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Aug 25 2021
The House approved the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act on Tuesday in a party-line vote, kicking the legislation to the Senate — where it faces longer odds of passage.
The bill was approved 219-212, with zero Republicans voting for it.
“Nothing is more fundamental to our democracy than the right to vote.” Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), a main sponsor of the bill, saidThe Hill
Nov 04 2021
Senate Republicans on Wednesday voted to block debate on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which fell nine votes short (51-49) of the 60 required to overcome a filibuster in the Senate. The bill, named after the late civil rights icon and former congressman, outlines a new formula that the Department of Justice could follow to pinpoint discriminatory voting patterns in both statesReuters New York Times (News) New York Post (News)
Jul 27 2020
“The late U.S. Rep. John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the final time Sunday as remembrances continue for the civil rights icon. The bridge became a landmark in the fight for racial justice when Lewis and other civil rights marchers were beaten there 55 years ago on ‘Bloody Sunday,’ a key event that helped galvanize support for the passage of the Voting RightsThe Flip Side
Jul 21 2020
WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Monday to lament the death of Representative John Lewis, a civil rights icon whom the Republican leader called a “monumental figure” who made “huge personal sacrifices to help our nation move past the sin of racism.”
While many Democrats welcomed the tribute, they immediately pressed for more than just reverent words: If Mr.New York Times (News)
Sep 12 2023
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The State of Alabama has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the ongoing Voting Rights Act challenge to the state’s congressional map. The emergency petition for stay was filed Monday on behalf of Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen. The request follows a federal three-judge panel’s opinion last week rejecting the map and its Monday order refusing to pauseWHNT 19
Jul 18 2020
We spend the hour looking at the bloody struggle to obtain — and protect — voting rights in the U.S. with the civil rights icon, now 13-term Georgia congressmember, John Lewis. During the 1960s, Rep. Lewis was arrested more than 40 times and beaten almost to death as he served as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, marched side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,AlterNet
Jun 09 2023
A constant question with this Supreme Court is what constraints, if any, the six Justices in the conservative supermajority see in their drive to upend constitutional law. On Thursday morning, Chief Justice John Roberts seems to have spotted his limit. In 2013, Roberts wrote the majority opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, which threw out Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Now, joined by theThe New Yorker
Jun 08 2023
The Supreme Court has passed up a chance to further narrow the scope of the Voting Rights Act, unexpectedly turning aside a bid to make it harder for voters to challenge alleged racial gerrymanders.
The high court’s ruling Thursday affirmed a challenge to Alabama’s congressional map that alleged its creators diluted the power of Black voters in the state.
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Sep 05 2023
A three-judge panel in federal district court struck down Alabama's redrawn congressional map for allegedly violating the Voting Rights Act, months after the Supreme Court struck down a previous map on similar grounds. The court argues the new congressional map "plainly fails" to adhere to the Supreme Court's ruling in June that a second majority-black district be made in the state. LAWMAKERSWashington Examiner