“Meet the man who may end gerrymandering: A retired Wisconsin law professor’s Supreme Court case could save democracy”


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“Patton Oswalt: If you’re a Bernie supporter who’s vowed to never vote for Hillary, “you’re a f*cking child”


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Patton Oswalt performs at the 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert for injured service members and veterans on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Patton Oswalt performs at the 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert for injured service members and veterans on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

“Ferguson to hold first municipal elections since Michael Brown’s death”


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“Democrats launch new super PAC to combat GOP gerrymanders”


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“Voter tells POTUS not to touch his girlfriend”


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“Obama says Dems have ‘midterm’ voting disease”


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Challenge for April 7, 2014


 

ONE-PERSON, ONE-VOTE RULE

Definition

The rule that, under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, legislative voting districts must be the same in population size. The idea behind the rule is that one person’s voting power ought to be roughly equivalent to another person’s within the state. See Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533 (1964).

 

Readers, maybe you—or Chief Justice Roberts—would respond: How can “One-Person, One-Vote co-exist with the SCOTUS’ evolving rulings on money as speech? —GoodOleWoody

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U.S. SUPREME COURT


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A deeply divided Supreme Court has limited use of a key provision in the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, in effect invalidating a key enforcement provision that applies to all or parts of 15 states with past history of voter discrimination.

The case involved a section of the law giving federal authorities open-ended oversight of states and localities with a history of voter discrimination. Any changes in voting laws and procedures in the covered areas — which include all or parts of 15 states — had to be “pre-cleared” with Washington.

The court will not issue any other rulings today, but will issue rulings on Wednesday. Still pending are rulings on two key cases involving same-sex marriage.

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“Young voters call GOP ‘closed-minded,’ ‘racist,’ and ‘solely for the rich’


NBC NEWS

By Morgan Whitaker

“Solely for the rich.”

“Lacking in diversity.”

“Closed-minded.”

“Racist.”

Old-fashioned.”

This is how younger voters characterized the Republican party, according to a 95-page study released Monday by the College Republican National Committee. The report’s authors had an equally blunt assessment: “dismal present situation.”

Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

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Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

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“Obama’s options on voting rights and delays”


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By Jessica Yellin

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(CNN) – 102-year-old Desiline Victor is among first lady Michelle Obama‘s guests at the State of the Union Tuesday – and her example is meant to drive home President Barack Obama’s commitment to protecting voting rights made during his inaugural address. In that speech he said, “Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.”

Victor, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Haiti, waited in line for three hours to cast an early vote ballot in Florida. According to voting rights advocates who know Victor’s story, when she returned later in the day other people in line urged election officials to get her in to vote. It was her second time filling out a ballot since she became a citizen in 2005.

The president’s power to alter voting practices is limited. Only Congress has the power to create national standards. Voting rights advocates are calling for uniform rules around early voting, voter identification laws and means of registration but this cannot be done by executive action.

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