voting rights act

Last Week's Affirmative Action Setback Could Be a Boost to Voting Rights
April 29, 2014

In striking down Michigan's affirmative action plan, the Court laid the groundwork for upholding the remained of the Voting Rights Act.

Eric Holder's Suit Against Texas Gives the Supreme Court a Chance to Gut Even More of the Voting Rights Act
September 01, 2013

The Supreme Court has played whack-a-mole with the Voting Rights Act: Strike down one part of the law, encourage people to use another part of it, then strike that part down. The Texas lawsuit gives them another whack. 

Texas's Next Governor Can't Wait to Fight Eric Holder
July 26, 2013

When Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will try to restore the Justice Department’s authority to review voting laws in Texas, the move was cheered by Democrats—and especially minority voters—who feared disenfranchisement after t

What Paula Deen Could Teach John Roberts
One week, two visions of Southern progress
July 01, 2013

The Supreme Court says the South is different now. Paula Deen's meltdown tells a different story.

So the VRA Is Gutted. Here's How to Still Fight Voter Discrimination
June 28, 2013

Retirement with dignity was denied to core provisions of the Voting Rights Act. If ever a statute rose to iconic status, a super-statute amid a world of ordinary legislation, it was the Voting Rights Act.

Welcome to South Carolina, John Roberts
June 25, 2013

Two days before Christmas in 2011, Dr. Brenda Williams, who together with her husband runs a small family-physician practice in Sumter, S.C., was on the road with him and their daughter when they got word that the U.S.

Is Racism Worse in the South?
John Roberts's question frames the Voting Rights Act case. Too bad there's no answer.
March 05, 2013

At last week's Supreme Court argument over the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts asked whether the government thinks the South is more racist than the North. The question frames the debate. Too bad there's no answer.

"Until this generation of people dies out."
Think the Voting Rights Act is outdated? Come to South Carolina.
February 27, 2013

Think the Voting Rights Act is outdated? Come to South Carolina.