Voting Rights Act and Texas

Local politicians in North Texas are happy with the recent decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue legal action against the state of Texas, requiring the state to receive preclearance before making any changes to its voting laws.

Protecting the vote

Fulfilling a pledge to aggressively protect the voting rights of people of color in the wake of the Supreme Court striking down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has announced that the ...

On the issues of race in society today, Supreme Court is out of touch

In its decision June 24, on affirmative action, the Supreme Court punted. It reviewed the University of Texas’ affirmative action program – in which race is admittedly “a factor of a factor of a factor” in admission, one of many ...

The Supreme Court has invalidated Section 4 of the VRA

Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, is alarmed and disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision released June 25 invalidating Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

Supreme Court guts Section 5 of VRA by 5-4 decision

With surgical precision, today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Shelby v. Holder challenge to the Voting Rights Act effectively removed a vital organ while leaving most limbs and features in place.

Supreme Court decision has big implications for Texas voters

On June 25, the United States Supreme Court handed down a devastating decision regarding voting rights: Shelby County v. Holder. The 5-4 decision struck down an important part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which for almost 50 years ...

Election of Kevin Johnson to head Black mayors group ‘invalid’

After accepting a determination by the attorney for the National Conference of Blacks Mayors that the organization’s May 30 election in Atlanta was invalid, more than half of the board members in good standing have written to Sacramento Mayor Kevin ...

Innocence clinic held at UNT

In the past 24 years, more than 2,000 people in the United States have been falsely convicted of a crime, according to the National Registry of Exonerations.

Supreme Court sends affirmative action case back to lower courts

The United States Supreme Court sidestepped making a decision on whether a University of Texas admissions plan that allows the limited consideration of race is unconstitutional by remanding the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ...

Supreme Court affirmative action ruling a relief to many

Civil rights leaders greeted the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin with lukewarm optimism.

Eliminating affirmative action would hurt Black enrollment

Whenever states have eliminated affirmative action in the past, a decline in Black college enrollment has followed that decision, a study by The Civil Rights Project at the University of California-Los Angeles shows.

Obama pledges to fight for restoration of Voting Rights Act

President Obama has pledged that his administration will do “everything in its power” to repair the damage done by the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday when it struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Redistricting: Texas Legislature to begin special session

The 83rd regular session of the Texas Legislature ended on May 27. Within an hour of the formal end of session, the first special session, called by Gov. Rick Perry to address the ever-volatile issue of redistricting, had begun.

Presidents help Bush dedicate library

George W. Bush marked his unofficial return to the public eye at the dedication of his presidential library, basking in praise from President Barack Obama and three former U.S. presidents on a rare day of harmony that glossed over the ...

Politics in Pleasant Grove

The third round of Monday Night Politics-Meet the Candidates was held April 15 at the African American Museum. The focus of the forum was Dallas City Council District 5. There are four candidates running for the district, which was redrawn ...