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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://news.yahoo.com/democrats-push-to-make-voting-rights-a-2020-issue-005733217.html

Democrats push to make voting rights a 2020 issue
Jon WardSenior Political Correspondent,Yahoo News•March 4, 2019
Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., left
House Democrats unveil a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package, Jan. 4, 2019. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
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WASHINGTON — With an eye toward making the reinstatement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act an issue in the 2020 election, Democrats are pushing ambitious new legislation they hope will lay the groundwork for increased voter participation.

House Democrats plan to pass House Resolution 1 this week, a mammoth proposal with three main planks: campaign finance, ethics and voting rights. But even if the measure succeeds, the Republican-controlled Senate is not expected to take it up for a vote.

HR 1’s voting rights components — which aim to increase voter registration and access to the polls — have so far received more attention than its other provisions, but the details of the bill have less to do with reinstating the VRA than a subsequent bill, HR 4, which was introduced last week.

In its 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act, and HR 4 aims to lay the foundation for a new VRA standard that will withstand legal challenges once it becomes law.

“Getting the Voting Rights Act updated and strengthened again is key,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., a key proponent of HR 4, which was introduced last week by Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala.

HR 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, will give the Democrats a vehicle to conduct field hearings and hear expert testimony over the next several months to amass what Sarbanes called a “strong, robust record” for why the VRA needs to be reinstated after Shelby.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, one thing they've already done is proving that they can't even handle Fox News, let alone Russia and Putin or our REAL threat, China. "Boo hoo ... we're so afraid of Fox News that we won't let our candidates debate on it".

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