Sunday September 8, 2013, 2:09 am
A lot of people are saying that, when the fascist five Injustices of SCROTUS (Republican judicial VD) gutted the Voting Rights Act, it is not a big deal, because both individuals and DOJ can sue under other sections of the act. In Texas, there is a lawsuit that the Texas redistricting plan is racist. All the population growth comes from the Latino community, but all the new House seats are comfortably Gerrymandered for white candidates. DOJ has also stated an intent to sue, but here is why that still isn’t good enough.
Sunday September 8, 2013, 5:59 am
It's clear from how slow things are going, the Voting Rights Act must be restored immediately and ALL changes to election law in all states should be reviewed by federal authorities by default and implemented after approval only. Changes already implemented should be put on hold until approval.
Chances of that happening? You fill it in.
Great cartoon it is unfortunate that can not see them as we did before once we click on the article.
Not all of Texas growth is Latin, and until the past few years, that would not have made a different here. That was then, this is now. Is the state of Texas racist? Only if you think a gelded long horn is also a steer. Though these efforts are not attempting to block just Latin people but blacks, and all minorities, women and the elderly, so think of these laws as just a convenient way to block Democrats. A wet dream for Republicans. Unfortunately, this will not be an easy suit to settle and probably will go on for year with each side fighting the results of the courts.
It's most difficult to UN-ring a bell and just having a new court attempt to erase the decision by SCOTUS. I have no doubt that was a part of the considerations by the justices in this effort. Shelby county Alabama, if in fact they had eradicated all forms of prejudice within their voting laws, had recourse beyond forcing this to the Supreme Court. I think this was long term effort to finally have Section 4 of VAR struck down.
In the mean time, expect more anger and frustration from Texas voters and so many other states that fear the voters that may not vote for the Republican of choice.
Sunday September 8, 2013, 12:18 pm
"The fundamental issue of the lawsuit, filed in 2011, is whether the Legislature illegally drew political maps that intentionally diminish the voting power of minorities in Texas."
Texas was the first place to come to mind when SCOTUS threw out the baby with the bathwater in gutting the Voting Rights Act. Arizona was second. But Texas didn't disappoint. The saving grace here is that the 2014 elections are far enough away for this to proceed through the courts because there is no element of fairness, nor even any charade trying to justify what they have done. Their intent, their words since, everything points to a deliberate attempt to reduce Hispanic votes to meaningless status. The good news is that Hispanics are growing so rapidly as a part of Texas that even this won't protect the republican party for long. And it won't help them in statewide elections either, where the real battle can be won by Democrats now. Gerrymandering has always been an immoral act, it is also now an act of desperation on the part of the 1% who know their lock on power is slipping and soon they will be, despite their wealth, no longer able to control the political apparatus of this country. Soon, a majority of Americans will be no longer Caucasians. They can fight, and they will, but they can only delay progress, not defeat it, not in the long run. And the people of American, all of us, of all hues and ancestry are in this fight for freedom and equality for all of us, for the long run. So, they can run, they can bob and weave, but they can't hide, not forever. Their day in the sun is coming to an end. Sooner than they think. America is changing, radically and for the better. We'll still be the land of the free and our melting pot of humanity will be what it has long been called, in truth as well as the fiction that it has been. I hope I live long enough to see it. That's my dream.
Sunday September 8, 2013, 12:33 pm
maybe you are right, voting rights we show no photo ID just think those republicans can vote over and over again without any ID and no one knowing. If this is what you wish go for it
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:22 pm
"The state will continue to respond in court to the unwarranted challenges to the new maps by the Obama administration and various plaintiff groups," she [Lauren Bean, spokeswoman for the Texas Attorney General's Office] said. "Texas has prevailed each time the redistricting litigation has reached the Supreme Court and remains confident that the Legislature's maps will be vindicated, either at the San Antonio federal district court or at the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary."
Well, we know that SCOTUS is a "bought and paid for" conservative bastion of the Republicanus/Teabaggers, well at least the 5 Injustices of SCROTUS are. As to federal district court in San Antonio, I don't know. But the Texas legislature, that seems to be the state bastion of ultra conservative pseudo Christian 'white bread' values, and the hell with anyone that does not agree with it.
IMO, Texas MUST be subject to pre-clearance in order to preserve the voting rights of all citizens. They have demonstrated that they continue to discriminate against minority voters with various laws and actions, not the least of which is the gerrymandering of voting districts.
Love the graphic choice. It says everything necessary in 32 words to describe Republicanus/Teabagger stategy! Divide and conquer.
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:24 pm
I've never shown a photo ID when I vote. But I have shown a registration card, that has my own number on it, that matches me up with who I am in the registration records. Love the cartoon ... sadly, it is too true.
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:56 pm
The republicans have gotten away with so many evil crimes against the people!!!!!!!!!!!!, every member of congress.house/senate,,,,,,,,etc,.,,,,,,that is republican.......should be facing at least some....jail....time!!!!!!!!. they are trying to take the rights of people away, how can anyone who has any common sense.....what so ever vote for these ...creeps??????????, we can no longer have fair ...elections....thanks to so called gop....Koch brothers....now people need to know not to believe any tv,,,,,etc,,,,, ads against a person running against a republican 9 times out of 10....it is based on lies paid for by Koch ....brothers.......just.......DO NOT VOTE REPUBLICAN.......NO MATTER...WHAT!!!!!!!!!. DIANA.
Sunday September 8, 2013, 4:48 pm
Having lived in Texas (and lived to escape from it), I can say that the Voting Rights Act *must* be restored--because the people of Texas, taken as a whole, won't do a thing to help minorities otherwise.
Not that there aren't good people in Texas. But the people in power, the people who can make decisions about other people's lives--they really don't care. And I'll say it if no one else will. And it has happened since Texas turned red politically.
Monday September 9, 2013, 2:55 am
Thanks everyone. This is going on wherever Republicans control the state house and both branches of the state legislature. ALL changes in all states should be preapproved.
Monday September 9, 2013, 5:53 am
So many politicians have forgotten that they are there to serve the people. All the people. The Voting Rights Act must be reinstated immediately. We needed it before and sadly, not everyone's inner compass answers to their better nature. The system is manipulated and corrupted much more easily without certain provisions in place.