Wednesday, June 26, 2013


From the Washington Post:

Supreme Court stops use of key part of Voting Rights Act

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a crucial component of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, ruling that Congress has not taken into account the nation’s racial progress when singling out certain states for federal oversight.

The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the other conservative members of the court in the majority.

The court did not strike down the law itself or the provision that calls for special scrutiny of states with a history of discrimination. But it said Congress must come up with a new formula based on current data to determine which states should be subject to the requirements.

More here.

And from the Houston Chronicle's Texas Politics Blog:

Democrats cry foul over abortion vote, changing record

Their outrage was heightened when the electronic record of the action changed the date of passage from Wednesday to Tuesday. Democrats had said the vote took place after midnight, when the session was due to end. But Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said the voting had started before midnight. The Senate still hasn’t adjourned.

“I guess when you’re determined to have a certain outcome, rules and procedures can just go by the wayside,” said Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a San Antonio Democrat who came to the session after her father’s funeral.

Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, said he saw the Senate journal clerk starting the vote at 12:02 a.m.

“It’s handwritten and she has it down in her little notebook,” he said. “I’ve seen it.”

Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, distributed copies of the change, showing both dates. He called the vote “a sham.”

More here.

Some things I said on facebook about this shit:

This has been the worst day in American politics since the Supreme Court gave Bush the presidency back in 2000. While we're at it, why don't we just go back to when white male property owners were the only ones who could vote? That's what the Republicans really want, isn't it? Control the uterus and smack around black and brown people. That's what it's all about.

I'll describe it one sentence, Lynn: Republicans in Washington and Texas just took a shit in America's mouth.

(Regarding the SCOTUS ruling:) Congress can't even get routine legislation, like the farm bill, or the debt ceiling, passed. There's just no way they're going to fix this. An enormous win for the (white) Republican Party, and a massive loss for democracy.
It's been a shitty day.  I don't have much else to say about it at the moment.  I mean, other than "Fuck you, Republicans."