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Someone Used John Oliver's Supreme Court of Dogs to Reenact an Actual Case and It's Amazing 21.10.2014 Esquire
Someone Used John Oliver's Supreme Court of Dogs to Reenact an Actual Case and It's Amazing
READ IN: Two Weeks Out Edition 21.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics
Sign up for Read In and get all the political news you need, from the Beltway and beyond, delivered to your inbox every morning! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- Quote of the day: "These are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress," President Obama said Monday of Democratic candidates who don't want him campaigning with them. "These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. I tell them, I said, you do what you need to do to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn out." Obama made the comments on Al Sharpton's radio show. ( Washington Post ) We're sure Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu will be thrilled with those comments when Republican ads start running in the next 5 ...
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Texas Just Won the Right to Disenfranchise 600,000 People. It's Not the First Time. 21.10.2014 Mother Jones
On Saturday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas' harsh voter ID law could remain in effect for the upcoming midterm elections, potentially disenfranchising some 600,000 mostly black and Latino voters. In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the law may be "purposefully discriminatory" and warned that it "likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters." And Ginsburg noted that Texas' 2011 law falls in line with the state's long history of discriminatory voting laws. Here is a look at that history, based on expert testimony by Orville Vernon Burton , a professor of history at Clemson University, and Barry Burden , a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: 1865: Voter intimidation. Beginning with emancipation, African Americans in Texas were regularly denied the right to vote, through intimidation and violence, including lynching. 1895: The first all-white primaries begin. In ...
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Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide whether man accused of killing parents deserves new trial 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
We are reliving Jim Crow in America. Want proof? Look no further than Texas | Cindy Casares 21.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Conservatives and the US supreme court like to mess with minorities. But that doesnt mean we wont fight for our most basic right Never has it been more important to vote in Texas than in 2014. Every state office is up for grabs this Election Day, which means that voters have a chance to really change something after the Republican-controlled legislature spent the last session eviscerating womens reproductive rights closing at least 30 safe, legal abortion clinics , enacting a 24-hour waiting period and, until last week , leaving only seven clinics open across the state. For good measure, Texas politicians gutted public school funding by billions and carved up voting districts so ridiculous that one congressional district 35 is a long, nonsensical sliver that stretches from Austin to San Antonio, 70 miles away. The only problem is that nearly 700,000 of those voters who could change something ... might not be able to ...
The Right To Vote Just Lost A Battle In The Supreme Court, But The War Comes After The Election 21.10.2014 Think Progres

It is likely the Supreme Court will have much more to say about voting rights before the term ends in June.

The post The Right To Vote Just Lost A Battle In The Supreme Court, But The War Comes After The Election appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Congressional Candidate Calls Same-Sex Couples Gremlins, Destructive Creatures In Bizarre Video 21.10.2014 Think Progres

Someone missed the memo that marriage equality is inevitable in South Carolina.

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Abbreviated pundit roundup: How the GOP is winning the war on voting 21.10.2014 Daily Kos
We begin today's roundup with Ari Berman at The Nation, whose latest piece chronicles the distributing progress Republicans have made in curtailing the right to vote: Since the 2010 election, the Republican Party has waged a long and aggressive war on voting. In 2011 and 2012, at least 180 new voting restrictions were introduced in forty-one states, with twenty-seven election changes passing in nineteen states. [...] Voters in fifteen states will face new restrictions for the first time in a major election when they go to the polls in November, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Many are in states with highly contested Senate and gubernatorial races, like Kansas and Wisconsin. The biggest impact could be felt in North Carolina, where there’s a razor-thin Senate race between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and Republican speaker of the state house Thom Tillis, who spearheaded the new voting restrictions. Hundreds of voters, including an Afghan War vet, were disenfranchised in the primary after ...
The indigenous land rights ruling that could transform Canada 21.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Indigenous rights offer a path to a radically more just and sustainable country which is why the Canadian government is bent on eliminating them

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Sex trafficking victims sue website; say it helps promote exploitation of children 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
Washington Supreme Court to hear Backpage.com case 21.10.2014 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case filed by three sex trafficking victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children....
Navajo high court delays ruling in language case 21.10.2014 Durango Herald
TSE BONITO, N.M. – Some voters on the Navajo Nation are making their picks early for the next tribal president as a decision looms on whether one candidate criticized on his ability to speak Navajo fluently will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.The Navajo Nation Supreme Court said Monday that it will rule soon on a petition to keep Chris...
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For the record 21.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Dark money: An article on Oct. 19 in Section A on the rise of "dark money" campaign contributors said a 2010 Supreme Court decision cleared the way for a certain class of nonprofits, such as AARP and volunteer fire departments, to plunge into big-money politicking. The article should have...
Election Diary Rescue: Week 41 21.10.2014 Daily Kos
The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 105 diaries. (SD-Sen) A prairie populist: Climate Hawks Vote endorses Rick Weiland by RLMiller - In the increasingly interesting race for the Senate in South Dakota, Climate Hawks Vote gives a ringing endorsement to the Democratic candidate Rick Weiland, a strong opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline. His opponents are Incumbent Governor Mike Rounds (R) and former Republican and now Independent candidate Larry Pressler. (NC-06) The Devil made him do it: pastor Mark Walker (R; NC-06) forswears PAC money, taps 25 PACs for $100K by DocDawg - Diarist has info on North Carolina's US House district 06 with candidates Laura Fjeld (D) and Mark Walker (R). (FL-Gov) Crist had a fan at his feet and Rick Scott threw a temper tantrum by Vetwife - I have never heard so much BS wrapped in an opening statement since my son tried to explain to me that his homework was not due for 5 weeks in the 6th grade. They will ...
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On the Upside in Texas... 21.10.2014 BradBlog
...They can probably save money on signage by just changing the dates on some of the old signs... I had tweeted over the weekend... In TX, concealed weapon Photo ID okay to vote, student ID not. Active mililitary ID okay, U.S. Veterans ID not. http://t.co/xgDjX49Auh— Brad Friedman (@TheBradBlog) October 18, 2014 To which ...
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Editorial: Judicial elections are no place for money from interest groups 21.10.2014 Washington Post

AMERICA’S UNUSUAL practice of electing judges has long undermined the integrity of the justice system. But the problem is getting worse: In the Citizens United age, the courtroom is becoming the next frontier in rancorous political division.

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Pennsylvania state Supreme Court justice suspended over role in porn emails scandal 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel registries 21.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics
The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will consider whether police in Los Angeles and other localities may demand to see a hotel’s registry without obtaining a search warrant. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit last year struck down a city law giving police this power, saying it violated the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable ...
State calls for mental health insurance review 21.10.2014 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's insurance commissioner has ordered all companies selling health insurance in the state to review their mental health policies in the wake of a Washington Supreme Court decision earlier this month....
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Panama suspends Supreme Court justice close to Martinelli over corruption charges 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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