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The States Are Now the Best Route to Gerrymandering Reform 16.7.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Sara Fitzgerald, left, and Michael Martin, both with the group One Virginia, protest gerrymandering in front of the Supreme Court while the justices hear arguments on a gerrymandering case It's been a tough few weeks for gerrymandering reform. Two decisions in the closing days of the Supreme Court’s term, Gill v. Whitford and Abbott v. Perez, have raised barriers to proving claims of gerrymandering. With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, those barriers will only worsen. The writing is on the wall: It's time for trench warfare.  In Gill, a case concerning partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, the Court refused to address the legal theory that voters with a shared political affiliation can be harmed by a statewide pattern of baroque districting. Despite being presented with easy and clear mathematical tests to calculate the statewide impact of partisan gerrymandering, the Court insisted on a district-by-district analysis. Unfortunately, this piecemeal approach opens the ...
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Kavanaugh’s Record Doesn’t Bode Well for Voting Rights 10.7.2018 Mother Jones
Donald Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could determine how the court rules on cases that shape the future of voting rights in the United States. And if his track record is any indication, many Americans could be disenfranchised as a result. As a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh voted […]
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Federalist Adviser For Trump SCOTUS Pick: Warning About Overturning Roe Is 'Scare Tactics And Rank Speculation' 9.7.2018 Crooks Liars
Leonard Leo has been on the forefront of the Federalist Society's decades-long goal to take away bodily autonomy from women since the days of George W. Bush. The Federalist Society claims credit for both Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts on the highest court of the land. “No one has been more dedicated to the enterprise of building a supreme court that will overturn Roe v Wade than the Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo,” Ed Whelan, a conservative legal activist and commentator, said in 2016 . And so, when Donald Trump decided to farm out the hard work of vetting possible SCOTUS nominees, Leo was only too happy to volunteer for the effort, to guarantee that whomever gets the final nod will be acceptable to his uber-conservative, Opus Dei cohorts. Funnily enough, whatever dogma that causes them to believe that they must control women's reproductive lies does not also apply to being honest because Leo flat out lies to This Week host George Stephanopoulos and denies that any speculation that Roe ...
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Federal Judge Rips Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question 3.7.2018 Mother Jones
A federal judge said Tuesday that there was a “strong showing of bath faith” by the Trump administration in adding a controversial question about US citizenship to the 2020 census. The judge hinted that he would allow the case to move forward over objections from the administration, and senior administration officials will be subjected to questioning under […]
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John Lewis: 'It's Not Fair And History Will Not Be Kind To Us' 30.6.2018 Crooks Liars
AM Joy devoted her entire show to the #FamiliesBelongTogether protests across the country today and featured this speech at the Atlanta rally by civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis: LEWIS: You are sending a message. We are sick and tired of seeing little children, seeing little babies taken from their mothers. it's not right. it's not fair. and history will not be kind to us. As a nation and as a people we can do better. Much better. When I listened to those tapes and I heard little children crying, it made me cry. So I marched in Washington with members of Congress down to the White House. Don't give up. Don't give in. Keep marching. Some of you know when I was very young, had all of my hair and a few pounds lighter, there were people that said we would never get a civil rights act or a voting rights act, but we marched. We were arrested, we were jailed, we were beaten, but we didn't give up. We must not give up. I will tell you one thing that we all can do, we all can do is continue to appear in our ...
We’ve Found $16.1 Million in Political and Taxpayer Spending at Trump Properties 28.6.2018
Government agencies have chipped in as well.

The post We’ve Found $16.1 Million in Political and Taxpayer Spending at Trump Properties appeared first on Truthout.

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A brief history of Anthony Kennedy's swing vote -- and the landmark cases it swayed 28.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
For 30 years the justice has been known for breaking ties between the Supreme Court's liberal and conservative blocs -- which means Kennedy has played a key role in many major cases. Here's a look.
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OH NO: Justice Kennedy To Retire 27.6.2018 Crooks Liars
With the next Trump appointment, the court is now likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, allow states to ban abortions, reverse some gay rights, and bar race-based affirmative action. Via Vox: Anthony Kennedy, the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court, is ...
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With the Supreme Court’s Capitulation to Hate, Trump’s Government Stranglehold Tightens 27.6.2018
The court’s decision on Trump’s “travel ban” was not alone in its shame this week.

The post With the Supreme Court’s Capitulation to Hate, Trump’s Government Stranglehold Tightens appeared first on Truthout.

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Supreme Court Largely Rejects Racial Gerrymandering Challenge Against Texas 26.6.2018 Outside the Beltway
The Supreme Court has largely rejected a challenge to state and Federal redistricting maps in the State of Texas.
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Supreme Court Upholds Gerrymandered Texas Maps, Dealing a Blow to Voting Rights 25.6.2018 Mother Jones
The Supreme Court dealt a big blow on Monday to efforts to combat racial gerrymandering, approving Texas’ GOP-drawn political maps that had previously been found to discriminate intentionally against minority voters.  In a 5-4 ruling, the court upheld the state’s congressional and state legislative maps, with the exception of one state legislative district, which the court […]
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Supreme Court says Texas political map is largely not a racial gerrymander 25.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The court said just one district is unconstitutional -- House District 90. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a scathing dissent that was five pages longer than the majority opinion.
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Scott Pruitt Is An Ethics Nightmare, But So Is Ryan Zinke 23.6.2018
Trump's Secretary of the Interior is no stranger to corruption and sleaze.

The post Scott Pruitt Is An Ethics Nightmare, But So Is Ryan Zinke appeared first on Truthout.

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Bureaucracy and politics slow election security funding to states 18.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Congress is giving states $380 million to bolster the security of the 2018 elections. But getting that money out to local election officials has been a slow and laborious process.
The Trump Foundation Lawsuit (And Criminal Referral) In 60 Seconds 15.6.2018 Crooks Liars
I'll tell you how it looks and it looks bad. Attorney Rikki Klieman told the panel at CBS This Morning: RIKKI KLIEMAN: This is a serious lawsuit and this lawsuit has merit on a number of levels, including referrals to the IRS and the Federal Election Commission. What happened is they're saying that before the Trump administration when Donald Trump had this charity, so you have to look back not when he's president but back when he's in the campaign, when he had this charity since 1987 that it followed no law. That there are laws written that say how a charity must be run. There was no oversight. OFF CAMERA QUESTION: Was it used for personal benefit? KLIEMAN: Personal benefit. Paying off legal obligations, which you cannot do, and ultimately also used for the campaign in Iowa to have payouts about the veterans organizations just before the Iowa caucus. This is interesting in so many regards, but especially that the NY AG has sent a referral for a criminal case to the IRS. I guess someone has tax ...
Ohio’s Junk Mail Trick Led The Supreme Court To Approve Jim Crow Vote Purge 15.6.2018

By Greg Palast for Truthout Monday’s Supreme Court decision blessing Ohio’s removal of half a million voters was ultimately decided on the issue of a postcard. Now that little postcard threatens the voting rights of millions — but it can be reversed. The instant-news media, working from press releases, not the Supreme Court’s decision itself, […]

The post Ohio’s Junk Mail Trick Led The Supreme Court To Approve Jim Crow Vote Purge appeared first on Greg Palast.

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New York Attorney General Sues Trump And His Family, Alleging Charity Fraud 15.6.2018 Outside the Beltway
The Attorney General of New York has filed a Complaint against President Trump and several members of his family alleging widespread fraud in the operation of Trump's charitable Foundation.
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Ohio’s Junk Mail Trick Led the Supreme Court to Approve Jim Crow Vote Purge 14.6.2018
A team of attorneys has found a way to fight back against the racially biased practice.

The post Ohio’s Junk Mail Trick Led the Supreme Court to Approve Jim Crow Vote Purge appeared first on Truthout.

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Victory for Election Integrity or Blow to Democracy? 12.6.2018 The Moderate Voice

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Ohio’s voter-purge system, which some say means voters need to be especially vigilant about their registration status. In a 5-4 decision, justices said Ohio’s method of using “failure to vote” as a basis for the removal process does not violate the Federal Voting Rights Act. […]

The post Victory for Election Integrity or Blow to Democracy? appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

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We Now Know Why Steve Bannon and Kris Kobach Lobbied for a Citizenship Question on the Census 12.6.2018 Mother Jones
In December 2017, the Justice Department asked the Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau, to add a controversial question about US citizenship to the 2020 census for the first time since 1950. Civil rights groups charged that the question would depress the response rate from immigrants and threaten the accuracy and fairness of the census. The […]
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