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    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 ^ | 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 ^ | February 6, 2006 | Nathan Burchfiel
    ( - 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.