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US Voting Rights Act Scuttled

By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled an entire section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) unconstitutional – a far-reaching decision which directly impacts South Carolina and eight other states. Specifically, the court tossed section four of the legislation – which deals with the formula for determining…

By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled an entire section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) unconstitutional – a far-reaching decision which directly impacts South Carolina and eight other states.

Specifically, the court tossed section four of the legislation – which deals with the formula for determining which states are required to “pre-clear” changes to their election law with the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ). The VRA was last authorized by the U.S. Congress in 2006, however the government is still using data from 1972 to determine which states are subject to this “pre-clearance” requirement.

A county government in Alabama argued this was unfair … and won.

Liberals were apoplectic, including U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia). The former civil rights leader bristled at the decision, accusing the court of putting “a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act.” At the heart of the left’s indignation is the potential for the dismantling of “majority-minority” districts – in which natural geographic borders are manipulated (a.k.a. “gerrymandered”) so as to guarantee that a majority of eligible voters are black.

Well, we’ve got two words for these liberals – “Tim Scott.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the name, he’s the black U.S. Senator who was elected to a lily white district in the S.C. House – and later the U.S. House of Representatives. He was also appointed to a seat in the U.S. Senate recently by Nikki Haley, the Indian-American woman elected to statewide office in 2010 in South Carolina.

And while this website has had plenty of not-so-nice things to say about both Haley and Scott (especially Haley), the fact they were elected in an ostensibly “discriminatory” state like South Carolina is compelling evidence that VRA “pre-clearance” requirements are antiquated.

In fact we said as much last September … 

Furthermore … what exactly have “majority-minority” districts in South Carolina produced?

Corruption … and more corruption.

We cannot continue to let race dictate our decisions. That’s not equality, it is discrimination. The ultimate standard of equality is a society is when equal protection is guaranteed … and preferential treatment is outlawed.

Oh, and speaking of “equal protection,” there is a major voting rights issue that U.S. President Barack Obama’s DOJ needs to get busy addressing if it is to have even a shred of credibility criticizing the court’s decision.

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46 comments

Frank Pytel June 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hot Damn !! Lets all get drunk !! YEAH

WTF? BFD

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Frank Pytel June 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hot Damn !! Lets all get drunk !! YEAH

WTF? BFD

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Frank Pytel June 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

50 years ago when there used to be a Republican and a Democrat party, this may have been a news story. Now it’s just fodder for the NACCPPPCCNSDN{PPPPPPP to bitch about to get legislators to do more crap they have no business doing so they can spend more money.

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Frank Pytel June 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

50 years ago when there used to be a Republican and a Democrat party, this may have been a news story. Now it’s just fodder for the NACCPPPCCNSDN{PPPPPPP to bitch about to get Repuklicrats and the Demlicans to do more crap they have no business doing so they can spend more money.

If everyone is voting to steal everything from someone else, where does it matter the color of your skin? Their all thieves. Whats the point?

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Frank Pytel June 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

WTF does it matter the color of the thieves skin?

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Frank Pytel June 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

WTF does it matter the color of the thieves skin?

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JC June 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Congress should rightly have to revise Section 4 of the Act before it passes Constitutional muster. For a pre-clearance requirement to be based solely on legislative fact finding from 5 decades prior amounts to punishing Southern states based solely on stereotypes. If there is discrimination, it should certainly not be allowed, but I would bet that the revision of the coverage formula would indicate as much or more voter discrimination in the West and Southwest than the Deep South.

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JC June 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Congress should rightly have to revise Section 4 of the Act before it passes Constitutional muster. For a pre-clearance requirement to be based solely on legislative fact finding from 5 decades prior amounts to punishing Southern states based solely on stereotypes. If there is discrimination, it should certainly not be allowed, but I would bet that the revision of the coverage formula would indicate as much or more voter discrimination in the West and Southwest than the Deep South.

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KJH June 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

This entry seems to confuse the VRA’s Section 2 and Section 5.

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KJH June 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

This entry seems to confuse the VRA’s Section 2 and Section 5.

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Frank Pytel June 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Congress should rightly be investigated for TREASON against the public for it’s theft before it takes up any issues that would allow them to gerrymander there way into any further increased legislative capacity.

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Frank Pytel June 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Congress should rightly be investigated for TREASON against the public for it’s theft before it takes up any issues that would allow them to gerrymander there way into any further increased legislative capacity.

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Cicero June 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm

You bring up Tim Scott or Clarence Thomas to a lib, and watch them go apoplectic. Because the majority of African Americans are liberal-leaning, the left self-servingly thinks only liberal-leaning blacks can actually represent blacks. This gerrymandering is an absurd tokenism, and it only helps the lucky souls who win one primary in their district to then have a nice long career in office.

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Fred June 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Well Cicero it goes both ways. What about a clown like Duncan he is a do nothing with an IQ of 69, and he has a job for life. Not bad for an idiot that lies about his so-called football career at Clumson. This jerk is making $175,000 per year plus perks. Not bad for stupid redneck that kisses up to duh mint, and plays second fiddle to superboy Scott.

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Frank Pytel June 26, 2013 at 5:20 am

There are very few people here that think any of the scum tell the truth, so what’s your point? Sticking with the Repuklicrats and Demlicans? How’s that working for ya?

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fred June 26, 2013 at 8:27 am

frankie pal your post makes no sense. Just like all of you “Repuklicrats”. How’s that working for ya?

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Cicero June 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm

You bring up Tim Scott or Clarence Thomas to a lib, and watch them go apoplectic. Because the majority of African Americans are liberal-leaning, the left self-servingly thinks only liberal-leaning blacks can actually represent blacks. This gerrymandering is an absurd tokenism, and it only helps the lucky souls who win one primary in their district to then have a nice long career in office.

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Fred June 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Well Cicero it goes both ways. What about a clown like Duncan he is a do nothing with an IQ of 69, and he has a job for life. Not bad for an idiot that lies about his so-called football career at Clumson. This jerk is making $175,000 per year plus perks. Not bad for stupid redneck that kisses up to duh mint, and plays second fiddle to superboy Scott.

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Frank Pytel June 26, 2013 at 5:20 am

There are very few people here that think any of the scum tell the truth, so what’s your point? Sticking with the Repuklicrats and Demlicans? How’s that working for ya?

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fred June 26, 2013 at 8:27 am

frankie pal your post makes no sense. Just like all of you “Repuklicrats”. How’s that working for ya?

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Looter's Choice June 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

First anti social justice voting law to pass now:

No voting unless you are a net tax payer.

That means no “government worker” voting of any kind.

No welfare recipients(though this is a repeat of the above) allowed to vote.

Etc.

If you don’t contribute, you don’t vote. You instead live by the good graces of those providing your check and that should be enough.

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Frank Pytel June 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Hell Yes

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johnq June 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Funny how the constitution goes out the window when racists that wrap themselves in the constitution think they have their toe in the door to gain political advantage.

The SCOTUS has been trying to put their finger on the scales of justice to favor republicans with not only this ruling but Citizens United. They realize as do most thinking people that the republican parties days are numbered.

When the pendulum swings back, and it will, it will swing back with a vengeance and our country will be rid of this hateful hypocritical racist party once and for all.

South Carolina and the rest of the south have paid the price before for their racism and it looks like they are setting themselves up once again for a fall when they try to pass discriminatory voting rules and regulations to try and skew the voting process. The country has evolved even if the south hasn’t.

Retribution should be swift and without mercy. Those that support such unconstitutional acts should be viewed as traitors and left destitute as they planned for others.

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Looter's Choice June 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

First anti social justice voting law to pass now:

No voting unless you are a net tax payer.

That means no “government worker” voting of any kind.

No welfare recipients(though this is a repeat of the above) allowed to vote.

Etc.

If you don’t contribute, you don’t vote. You instead live by the good graces of those providing your check and that should be enough.

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Frank Pytel June 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Hell Yes

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johnq June 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Funny how the constitution goes out the window when racists that wrap themselves in the constitution think they have their toe in the door to gain political advantage.

The SCOTUS has been trying to put their finger on the scales of justice to favor republicans with not only this ruling but Citizens United. They realize as do most thinking people that the republican parties days are numbered.

When the pendulum swings back, and it will, it will swing back with a vengeance and our country will be rid of this hateful hypocritical racist party once and for all.

South Carolina and the rest of the south have paid the price before for their racism and it looks like they are setting themselves up once again for a fall when they try to pass discriminatory voting rules and regulations to try and skew the voting process. The country has evolved even if the south hasn’t.

Retribution should be swift and without mercy. Those that support such unconstitutional acts should be viewed as traitors and left destitute as they planned for others.

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JC June 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I can’t help but laugh at Democrats like Obama, Holder and Pelosi, who decry this holding from the Supreme Court on the premise that voting is a fundamental right, yet simultaneously support or call for the destruction of another fundamental right, namely privacy, via their opposition, prosecution and persecution of Edward Snowden, combined with their continued support for the NSA’s secret gathering and storing of Americans’ personal information. The cognitive dissonance emanating from their brains makes me sick.

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JC June 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I can’t help but laugh at Democrats like Obama, Holder and Pelosi, who decry this holding from the Supreme Court on the premise that voting is a fundamental right, yet simultaneously support or call for the destruction of another fundamental right, namely privacy, via their opposition, prosecution and persecution of Edward Snowden, combined with their continued support for the NSA’s secret gathering and storing of Americans’ personal information. The cognitive dissonance emanating from their brains makes me sick.

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tomstickler June 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

“Scuttled?”

I think the word you are looking for is “gutted.”

Section 5 remains, but cannot be implemented because Section 4 was based on “old data”. The majority of the Supreme Court are betting that Congress will be too gridlocked by obstructionist Republicans to ever rewrite Section 4’s criteria, and if they do, they can always rule that it still is not even-handed enough.

Justice Ginsberg quipped that this decision was like unto throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you were not getting wet.

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Frank Pytel June 26, 2013 at 5:18 am

Justice ginseng and her lot are on the way out, thank God. When she stated that foreign law should be used as precedence for US law, she lost all credibility.

As to the rest, I won’t be held accountable for my G’parents opinions. Frack’em all

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tomstickler June 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

“Scuttled?”

I think the word you are looking for is “gutted.”

Section 5 remains, but cannot be implemented because Section 4 was based on “old data”. The majority of the Supreme Court are betting that Congress will be too gridlocked by obstructionist Republicans to ever rewrite Section 4’s criteria, and if they do, they can always rule that it still is not even-handed enough.

Justice Ginsberg quipped that this decision was like unto throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you were not getting wet.

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Frank Pytel June 26, 2013 at 5:18 am

Justice ginseng and her lot are on the way out, thank God. When she stated that foreign law should be used as precedence for US law, she lost all credibility.

As to the rest, I won’t be held accountable for my G’parents opinions. Frack’em all

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Billy K Mulligan June 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Unless every jurisdiction in America is required to submit to DOJ for pre-clearance, then no one should. Let’s have one set of regulations for everyone.

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Billy K Mulligan June 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Unless every jurisdiction in America is required to submit to DOJ for pre-clearance, then no one should. Let’s have one set of regulations for everyone.

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mat catastrophe June 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Republicans were elected to office in a Republican dominated state, and this is evidence that racial equality has been achieved?

Is this a satire site this week?

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mat catastrophe June 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Republicans were elected to office in a Republican dominated state, and this is evidence that racial equality has been achieved?

Is this a satire site this week?

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scyankee June 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm

“We cannot continue to let race dictate our decisions. That’s not equality, it is discrimination. The ultimate standard of equality is a society is when equal protection is guaranteed … and preferential treatment is outlawed” – Bravo!!!

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scyankee June 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm

“We cannot continue to let race dictate our decisions. That’s not equality, it is discrimination. The ultimate standard of equality is a society is when equal protection is guaranteed … and preferential treatment is outlawed” – Bravo!!!

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Fred June 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Well I have two words for this piece of toilet paper BULL SHIT. Your favorite “lap dawg”, Tim Scott, is no better than Clarence Thomas who put his big butt on the bench and makes absolutely no contribution or decisions on the law.

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Frank Pytel June 26, 2013 at 5:21 am

see above

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Fred June 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Well I have two words for this piece of toilet paper BULL SHIT. Your favorite “lap dawg”, Tim Scott, is no better than Clarence Thomas who put his big butt on the bench and makes absolutely no contribution or decisions on the law.

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Frank Pytel June 26, 2013 at 5:21 am

see above

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Cleveland Steamer June 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm

” At the heart of the left’s indignation is the potential for
the dismantling of “majority-minority” districts – in which natural
geographic borders are manipulated (a.k.a. “gerrymandered”) so as to
guarantee that a majority of eligible voters are black.”

Speaking of gerrymandering that district that Clyeburn represents was designed to have 1 and only 1 democrat as a SC representative. That district that Sanford was elected to was indeed gerrymandered, but not for dems. The practice goes both ways, but in SC who do you think has their hands in the cookie jar?

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Frank Pytel June 26, 2013 at 5:21 am

Every single mother fucking one of their fat asses.

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Cleveland Steamer June 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm

” At the heart of the left’s indignation is the potential for
the dismantling of “majority-minority” districts – in which natural
geographic borders are manipulated (a.k.a. “gerrymandered”) so as to
guarantee that a majority of eligible voters are black.”

Speaking of gerrymandering that district that Clyeburn represents was designed to have 1 and only 1 democrat as a SC representative. That district that Sanford was elected to was indeed gerrymandered, but not for dems. The practice goes both ways, but in SC who do you think has their hands in the cookie jar?

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Frank Pytel June 26, 2013 at 5:21 am

Every single mother fucking one of their fat asses.

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