Headlines that make you go ugh
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prospects for a swift renewal of the Voting Rights Act faded on Thursday as lawmakers called for new congressional hearings on the landmark civil rights law first approved in 1965.
The House leadership had expected an easy 25-year extension of the act last week but southern Republicans rebelled, objecting that their states would be subjected to special scrutiny based on the legacy of discrimination from the 1960s.
Greg Palast has an interesting notion as to why this is occuring at this point in time here. If you guessed “to further limit the ability of minority voters (who generally vote democrat) to exercise their civil rights” you win a free paper ballot.