In TPM, an excerpt
from Orville Vernon Burton and Armand Derfner’s new book Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court. Here’s the last paragraph of the excerpt:
In 1989, in a dissenting opinion, Justice Blackmun made an observation that has… Continue reading
This all happened at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee hearing
on voting rights after Brnovich and Shelby County.
You can watch Senator Padilla ask me the initial question in the video
at the 2:56:42 mark.
Senator Lee’s rant, where he… Continue reading
Linda Greenhouse on Brnovich
Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion for the six-justice majority insisted that the law should pay little mind to the occasional “inconvenience” of casting a ballot. Justice Elena Kagan’s dissenting opinion, joined by two other justices, accused… Continue reading
Democrats face dim prospects for passing voting legislation through a narrowly divided Congress, where an issue that once drew compromise has become an increasingly partisan flashpoint. But as they look to reinstate key parts of the Voting Rights… Continue reading
Jeff Greenfield in Politico
The decision [in Brnovich] was a gift-wrapped present to future Republican candidates, and a direct slap at one of the top priorities of not just Democrats, but good-government advocates across the country. The Democratic response?… Continue reading
Ron Brownstein in the Atlantic
[T]here is a gnawing anxiety among voting-rights advocates that even if Democrats find a way to roll back the Senate filibuster
and pass new federal legislation safeguarding access to the ballot, the Republican-appointed majority… Continue reading
: “Combined, the AFPF and Brnovich decisions continue the Roberts court’s decade-plus track record of undermining the hard-fought voting laws enacted during the Civil Rights Movement and the anti-corruption reforms passed in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.… Continue reading
A We the People podcast
from NCC, featuring Rick H, Ilya Shapiro, and Jeffrey Rosen.
For my inaugural post as part of ELB’s new format (and I’m honored to be on board–thanks, Rick), here’s a new Washington Post column.
, it proposes nationwide preclearance but limited to congressional elections as a way to… Continue reading
Guy Charles and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer in the Atlantic
The Court’s opinion in Brnovich is deeply problematic, but not because the majority reached the wrong result. Reasonable people can disagree as to whether the specific electoral rules at issue—the wrong-precinct… Continue reading
I have written this piece
for Slate. It begins:
It’s been almost a week since the Supreme Court issued its most significant ruling on voting rights in nearly a decade, and each time I read Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion… Continue reading
The jurisdictional statement in FEC v. Cruz, involving the limit on post-election contribution
s to repay candidates’ loans to their own campaigns, is here
Matt Ford in TNR
: “In a nihilistic ruling by Justice Samuel Alito, the six-justice conservative majority did not so much interpret Section 2 as they rewrote it and gave future litigants a roadmap to circumvent what was left. The… Continue reading