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Supreme Court Upends Voting Rights Act - WSJ.com
20 hours ago ... The Supreme Court nullified a core provision of the Voting Rights Act in an ideologically divided ruling that eroded a landmark of the civil-rights ...
What is the Voting Rights Act that was being debated in the Supreme Court about?
Tonight when I turned on the news channel they were talking about the Supreme Court and some voting rights act going on right now. I know it had something to do with African Americans and something passed in 1965 but I was only half listening. Whats it about?
Answer: What it means in the end is complicated. But the jist of the question before the Court is whether different voting districts can be held to different rules than other voting districts. The fear is, of course, that without Federal Law and oversight some places with a history of discrimination will revert to stealing the rights of some citizens to vote. IMO, I feel that the issue of voters rights should be addressed by Constitutional Amendment and taken out of the hands of Congress, who can be less and less trusted to do the right thing.
Category: Law & Ethics
Porsche to Wait Until Holidays End to Take Over Volkswagen
Porsche is bestowing an early Christmas present on the workers at Volkswagen: a pledge not to take over their company, at least before the holidays. In an interview here, Porsches chief executive, Wendelin Wiedeking, said his sports car company would not move before Dec. 25 to increase its 31 percent share in Volkswagen, even though a European - Porsche chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking pledges automaker will not take over Volkswagen until after holidays in effort to create a little harmony; is working to ease tensions felt as smaller sports car manufacturer prepares to increase its share in much larger Volkswagen; takeover is cleared now that European Court of Justice struck down 1960 German Law protecting Volkswagen from hostile takeover; photos (M) - By MARK LANDLER
Can someone explain these parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1964?
Im doing some research on the Shelby County v. Holder case and Im having trouble deciphering what exactly upset Shelby County so much, particularly in section 4b and 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1964.
Can anyone, for a lack of better terms, dumb this down to a high-schoolers level or provide a credible website that explains these parts of the Act?
Answer: First of all, it is the Rights Act of 1965. You may be mixing up the year with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Section 4b basically says that the Voting Rights Act is enforced in juristictions where less than half of the population is registered to vote in 1964 and had policies that limited voting rights. Those are two strong signs that voters were being disenfranchised, which is why those juristictions are being targeted.
Section 5 basically says that any changes to voting requirements or procedure must be approved by the Department of Justice before they can go into effect. This is to prevent the juristictions from passing disguised discriminatory laws.
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Why did the Federal Government get involved in voting rights?
Also elections are a reserved power of the states but the Federal Government passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. What is the basic of its power?
Answer: Much of the South used various ways to keep blacks from voting, beginning in the later 1880s when Jim Crow laws started. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 paved the way for the Voting Rights Act, saying that it was illegal to prevent persons from voting in federal elections through the imposition of a poll tax, literacy test or other manner such as intimidation. Another sad part of our history, alas.
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Supreme Court nullifies key part of Voting Rights Act - AZCentral.com
Supreme Court nullifies key part of Voting Rights Act,The Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and ...
Robert McNair, 83, Governor Of South Carolina in the 60s
Former Gov. Robert E. McNair of South Carolina, the political moderate who was a finalist to become Vice President Hubert H. Humphreys running mate in 1968 but whose promising career was cut short by what became known as the Orangeburg Massacre, died last Saturday in Charleston. He was 83. The cause was brain cancer, O. Wayne Corley, senior - Former Gov Robert E McNair of South Carolina dies at age 83; photo (M) - By JACK BASS
Why do history textbooks make Democrats as the ones that signed the Civil Rights Act?
Republicans have always been for the civil and voting rights act since the Civil War?
The Southern Strategy was not to appeal to anti-voting/civil rights southerners.
Why do Liberals twist facts on history? Democrats have always been against the civil and voting rights acts.
More % of Republicans voted for it than the Democrats.
Answer: Because it was signed by President Johnson, who was a Democrat.
Voting Rights Act Section 4 Struck Down By Supreme Court
20 hours ago ... The Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, the provision of the landmark civil rights law that designates ...
What does the actual Voting Rights Act of 1965 say?
I need a credible website that gives -word for word- what the Voting Rights Act of 1965 says. Please and Thank you!
Answer: Sydney - try this one. It's just the verbatim script of the act as passed by President Johnson, no slants or editorializing. Sorry I can't post a hyperlink yet, but I'm almost at Level 2.
Daily Kos: Mitch McConnell calls Voting Rights Act a relic of the past
Despite McConnell's description of the Voting Rights Act as a relic of the past, the reality is that it has been repeatedly renewed, allowing Congress to adapt the law for changing times. The last time it was renewed was in 2006 ...
How did the Voting Rights Act of 1965 address the injustices of the rights denied to African Americans...?
... by the 14th and 15th Amendments? How and Why was Dr. King responsible for the changes to Americas system of Justice, specifically the creation of the Voting Rights act of 1965 and the Civil Rights act of 1964? need to know this for my essay plz answer asap thanx
Answer: President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits the use of literacy tests, gives the federal government the power to register voters, and forbids changes to voting procedures without federal approval.
Martin Luther King used non-violent protest to raise attention to Civil Rights violations.
From Shmoop History
SUPREME COURT MEMO; For Justices, Another Day On Detainees
Observers at the Supreme Court on Wednesday should probably be excused in advance for concluding that they have wandered into a time warp. The question before the court will be whether federal judges have jurisdiction to hear cases brought by detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. A lawyer for a group of detainees will argue that they do; the Bush - Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on validity of provisions of Military Commissions Act of 2006 that bar federal courts from hearing or considering habeas corpus petitions from foreigners held as enemy combatants at Guatanamo Bay, Cuba; at issue is Constitutions injunction to Congress not to suspend habeas corpus unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it; federal appeals court ruled in favor of government, which argued that combatant status review tribunals set up under 2006 act provide prisoners with adequate and effective means for challenging their detention and that act rendered moot Supreme Courts 2004 decision that federal judges had jurisdiction over cases from Guantanamo; appeal consolidates cases of four groups of detainees at Guantanamo, including that of six Algerians who were legal residents of Bosnia when they were arrested on charge of plotting to attack US Embassy in Sarajevo; most of others were captured in Afghanistan or Pakistan; chart outlines six years of actions on detainees (M) - By LINDA GREENHOUSE
The Court Rejects the Voting Rights Act, and History : The New Yorker
Hubris is a fit word for today's demolition of the VRA,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote, in a scathing dissent to the Supreme Court's decision to strike down significant parts of the Voting Rights Act. Perhaps she's right; but...
What were the goals of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Have these goals been met?
Also, What are the goals of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968? And have these goals been met?
Answer: Since the Civil Rights leaders of today, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, etal continue to complain about the same things they complained about since 1964 and beyond, apparently not much progress has been made.
Can somebody explain to me more about the renewal of the voting rights act?
I am curious about what the voting rights act that was just resigned is. I want to know what would have happened if they did not resign it and who was against it.
In the media it has been made to sound like this is the only thing that is giving minorities the right to vote, if so, I cannot see how anyone would have thought that it would not be re-enacted. I have to be missing something, because it sort of seems like a no brainer that an act continuing the voting rights of minorities was signed, what is the big deal?
Answer: The voting rights act ended putting conditions on ones right to vote such as literacy tests or poll taxes.
It did not give minorities the right to vote. That had already been established.
Supreme Court Guts Voting Rights Act - COLORLINES
The Supreme Court says this is the end of Section Five of the Voting Rights Act. Now what?
What do you think of DC Voting Rights Act?
The DC Voting Rights Act (HR 1905 and S 1257) would give DC one vote in the House of Representative and would give Utah one additional at large seat (Utah believes they lost a seat in redistricting because of how the Census counted Mormans doing missionary work) so that there would be 436 Members of Congress. After the 2010 Census, the total of Members of Congress would got back to 435, but DC would be apportioned one House seat and Utah would get what ever its population entitled it to.
DC would not have any voting rights in the Senate and would not be a state.
Unlike any other US territory or protectorate, residents of Washington, DC pay federal taxes. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the others do not pay federal income tax.
Washington, DC has about 581,530 residents. Wyoming has 515,004 residents.
The House of Representatives and the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee do not agree that it requires a Constitutional Amendment. They and the committee lawyers believe it can be done through statute.
Answer: If you want to give DC a vote in the House then there needs to be an Amendment to the Constitution. I would support the Act then. I think we should just make DC a state.
Supreme Court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act - USA Today
17 hours ago ... The Supreme Court swept away nearly 50 years of civil rights history, declaring a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional ...
The Clinton Referendum
Winters first storm punished the White Mountains of New Hampshire on the Friday before Thanksgiving, rendering the terrain all but impassable. And yet in Gorham, a small town 50 miles from the Canadian border, hundreds of people shuddered patiently in the snow, in a line that snaked halfway around Gorham Middle-High School, while Secret Service - Matt Bai article says Sen Hillary Rodham Clintons chances of winning Democratic presidential nomination may well depend on how Democrats sort out their mixed feelings about Bill Clintons presidency, both politically and emotionally; describes how Sen Barack Obama and former Sen John Edwards are seeking to stoke misgivings within party about Clintonism in three ways: attacking Bill Clintons tendency to water down progressive agenda in pursuit of middle ground, arguing that his economic policies favored Wall Street over working people and--especially from Obama--addressing sense of weariness with partisan battles of Clinton era (L) - Matt Bai, who covers national politics for the magazine, is the author of The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics. www.mattbai.com. - By MATT BAI
Why do liberals argue that the Voting Right Act is about guaranteeing the right to vote?
It is really about having a black President so now we have done that so its time to strike down the voting rights act.
alas, my trolling has reached a new level.
Answer: Because it is about guaranteeing the right to vote. Racism isn't as pervasive, but as we saw last year, there have been a lot of efforts to manipulate election outcomes by setting up new barriers to voting. After what Republicans tried to do last year, it's obvious that we still need the Voting Rights Act.
Did the Voting rights act of 1965 end segregation and discrimination?
Did the Civil Rights Act of 1964 end segregation and discrimination?
Did the Voting rights act of 1965 end segregation and discrimination?
Answer: No & No ... Do you think fairness and equality can really be legislated?
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Supreme Court guts key part of landmark Voting Rights Act | Reuters
13 hours ago ... WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday gutted a core part of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act and challenged ...
Trenton Moves to End Capital Punishment
The New Jersey General Assembly approved a bill eliminating capital punishment on Thursday, clearing the way for Gov. Jon S. Corzine to sign the measure as early as Monday. Mr. Corzine said he would act quickly. It will be very, very prompt, he said at a news conference on Thursday. Im sure it will be within the next week. Once he signs - New Jersey General Assembly approves bill eliminating capital punishment; measure goes to Gov Jon S Corzine for his signature (M) - By JEREMY W. PETERS
Bob Corker On Voting Rights Act: 'Cannot Imagine' Congress ...
WASHINGTON -- It's up to Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court struck down one of its core provisions on Tuesday. But at least one Republican senator is already warning people not to hold their ...
The African Front
One hot, cloudless afternoon in October, I sat in the members salon of the Kenyan Parliament as the guest of Joseph Lekuton, an M.P. from the desolate bush country to the east of Lake Turkana. Around us a dozen other Kenyan politicians sat in comfortable armchairs, sipping tea from silver services and gliding from English to Swahili to tribal - Joshua Hammer article on conflict between Islam and West as reflected in parliamentary election in Kenyan bush that has drawn international interest and money to both sides; candidates are Joseph Lekuton, incumbent elected in 2006 on strength of his extensive connections in US, where he was educated and has taught, and Abubakar Godana Harugura, fundamentalist Muslim; photos (L) - Joshua Hammer spent six years in Africa as bureau chief for Newsweek. He is writing a book on German colonialism in Africa. - By JOSHUA HAMMER
How ANGRY are OBOTS that the CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY has SHOT DOWN the KEY PROVISION of the VOTING RIGHTS ACT?
The fate of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act looked to be in doubt Wednesday as Supreme Court justices questioned whether the Southern states still need special supervision to prevent them from discriminating against black voters.
"Are Southerners more likely to discriminate than Northerners?" asked a skeptical Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Answer: Sounds like a good thing. And to answer your question, I'd bet their steaming worse than a pile of dogshit.
Congressional Maneuvering Dooms Hate Crime Measure
Congressional Democrats on Thursday dropped their effort to tie a Pentagon policy measure to an expanded definition of federal hate crimes covering sexual orientation, ending chances that the long-stalled hate crime measure would clear Congress this year. Citing objections from Republicans and President Bush, as well as a refusal by some Democrats - Congressional Democrats abandon effort to attach hate crimes measure to military legislation; provision to expand definition of hate crimes drew strong opposition from Republicans, who predicted Pres Bush would veto bill if it included hate crimes language (M) - By CARL HULSE
Supreme Court | Voting Rights Act - Legal Insurrection
The Supreme Court, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, held that Section 4 of The Voting Rights Act was unconstitutional. Copy of opinion and analysis.
Supreme Court Cuts Voting Rights Act, But Online Voter Tools Could ...
There's no reason to be entirely glum about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down provisions of the Voting Rights Act: the growing accessibili..
Voting Rights Act of 1965 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. §§ 1973–1973aa-6) is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting ...
Henry J. Hyde, 83, Dies; Was a Power in the House
Former Representative Henry J. Hyde, the powerful Illinois Republican who won battles to prohibit federal financing of abortions and to impeach President Clinton but who failed to persuade the Senate to convict and remove him from office, died yesterday in Chicago. He was 83. The cause was complications of heart surgery, his son Anthony said. With - Former Republican Representative Henry J Hyde, powerful Illinois Republican who won battles to prohibit federal financing of abortions and who was key figure in effort to impeach Pres Bill Clinton, dies at age 83; photos (M) - By ADAM CLYMER
When were african americans allowed to run in politics? Was it because of the voting rights act of 1965?
When was it? And why was it? Was it because of the voting rights act?
Answer: First Black Senator was in the 1880's Republican from Mississippi.
Thank you for the correction.
An Assault on the Voting Rights Act - NYTimes.com
16 hours ago ... It eviscerated enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, in which Congress kept the promise of a vote for every citizen. But it did not rule on the ...
How was the voting rights act of 1965 important?
Explain the need for the voting rights act of 1965
Answer: It ended laws restricting voting rights based on race. The Fourteenth Amendment banned these in 1865 but cases like Plessey v Ferguson allowed for "separate but equal" and the ended of Reconstruction meant the government was no longer intervening in Southern politics allowing for discrimination to continue until he Civil Rights Act.
What did the Voting Rights Act of 1964 do?
What did the Voting Rights Act of 1964 do?
Answer: It outlawed discriminatory voting practices against African Americans. Some states had previously excluded legitimate black voters by means of a literacy test, etc. This became unlawful with the Voting Rights Act which forbade any and all discriminatory qualifications.
Supreme Court strikes down part of Voting Rights Act - NBC Politics
21 hours ago ... The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — the map that determines which states must get ...
A Guide to the Supreme Court Decision on the Voting Rights Act ...
15 hours ago ... The decision in Shelby County v. Holder revolves around Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which establishes a "coverage formula" to ...
Describe the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965?
Describe the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the manner in which they were passed.
Answer: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned racial discrimination in the workplace and it outlawed segregated public facilities.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 banned racial discrimination when it came to voter registration.
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OP-ED COLUMNIST; Republicans And Race
Over the past few weeks there have been a number of commentaries about Ronald Reagans legacy, specifically about whether he exploited the white backlash against the civil rights movement. The controversy unfortunately obscures the larger point, which should be undeniable: the central role of this backlash in the rise of the modern conservative - Paul Krugman Op-Ed column contends history of modern conservative movement correlates with Ronald Reagans exploitation of white backlash against civil rights movement; cites switch of Southern whites from Democratic to Republican party; says Republican leaders admit that great Southern white shift was result of deliberate political strategy; argues that because Reagan benefited from racial polarization, his defenders claim that he was not racially bigoted is irrelevant (M) - By PAUL KRUGMAN
Romney, Eye on Evangelicals, Defends His Faith
Mitt Romney asked the nation on Thursday not to reject his presidential candidacy because of his religion, assuring evangelical Christians and other religious voters that his values matched theirs in a speech that used the word Mormon only once. The passing mention of his Mormonism in his 20-minute speech here at the George Bush Presidential - Mitt Romney asks voters not to reject his presidential candidacy because of his Mormon faith, in much-anticipated speech; assures evangelical Christians and other religious voters that his values match theirs; mentions word Mormon only once, underscoring how delicate issue of his faith is in presidential campaign; promises not to be beholden to church authorities and devotes majority of address to calling for robust role for religion in public life; speech is peppered with declarations appealing to Christian conservatives about importance of religious expression; Romneys advisers say their goal was not necessarily to reach evangelicals but all Americans, pointing out this was rare opportunity during primary to focus attention on their candidate; excerpts from speech and from John F Kennedys 1960 speech addressing his Catholicism; photos (M) - By MICHAEL LUO
Daily Kos: The Voting Rights Act has been gutted
[compiling] more than 15,000 pages" of evidence for the legislative record, and passed Voting Rights Act reauthorization by lopsided bipartisan majorities of 98-0 in the Senate and 390-33 in the House? No, apparently, it's a ...