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GOP's Sensenbrenner calls for update of Voting Rights Act
The Hill ^ | June 26, 2013 | Mike Lillis

Posted on 06/26/2013 2:20:48 PM PDT by jazusamo

A leading House Republican is calling on Congress to update the Voting Rights Act just a day after the Supreme Court neutered its central provision.

Warning that "the threat of discrimination still exists," Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) is urging lawmakers from both parties to cast aside partisanship and restore the law for the sake of protecting voters' rights.

"The Voting Rights Act is vital to America’s commitment to never again permit racial prejudices in the electoral process," Sensenbrenner, the second-ranked Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday in a statement.

"This is going to take time and will require members from both sides of the aisle to put partisan politics aside and ensure Americans’ most sacred right is protected."

Tuesday's 5-4 decision struck down a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which required a number of states with a history of racial discrimination to get Washington's approval before changing their voting procedures.

Behind Chief Justice John Roberts, the court's conservative majority found that the formula dictating which states are subject to the extra hurdles — defined by Section 4 of the law — is outdated and therefore unconstitutional.

"Coverage today is based on decades-old data and eradicated practices," Roberts wrote. "Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions."

The court did not invalidate Section 5 of the law, which empowers the federal government to require preclearance of voting changes for certain states and localities. But without a formula to determine which regions are subject to the extra scrutiny, Section 5 is effectively neutered.

Roberts invited Congress to "draft another formula based on current conditions." Sensenbrenner says he plans to do just that.

"Section 5 of the Act was a bipartisan effort to rectify past injustices and ensure minorities’ ability to participate in elections, but the threat of discrimination still exists," he said.

"I am disappointed by the Court’s ruling," he added, "but my colleagues and I will work in a bipartisan fashion to update Section 4 to ensure Section 5 can be properly implemented to protect voting rights, especially for minorities."

Sensenbrenner's views found support from at least one other member of the GOP on Capitol Hill: Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio, who also serves on the Judiciary Committee.

“I am disappointed that the Court invalidated the Voting Rights Act’s coverage formula, which has been used for decades to help protect the voting rights of millions of Americans," Chabot said.

"However, by leaving Section 5’s pre-clearance requirements intact, the Court has given Congress the opportunity to amend the coverage formula to preserve these important protections. I am hopeful that we will work together to enact an appropriate fix in the same bipartisan manner and spirit that we did when reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act in 2006.”

Meanwhile, the top House Democrat is already eying legislation to overturn the Court's decision.

"It's really a step backward, and it's not a reflection of what's really happening in our country in some of these places," Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told The Hill.

House Democrats are meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss what a legislative fix would look like.

Pelosi is already floating a name for a possible bill: "I would like to see something ... called the John Lewis Voting Rights Act," she said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: gopestablishment; rino; section5; senselessbrenner; sensenbrenner; votingrightsact; votingwrongsact
Sensenbrenner sure isn't wasting any time joining Pelosi, Dingy Harry, Obama and Holder, he sounds like he's trying to be the Rubio of the House.
1 posted on 06/26/2013 2:20:48 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

What is it with these stupid Republicans? They just have to find ways to either shoot themselves in the foot or stab us in the back.


2 posted on 06/26/2013 2:23:19 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: jazusamo

That .00000000000001% in extra black votes is in the bag now!!!!


3 posted on 06/26/2013 2:23:29 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: All

This isn’t the first time he’s joined the Rats on this.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3035480/posts


4 posted on 06/26/2013 2:24:19 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

GOP harakiri alert!


5 posted on 06/26/2013 2:25:21 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: jazusamo
The issue does not need to be revisited, and this grandstanding is foolish. The regulation of the franchise was never intended to be the province of the Federal Government, but the post Civil War Amendments gave the Feds sweeping authority to achieve manumission ... authority it became clear would be necessary in the face of Southern intransigence.

Those days are long over. The SCOTUS was (accidentally, it appears, on the basis of today's bizarre decisions) correct, and Republicans should let it die the quiet death it deserves.

6 posted on 06/26/2013 2:25:23 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Separated by a common language.)
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To: jazusamo

You show me ANY Black person in this country who is

-18 or older
-Registered in their state and district
-Not a felon

who has EVER been denied their right to vote. Absolutely NO ONE involved in the elections process would deny a black person his right to vote. For one thing with Obama and Eric Holder in there you’d reap the whirlwind coming down on your head. For another this isn’t 1962.


7 posted on 06/26/2013 2:26:08 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: VanDeKoik

If we roll over on this we’re sure to get the black vote.


8 posted on 06/26/2013 2:26:14 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Separated by a common language.)
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To: jazusamo

Has Sensenbrenner taken leave of his senses?


9 posted on 06/26/2013 2:26:30 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (AMNESTY BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL A PIG WITH LIPSTICK)
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To: FredZarguna

You’re absolutely right.


10 posted on 06/26/2013 2:26:58 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

That R next to his name means retard.


11 posted on 06/26/2013 2:27:39 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: jazusamo
"the threat of discrimination still exists,"

And its an exclusively an urban democrat threat.

It needs to be dealt with but not by the feds.
12 posted on 06/26/2013 2:28:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jazusamo

“trying to be the Rubio of the House.”

I thought that title was already taken by crybaby bonehead I mean boehner.


13 posted on 06/26/2013 2:28:52 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (Slaving away so obama supporting deadbeats can play)
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To: jazusamo

We don’t win any wars with these guys. I am through with Republicans...I don’t need this.
Go ahead an flame me... it wont change the fact we are led by absolute morons who leave their spines in the house or senate cloak room and then wuss out on votes.
Freegards
LEX


14 posted on 06/26/2013 2:29:21 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Timber Rattler

GOP harakiri alert!

Unfortunately they do not have enough honor the even commit harakiri.


15 posted on 06/26/2013 2:33:33 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (Slaving away so obama supporting deadbeats can play)
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To: Ray76
That R next to his name means retard.

We prefer to be called "little people."

16 posted on 06/26/2013 2:33:40 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Separated by a common language.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Has Sensenbrenner taken leave of his senses?

Either that or he never had any top begin with.

He must have an appointment to perform a Monica on Obama.


17 posted on 06/26/2013 2:34:31 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: jazusamo

Anything to investigate the 101% voter support in some precincts? Or 100% of the vote going to Obama in over 50 precincts?

Or is that not the kind of racist discrimination we are looking for in elections anymore?

As a member of the newest minority in America, white people deserve an answer.


18 posted on 06/26/2013 2:36:24 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“...this isn’t 1962.”

The New Black Panthers will see that there aren’t any problems. Senselessbrenner needs to BTFO.


19 posted on 06/26/2013 2:38:04 PM PDT by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: jazusamo
The days of Klansmen like Robert Byrd s#itting in Congress are behind us. Someone was liable to put a racist like that in ascendancy to the White House...
20 posted on 06/26/2013 2:38:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: jazusamo

Oh yes, by all means, you have to stop those Confederate States from reimposing Jim Crow laws and revitalizing the KKK. 150 years of punishment is not near enough./s

I have come to the conclusion that if anything good is to come out of Versailles on the Potomac, it’ll be right after Hell freezes over and the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.


21 posted on 06/26/2013 2:41:27 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: jazusamo

I suspect that this is a divide that goes beyond Republican and Democrat. As someone mentioned in jest, “The Voting Rights Act was the sequel to Reconstruction.”

In other words, this may actually be an effort by the northern states to retain political and cultural dominance over the southern states.

As bizarre as that sounds on the surface, there is still a large cultural divide between the North and the South.

The only reason Reconstruction ended was that there was a disputed presidential election, and the South offered its support to a candidate in exchange for the withdrawal of the last Union soldiers stationed in its state capitals.

Were it not for this, Reconstruction might still be in effect, long after race was an issue, solely so that the northern states could “keep the South in its place.”

If that sounds ridiculous, then why did the northern dominated congress keep extending the Voting Rights Act mandates on the South “even though the situation had changed”? That is, continuing to extend the act was based on conditions in the early 1960s.

But the proof of this pudding is in the eating. Constitutionally, congress *can* recreate the Voting Rights Act, but for *ALL* the states, not just the southern states.

Dollars to donuts these northern congressmen would be very strongly opposed to *that* idea. “Not us! Only THEM!”


22 posted on 06/26/2013 2:43:49 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Venturer

no, he’s actually a good guy.’but he is terribly, terribly wrong on this.


23 posted on 06/26/2013 2:44:46 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: jazusamo

Yes, Jim. There is still danger of discrimination at the polls. Democrats and their minions are allowed to vote as many times as they want, while Republicans and conservatives can vote only once.


24 posted on 06/26/2013 2:44:54 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: jazusamo

Apparently Wisconsin has some election fraud problems so I’m sure sensenbrenner won’t mind having Wisconsin included in the legislation. Possibly he also wants to include Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and New York. Wait let’s not forget Minnesota.


25 posted on 06/26/2013 2:45:48 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775
Why would anyone flame you for writing the truth...?
26 posted on 06/26/2013 2:59:31 PM PDT by oldoverholt
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To: jazusamo
Merely a diversion to keep Republicans BUSY while something ELSE is going on..

like; AMNESTY for 20+ million new democrats..
each of which could conceivably vote several times for more Obama money..

27 posted on 06/26/2013 3:00:31 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Texas56

You’re right I’m so sick of this kind of crap, I’m seventy years old and first voted in a Republican primary in 1964, I have never missed an election or a primary and have never voted for a democrat, I’ve given money, put up signs, made phone calls, held meetings and knocked on doors and now I have absolutly been betrayed by the Republican party. I gathered signatures for Voter ID from one end of the State to the other, had it pass overwhelmingly only to be held up by the DOJ and now this AH wants to re-instate a law that will again devalue my vote before I ever even have the opportunity to cast a vote at full value or at least near full value. democrat votes count 1.05 Republican votes count .95, I’d like for mine to get to at least .98. Thank God for Senator Ted Cruz and Congressmen Louie Gohmert and Trey Gowdy.


28 posted on 06/26/2013 3:03:26 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: FredZarguna

Exactly right.


29 posted on 06/26/2013 3:04:01 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: a fool in paradise
Just yesterday there was an editorial in our local paper that used my township as an example of the racial discrimination that "might" be taking place. The "evidence" was the fact that we only had 3 black voters in the last election. (70% overall turnout and the township went for Romney)

Here is the census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,922 people, 1,135 households, and 831 families residing in the township. The population density was 97.4 per square mile. There were 1,568 housing units at an average density of 52.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the township was 97.26% White, 0.62% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.
30 posted on 06/26/2013 3:09:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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According to the SC ruling there is no wiggle room on what Congress can do. Their ruling was very specific....that’s really why the libs are so POed.


31 posted on 06/26/2013 3:09:23 PM PDT by ak267 (THORIUM....ENERGY OF THE FUTURE!!!!)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

I am through with Republicans...
*********
Me too. They want our votes and money but not our principles. I’m done with the Republican Party.


32 posted on 06/26/2013 3:10:32 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Wisconsinlady

Sensenbrenner: Collecting phone records abuses Patriot Act(The Author)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3029605/posts

not to worry. he can just tweak a few words and everything will be wonderful again.
/sarc


33 posted on 06/26/2013 3:14:50 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: jazusamo; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Sensenbrenner and the Voting Rights Act

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


34 posted on 06/26/2013 3:23:06 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: TurboZamboni

im going to throw up


35 posted on 06/26/2013 5:05:09 PM PDT by markneil1212
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To: jazusamo
Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) is urging lawmakers from both parties to cast aside partisanship and restore the law for the sake of protecting voters' rights

No one cares about the rights of the voters in California though.
Seriously, he can go to hell.
36 posted on 06/26/2013 5:10:38 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: jazusamo

Time to leave the stupid party to die in its own vomit.


37 posted on 06/26/2013 6:25:44 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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