Challenges to Conservative Voter Suppression Tactics Largely Successful in 2012

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 10:16 am

With the narrow, potentially confusing but generally beneficial ruling yesterday in the Pennsylvania voter ID case, the trend is confirmed: voting rights activists have successfully fended off a number of voter suppression tactics put forward by Republicans seeking to model the electorate to their benefit in 2012. The result, that Pennsylvanians will not have to [...]

Corbett Administration Rebukes DoJ Document Request in Pennsylvania Voter ID Case

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 8:55 am

The Administration of Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania is stamping its feets about Justice Department requests for documents on the state’s new voter ID law. They don’t want to turn over the data on how many voters could be disenfranchised the law, for fear that the DoJ would… find out, I guess. In a letter dated [...]

Holder Charges that GOP Attacking Him for His Work on Voter Suppression

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 9:49 am

In his first interview since being held in contempt by the House of Representatives, Attorney General Eric Holder charges that he has been turned into a symbol by the Republican Party, as a means to attack the President. In doing so, he veers close to the kind of conspiracy theories that have characterized the Republican [...]

Arizona Starts Implementing “Papers Please” Law

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 1:48 pm

That didn’t take long. A day after getting a ruling that would not take down the “show your papers” section of their immigration law, Arizona rushed to implement the section at the local law enforcement level. The state has specific guidelines to use to determine when to ask for immigration papers, but already they sound [...]

Justice Department Demands End to Florida Voter Purge

By: Friday June 1, 2012 4:00 am

Late Thursday night, the Justice Department fired off a letter to the Secretary of State of Florida, Ken Detzner, asking that he put a stop to the purging of voter rolls that could leave hundreds if not thousands of legal US citizens stripped of their right to vote. The Justice Department sent a letter to [...]

DoJ Civil Rights Division Investigating Wells Fargo for Mortgage Fraud

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 10:11 am

Many observers have noted that one of the few bright spots in the Justice Department under Barack Obama has been the Civil Rights division, under the direction of Thomas Perez. They have restored that division to its core mission of protecting minorities. So it’s no surprise that they, not the new financial fraud task force, [...]

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