Latino vote

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A lawsuit filed by several civil rights groups this week could result in continued federal oversight of Texas voting laws despite a Supreme Court ruling that section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.

Section 4 mandated that some states, including Texas, must get pre-clearance for any voting changes made by the legislature.

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro
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A new poll says San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is in a favored position to run for vice president in 2016.

The poll by Latino Decisions, a group focused on Latino political opinion research, has started speculation that Castro could be viewed as a strong contender, should he be picked as a vice presidential candidate in three years.

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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.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

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.

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In the first segment:

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller joins us to talk about the Supreme Court ruling about the Defense of Marriage Act, challenges facing the Catholic church and the future of the church in San Antonio.  

In the second segment:

We take a look at the Supreme court ruling in Shelby v. Holder case and its ramifications in Texas. Congressman Joaquin Castro joined us as well as UTSA Professor of Political Science, Walt Wilson.

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Section four of the Voting Rights Act has been eliminated, and Texas can now legally enforce its voter I.D. law according to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Section four outlined which states would fall under the discretion of the Department of Justice what would require pre-clearance for implanting new voting laws under section five. Moments after the Supreme Court decision, Abbott issued a statement saying the Texas Voter I.D. law would take effect immediately.