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  • IREY URGES MURTHA TO SUPPORT ENGLISH BALLOTS

    07/13/2006 12:40:04 PM PDT · by WeDontKnowJack · 53 replies · 792+ views
    Diana Irey campaign web site ^ | July 13, 2006 | Diana Irey
    IREY URGES MURTHA TO SUPPORT ENGLISH BALLOTS(MONONGAHELA, July 13) – Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey –- anticipating today’s House floor vote on extension of the Voting Rights Act –- today released the following statement: “Jack Murtha has an opportunity today to stand up for the ideal of America as the Melting Pot –- he can, during consideration of the extension of the Voting Rights Act, vote in favor of the amendment offered by Rep. Steve King of Iowa, to remove the mandate for multilingual ballots, and reaffirm the primacy of English as the...
  • House to take up Voting Rights extension

    07/12/2006 3:09:18 PM PDT · by sinkspur · 12 replies · 282+ views
    msnbc.com ^ | 7/12/2006
    WASHINGTON - Quelling a rebellion by mostly southern conservatives over landmark civil rights legislation, House leaders announced Wednesday they will vote this week to extend the Voting Rights Act. "We intend to go on Thursday," House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, told reporters after a weekly meeting of House Republicans. Although a group of Republican lawmakers forced a last-minute delay in the bill in June, it has broad bipartisan support and is expected to pass the House easily. The Senate plans to take up identical legislation later this year.
  • Chances of Voting Rights Act Renewal Dim

    07/12/2006 8:52:23 AM PDT · by Kimberly GG · 14 replies · 663+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7/12/06 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    "WASHINGTON - A conservative backlash to the massive street demonstrations over immigration is aggravating Republican leaders' carefully orchestrated plans to renew the landmark Voting Rights Act before the fall elections. After Latinos came out in greater force than they have in decades to protest a House-passed immigration bill, conservatives persuaded Republican leaders not to force a vote last month to extend for 25 years the law that requires bilingual ballots in precincts with large non-English-speaking populations."
  • 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...
  • Foreign Language Ballots Cause a Rebellion

    07/03/2006 9:23:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,127+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Jul 03, 2006 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The Washington establishment is shocked at the discovery that Americans don't like the idea of the federal government forcing local governments to provide foreign-language ballots. That's one more indication of how out of touch our leaders are with grass-roots America. For many months, the establishment had planned a legislative coup to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act for a whopping 25 years (even though it isn't due to expire until 2007). Passage had been confidently announced on May 2 in a bipartisan photo-op news conference on the Capitol steps. The media were on board. The president was in sync. No need,...
  • 203 Mistakes - A bilingual flaw in the Voting Rights Act.

    06/28/2006 6:39:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 581+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 27, 2006 | Roger Clegg
    June 27, 2006, 6:21 a.m. 203 MistakesA bilingual flaw in the Voting Rights Act. By Roger Clegg One of the major issues that led to the House Republican leadership’s decision last week to postpone a vote on the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act is the provision in it that requires many jurisdictions to print ballots and ballot materials in foreign languages. The House is right to rethink this provision — Section 203 — because it is a bad law, for four reasons. First, the federal government should be encouraging assimilation, not discouraging it. Perhaps the most important social...
  • Democracy In Chains

    06/24/2006 1:52:22 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 23 replies · 767+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 6/23/06 | Greg Palast
    US Republicans are planning to change the law to stop black, Hispanic and Native American voters going to the polls in 2008.Don't kid yourself: the Republican party's decision yesterday to "delay" the renewal of the Voting Rights Act has not a darn thing to do with objections of the Republican's white sheets caucus. Complaints by a couple of good ol' boys to legislation have never stopped the GOP leadership from rolling over dissenters. This is a strategic stall that is meant to decriminalise the Republican party's new game of challenging voters of colour by the hundreds of thousands. In the...
  • Bigotry Beneath the Fog [RAT Crybaby Alert]

    06/23/2006 3:02:07 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 6 replies · 521+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/23/06 | Eugene Robinson
    Once in a while the fog machine that's kept on "high" around here to obscure everyone's real intentions breaks down. There's always a mad rush to crank it up again, but for the briefest moment we can see our elected representatives for what they really are, not what they pretend to be. Wednesday we had one of those rare high-definition moments, when the House Republican caucus defied its leaders and refused to back renewal of the Voting Rights Act. That tells you about all you need to know, doesn't it? Speaker Dennis Hastert was ready to move forward with a...
  • 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...
  • 'A White Individual' - How the Voting Rights Act promotes racial polarization.

    06/20/2006 11:14:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 777+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 20, 2006 | Masthead Editorial
    With Congress poised to extend, for another quarter-century, certain "temporary" provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it's worth pondering some of the political mischief taking place these days in the name of "voting rights." Take New York's 11th Congressional District, a safe Democratic seat covering several neighborhoods in Brooklyn. The seat is currently occupied by Major Owens, a black Democrat who has held it since 1983 and is retiring this year. One of the four candidates to replace him is David Yassky, a white Democrat who represents some of the same Brooklyn neighborhoods as a city councilman. Mr. Owens...
  • CA: Judges to Rule on Use of English-Only Initiative Petitions

    06/19/2006 12:24:05 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 13 replies · 437+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 19, 2006 | John Spano
    Federal challenges to English-only initiative petitions are roiling election officials across the state and have thrown into doubt a handful of citizen-spawned ballot issues. The question is whether petitions circulated for signatures to qualify initiatives and referendums for the ballot must be translated for voters who speak another language. California began providing Spanish-language ballots statewide in 2002, and local jurisdictions also provide multilingual election materials. But petitions, which are written by ordinary people hoping to change laws from the grass-roots level, are often available in English only. Federal judges have disagreed on the question, resulting in disruptions to elections in...
  • Use of English touchy subject here on border

    05/26/2006 10:01:57 PM PDT · by GoRepGo · 91 replies · 1,760+ views
    The Yuma Sun ^ | May 26, 2006 | Blake Schmidt
    Mindy McClain has attended the same state-sponsored child-care training program for years. But this year, when she signed up and paid her $20 fee, she was told that the program, which is funded through the Arizona Department of Economic Security, would be presented in Spanish instead of English for the first time. If she wanted to hear it in English, she would be provided with a translating device. "I'm like, excuse me ... I don't think so," said McClain, the director of the Children's Center preschool in Yuma. She and 10 other women demanded their money back and promised not...
  • An Insulting Provision - Congress is set to renew an outdated and unnecessary Voting Rights Act...

    05/02/2006 11:09:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 761+ views
    NRO ^ | May 02, 2006 | Edward Blum
    May 02, 2006, 6:42 a.m.An Insulting ProvisionCongress is set to renew an outdated and unnecessary Voting Rights Act restriction that applies only to certain states. By Edward Blum Just when you thought Republicans in Congress couldn’t dump on conservative principles any more than they already have, along comes the next show stopper. Judiciary Committee leaders in both chambers will introduce legislation today to reauthorize the expiring penalty provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA). Not happy with the revulsion resulting from last year’s Bridge to Nowhere, the heirs of Ronald Reagan are poised to renew until 2031 a bill...
  • Suit turns Voting Rights Act on its head (MS)

    05/02/2006 4:19:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 594+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | May 2, 2006 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    ASSOCIATED PRESS MACON, Miss. -- Ike Brown is a legend in Mississippi politics, a fast-talking operative both loved and hated for his ability to turn out black voters and get his candidates into office. That success has also landed him at the heart of a federal lawsuit that's about to turn the Voting Rights Act on its end. For the first time, the U.S. Justice Department is using the 1965 law to allege racial discrimination against whites. Brown, head of the Democratic Party in Mississippi's rural Noxubee County, is accused of waging a campaign to defeat white voters and candidates...
  • House Members Urge Fight Against Multilingual Ballots

    02/06/2006 9:12:46 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 383+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 6, 2006 | Nathan Burchfiel
    (CNSNews.com) - Fifty-six members of the U.S. House on Friday urged House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), to fight the renewal of a provision in the Voting Rights Act that mandates multilingual ballots. "We believe these ballot provisions encourage the linguistic division of our nation and contradict the 'Melting Pot' ideal that has made us the most successful multi-ethnic nation on earth," the 56 House members wrote. Only one of those signing the letter is a Democrat - Collin Peterson of Minnesota. The letter refers to special provisions added to the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1975 that are...
  • Voting rights rules irk counties

    01/22/2006 1:51:54 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 198+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/22/6 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON - Several San Joaquin Valley counties remain ensnared in a voting rights law originally written to stop anti-black discrimination in the Deep South. Now, some hope to change that. Sell It Yourself With lobbyists on board, and Congress preparing to rewrite the far-reaching Voting Rights Act, Merced County officials are trying to finally escape the election restrictions that have bound them for three decades. If successful, Merced County would no longer need Justice Department approval for the myriad precinct and ballot changes that precede every election. Merced County's campaign, in turn, could shake up things for Kings, Yuba and...
  • Is the Voting Rights Act a Smokescreen?

    12/30/2005 6:27:29 AM PST · by spintreebob · 6 replies · 690+ views
    The Real Issue Is Turnout - Ralph Conner All American citizens of good will can see the value in encouraging Black voters to break through their voting lethargy and apathy--without using allegations of institutionalized racism as an excuse for self-disenfranchisement, failing to vote when you have the rock-solid right to do so. Last April, in my own bid for re-election as mayor of Maywood, Illinois, turnout was less than 25 percent in a community that is 90 percent African-American. It disturbs me deeply to know only one-quarter of the eligible voters in my community chose to exercise this essential right....
  • Justice Department is Leaking Too

    12/02/2005 4:26:32 PM PST · by Venator · 390+ views
    Never Yet Melted blog ^ | November 2, 2005 | JDZ
    Anti-Republican elements in the Justice Department (could those be the same ones who picked Fitzgerald as special prosecutor?) have leaked a 2003 memo “endorsed” by six lawyers and two analysts in the department’s voting section, which opines that the Texas legislature’s redistricting plan, since upheld twice by a three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, may violate the Voting Rights Act, to the Washington Post.
  • Georgia Republicans challenging Voting Rights Act renewal, likely in vain

    11/21/2005 12:48:03 AM PST · by NapkinUser · 10 replies · 498+ views
    The Macon Telegraph ^ | 11/20/2005 | Jeffrey McMurray (AP)
    WASHINGTON - A school closes that once housed a polling place. For the next election, city officials send voters to a new site across the street. In Boston, no problem. In Atlanta, no problem provided the federal government grants permission. Such has been the law for 40 years under the Voting Rights Act, which sought to end racist poll taxes and literacy tests by putting Southern states - then the worst offenders, without question - on a shorter leash than most other places. Now President Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and congressional leaders from both political parties are pushing to...
  • Congress to Consider Voting Rights Act

    10/19/2005 10:57:53 PM PDT · by NapkinUser · 3 replies · 314+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/17/2005 | Jeffrey McMurray
    Supporters of the Voting Rights Act acknowledge they know no member of Congress who wants to scrap it. But with hearings beginning Tuesday, Congress is hardly their biggest concern. The House Judiciary Committee this week holds the first two of what could be more than a dozen congressional hearings into extending key provisions of the 1965 law for another 25 years. While congressional approval may seem inevitable, advocates insist exhaustive hearings are necessary to ensure the extension stands up in court.
  • White People Won't Vote for Blacks, Congressman Charges

    10/14/2005 11:25:25 AM PDT · by lpeterboyd · 173 replies · 3,418+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 10/14/05 | Nathan Burchfiel
    White People Won't Vote for Blacks, Congressman Charges By Nathan Burchfiel CNSNews.com Correspondent October 14, 2005 (1st Add: Includes details about Voting Rights Act)(CNSNews.com) - The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus on Friday urged his Capitol Hill colleagues to extend and strengthen the Voting Rights Act in order to "level the playing field" because, U.S. Rep. Melvin Watt said, "white people ... will not consider voting for an African American candidate." Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, made the remarks at a Washington hearing held by the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act. The commission, a project of...
  • Report Highlights Problems Asian Americans Face in Voting (whining alert!

    08/08/2005 10:53:38 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 17 replies · 442+ views
    INDOLINK ^ | 8/8/05 | Editorial
    Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2005 - A new report released today, the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, underscores the importance of providing access to the ballot for Asian Americans with limited English proficiency. The report, "Sound Barriers: Asian Americans and Language Access in Election 2004," details the barriers faced by Asian Americans who voted during last year's elections. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost three million Asian Americans turned out to vote on Nov. 2, 2004. The report, released by NAPALC and its affiliates, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles, the...
  • Atlantan marchers commemorate '65 Voting Rights Act

    08/08/2005 1:22:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies · 492+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 8, 2005 | LATEEF MUNGIN
    Harry Belafonte, Rev. Jesse Jackson and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi join arms during Saturday's march.Joey Ivansco/AJC John Terrell's left leg still ached from hip replacement surgery. He wobbled on his cane and lagged behind many of those walking in Saturday's "Keep the Vote Alive" march. Unlike many, the 53-year-old native Atlantan didn't carry a sign supporting reauthorization of the historic legislation that ensured the right to vote for many people, especially African Americans. Instead, Terrel had memories of his childhood, when it was dangerous for young black men to demonstrate for an end to segregation and to win a guarantee...
  • Opponents of voter IDs thrive on fear

    08/02/2005 1:58:26 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies · 704+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 2, 2005 | Jim Wooten
    As is routine in life, many of our most bitter arguments are about something other than what we're arguing about. So it is with voter ID. Black Democrats simply cannot be arguing on merit against a system that asks voters to positively establish their identity at the polling place. And they aren't. They're arguing for the right to be aggressors today — as they were in ruthlessly conspiring with white Democrats to rid the Legislature of Republicans — and victims tomorrow, entitled to safe seats under U.S. Justice Department protection. Retaining that power over Republicans and white Democrats requires extending...
  • Dean criticizes GOP courting of black voters

    06/12/2005 6:33:39 PM PDT · by Buck W. · 91 replies · 2,393+ views
    Macon Telegraph ^ | 6/12/05 | BRENDAN MCCARTHY AND JEFF ZELENY
    CHICAGO - (KRT) - Until President Bush and top Republicans reaffirm their support for the Voting Rights Act, they should stop courting black voters and showing up in black churches, Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean said Sunday. Dean, speaking in Chicago at a Rainbow PUSH Coalition conference, also labeled the Fox News Channel a propaganda machine and sharply criticized the Republican Party, which he said has yet to support re-authorizing certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act that expire in 2007. "I think it's hypocritical for the Republicans to pretend to reach out to the African-American community unless they...
  • The gig is up for Berry

    12/09/2004 10:36:11 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 10 replies · 932+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/10/04 | Linda Chavez
    The gig is up. After nearly a quarter century of mischief-making at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Chairman Mary Frances Berry is on her way out the door. Few government officials in the nation's history have managed to hold on to power for so long or wielded it as autocratically and in pursuit of such radical aims as has Dr. Berry. But this week, President George W. Bush finally did what he should have done three years ago: He replaced Berry as chairman of the 47-year-old civil rights watchdog group, naming Gerald Reynolds as the group's new head. My...
  • Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use New Districting Map

    01/16/2004 10:32:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 217+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | January 17, 2004 | NA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    AUSTIN, Tex., Jan. 16 — The United States Supreme Court refused on Friday to block Texas from using a Republican redistricting plan in its Congressional elections this year. Republicans pushed the new map through the Legislature last year after months of partisan fighting that included Democratic lawmakers twice leaving the state to prevent a quorum. The justices rejected an emergency appeal that sought to stop the state from using the new boundaries this year. Congressional Democrats say that the new map dilutes minority voting strength, but the court has yet to decide whether to hear that argument. "The elections will...
  • GOP Rules, Demos Flee in Political Year

    12/28/2003 8:06:34 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 3 replies · 226+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 12-28-03 | Shannon, Kelley, AP
    By KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writer AUSTIN Dominance was the magic word for Texas politics in 2003. Republicans dominated the political landscape as they made deep budget cuts, placed limits on civil lawsuits and pushed through a GOP congressional redistricting plan despite the protests and road trips of Democrats. ”Texas politics? Year of the elephant,” summed up Tony Proffitt, a veteran political consultant who was an aide to the late Democratic Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock. The GOP already held all the statewide offices and had the edge in the Texas Senate before the 2002 elections. With a sweeping victory, Republicans...
  • Attorney Asks Why Justice Departmemt Approved Texas Map

    12/21/2003 7:43:53 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 4 replies · 165+ views
    Attorney asks why Justice Department approved map associated press An attorney representing Texas congressional Democrats in a federal redistricting trial has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to explain how it arrived at its decision to uphold a Republican redistricting plan. Attorney Gerry Hebert sent a letter to the Justice Department on Saturday saying he has heard from people within the agency that Civil Rights Division lawyers investigating the Texas map had recommended it not be allowed. But he said political appointees at the department overruled them. A Justice Department spokes woman on Saturday declined to comment and could not...
  • Texas Denies Redistricting Map Drawn to Harm Minority Blocs

    12/19/2003 6:59:46 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 11 replies · 210+ views
    State denies redistricting map drawn to harm minority blocs AUSTIN (AP) — Attorneys for the state defended a congressional district map in a federal courtroom Thursday, attempting to disprove plaintiffs' arguments that the new lines were drawn with racially discriminatory intent, violating the Voting Rights Act. Attorney Andy Taylor questioned a map drawer about the intent with which each of the 32 districts was created by the Texas Legislature. "I'm not aware of splits made to break up minority blocks," said Bill Davis, a former Republican state legislator and lobbyist who testified as the state began its case in the...
  • Minority Activists Air Complaints About Proposed TX Redistricting

    12/18/2003 5:35:08 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 3 replies · 222+ views
    Minority activists air complaints about proposed redistricting AUSTIN (AP) — Minority activists and elected officials testified Wednesday that a Republican-drawn congressional redistricting map could hurt the political progress black and Hispanic Texans have made over many years. "I think it's probably going to set us back maybe 20, 25 years," said Deralyn Riles Davis, a black political activist from Tarrant County. "The people are going to be discouraged." Attorneys for the state say Republican legislative leaders were trying to craft a congressional map for partisan gain, and that race was not a predominant factor. They dispute claims by Democrats and...
  • Lulac Frowns at Texas Redistricting

    11/22/2003 8:11:01 AM PST · by wildbill · 18 replies · 160+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | November 22, 2003
    LULAC frowns at Texas remap By Gary Martin Express-News Washington Bureau Web Posted : 11/22/2003 12:00 AM WASHINGTON — A Hispanic civil rights group told the Justice Department on Friday that a newly adopted redistricting plan in Texas would dilute minority strength at the ballot box and violate the voting rights of Hispanics. The League of United Latin American Citizens said the plan decreases the number of minority-majority congressional districts from 12 to nine. LULAC said minorities have lost their majority status in three congressional districts — in Dallas, Austin and the San Antonio-based 23rd which sweeps from Laredo to...
  • TX Redistricting Petition: Democrats Press Ashcroft to Reject Plan

    10/19/2003 7:31:56 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 11 replies · 285+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 10-19-03 | Helm, Mark
    Redistricting petition Democrats press Ashcroft to reject plan BY MARK HELM Hearst Newspapers WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders on Thursday launched an online petition asking Attorney General John Ashcroft to reject the new Texas congressional redistricting map that could give Republicans up to seven additional House seats. "This plan clearly violates minority votes rights and any fair review would reject it quickly," said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "The review of this plan is a test of whether John Ashcroft can be trusted to enforce the law fairly." Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, signed legislation that...
  • Redistricting One Step Closer {to final passage}

    10/10/2003 6:16:08 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 280+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 10-10-03 | Castro, April, AP
    Redistricting one step closer BY APRIL CASTRO Associated Press Writer AUSTIN - The family feud appears over and Texas Republicans are a step closer to having a majority in the state's congressional delegation. "The majority of the voters in the state of Texas support President George W. Bush and his policies. The majority of our congressional delegation does not, and that's just not fair," Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Thursday as Republican leaders unveiled a redistricting map that would put more Republicans in the Texas congressional delegation. It likely would put more Republicans in the Texas congressional delegation, where Democrats...
  • CA October 7 - Civil rights groups ask appeals court to delay Oct. 7 election

    08/28/2003 11:48:14 AM PDT · by Alia · 36 replies · 305+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 08-28-03 | Claire Cooper
    <p>Civil rights groups on Wednesday appealed for a delay in California's recall election, warning of "a very real risk that the margin of victory will be less than the margin of error" of punch-card voting machines in six heavily minority counties.</p>
  • Vanity, but not - MALDEF Lawsuit to Halt October 7th Vote in CA

    08/28/2003 10:43:18 AM PDT · by Alia · 12 replies · 302+ views
    The Internet, google ^ | 08-05-03 | Maldef
    Please see the pdf at maldef -- it concerns the October 7th recall which Maldef is attempting to "delay" under a "voting rights act". I believe this hearing will be heard (again) this Friday. Nonetheless, the prime plaintiff is Aurelio Salazar (et al. v. Monterey County et al.)I'm posting all this in light of Busta's past in re Mecha/Aztlan. Perhaps one might see this as "coincidence"? Mr. Salazar is a self-identified "Chicano". http://www.angelfire.com/home/aureliosalazarjr/biography.html. Aurelio Salazar, Jr. is originally from Ontario, Oregon and is the youngest of three children. MEChA Central de San Diego ... This website was created by and...
  • GOP wants quick ruling on legality of Senate rules (fighting Voting Rights Act abuse)

    08/19/2003 11:05:43 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 13 replies · 274+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8/20/03 | R.G. RATCLIFFE and RACHEL GRAVES
    AUSTIN -- Republican state officials are asking federal authorities for an expedited ruling that the Voting Rights Act does not apply to the Senate rules that prompted 11 Democratic senators to flee to New Mexico. "Our goal is to get this resolved as quickly as possible," said Texas Solicitor General R. Ted Cruz. Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, Senate Democratic Caucus chair, said Lt. Gov. DavidDewhurst's change in Senate procedure "discriminates against voters protected under the Voting Rights Act." She said the state's lawyers are "belatedly and secretly" seeking U.S. Justice Department approval. In a related matter...
  • Majorities and minorities

    07/08/2003 10:27:06 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 5 replies · 163+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 8, 2003 | Alan Fein
    Obscured by the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action and sodomy laws was a decision that might have even greater practical effect on the distribution of political power in America: Georgia v. Ashcroft, an opinion on redistricting under the Voting Rights Act. That opinion shed light on what may be the most important political phenomenon in a generation: the creation of overly packed black legislative districts. The result -- unintended by some -- has been to quickly put the U.S. House of Representatives and dozens of state legislatures firmly in Republican control.
  • NAACP Lawsuit Against Clinton

    12/21/2002 10:50:51 AM PST · by jla · 37 replies · 259+ views
    I'd appreciate any links to documents or articles relating to Bill Clinton being sued by the NAACP over his violating the Voters Rights Act while Governor of Arkansas.
  • CNN Breaking-GOP Not Waiting for SCONJ Decision..will file in Federal Court over Military Ballots!

    10/02/2002 2:58:38 PM PDT · by tip of the sword · 180 replies · 334+ views
    October 2, 2002 | Judy Woodruff
    CNN just broke in and said that the GOP will not wait to find out the SCONJ decision.They will bring a petition to Federal Court (eventual destination SCOTUS) on the Voting Rights Act with regard to the 1,800 already mailed absentee ballots in NJ.
  • Bilingual Chaos

    07/22/2002 1:06:58 PM PDT · by Sabertooth · 24 replies · 474+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 19th, 2000 | Jim Boulet Jr.
        BACK TO NRO   12/19/00 11:15 a.m. Bilingual Chaos Another election scandal. By Jim Boulet Jr., executive director, English First   fanatic has been defined as "one who confronted with failure redoubles his efforts." Lani Guiner, once nominated to be assistant attorney general for civil rights under Bill Clinton, once again demonstrates herself to be a fanatic. Guiner urges, among other things, "meaningful assistance to semi-literate or non-English-speaking voters" in a column for the New York Times ("A New Voting Rights Movement," December 18, 2000). New York County has attempted to provide bilingual ballots in Chinese since...
  • Courts find drawing black districts harder

    04/02/2002 8:06:51 AM PST · by aomagrat · 5 replies · 266+ views
    COLUMBIA SC - Blacks and whites in South Carolina increasingly are living in the same neighborhoods, making it more difficult to carve out black-majority districts to comply with the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to the three judges who redrew legislative district lines based on the 2000 Census. Despite the growing racial diversity, the judges said, they must enforce the federal law enacted by Congress to give black voters more political clout by concentrating them into black-majority legislative districts. "The residential integration of blacks and whites revealed by the 2000 census results is an encouraging sign in South...