Voting Rights Act http://tpr.org en Democrat Testifies That GOP Did Not Discriminate When Drawing State House Maps http://tpr.org/post/democrat-testifies-gop-did-not-discriminate-when-drawing-state-house-maps <p></p><p>The federal trial over whether the state’s Republican leadership intentionally discriminated against minorities when drawing new voting district maps continued today in San Antonio.</p><p>One Democrat who testified Wednesday doesn't believe that's what happened.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:37:06 +0000 Ryan Loyd 35183 at http://tpr.org Democrat Testifies That GOP Did Not Discriminate When Drawing State House Maps The Source: Texas Redistricting Back In San Antonio Federal Court http://tpr.org/post/source-texas-redistricting-back-san-antonio-federal-court <p>The future of Texas' election maps is murky. Heck, after the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court in<em> Shelby v Holder,<a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/2013/08/texas-fights-new-voting-supervision/" target="_blank"> </a></em><a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/2013/08/texas-fights-new-voting-supervision/" target="_blank">the future of the future</a> of Texas' election maps is murky, with federal preclearance&nbsp;of voting law changes in states with a history of racial discrimination.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:12:57 +0000 Paul Flahive 35028 at http://tpr.org The Source: Texas Redistricting Back In San Antonio Federal Court Lawmakers Roll Out Voting Rights Act Fix http://tpr.org/post/lawmakers-roll-out-voting-rights-act-fix A bipartisan group of lawmakers took the first step Thursday to patch a gaping hole in the 1965 Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court eviscerated a key part of the law that allowed for federal oversight of states with a history of ballot box discrimination.<p>The bill, known as the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, has been sponsored in the House by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., and in the Senate by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Chris Coons, D-Del. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:57:43 +0000 Carrie Johnson 25205 at http://tpr.org Lawmakers Roll Out Voting Rights Act Fix Justice Files Voter Discrimination Suit Against Texas http://tpr.org/post/justice-files-voter-discrimination-suit-against-texas The Justice Department has <a href="http://www.kxan.com/news/texas-lege/federal-government-to-sue-texas-over-voter-id-law">filed suit against Texas under the Voting Rights Act</a>, claiming that the state requirement for voter identification discriminates against minorities.<p>The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleges that the state's 2011 voter ID law was intended to be discriminatory. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 17162 at http://tpr.org Justice Files Voter Discrimination Suit Against Texas White House Strategizes With Rep. Martinez Fischer Over Voting Rights Act http://tpr.org/post/white-house-strategizes-rep-martinez-fischer-over-voting-rights-act <p></p><p>President Obama convened voting rights advocates to the White House Monday, where he doubled down on his commitment to salvaging the Voting Rights Act.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas state representative Trey Martinez Fischer, a San Antonio Democrat, was the only Texan invited, and he said Texas was frequently discussed in the meeting with Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.</span></p><p>“Just as the President is talking about discrimination at the polls, here we are in Texas arguing this case in front of federal judges," Martinez Fischer said.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:31:05 +0000 David Martin Davies 15723 at http://tpr.org White House Strategizes With Rep. Martinez Fischer Over Voting Rights Act Why The Justice Department's Eyes Are Upon Texas http://tpr.org/post/why-justice-departments-eyes-are-upon-texas In the war over the right to vote in the U.S., the Justice Department's choice of Texas as the battleground for its <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/156015977/Justice-Department-VRA-Sec-3-lawsuit-against-Texas" target="_blank">first legal action</a> following the Supreme Court's weakening of the Voting Rights Act has a feeling of inevitability.<p>Texas, as its natives are always boasting, is exceptional. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:33:22 +0000 Frank James 15550 at http://tpr.org Why The Justice Department's Eyes Are Upon Texas Holder Seeks Continued Oversight Of Texas Election Laws http://tpr.org/post/holder-seeks-continued-oversight-texas-election-laws Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will ask a federal court to subject Texas to the same kind of scrutiny that was required of it by a section of the Voting Rights Act struck down last month by the Supreme Court.<p>In <em>Shelby County v. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:49:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 15519 at http://tpr.org Holder Seeks Continued Oversight Of Texas Election Laws MALDEF: End Of Voting Rights Act Leaves Minorities Exposed http://tpr.org/post/maldef-end-voting-rights-act-leaves-minorities-exposed <p>The chief legal counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is applauding Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law the interim voting maps, but said not having a Voting Rights Act leaves minority communities vulnerable.</p><p>This week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.</p><p>Nina Perales is the chief legal counsel for the MALDEF and said the supreme court has taken away a tool for fair and equitable state voting maps.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:03:08 +0000 Ryan Poppe 13958 at http://tpr.org MALDEF: End Of Voting Rights Act Leaves Minorities Exposed SCOTUS Ruling Brings Relief To Bi-National Gay Couples http://tpr.org/post/scotus-ruling-brings-relief-bi-national-gay-couples <p>People across the political spectrum are&nbsp;critical of&nbsp;the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate this week. We examine how the Supreme Court’s ruling on&nbsp;the Defense of Marriage Act&nbsp;will impact immigration rights. Voting rights advocates are worried about the effects&nbsp;the high court's&nbsp;decision&nbsp;on part of the Voting Rights Act&nbsp;will have on minority voters. Finally, Native American veterans have had an especially difficult time navigating the federal claim system. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:02:48 +0000 Crystal Chavez 13928 at http://tpr.org SCOTUS Ruling Brings Relief To Bi-National Gay Couples Texas Takes Notice As Supreme Court Closes Out Session http://tpr.org/post/texas-takes-notice-supreme-court-closes-out-session <p></p><p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> The United States Supreme Court is wrapping up its session and decisions continue to come down. A ruling has been made in a Texas-Oklahoma water dispute, and a decision is expended soon on a case involving the Voting Rights Act, which could have major implications in Texas. Also on this show: An inside look at Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators 2013 list, and a look at how Mexico's drug war killings are effecting both sides of the border.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:39:03 +0000 David Martin Davies 13172 at http://tpr.org Texas Takes Notice As Supreme Court Closes Out Session