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Court: Tribal Immunity Extends Off Reservation in Mich.WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Michigan can’t block the opening of an off-reservation American Indian casino because the state’s legal challenge is barred by tribal sovereign immunity.  In a 5-4 decision, the high court said the state could not shutter the Bay Mills Indian Community’s casino about 90 miles south [...]
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Ark. Supreme Court: Judge Can’t Strike Down Voter ID LawLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court tossed out a judge’s ruling striking down the state’s voter ID law on Wednesday, but stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the measure. In a 5-2 ruling, justices vacated a Pulaski County judge’s decision that the law violates Arkansas’ constitution. Pulaski County Circuit Judge [...]
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Atlanta Forum Gives Voters Chance to Quiz Candidates  About 200 people gathered in Atlanta for a candidate forum on Friday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ building. But, as organizers said, this forum for the May 20 primary elections in Georgia was anything but average.  Instead of candidates for state and local offices only unveiling their platforms and telling voters what [...]
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Retired Justice: Campaign Donations are not Free SpeechWASHINGTON (AP) — Campaign donations pay for more than political ads and should not be protected as free speech, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens told a Senate panel Wednesday in urging them to rein in the billions of dollars shaping elections. The retired justice reminded lawmakers that political donations funded the burglary at [...]
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Judge: Wisconsin Voter ID Law Violates U.S. ConstitutionMILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s voter identification law Tuesday, declaring that a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters.  U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with opponents of the law, who argued that low-income and minority voters aren’t [...]
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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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