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Old Jun 25, 2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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The US Supreme Court has struck down a key part of a landmark civil rights-era electoral law designed to protect minority voters.

By a margin of 5-4, the justices quashed section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

They ruled that an updated formula was needed to decide which jurisdictions' election laws need monitoring.

The law requires all or parts of 15 US states, mostly in the South, to receive federal approval for election changes.


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Old Jun 25, 2013, 12:13 PM   #2
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Yeah, and an updated formula will pass the House.....never.
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 01:41 PM   #3
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Sad day for minority voters. What's next, reinstating segregation?
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 02:47 PM   #4
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Is anyone surprised at the radio silence from Republicans since the ruling was announced?
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 02:49 PM   #5
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Sad day for minority voters. What's next, reinstating segregation?
No, but literacy testing for voters would be a fantastic improvement.

Let the firestorm begin!
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 03:11 PM   #6
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No, but literacy testing for voters would be a fantastic improvement.

Let the firestorm begin!

Literacy tests, seriously?
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 03:12 PM   #7
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Is anyone surprised at the radio silence from Republicans since the ruling was announced?
No but some Dems are all bent out of shape on this voicing their opinion of the justices. Then again he will get a pass on these comments and you won't hear to much about it
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A Democratic lawmaker from Minnesota criticized Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act by calling Justice Clarence Thomas “Uncle Thomas,” then saying he didn’t know “Uncle Tom” was a racist epithet.
On his Twitter account Tuesday, state Rep. Ryan Winkler called the justices’ 5-4 ruling striking down a part of the law racist, and the work of “four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas.” Justice Thomas, who is black, was one of the five justices in the majority.


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Old Jun 25, 2013, 03:14 PM   #8
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Sad day for minority voters. What's next, reinstating segregation?
Vote for Paul Rand for President and it might be...
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 03:23 PM   #9
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Is anyone surprised at the radio silence from Republicans since the ruling was announced?
No. They started within hours of the ruling.

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Texas Advances Voter ID Law After Supreme Court Strikes Down Voting Rights Act

Shortly after the high court issued a sweeping 5-4 decision Tuesday striking down a centerpiece of the historic 1965 law, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott vowed to immediately implement a controversial voter ID law in the Lone Star State that was blocked last year by the now-gutted preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act.
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North Carolina Republican Says Voter ID Bill Will Now Move Ahead

A voter ID bill in North Carolina will move ahead in the wake of the Supreme Court decision striking down part of the Voting Rights Act, according to the Associated Press.


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No but some Dems are all bent out of shape on this voicing their opinion of the justices. Then again he will get a pass on these comments and you won't hear to much about it
He did not get a pass. He was called out for it, deleted the tweet and has apologized.
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 03:26 PM   #10
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Literacy tests, seriously?
The GOP wouldn't want that, they'd lose to many votes from the ' murica! guberment treads on me! " part of their base.
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A prerequisite to vote should be to know something about each candidate before voting blindly for them.
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 03:54 PM   #12
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A prerequisite to vote should be to know something about each candidate before voting blindly for them.
And how do you plan on enforcing that? Testing people at the polls?
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And how do you plan on enforcing that? Testing people at the polls?
We need something, the people we elect now suck.
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You may be on to something about testing people before elections. That would be a great idea and could weed out many of the idiots. I can't count the number of times I've heard people from both sides complain about how stupid they are. My only question is should we test candidates before the primary or only for the general election?
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You may be on to something about testing people before elections. That would be a great idea and could weed out many of the idiots. I can't count the number of times I've heard people from both sides complain about how stupid they are. My only question is should we test candidates before the primary or only for the general election?
That should be part of the primary system.
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That should be part of the primary system.
I would make it every election, local, state, national. And on referendums.
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Is anyone surprised at the radio silence from Republicans since the ruling was announced?
They're probably busy meeting in cloakrooms, drawing up new polling places for the poor and the minorities.

Voting places in white conservative districts will remain in neighborhood churches. Voting places for more liberal districts will be moved to the fifth floor of a high school with no elevators, with no announcement sent out.
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They're probably busy meeting in cloakrooms, drawing up new polling places for the poor and the minorities.

Voting places in white conservative districts will remain in neighborhood churches. Voting places for more liberal districts will be moved to the fifth floor of a high school with no elevators, with no announcement sent out.
Is there no way to protest such acts? Surely the ADA must provide some relief or does that apply only to private business?

This might win the Repubs a couple of battles, but I guarantee you that by denying people the right to vote this will lose them the war.
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You may be on to something about testing people before elections. That would be a great idea and could weed out many of the idiots. I can't count the number of times I've heard people from both sides complain about how stupid they are. My only question is should we test candidates before the primary or only for the general election?
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That should be part of the primary system.

MacNut didn't say test the candidates. He said test the people who are voting. We've been there before. It's called Jim Crow.
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No, but literacy testing for voters would be a fantastic improvement.

Let the firestorm begin!
Maybe just writing a sentence using "your"/"you're" and "there"/"their"/"they're" correctly would suffice. That should weed out about 80% of Americans.
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The GOP wouldn't want that, they'd lose to many votes from the ' murica! guberment treads on me! " part of their base.
Thats pretty much all my friends. They do things like cite Glen Beck as reliable a reliable news source.
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Thats pretty much all my friends. They do things like cite Glen Beck as reliable a reliable news source.
And in return, you probably cite abc, cbs, nbc, npr, pbs, huffpo, cnn and msnbc. Yeah, seems about right.
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And in return, you probably cite abc, cbs, nbc, npr, pbs, huffpo, cnn and msnbc. Yeah, seems about right.
Thats usually the bad argument offered by conservatives to justify their faith in Fox News and Glen Beck.

Here's the thing, other news sources you can fact check against each other AND research outside of news networks and come up with even more facts.

You can't do that on Fox because its flat out opinion based. MSNBC is too but at least they're up front about it as well as HuffPo who has "opinion" in its title.

Fox News's title: Fair and Balanced.
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Thats usually the bad argument offered by conservatives to justify their faith in Fox News and Glen Beck.

Here's the thing, other news sources you can fact check against each other AND research outside of news networks and come up with even more facts.

You can't do that on Fox because its flat out opinion based. MSNBC is too but at least they're up front about it as well as HuffPo who has "opinion" in its title.

Fox News's title: Fair and Balanced.
I don't watch Fox News and don't listen to Glen Beck. Fact is I listed numerous sources that are left-leaning that people quote all the time. That is all.
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I don't watch Fox News and don't listen to Glen Beck. Fact is I listed numerous sources that are left-leaning that people quote all the time. That is all.
Left-leaning? Since when did objectivity equal liberal bias?
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