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Supreme Court rejects – for now – citizenship question on 2020 Census

The Supreme Court handed a temporary victory Thursday to opponents of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, saying the government will have to go back and make a better case in lower courts if it wants to include the question.... Read more»

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Supreme Court to decide if 2020 Census can ask about citizenship

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to fast-track a case challenging whether the Census Bureau can ask people their citizenship status, a move that advocates and local government officials fear will suppress immigrant participation.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County impasse over sales tax for roads a result of Dem gerrymandering

Five votes can not be found among Pima supervisors to raise taxes to fix roads because two of those seats only answer to Republican voters. Democrats saw to that. Strict party-line votes are the result of drawing boundaries to protect incumbents.... Read more»3

For voters on reservations, getting to the poll just the first hurdle

Local elections officials in Arizona concede that there are a number of issues with voting on reservations, but they said they are doing what they can to make Native Americans have the same opportunities to cast a ballot as voters in more densely populated areas.... Read more»

Court rejects second Democratic challenge to Arizona voting laws

A federal appeals court handed Arizona Democrats their second defeat in a week Wednesday, refusing to block a state law that lets elections officials reject ballots cast by people who were not at their assigned polling place.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

GOP challenge to Tucson elections goes South, again

It didn't take Nostradamus to foresee an 11-judge federal court panel upholding Tucson's hybrid election system and cashiering Tucson Republicans' hopes for a court fix to their political woes. When it comes to equal protection, all Tucson voters are equally privileged or equally screwed, the judges ruled.... Read more»

Voting Rights Act changes would free Arizona from federal ‘pre-clearance’

The rewrite of the Voting Rights Act currently being debated in Congress would free Arizona from nearly 50 years of strict federal oversight to changes in its voting laws. While Arizona and other states will be out from under the federal microscope for now, the proposed change to the law would let them be drawn back in.... Read more»

Commentary

Let’s not have a conversation about race

In the Barack Obama and Bill Clinton version of the Democratic Party, the goals is to have “conversations about race.” Once upon a time, those in favor of civil rights (as Obama and Clinton surely are) were more direct: they demanded action, not talk. Action is what we need now.... Read more»

Feds seek to restore voting law restrictions on Texas

The U.S. Department of Justice will ask a federal court to require Texas to seek permission before the state can change its election laws, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech to the National Urban League on Thursday.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Az Supreme Court refuses Clean Elections case

Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, interim Clean Elections head Daniel Ruiz, Tucson Padres GM Mike Feder, commentator Emil Franzi, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, Good News Communications GM Doug Martin.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Will Voting Rights Act ruling change Az's legislative districts?

Interviews with Prof. Stephen Zunes, developer Richard Studwell, Northern Arizona reporter Jeff Demand, and Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans.... Read more»

Supreme Court ruling frees Az from advance federal OK of voting laws

Arizona will no longer have to get prior federal government approval for state voting changes, after the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key component of the Voting Rights Act. A sharply divided court said the part of the law that required nine states, including Arizona, to get advance permission for voting changes had outlived its need and that it unconstitutionally singled out some states for harsher treatment than others.... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Supreme Court rulings in focus

Sunnyside School Board Member Louie Gonzales, Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Developer Richard Studwell, Administrator Tucsoncitizen.com Mark B. Evans... Read more»

Supreme Court: Sec. 4 of Voting Rights Act unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act was unconstitutional, striking down a key part of a landmark Civil Rights-era law that protected voters from discrimination. The decision covers Arizona's election laws.... Read more»2

D.C. rally demands voting-rights protection in states like Az

Hundreds gathered on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to rally in support of a federal voter-protection law that governs mostly Southern states with a history of discrimination, including Arizona.... Read more»

Why the Supreme Court may rule against the Voting Rights Act

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The cornerstone provision is known as Section 5, which requires some states and localities to get federal clearance before making any changes to their voting laws.... Read more»1

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