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Monday, July 27th, 2015

States’ Rights, Individual Liberties and Other American Falsehoods

By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco I think it is about time to drive spikes into the cracks of some of these American fabrications.  Apologists and supporters of States’ Rights and Individual Liberties or Individualism claim that these are cornerstones of the American ideal.  Well I think these concepts are at the heart of a great

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

The Mysterious Number of American Citizens

*A twist to the one-person, one-vote issue recently taken-up by the U.S. Supreme Court. A pair of rural Texas voters want to change the voting and representation principle to count only eligible voters, and not population. The...

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The Dark Money Media Shouldn’t Forget In Coverage Of Texas Voting Rights Case

*The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will hear arguments on a voting rights case that could hurt Latino voting power. The case was backed by Edward Blum, the director of a Texas-based non-profit called Project on...

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

U.S. top court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

*This does not bode well in the battle to defend voting rights. VL By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Wisconsin’s Republican-backed law requiring voters to present photo...

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Persistence of Racism

By Dr. Herny Flores, NewsTaco I just finished writing a book (this is an unsolicited and unabashed plug) entitled Latinos and the Voting Rights Act:  The Search for Racial Purpose.  What I did was present research and...

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Texas, Wisconsin Voter-ID Laws Blocked by Court Actions

*This is very big news. A game-changer for the November mid-terms? VL By Laurel Calkins, Edvard Pettersson and Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News Wisconsin and Texas, with some of the strictest voter photo-identification laws in the U.S., can’t...

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Texas, U.S. Resume Fight Over Maps That Curb Latino Power

*This is happening this week in a courtroom in San Antonio, TX.  It’s a nuanced lawsuit that attempts to redefine the legal parameters of gerrymandering. That’s right, in Texas gerrymandering is OK, if drawn along partisan lines....

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...

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Six months from midterms, Latinos should pay more attention to voting, voting rights

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Reports about immigration get a disproportionate amount of attention in Latino media and in the mainstream media’s attempts to cover the Latino community – and deservedly so.  Immigration is one of the most...

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Court strikes down Wisconsin voter-ID law

*The important thing here is that the Federal Judge struck-down voter ID in Wisconsin on the basis of what’s left of the Voting Rights Act – Section 2, which prohibits practices that make minority voter participation more...

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Why Latinos Should Care About Voting

*There is no silver Latino vote bullet. If the Latino vote is to increase (or even think of reaching its potential) a concerted effort of many people, in many groups, in many locations using many tactics, is...

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

North Carolina Tea Party Uses Dog Whistle Politics to Challenge Minority Voters

*This story caught my attention because of its “dog whistle” pattern. It comes from Ashville, North Carolina, not too far from the Appalachian Trail. Ashville’s population is almost 69,ooo – a small community, 78% white, almost 4%...

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,...

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

A Third Legal Challenge to Texas Voter ID Law

By Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune Two groups representing minority voters and officeholders sued to block the state’s new voter ID law, which will be used for the first time in a statewide Texas election this November...

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