Category Archives: Supreme Court

Supreme Court Decision on Voting Rights Act a Blow to Civil Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5 to 4 Decision, split along party lines, undermined the heart of the Voting Rights Act which has helped protect voters from discrimination since its passage in 1965. The Roberts Court said that the … Continue reading

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Republicans Block the DISCLOSE Act that would create transparency in elections

Republicans yet again hold important legislation hostage by refusing to allow passage of The DISCLOSE Act which would require disclosure of sources of funding for political campaigns and campaign related ads. When asked why they refused to pass this sunlight bill, Republicans claim it would have created an advantage for Democrats? How is that? A majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle are less inclined to vote for a candidate when money for that candidate is screened from public view. Continue reading

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Do You Know What Is In Your Child’s History Textbook?

Texas Board of Education votes along partisan party lines 10 to 5 (Republicans v Democrats) to remove Thomas Jefferson from history books due to his stance on separation of church and state. Do you know what your child’s history textbooks are missing? Continue reading

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The Role of the Chief Justice and the Roberts Court

The Roberts Court is the most conservative court in decades. A recent NYT column by Adam Liptak claims Chief Justice Roberts Court is far to the right of even more conservative courts in U.S. history. In Senate confirmation hearings Roberts claimed a justice was just like an “umpire.” However, Roberts has been part of a court that recently overturned 103 years of settled law with the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) case. The Courts 5:4 decision that split across partisan lines could potentially affect the outcome of the November 2010 election by allowing corporations to pay for political ads up to the day of the election with unlimited funds. Even though unions also have the same ability to fund political ads, the key is, who has the deeper pockets? Corporations of course… Continue reading

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