

Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco Today Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg accused the majority of the court in Shelby County of using the Voting Rights Act’s provisions to kill the act itself.  Today the majority of the court led...

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The Supreme Court, Voting Rights and the Roberts Legacy

By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco This week, with Justice Scalia writing the majority opinion, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), rejected the Arizona state law, Prop 200, that required voters to provide documentary proof of citizenship...

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