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Alabama Challenges Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Supreme Court

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On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments from Shelby County, Ala., which will decide the fate of anti-discrimination protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Patrick Donovan (344)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 2:40 pm
Nothing a true Southerner to fly the Stars & Bars & try to undo desegregation to stay in power. They must believe that what worked once, will work again. They may just be correct.

Gene J (290)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 2:48 pm
I mentioned this on the story on the other half of this site. Shelby County is trying to undo what more than 40 years of desegregation legislation has accomplished. That they think the SCOTUS is so stupid as to not recognize racism no matter how it is cloaked, their pointy hatted little heads are in for a sound whacking. Not that will knock any sense into these bigots, but it will recognize again the importance of the struggle Dr. King gave his life for. They aren't fooling anyone, not even themselves in their black little hearts.

Iona Kentwell (129)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 5:02 pm
In Australia it is mandatory to vote. If you wish to not vote you still need to show up and register your attendance, what you write on the ballot is of course private. As such there are ample opportunities to vote ahead of time, for weeks in advance I think, and many strategies put in place to ensure every citizen of Australia over the age of 18 can vote no matter where on the planet they are. Every citizen has the right and responsibility to vote for our representatives. Anything less is not democracy.

pam w (139)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 7:29 pm
Gee....what DO you suppose are their motives?

I've often admired the Australian system....time for us to adopt it!

Winn A (179)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 7:59 pm
Is there know one sane in Shelby County? This is crazy.

Esther Z (94)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 8:57 pm
The hypocrisy of the Repugs is never ending! Would true "patriots" be part of suppressing the vote and be party to passing voting bills with thinly veiled racism? Patriots, my ***!

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 11:41 pm
"All signs point to democracy undoing itself through its judicial branch should the Supreme Court decide to weaken the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Without the unfettered right to vote, America has no democracy."

I have absolutely no confidence in SCOTUS to take the correct action, only the "right" action. Alabama might argue that times have changed since 1965. But I would say that times have changed but Alabama has NOT changed. Rick Scott in Florida demonstrated how things have not changed, and many other Republican/Teabagger states tried similar tactics.

SCOTUS needs to ensure that justice is done, and that means that Alabama, in this case, remains subject to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Jaime A (52)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 3:56 am

Ro H (0)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 5:56 am

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 6:23 am
The south has NOT changed - racism is alive and well and this whole scheme is disgusting. It's just yet another GOP plot to make certain they win upcoming elections because their money, schemes, lies weren't enough in this last election.

Many Feathers (139)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 6:36 am
ok thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 8:36 am
There should be some consistency on proving a negative or proving a positive, and I am not convinced that the purpose of gerrymandering is to disenfranchise people (otherwise both parties would be equally at fault).

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 5:53 pm
Firstly there was at the time of the Northern Aggression many Southerners who didn't agree with slavery or own slaves. Many fought for the right of their state to secede and not for slavery. The right of secession was a Constitutional right which Lincoln abrogated. The Civil War's outcome benefited only the industrialized North which btw didn't welcome the freed slaves with open arms into white society either.
Brian made a good point yesterday when he pointed out that it was the Republicans who passed the legislation guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote. LBJ's just society was never anything more than lip service and it was he who said that the coloreds would never be able to govern themselves; so encourage single parent families; welfare societies; inner city gangs, prostitution and drugs and the rest is history.
Unfortunately the GOP which once stood for small government and equal rights has returned to its Lincoln roots of Corporatist rights before human rights. If this is another way to regain power it is indeed a sad, sad commentary on a party that once stood for something other than Maximum Profit. Maybe it is time for a new quorum or elected council rather than a set party; a council of independents who don't have pointy heads or ghost sheet dreams of ultimate dominance and subjugation of the people to the point of indentured slavery.
What say you America?

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 7:01 pm
There is no way this is going to fly.
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