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African American voters ask for Cochran's help after runoff victory

JACKSON — After black voters helped Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran survive an intense Republican primary runoff against an insurgent conservative challenger, some civil rights leaders in the South want him to repay the favor. Their request? Cochran should lead the charge in the Senate to renew a key section of the Voting Rights Act struck down last year by the ...

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WaPo: Cochran signals won't back new voting rights after minorities saved his job

Well, that didn’t last long. Thad Cochran removed his disguise as a friend of Mississippi’s blacks and other minorities within days of these same folks pushing him into Victory Lane in his GOP Senate primary runoff with tea partier Chris McDaniel, the Washington Post reports. Let’s see how the senator’s betrayal figures into some future primary races in which establishment ...

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Bipartisan bill would reinstate parts of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — Four states — Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas — would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional. Supporters said the bill would modernize and improve ...

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Hosemann pushing for voter ID cards to be issued early

JACKSON — Mississippi’s top elections official says the state should start issuing free voter identification cards in early 2014, months before the first election in which people will be required to show photo IDs at the polls. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the cards will be available to any voter who lacks a government-issued photo ID. People who already ...

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WISEMAN: The subject of race: Once again

Here we are again. The recent Supreme Court holdings on the Voting Rights Act and the Texas Affirmative Action cases, the Trayvon Martin verdict, voter ID and election law changes in a number of states, the Paula Dean debacle, the election and aftermath of controversial Jackson mayor Chokwe Lamumba and suddenly the major topic of conversation is once again that ...

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WISEMAN: Gay marriage, the Voting Rights Act and Mississippi

For one who teaches federalism and intergovernmental relations the last round of 2013 United States Supreme Court decisions provides a virtual textbook for this fall’s classes. Among other things, the table of contents includes gay marriage and the Voting Rights act. Fascination has been building for some time over the evolution of power within the states versus the power of ...

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Supreme Court: Key provision of Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring. The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that does not reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. ...

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