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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:27 PM

 

the scales of justice did not weigh more toward equality this past week

Last edited Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:38 PM - Edit history (1)

it's great that a significant part of DOMA and Prop 8 were struck down, but the court gave with one hand and took away with the other. the court eviscerated the Voting Rights Act and there looks to be no remedy in the offing. Millions of minorities will be disenfranchised. With no remedy other than the Justice Department suing after the fact, discriminatory laws will spring up like dandelions and those laws will be legal and viciously enforced.

Representative John Lewis- a true hero in every sense of the word- nearly died for what's often called the crown jewel of civil rights.

As he said, the conservative majority struck a dagger through its heart.

Legislatures in virtually all the states controlled by republicans will quickly pass terrible bills. They will be signed into law by republican governors.

Officials in Texas have already stated that the dreadful voter ID law that was blocked by a federal court for imposing "“strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor", will go into effect immediately and redistricting no longer need federal approval. Last year a federal court deemed the redistricting maps as being discriminatory in intent. And that's just Texas.

The facts about Texas can be found here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/texas-voter-id-law_n_3497724.html?utm_hp_ref=politics




It's nothing short of a tragedy.

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cali Jun 2013 OP
cali Jun 2013 #1
cali Jun 2013 #2
leftstreet Jun 2013 #3
cali Jun 2013 #4
leftstreet Jun 2013 #5
cali Jun 2013 #6
leftstreet Jun 2013 #9
MNBrewer Jun 2013 #7
cali Jun 2013 #10
ananda Jun 2013 #8

Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:41 PM

1. since 2006 Justice has blocked 31 attempted changes to voting laws

 

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How important is this decision? Well, since 2006 the U.S. Justice Department has blocked 31 attempts to change voting laws, most of them in the nine, mostly Southern states fully covered by the relevant section of the law. (They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.) Most, if not all, of those proposed changes would have aided Republican electoral fortunes by making it harder for minorities to vote (because most vote Democratic). But the Justice Department stepped in.

Now that can no longer happen. These nine states, along with those partially covered by the law, will be able to pursue whatever changes they like, free of federal oversight. And they’re all but certain to make changes that favor GOP candidates. As Reid Wilson of the Hotline points out, all nine states have Republican-controlled legislatures.

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http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-25/the-supreme-courts-voting-rights-decision-is-a-poison-chalice-for-the-gop

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:15 PM

2. kick

 

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:17 PM

3. DURec

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:29 PM

4. thank you

 

I don't know quite why DU, as a whole, hasn't engaged on this. I know this is bad news and the DOMA and prop 8 decisions are good news.

I'm really concerned about the results of this decision.

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Response to cali (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:34 PM

5. A few have tried to bring it up

I've seen some attempts - and some decent links - but lately there are just too many noisy Obama zeal...er, cheer...er, ardent supporters who see criticism of the decisions as a personal attack on him.

Whatever

Good article though, thanks for posting it

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:36 PM

6. hey, thanks. it wasn't an article. just something I wrote

 

the hp link is just to the facts.

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Response to cali (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:56 PM

9. Oh!

Well nicely done

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:38 PM

7. Given the right congress.... there are legislative remedies to the SC's ruling

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Response to MNBrewer (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:20 PM

10. We don't have the right Congress and ironically because of this

 

we won't be getting one anytime soon. this ruling just about ensure that the repubs will hold the house and increase their numbers in it.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:54 PM

8. Agree.

This ruling will keep Texas very red for at least another decade.

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