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  • Obama Justice Official Nixed Black Panther Prosecution

    07/31/2009 5:13:10 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 28 replies · 2,747+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 7/31/09 | clarice feldman
    In a past national election, a uniformed hate group stood outside a polling place with a two-foot-long police nightstick in hand, screaming racial epithets and threats in a successful effort to prevent citizens from voting and poll watchers from doing their jobs. The Department of Justice investigated, the career counsel approved the institution of a civil complaint, and one was brought.
  • Holder Winks at Voter Intimidation(Pure Racism: Only Whites can intimidate at polls)

    06/09/2009 5:14:35 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 37 replies · 2,527+ views
    wall st journal ^ | 6/9/09 | HANS A. VON SPAKOVSKY
    When Eric Holder became U.S. attorney general, he promised to administer the law in an objective, nonpolitical manner. So it's disappointing that the Justice Department had spent the last several months misinterpreting key voting rights laws for nakedly political reasons. Exhibit A: Justice's inexplicable dismissal of a civil lawsuit for voter intimidation against the New Black Panther Party. The Black Panthers weren't content to endorse Barack Obama. They sent their members to the polls last November to "patrol election sites." Fox News aired a video of two Black Panthers in military-style uniforms in a Philadelphia precinct. One of them was...
  • Career lawyers overruled on voting case (Obama Rules)

    05/29/2009 4:47:49 AM PDT · by radar101 · 17 replies · 1,332+ views
    WashTimes ^ | May 29, 2009 | Jerry Seper
    Courtesy of National Geographic Channel King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, pictured last year for the National Geographic Channel's show "Inside," were accused of voter intimidation by the Justice Department. Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews. The incident - which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube - had prompted the government to sue the men,...
  • Skepticism at the Court on Validity of Vote Law

    04/30/2009 2:53:43 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies · 343+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2009 | Adam Liptak
    A central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, designed to protect minorities in states with a history of discrimination, is at substantial risk of being struck down as unconstitutional, judging from the questioning on Wednesday at the Supreme Court. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, whose vote is likely to be crucial, was a vigorous participant in the argument, asking 17 questions that were almost consistently hostile to the approach Congress had taken to renewing the act in 2006. “Congress has made a finding that the sovereignty of Georgia is less than the sovereign dignity of Ohio,” Justice Kennedy said....
  • Conservatives on high court skeptical of continuing need for key part of voting rights law

    04/29/2009 2:53:31 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 3 replies · 918+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 04/29/2009 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative justices led a sustained attack Wednesday on a key element of the Voting Rights Act, questioning whether one-time bastions of segregation still should be held to account for past discrimination. The justices who were skeptical of that part of the voting rights law included Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose views are likely to prevail on the closely divided court. He tends to side with his more conservative colleagues on matters of race. -snip- The law requires all or parts of 16 states, mainly in the South, with a history of discrimination in voting to...
  • Why the D.C. Voting Rights Act Is Wrong

    03/14/2009 3:34:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 565+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 14, 2009 | DAVID B. RIVKIN JR. and LEE A. CASEY
    President Barack Obama has the wind in his sails. After a decisive victory, he has launched the greatest expansion of federal government in American history. Republicans, still licking their wounds from November's election, have yet to form an effective political opposition. For now, that leaves the Constitution's structural limits on governmental power as the only potent brake on government further reshaping our society. Accordingly, Republicans should be the first to insist that these requirements be strictly observed. Unfortunately, a number of congressional Republicans already are abandoning constitutional fidelity by supporting the D.C. Voting Rights Act. The fact that the Act's...
  • SCotUS: Court refuses to expand minority voting rights (5-4 vote, major wrench in dem machine?)

    03/09/2009 11:57:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 5,985+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/9/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a part of the Voting Rights Act aimed at helping minorities elect their preferred candidates only applies in electoral districts where minorities make up more than half the population. The decision could make it harder for some minority candidates to win election and for southern Democrats, in particular, to draw friendly electoral boundaries after the 2010 Census. The 5-4 decision, with the court's conservatives in the majority, came in the case of a North Carolina plan that sought to preserve the influence of African-American voters even though they made up just 39...
  • Commentary: The partisan elephant unnoticed in the room

    01/11/2009 10:25:16 AM PST · by thecodont · 21 replies · 1,767+ views
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 12:18 pm | Lyle Denniston
    The Supreme Court, studiously avoiding almost all mention that it was examining a thoroughly partisan political battle, spent a spirited hour on Wednesday looking for ways either to scuttle a major test case over voters’ rights or to find a way — as if the Justices were writing a law themselves — to soften the impact of a tough state requirement for a photo ID before a voter may cast a ballot at the polls. Only two Justices — Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Paul Stevens — even hinted at the real-world fact that the photo ID law in Indiana...
  • Voting: A right or responsibility

    08/25/2008 2:11:01 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 62 replies · 238+ views
    mainestategop blog ^ | 8/25/08 | mainestategop
    A week ago I was at McDonald's ordering lunch. It was very busy and there was a large crowd present. I ordered the food and waited around for a few minutes. While I was doing so, a manager and another crewmemeber were getting ready to put the flags up on the pole. The manager showed him how to fold the flags up and they folded up old glory into a nice triangle with loving and patriotic care. While they were folding the McDonald's flag, a funny looking woman in her thirties with two tots in a carriage walked up to...
  • For felons, a nudge to the voting booth

    08/11/2008 5:20:39 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 12 replies · 75+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 8/11/2008 | Krissah Williams Thompson
    TALLAHASSEE - Herbert Pompey had gone through rehab, stayed sober, held a job, married and started a landscaping business in the two years since he walked out of Taylor Correctional Institution. But what Pompey hadn't done -- and what he assumed a string of felony drug and DUI convictions would keep him from ever doing again -- was vote. So his pulse quickened when civil rights lawyer Reggie Mitchell called to tell him that his rights had been restored. "You're eligible to vote now, Mr. Pompey," Mitchell said, calmly relaying the news. "Can I bring you a voter-registration card?"
  • German Lawmakers Propose Voting Rights For Children

    07/09/2008 6:16:44 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 172+ views
    All Headline News ^ | July 9, 2008 | Vittorio Hernandez
    Berlin, Germany (AHN) - There is a proposal in the Bundestag to grant German children voting rights. A bipartisan group of 46 lawmakers made the proposal that would grant 14 million young Germans a chance to have their voices be heard in political matters.Under the proposal, parents would vote for their children. German federal law grants universal suffrage to all adults at least 18-years-old, but a number of states allow 16-year-old citizens to cast their ballot at local elections. The proposal would amend Article 38 of the country's constitution. A similar suggestion was made in 2005, but was rejected by...
  • Germany plans to give vote to babies (*rme* How ridiculous)

    07/09/2008 5:31:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies · 190+ views
    Telegraph ^ | July 8, 2008 | Harry de Quetteville in Berlin
    Dozens of German politicians have tabled a new law to extend voting rights to babies, toddlers, children and teenagers.The bill, which has won the cross-party backing of some heavyweight German politicians, would wipe away decades of "exclusion" and "discrimination" against minors, according to its supporters. Currently the voting threshold in Germany is 18, with an exception in some states, where 16 year olds are allowed to cast a ballot. But that does not go far enough for the new law's backers, who want to ensure voting rights from cradle to grave. If the bill gets adopted, babies will have the...
  • Voter drive registers more than 200 inmates (Maine convicts voting)

    05/22/2008 10:34:09 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 12 replies · 264+ views
    Portland (Maine) Press Herald ^ | 22 May, 2008 | Dennie Hoey
    The get-out-the-vote effort in Maine broke new ground Wednesday when more than 200 inmates in the Maine State Prison registered to cast ballots. Prison officials said it was the first prisoner education and registration drive held at the facility. Deputy Warden Leida Dardis said the event, which was organized by Maine chapters of the NAACP, allowed representatives from the state Democratic, Republican and Green Independent parties to meet with prisoners in morning and afternoon informational sessions. Maine and Vermont are the only states that give people convicted of felonies the right to vote while in prison. Some states bar felons...
  • Orange Countification: Part 1

    05/06/2008 8:56:35 AM PDT · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 70+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | May 06, 2008 | By Steven Travers
    Orange Countification: Part 1 Excerpt from One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed a NationBy Steven Travers Bill, I've just handed the South to the Republicans for fifty years. – President Lyndon Johnson talking with aide Bill Moyers right after the Voting Rights Act In 1964, the Democratic Party dominated U.S. politics. Lyndon Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater with 64 percent of the vote. He had enormous filibuster-proof majorities in the House and Senate. The imprimatur of John Kennedy’s legacy hung solidly on LBJ. A majority of America’s governors and state legislatures were Democrat. The Civil...
  • Supreme Court could put 2008 Democrat Elections in Jeopardy

    09/26/2007 5:14:28 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 2 replies · 67+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 9-26-07 | Alaphiah
    Democrats have challenged, all the way to the a state of Indiana requirement which requires all voters to show photo I.D. Apparently Democrats walk around and/or drive without any photo identification and asking a Democrat for photo I.D. would cause an undue hardship on voters in the upcoming 2008 Presidential elections.
  • Voting Rights Turnabout

    07/01/2007 10:46:51 PM PDT · by gpapa · 2 replies · 644+ views | July 2, 2007 | John Fund
    A victory for disfranchised Mississippi voters--and they happen to be white. Last week a federal district judge found direct evidence that the political machine in Noxubee County, Miss., had discriminated against voters with the intent to infringe their rights and that "these abuses have been racially motivated."
  • Ruling lets Arizona require proof of citizenship from voters (MALDEF and Illegals sad)

    04/21/2007 7:21:35 AM PDT · by TheDon · 15 replies · 671+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | April 20, 2007 | PAUL DAVENPORT
    A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt to halt enforcement of Arizona's first-in-the-nation requirement that all residents prove they are U.S. citizens when they first register to vote. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a trial judge's refusal last year to block the requirement while a legal challenge awaits trial in federal court in Phoenix. "Now we know we get to enforce the law while the lawsuit is pending," state Solicitor General Mary O'Grady said. .... "We are confident with a full record that the court will rule in our favor," said Carlos Becerra of the...
  • Kahn has another voting proposal (Immigration)

    03/12/2007 8:59:03 PM PDT · by Valin · 4 replies · 307+ views
    Mpls (Red Star) Tribune ^ | 3/12/07 | Joy Powell
    Kahn has another voting proposal Should Minnesota's Constitution be amended to allow people who are permanent residents -- but not U.S. citizens -- to vote in local elections? Should Minnesota's Constitution be amended to allow people who are permanent residents -- but not U.S. citizens -- to vote in local elections? That's the question Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, and some fellow DFLers want to submit to Minnesotans in the 2008 election. Kahn said the amendment would allow local units of government to decide whether they would authorize permanent residents to vote in local elections, including for mayor and school board....
  • Lawsuit accuses black officials of violating whites' voting rights

    01/31/2007 6:24:08 AM PST · by Rodney Kings Brain · 10 replies · 855+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 31st 2007 | Jerry Seper
    A federal court trial is expected to end this week in a Justice Department lawsuit seeking an end to "relentless voting-related discrimination" by black political leaders in a rural Mississippi county -- the first suit brought under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that accuses blacks of suppressing the rights of whites. The lawsuit targets Ike Brown, longtime political boss of Noxubee County, Miss., who serves as chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee and superintendent of Democratic primary elections, and Carl Mickens, circuit clerk for Noxubee County and superintendent of non-primary elections.
  • Why Martin Luther King Was Republican

    01/15/2007 10:44:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,582+ views
    Human Events ^ | 1/16/07 | Francis Rice
    It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S's: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism. It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the...
  • Court Restores Inmates' Voting Rights

    12/28/2006 9:16:59 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies · 997+ views ^ | Court Restores Inmates' Voting Rights |
    Court Restores Inmates' Voting Rights Thursday, December 28, 2006 A state appeals court is restoring the voting rights of about 100,000 local jail inmates across the state who are serving a year or less for felony convictions. The state said it would not appeal the decision from the 1st District Court of Appeal. The affected inmates were eligible to vote until last year, when the state disenfranchised them. For three decades, California's secretary of state had interpreted that the state Constitution barred voting by those in state prisons and those on parole. The appeals court said in it's decision last...
  • Bill seeks to restore felons' voting rights

    12/27/2006 10:29:43 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies · 690+ views ^ | December 27, 2006 | Associated Press
    Bill seeks to restore felons' voting rights TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bill that would automatically return voting rights to felons after they complete their sentences has been introduced by a Florida legislator who is still in office even though he is a felon. The bill introduced Thursday by state Sen. Gary Siplin would change the state's long-standing constitutional ban on felons voting. Now, a felon's rights can be restored only by the state's clemency board, which must hear each case in a process that can take months or years. Florida is one of just three states – all in the...
  • Modern-Day 'Poll Tax' Costs GOP Votes

    10/05/2006 6:00:59 AM PDT · by Orlando · 20 replies · 800+ views
    The Human Events ^ | Oct 4, 2006 | Barry Weinstein
    " The Democratic Party instituted policies and pandering to the radical Women's Movement are responsible for at least 1 million non-felons- Divorced American Men commonly known as Fathers-- who are today being denied the right to VOTE...."
  • (AL)Ruling may allow felons to vote

    08/24/2006 9:36:54 AM PDT · by Condor 63 · 12 replies · 495+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | Thursday, August 24, 2006 | VAL WALTON
    Alabama must allow all felons to register to vote under current state law, a Jefferson County judge ruled Wednesday - a decision Secretary of State Nancy Worley said could lead to polling places in prisons. Circuit Judge Robert Vance Jr. said any felon should be able to register and vote until the state Legislature passes a law that defines crimes of moral turpitude. No such definition exists under state law, Vance said. Vance said his order is on hold, however, until the state submits the voting change to mandatory review by the Justice Department under the federal Voting Rights Act.
  • When Voting Rights Become Voting Wrongs

    07/11/2006 2:32:39 PM PDT · by MissEdie · 9 replies · 443+ views
    When Voting Rights Become Voting Wrongs by The Southern Avenger 10 July 2006 When Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the law was designed to protect disenfranchised black voters in the South. As segregation was coming to an end and the civil rights movement was reaching a crescendo, attempts to deny voting rights by local precincts were thwarted and black Americans could at-long-last, fully participate in the democratic process. At the time, such an encroachment of federal power on states and municipalities was considered a drastic measure to address a drastic situation. Now 41 years later provisions of...
  • Voting Rights act up for renewal! (barfer)

    07/11/2006 5:50:09 AM PDT · by PissAndVinegar · 2 replies · 226+ views
    Email | 7/10/06 | Caroline Fredrickson
    Dear Friend, A small group of Southern lawmakers have derailed a House vote to renew expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the landmark law that has protected the right to vote for millions of Americans. They want to gut the act and make it easier to discriminate against minority voters. Not surprisingly, these lawmakers represent states with the worst records of continued voting discrimination. We can’t let a small group of lawmakers destroy 40 years of progress! Email your representative and tell him or her to renew the VRA now. Go to The Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa...
  • Don't Dismantle the Voting Rights Act[Barf alert]

    07/07/2006 2:53:49 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 14 replies · 581+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/7/06 | Lucy Baines Johnson and Linda Johnson Robb
    Voting Rights Act, signed into law on Aug. 6, 1965, by our father, President Lyndon Johnson, opened the political process to millions of Americans. The law was born amid the struggle for voting rights in Selma and Montgomery, Ala., which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called "a shining moment in the conscience of man." By eliminating barriers, including poll taxes and literacy tests, that had long prevented members of minority groups from voting, the act became a keystone of civil rights in the United States. Now, crucial provisions of this legislation are in jeopardy. Last month, Congress seemed...
  • Revisiting the Fifteenth Amendment

    06/29/2006 9:46:59 AM PDT · by AZRepublican · 15 replies · 742+ views
    The Federalist Blog ^ | 6/28/06 | P.A. Madison
    "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." It's time I clear up a major misconception over what the fifteenth amendment really is all about. When we speak of the fifteenth amendment we usually do so under the assumption that the amendment is an outright constitutional mandate granting citizens the right to vote. The fifteenth amendment is not a constitutional right to vote. This is because the right of suffrage was left with the...
  • Texas GOP delays renewal of Voting Rights Act

    06/22/2006 5:36:33 PM PDT · by Dubya · 3 replies · 299+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jun. 22, 2006 | SAMANTHA LEVINE
    WASHINGTON -- The House on Wednesday abruptly dropped plans to vote on a renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, in large part because of Texas Republicans who want to revise parts of the bill. The change in course was announced after the Texans and other Republicans raised complaints about the legislation during the weekly House GOP meeting. Pivotal elements of the seminal civil rights law, including those that set out requirements for bilingual ballots and require Texas and eight other states to get federal permission to change their voting procedures, are set to expire in 2007. The House was...
  • House Delays Renewal of Voting Rights Act

    06/21/2006 10:25:01 AM PDT · by Republican Red · 19 replies · 659+ views
    CBS / AP ^ | Jun. 21, 2006 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    House GOP leaders delay renewal of Voting Rights Act under objections from Southern Republicans (AP) House Republican leaders on Wednesday postponed a vote on renewing the 1965 Voting Rights Act after GOP lawmakers complained it unfairly singles out nine Southern states for federal oversight, a leadership aide said. At a private meeting, several Republicans also balked at extending provisions in the law that require ballots to be printed in more than one language in neighborhoods where there are large numbers of immigrants, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public....
  • Count Every Vote Act

    05/15/2006 4:53:13 PM PDT · by AmericanDave · 16 replies · 418+ views
    THOMAS(Library of congress) ^ | 5/15/2006 | congress
    SEC. 701. VOTING RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL OFFENSES. (a) Short Title- This title may be cited as the Civic Participation Act of 2005. (b) Findings and Purpose- (1) FINDINGS- Congress makes the following findings: (A) The right to vote is the most basic constitutive act of citizenship and regaining the right to vote reintegrates offenders into free society. The right to vote may not be abridged or denied by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, gender, or previous condition of servitude. Basic constitutional principles of fairness and equal protection require an equal...
  • ‘Voting Rights’ means nothing without the right to self-government

    05/09/2006 7:37:26 PM PDT · by AZRepublican · 2 replies · 236+ views
    Federalist Blog ^ | May 9, 2006 | P.A. Madison
    Much is made out of voting rights with civil minded groups and leaders finding it almost an obligation to raise a spectacle out of the slightest hint over whether or not a minority is being given a easy avenue in casting a ballot. With each new election brings a new circus of civil rights activists to town -- leaving the real struggle for voting rights alarmingly silent. The right of citizens to vote is only half of their struggle in exercising their most solemn right under the guaranteed republican form of government. The federal government routinely ignores the very limited...
  • 1965 voting rights provisions to expire

    03/31/2006 10:08:48 AM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 650+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Mar. 31, 2006 | MARCUS FRANKLIN
    Associated Press NEW YORK - On what would become known as "Bloody Sunday," voting rights marchers in March 1965 reached the highest point on the Edmund Pettus Bridge near Selma, Ala., and saw a blue sea of uniforms awaiting them at the end of the bridge. Television would show images of Alabama state troopers armed with guns, night sticks, bull whips and tear gas severely beating marchers. Days later, President Lyndon Johnson promised to bring Congress an effective voting rights bill, and that August he signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, considered one of the most significant...
  • President Bush Flies to Texas to Vote

    03/07/2006 12:34:19 PM PST · by Liberty Valance · 45 replies · 862+ views
    cnn headline news ^ | 3-7-06 | Me
    CNN Headline news just reported that the President and First Lady will fly to Texas to vote in the primaries. They reported that WH staffers hadn't got the absentee voting ballot on time. They were asking for emails on wheather it was appropriate for the President to go to the expense of flying to Crawford to vote. I emailed them this... Is it appropriate for the President to fly to Texas to vote? Absolutely. It sets an example for all US citizens about the importance of voting. Despite attempts by many in the press to suggest otherwise, these are the...
  • On this day (March 7, 1966), South Carolina v. Katzenbach decided.

    03/07/2006 11:52:55 AM PST · by Tarkin · 18 replies · 1,098+ views
    OYEZ ^ | March 7, 1966 | SCOTUS
    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (Public Law 89-10) outlawed the requirement that would-be voters in the United States take literacy tests to qualify to register to vote, and it provided for federal registration of voters -- instead of state or local voter registration which had often been denied to minority and poor voters -- in areas that had less than 50% of eligible voters registered. The act also provided for DOJ oversight to registration, and the Department's approval for any change in voting law in districts whose populations were at least 5% African-American. It was signed into law by...
  • Staff Opinions Banned In Voting Rights Cases. Criticism of Justice Dept.'s Rights Division Grows.

    12/10/2005 3:55:52 PM PST · by Crackingham · 7 replies · 416+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/10/5 | Dan Eggen
    The Justice Department has barred staff attorneys from offering recommendations in major Voting Rights Act cases, marking a significant change in the procedures meant to insulate such decisions from politics, congressional aides and current and former employees familiar with the issue said. Disclosure of the change comes amid growing public criticism of Justice Department decisions to approve Republican-engineered plans in Texas and Georgia that were found to hurt minority voters by career staff attorneys who analyzed the plans. Political appointees overruled staff findings in both cases. The policy was implemented in the Georgia case, said a Justice employee who, like...
  • The crime, not his race, put Baker on death row

    12/03/2005 1:37:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies · 667+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 3, 2005 | Gregory Kane
    ...again, anti-death penalty activists have yanked out their ever-handy race card. ...............Federal statistics on nationwide homicide trends from 1976 to 2002 reveal that over 59 percent of those arrested for felony murder are black. Fifty-five percent of victims of felony murder are white. In homicides where the perpetrator doesn't know his victim, the black assailant-white victim murder happens four times more often than the white-on-black murder. A death row comprising of a majority of black convicts who were sentenced for killing white victims might be more a reflection of that data than of any "racial disparity." The "racial disparity" on...
  • Alito disagreed with court decisions on reapportionment

    11/17/2005 4:39:37 AM PST · by Crackingham · 8 replies · 528+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/17/5 | Michael Kranish and Alan Wirzbicki
    In the same 1985 job application in which Samuel A. Alito Jr. said there is not a constitutional right to abortion, he made a statement that has startled many legal analysts: He said he disagreed with the Warren court decisions on reapportionment, which required that voters have equal representation. The reapportionment cases, heard by the court when Earl Warren was the chief justice, are among the court's most widely accepted decisions on civil rights and equal representation. Until the cases were decided in the early 1960s, many state legislators were elected by geographic area, rather than by population. The result...
  • Voting law should apply nationwide

    11/15/2005 1:47:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies · 956+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | November 15, 2005 | Jim Wooten
    The question of how much longer a handful of states — most in the South, including Georgia — will be relegated to second-class status in our own country is pending before the U.S. Congress. At issue is extension of expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — specifically, Section 5, that 40 years later continues, without any basis whatsoever — to punish living Georgians for the sins of the dead. The irony, in fact, is that not only are most of the offenders dead, but their party has been ousted from power and many of those who govern...
  • U.S. court backs order suspending voter ID in Georgia

    10/27/2005 1:52:45 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 57 replies · 1,232+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/27/5 | Bill Rankin
    The federal appeals court in Atlanta today denied a request to set aside an injunction barring enforcement of the state's new voter ID requirement in the upcoming municipal elections held statewide. In a brief order, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a motion by the state Attorney General's Office to throw out a order last week by U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy in Rome that suspended enforcement of the law. The decision was made by 11th Circuit Judges Stanley Birch, Joel Dubina and Frank Hull. "We are gratified that the court's order sustains the protection of the right...
  • A Bad Constitution – Won’t Get Ratified, Can’t Work

    09/15/2005 11:19:25 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 38 replies · 2,901+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 17 September 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Dateline, 17 September, 2005, National Capitol It is self-evident that this new constitution is fatally flawed. It is unlikely to be ratified. And even if it is, it will fail in practice. Begin with ratification. One province is so opposed that it refused to take part in the drafting. The governors of two provinces refused to sign the document and are committed to its defeat. There is a hotbed of opposition in another province. One of the leaders there walked out of the drafting, and returned home to lead the effort to defeat the constitution, taking a majority of his...
  • Democrats, race pimps and the right to vote

    09/01/2005 7:30:29 PM PDT · by Archon of the East · 2 replies · 325+ views ^ | August 26, 2005 | By Kevin McCullough
    Last week, civil-rights leaders in America gathered in Atlanta to do a little friendly Bush bashing, issue some nasty statements about blacks who also happen to be conservative, and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The observance was rich with irony. It seems that today's "civil-rights leadership" is completely ignorant of the history of civil rights in this nation, standing with the wrong group of people on the issue, and making hateful statements toward those who truly have worked for genuine equality. But since Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are more concerned with...
  • Court hears argument on felon voting rights [IA Repubs challenge Vilsack's sneaky executive order]

    09/01/2005 10:05:01 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 6 replies · 493+ views
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | Thursday, September 01, 2005 | Stephen Byrd, the Muscatine Journal
    MUSCATINE, Iowa -- A judge heard but did not rule Wednesday on arguments for and against Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack's July 4 executive order that automatically grants voting rights to felons who have served their sentences. Seventh Judicial District Judge J. Hobart Darbyshire also declined to rule on Muscatine County Attorney Gary Allison's case for mandamus, or the right to sue in the name of the state for the public's interest, as part of this case. County attorney officials said afterwars that a decision may not be available for as long as two weeks. A teleconference call set up with...
  • [William Jefferson] Clinton rips Georgia's voter ID law

    08/04/2005 5:59:22 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 65 replies · 1,577+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 4, 2005 | Tom Baxter
    Health care main focus of remarksWith his recent heart surgery as a reference point, former President Bill Clinton spent most of a session with black journalists Wednesday talking about health care issues. But first, he had some choice words about Georgia's new voter ID law. "All over America there are efforts to restrict access to the vote under the guise of preventing voter fraud. And I say guise --- look at this Georgia bill, all the ID you've got to produce to register to vote," Clinton said at the opening session of the National Association of Black Journalists convention at...
  • Let's start counting citizens

    06/26/2005 3:45:54 PM PDT · by Founding Father · 65 replies · 1,227+ views
    Pittsburgh Live ^ | June 26, 2005 | Dimitri Vassilaros
    Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., wants to change one word in the U.S. Constitution. Replacing "persons" with "citizens" in the 14th Amendment would force the Census Bureau to discount foreigners -- legals and illegals -- to ensure that every American finally would be properly represented in the House. Michigan would gain a seat, as would Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Montana and Utah, according to Ms. Miller. "It is almost ridiculously simple" she said.
  • Dean on Defense - (Dean needs refresher course;Repubs champion tolerance,diversity,civil rights!)

    06/12/2005 9:14:55 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 654+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE.COM ^ | JUNE 10, 2005 | Peter Kirsanow
    During a discussion with minority leaders and journalists on Monday, Howard Dean declared that Republicans are “a pretty monolithic party. They all believe the same. They all look the same. It’s pretty much a white Christian party.” He further stated that “the Republicans are not very friendly to different kinds of people” and Democrats are “more welcoming to different folks, because that’s the type of people we are.” Dean continued to defend his remarks as recently as Thursday. Dean’s comments clearly suggest that the GOP is, if not hostile to a demographic broader than white Christians, at least cool toward...
  • US first lady calls for women's rights in Mideast

    05/21/2005 4:54:52 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 3 replies · 312+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/21/05 | Adam Entous
    DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Laura Bush called on Saturday for greater voting rights for women in the Middle East and said the United States respected all faiths during a tour to counter anti-American sentiment in the region. "Women who have not yet won these rights are watching," the first lady told a conference on the shore of the Dead Sea. One of the White House's more popular international envoys, the first lady had begun her solo diplomatic mission by talking frankly on Friday about America's growing image problems here. At the World Economic Forum on Saturday,...
  • Leaders hail Kuwait women's votes (Why Isn't This Story Headlining Our MSM?)

    05/17/2005 4:45:39 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 5 replies · 270+ views
    BBC ^ | 17 May 2005 | BBC News - World Edition
    The United States and the United Nations have both welcomed Kuwait's decision to give full political rights to women as an important advance. The US state department said the change to election law would help not only women but the whole of Kuwaiti society. A UN statement said: "The Secretary General congratulates the people of Kuwait on this historic step." There were celebrations around the Gulf state on Monday after parliament agreed to let women vote and stand for office. The result, announced by the speaker of parliament, was greeted with thunderous applause from the public gallery where backers of...
  • US Court of Appeals to review Presidential vote for territory

    05/03/2005 3:15:50 PM PDT · by cll · 23 replies · 997+ views
    Free Republic | 5/03/05 | CLl
    On Wednesday May 4, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (Boston) will review, for the third time and this time en banc, the appeal of San Juan attorney Gregorio Igartua-De La Rosa's lawsuit claiming the right to vote in Presidential elections for the U.S. citizens that reside in the (U.S.) Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The appeal from the U.S District Court for the District of Puerto Rico has been turned down twice before on account of Article II of the United States Constitution. Igartua et al have claimed that the right to vote is inherent to...
  • The Election Fraud/Illegal Immigration Connection - (excellent exposé of dishonest lib Dem tactics)

    04/30/2005 4:51:43 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 1,038+ views
    Duplicity is the name of the game for America’s liberals. It has been standard practice of the Democratic Party for decades to create a problem through poorly conceived and unrealistic legislation, decry and obstruct any attempts by Republicans to fix the problems the Democrats created as “racist,” sexist,” or any of the other myriad of “-ists” they concoct, and then when the problem is not solved, blame the Republicans for doing nothing about it. There is no “vast left wing conspiracy” orchestrating all of this deceit from behind the scenes. No secret bunker under Berkley’s city hall where Hillary Clinton,...