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Bill to Restart Affirmative Action in Calif. Ignites DebateSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding [...]
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ACLU on Ark. Voter ID Ruling: ‘Voters Will be Able to Vote’LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge struck down the state’s new voter ID law on Thursday, saying it violates the state constitution by adding a requirement that voters must meet before casting a ballot.  Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox voided the measure in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled [...]
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In Arkansas, an Air Force Veteran Stands Up for VotingFrom Barry Haas’ perspective, the Arkansas state law requiring voters to show approved forms of photo identification before casting a ballot accomplished something he never thought would occur on U.S. soil. For the first time in about 50 years, his vote – as a U.S. citizen and resident in Arkansas – was rejected by election [...]
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Supreme Court: State’s Voters Can Ban Race in AdmissionsWASHINGTON (AP) — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. The 6-2 decision upheld [...]
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ACLU Challenges Arkansas Law Requiring Photo ID to VoteLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time statewide in the primary election next month. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed the suit in Pulaski County [...]
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Elections 2014: Obama, GOP Vie for Support From WomenWASHINGTON (AP) — After months on the defensive over his health care law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women.  No single group will be more important to Democrats’ fortunes, White House advisers say, than unmarried women, who [...]
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Native Americans Ask Group to Settle N.Y. Land Dispute  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim. The Onondaga Indian Nation planned on filing a petition at the Organization of American States on Tuesday, seeking human rights violations against the U.S. [...]
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Obama: ID Requirements Put Voting Rights in JeopardyNEW YORK (AP) — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of Black Americans and other minorities. “The stark, simple truth is this: The right to [...]
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Obama on Civil Rights Act: Progress but Still Same DebateAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had “lived out the promise” envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which Johnson signed into law, Obama [...]
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Florida Lawmakers Push for Voting Rights  Four Florida legislators urged their colleagues to protect voting rights that have been under threat in the state by passing legislation that is currently stalled.  Joined by activists from Florida New Majority at a press conference in the Capitol Building on Tuesday, two state senators and two representatives asked their fellow legislators to pass [...]
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