• Congressional Oversight of Voting Rights
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    Congressional Oversight of Voting Rights

    We’ll er, go ahead and get started here. Ah, thank you for joining us, ah today for what I think will be ah, an interesting and timely discussion of voting rights. I am Will Consovoy, ah today’s moderator. Erm, as I mentioned today’s panel is about voting rights, erm, in 2017. Ah, as with a change of any administration you will see a change in point of view on various legal topics. I think it’s fair to say that voting rights may be one where we see, er, one of the biggest departures from the prior administration to this administration. We’ve seen some movement already. I think, er, we would…

  • Supreme Court: The Term in Review (2012-2013) Part 2 of 2
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    Supreme Court: The Term in Review (2012-2013) Part 2 of 2

    – AS I WAS SAYING, THE ACCEPTED TRUTH–EXCUSE ME. THE ACCEPTED TRUTH THAT– THAT THE NEW YORK HIGH COURT OBSERVED IS ONE THAT IS CHANGING AND CHANGING RAPIDLY IN THIS COUNTRY AS PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY ENGAGE IN AN EARNEST DEBATE OVER WHETHER THE AGE-OLD DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE SHOULD BE CHANGED TO INCLUDE SAME-SEX COUPLES. THE QUESTION BEFORE THIS COURT IS WHETHER THE CONSTITUTION PUTS A STOP TO THAT ONGOING DEMOCRATIC DEBATE AND ANSWERS THIS QUESTION FOR ALL 50 STATES. AND IT DOES SO ONLY IF THE RESPONDENTS ARE CORRECT THAT NO RATIONAL, THOUGHTFUL PERSON OF GOODWILL COULD POSSIBLY DISAGREE WITH THEM IN GOOD FAITH ON THIS AGONIZINGLY DIFFICULT ISSUE.…

  • Black Politics — State vs. Nation Centered Power, Part 2: Strategy Implications on Black Politics
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    Black Politics — State vs. Nation Centered Power, Part 2: Strategy Implications on Black Politics

    National-Centered Power gives greater authority and responsibility to the federal government. Generally speaking, nation centered powers are limited to those specified in the Constitution. As it relates to black politics, the so-called “Reconstruction Amendments” that were introduced into the Constitution after the Civil War are probably the most significant. These are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the constitution. The thirteenth amendment stated in part that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist in the United States…” but significantly, it goes on to say “… except as punishment for a crime.” Thus, the formal institution of slavery was effectively abolished, but many states found ways of maintaining control over…

  • A Lame-Duck “Legislative Coup”: Wisconsin GOP Stages Last-Minute Power Grab Before Dems Take Office
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    A Lame-Duck “Legislative Coup”: Wisconsin GOP Stages Last-Minute Power Grab Before Dems Take Office

    This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. And I’m Juan González. Welcome to all of our listeners and viewers across the country and around the world. We begin today’s show in Wisconsin, where Republican lawmakers are orchestrating an unprecedented power grab to weaken incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers before he takes office. In an extraordinary move that some are calling a “legislative coup,” Republican legislators have worked throughout the night to pass a sweeping package of lame-duck bills to give power to the Republican-controlled Legislature before Republican Governor Scott Walker leaves office in January. Republicans in both houses worked throughout the early morning to…