Right To Vote

Wanted: Redrawn political districts that encourage the competition of ideas rather than gerrymandering

Texas may finally get some clarity on the legality of its congressional and statehouse districts, as the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a …

Judiciary

Long-winding Texas voting rights litigation spotlights Gov. Greg Abbott’s role

Days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the scene that played out among the Greater Arlington Missionary Baptist Church’s wooden pews was, in some …

Government

Trump Administration Uses Anniversary of Congresswoman's Death to Push Anti-Immigration Agenda

Even by the most cynical standards we apply to politicians, this new one from the Trump administration is a doozy.<p>On Wednesday morning, the White …

Democratic Party

2018; Voting Like Proud Americans.

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) On Jan. 15 we celebrated Dr. King’s Day as a national day of service. This was as it should be. Our love, dedication and service to …

African-American News

Lawmaker, Advocates Launch Voter Registration Drive For Ex-Offenders

<b>CHICAGO (WBBM Newsradio) —</b> A state lawmaker on Thursday helped launch an effort to register as many ex-offenders as possible to vote, noting many …

Barbershops

Judge Upholds Alabama Voter ID Law in Win for Common Sense

A federal judge in Alabama has thrown out a lawsuit against the state’s voter ID law, finding that the law doesn’t prevent anyone from voting because …

Rights & Freedoms

Lawmakers Shouldn't Praise Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While Restricting Voting Rights

Those actively perpetuating disenfranchisement have memorialized the civil rights leader.<p><i>In this op-ed, writer Lauren Lluveras, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, explains how voting rights are still under restriction today,</i> …

Rights & Freedoms

Supreme Court rejects Texas Democrats in redistricting case

Four days after giving Texas Democrats something to cheer about over the long and complex redistricting battle, the U.S. Supreme Court went the other …

Judiciary

Five Decades of White Backlash

President Trump is the embodiment of over 50 years of resistance to the policies Martin Luther King Jr. fought to enact.<p>On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. In response, a week later President Lyndon B. Johnson scrambled to sign into law the Fair Housing Act, a final major …

Politics

Florida strips felons of their right to vote at a higher rate than any other state

NAPLES, Fla. — Florida strips felons of their right to vote at a higher rate than any other state, barring more than 10% of its overall adult population — including 21.5% of African-Americans — from the polls, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Sentencing Project.<p>According to numerous …

Rights & Freedoms

The Census Should Ask About Citizenship

The Justice Department has asked the Census Bureau to include a question about citizenship status in the 2020 decennial census—a question absent from the complete census since 1950. The request ignited a firestorm of protest from Democratic lawmakers, liberal activists and left-leaning journalists. …

Opinion

Martin Luther King’s Call to ‘Give Us the Ballot’ Is as Relevant Today as It Was in 1957

Martin Luther King Jr’s first speech at the Lincoln Memorial was not his celebrated 1963 address at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Six …

Liberal View

Eric Paulk: American healthcare system is a dream deferred

The American healthcare system as we know it today — private, decentralized, job-based — is a vestige of the Jim Crow era, which has created in it …

LGBTQ

Texas Redistricting Case Heads to Supreme Court

Lower court ruling found vote dilution and racial gerrymandering<p>The Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether Texas must redraw its congressional …

Judiciary

The Battle Over Racial Gerrymandering Is Once Again Headed to the Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two racial gerrymandering cases out of Texas after a federal district court found the state’s political …

Judiciary

No, Republicans haven’t ‘always’ supported voting rights until now. This is the real story.

On Friday evening, Jan. 3, 2018, President Trump disbanded his controversial Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Trump launched the commission soon after he was inaugurated, alleging — without evidence — that widespread voter fraud cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election. Voting …

U.S. Politics

Supreme Court takes up fight over Texas electoral districts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a bid by Texas to revive Republican-drawn electoral districts for state legislative and U.S. congressional seats that were thrown out by a lower court for diminishing black and Hispanic voters’ clout.<p>The high court in September …

Judiciary

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Texas' Appeal Of Racial Gerrymandering Challenges

The redistricting cases over Texas' congressional and statehouse maps are now added to a term in which the justices already are considering multiple partisan gerrymandering challenges — setting up the court for a potentially key term on voting rights before the next nationwide round of …

Judiciary

Don't Forget That Martin Luther King Jr. Was Once Denounced as an Extremist

As Monday’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington is sure to be celebrated …

Black History

Supreme Court takes up Texas redistricting case

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Supreme Court announced Friday that it plans to hear a significant voting rights case, agreeing to review a lower court opinion that invalidated congressional and statehouse maps in Texas.<p>The order adds another case touching on voting disputes to the court's docket at a time when the …

Judiciary

Supreme Court adds Texas election districts challenge to others from Wisconsin, Maryland

WASHINGTON -- The way state legislatures draw election districts for political gain is coming to dominate the Supreme Court's docket.<p>The justices agreed Friday to hear two cases challenging congressional and state legislative districts in Texas, adding them to ones already pending from Wisconsin …

Judiciary

It’s Probably Not Possible To End Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering was once only the concern of map drawers and politics nerds. Most people didn’t know who their congressional representatives are, let …

U.S. Politics

Groups record voting rights abuses against Native Americans

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don't speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites.<p>Native Americans say they have encountered a wide range of obstacles to voting. Advocates have been spending the last few months gathering stories from …

Politics

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign Born Again

Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 89 years old this Jan. 15. Assassinated at the age of 39 on April 4, 1968, his much-too-short life forever …

Liberal View

The right to vote — or not vote — divides Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court was deeply divided Wednesday over Ohio's method of purging voters who fail to vote or return warning notices, but it appeared the court's conservative majority may uphold the controversial practice.<p>The decision, to be rendered by June, will hinge on which action is …

Judiciary

Adding Citizenship Question Risks 'Bad Count' For 2020 Census, Experts Warn

Every decade, the U.S. Census Bureau asks some personal questions for the national headcount required by the constitution. But since 1960, one topic that hasn't come up for all U.S. residents is citizenship.<p>The Trump administration is trying to change that with a Department of Justice request for a …

Government

Seattle Clinic Defense to Hold a Rally Outside Planned Parenthood on Saturday; PP Asks Them Not to

by Katie Herzog In February 2017, Seattle Clinic Defense organized a counter-protest to an anti-choice rally in Kent. Seattle Clinic DefenseOne …

Rights & Freedoms

The Republican Party Emerges From Decades of Court Supervision

After being bound by a consent decree for 35 years, the Republican National Committee is now free to continue its “ballot security” campaign.<p>Thirty-five years after it was first imposed, a judge has lifted a consent decree barring the Republican National Committee from pursuing “ballot security” …

Politics

Republicans are trying to kill a key voting rights law

Student Anne Harris register to vote Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at Lake Michigan College, in Benton Harbor, Mich. Herald-Palladium via AP<p>Looking for …

Race & Ethnicity

GRTV Petition close to achieving goal

Petition closes Friday PM on 1/12/18<p>Regarding the latest totals on the GRTV petition to have the Town Charter modifications on the November 2018 …

Hartford