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Texas Voter ID Law to be Allowed in November ElectionAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily reinstated Texas’ tough voter ID law, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state’s latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout.  The ruling by a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used [...]
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Voter ID Laws Knocked Down in Texas and WisconsinAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge likened Texas’ strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.  The twin rulings released Thursday [...]
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Tough Voter ID Laws Stifle Turnout of Blacks and YoungWASHINGTON (AP) — States that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not, with disproportionate falloffs among Black and younger voters, a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday concluded.  As of June, 33 states have enacted laws obligating voters to show a photo ID at the polls, the [...]
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Will People of Color be Denied Vote in NC After Ruling?RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Same-day registration won’t be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won’t be counted this fall after the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a ruling that had set aside parts of a 2013 election law.  A majority on the nation’s highest [...]
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It’s Election Time. More Politicians are Speaking Spanish.ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The moderator gave New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the nod to start her opening statement. She smiled, then looked at the camera. “Welcome. And thank you very much for the opportunity to talk to the Hispanic people of my community,” Martinez said in Spanish. It marked Martinez’s entry in an emerging [...]
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Job and Housing Bias Cases to be Reviewed by JusticesWASHINGTON (AP) — Did retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminate against a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf clashed with the company’s dress code?  That’s the question in one of the 11 cases the Supreme Court said Thursday it will take on in its new term. The justices took no action on [...]
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NC Voting Law Hurts People of Color, Federal Court RulesRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Parts of North Carolina’s new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, were set aside for next month’s elections because they were likely to disenfranchise Black voters, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday.  In a 2-1 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals suspended provisions of [...]
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Voting Protects Latinos and Everyone From Being PawnsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Frustration and anger can translate into inaction and paralysis, or they can fuel change. I prefer the second option because if participation of Hispanics in elections were equivalent to our population numbers, we’d be in a very different place, especially if we voted in larger numbers on every level, not just in [...]
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Eric Holder to Resign as U.S. Attorney GeneralWASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration’s legal fight against terrorism and pushed to make the criminal justice system more even-handed, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation’s first Black attorney general. The White House said that President Barack Obama planned to [...]
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Wisconsin to Enforce Voter ID Law in NovemberCHICAGO (AP) — In a stunningly fast decision, a federal appeals court in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law on Friday — just hours after three Republican-appointed judges heard arguments on reactivating the hotly debated law in time for the November election. In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court [...]
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