June 26, 2013 at 8:44 am #91492
In Texas, they wanted to pass a draconian anti-abortion bill.
A lone State Senator, Wendy Davis, stood on the Texas State Senate floor, with no breaks – for 11 hours, filibustering the bill.
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And always, have a peaceful dayJune 26, 2013 at 8:50 am #91493
Good Morning, EveryoneJune 26, 2013 at 8:55 am #91494
The Dems ran out the clock in Texas on that draconian anti-abortion law.
Of course, the GOP tried to lie and cheat and say that it passed…because, that’s WHO THEY ARE.
BUT, TWITTER, WAS A GAME CHANGER ONCE AGAIN
TIMESTAMPGATE: After A Crazy Night, This Photograph Helped Kill A Controversial Texas Abortion Bill
It was a crazy night in Texas politics that ended just before 4 AM Central Time, with a controversial abortion bill (that would have shut down the majority of Texas clinics) getting killed at the last minute.
Carolyn Jones at The Texas Observer has a great writeup of what went down, but it was basically this.
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That’s when pro-choice activists in the chamber started shouting, and created enough chaos so that the state Senate couldn’t vote by midnight, which was the end of the legislative session.. The final vote to pass the bill happened just after midnight at 12:03.
However, Republicans claimed that the vote got in before midnight.
According to Jones, Republicans had to admit that that they were a few minutes late on the bill, when Texas State Senator Juan Chuy Hinojosa tweeted this photo showing that the initial readout of the vote indicated it happened on June 26, but that a subsequent readout had been changed, showing June 25.
The initial time stamp on the Capitol website and on Senate documents placed the vote at 12:02 or 12:03 on June 26. But then someone mysteriously changed the time stamp to make it appear SB 5 passed before the deadline (see the post below for photographic evidence). The time stamp evidence, circulated on Twitter, eventually forced GOP leaders to admit defeat, at least for tonight.June 26, 2013 at 9:15 am #91495
another brilliant comment by Camille:
I haven’t been this sad in such a long time-
How anyone can look at what the Supreme court did today and feel good about, or comfortable with it – How any of these justices can sleep tonight or look themselves in the mirror in the morning–?
Even Mitch McConnell stuttered, stammered and fidgeted and couldn’t even look straight into the camera as he uncomfortably commented – and only as the lone person who even “bothered” to do so – as he stood with some members of his caucus.
In a time when the election and re-election of a black president plainly exposed the worst of America’s racist underbelly – forcing a vast majority of racists out of hibernation – and inspiring and initiating a whole new generation of hardcore racists along the way–
Emboldened and egged on by the support, backing and at the exploitative urging of some known and faceless mercenary oil and Wall street billionaires and their media gofers looking to mischievously stoke racial prejudices, discontent and distrust of this president in particular, and government in general, only so that while people are consumed with these distractions, they swoop in like the vultures they are, completely take over and pillage whatever little they don’t already own and control–
In a time when the first black President and First Lady have been so disrespected in such unbelievable and unprecedented ways, and still without any provocation on their part, subjected to an endless barrage of vicious, hateful and dehumanizing attacks designed to penetrate and strip and diminish their being and destroy their spirits-
In a time when a Sikh is killed for the heck of it, and only because some ignorant racist mistook him for a “Muslim terrorist”– and a 4th generation American kid is snatched up off the streets and deported to Mexico because they’re certain that with her dark olive skin she’s got to be “illegal”–
In a time when people are brazenly defending the deeply-held and incredibly harmful racist hankerings of a sly old southern bigot– and publicly raising funds for and defending the cold-blooded murderer of an innocent young black boy–
In a time when people blatantly pretend not to be able to easily distinguish between the voice of a grown man — and the undeniable screams for help of a petrified and still growing and developing adolescent boy whose still transitioning breaking voice can be easily identified by the punctuations of modulating pitch – warbling and high one second – and croaky and low the next–
In such a time as this, with everything pointing to still prevalent, entrenched and many insurmountable racist mindsets and societal structures — in such a time as this, we are told by the Supreme court of the United States, led by a man whose life ambition has always been to do away with as much of the life-saving Civil Rights Act, the VRA just being a start -
We are told that our very dysfunctional and delicate Union is just fine and dandy — and that this most important law which has for years largely guarded the few essential rights of the minority – and made for progress and fairness in an organically inequitable nation — that this law is no longer necessary—
The oil and Wall street bought racist justices and their token black robe, doing double duty, took away the single most important law in our Democracy only stopping long enough to tell us that we’ve now overcome – even as the racism grows and plays out each minute on our streets, capitol, in our media and every facet of our society–
Even as their partners in crime at the various State legislatures are busy quickly turning back the hands of time to their preferred nostalgic era — the era when coloured people knew their place and Paula Deen’s great, great, grand pappy was happy and content and had not an inkling that his hardworking slaves were ever going to walk free – and that he’d die out of desperation at his own hands with his suicide avenged by his racist, slave-driving great, great, grand daughter in 2013 —
How ironic she’s outed in the very same week the supreme justices told us times had changed and then proceeded to do the most important bidding of their monied and racist owners—
Interesting times–June 26, 2013 at 9:17 am #91496
Can’t spell truth without “Ruth” (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)June 26, 2013 at 9:19 am #91497
I was 19 years when the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed and
signed into law. Like every one in the 60s, I regarded the Act as a monumental achievement although it had come at a terrible cost. Precious lives were lost in the struggle to secure voting rights. Today’s Supreme Court decision hit me so hard that I had decided not to say or write anything.
I spent the day trying to reflect on this horrible day. Five men of the highest court in the country, in a decision without precedent, erased one of the most important achievements of the Black Freedom Struggle, which was earned as a result of the sacrifices of so many people, many of whom are no longer with us. But then I realized that what happened today, though horrible, is no where near the horrors that our ancestors had to endure without ever giving up or losing hope.
If our ancestors could endure 244 years of slavery and more than100 years of Jim Crow, then this too shall pass. Re-watching Dr. King’s speech, at the conclusion of the Selma-to-Montgomery March, renewed my determination to press on.
Today was pay back day by the right wingers on the Court because we showed up twice, in unprecedented numbers, to elect Barack Obama President of the United States. I hope we will pay the right wingers back by showing up in even greater numbers, in 2014, to defeat right wing Republicans at all levels of government. We especially need to focus on the importance of electing members of Congress who are committed to undo today’s Supreme Court abomination.June 26, 2013 at 9:22 am #91498
The Chief Justice’s Long Game
By RICHARD L. HASEN
Published: June 25, 2013
IN an opinion brimming with a self-confidence that he hides behind a cloak of judicial minimalism, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for a conservative Supreme Court majority in Shelby County v. Holder, cripples Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
The court pretends it is not striking down the act but merely sending the law back to Congress for tweaking; it imagines that Congress forced its hand; and it fantasizes that voting discrimination in the South is a thing of the past. None of this is true.
In the Shelby decision, we see a somewhat more open version of a pattern that is characteristic of the Roberts court, in which the conservative justices tee up major constitutional issues for dramatic reversal. First the court wrecked campaign finance law in Citizens United. On Tuesday it took away a crown jewel of the civil rights movement. And as we saw in Monday’s Fisher case, affirmative action is next in line, even if the court wants to wait another year or two to pull the trigger. Imagine striking down affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act in the same week!
Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain states and parts of states (mainly in the South) to get permission from the federal government before changing voting rules. The law puts the burden on jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination to demonstrate that any voting change — from a voter-ID law to moving a polling place — won’t make the minority voters the law protects worse off. In Section 4, Congress provided a formula for determining the jurisdictions to which Section 5 applies — but the data used to construct the formula is from the 1960s or 1970s. Congress renewed the act, most recently in 2006, without touching the old formula.
In Tuesday’s opinion, the court held that the formula was unconstitutionally outdated. The chief justice couches his opinion in modesty, stating that the court is striking only the Section 4 coverage formula and not Section 5. But don’t be fooled: Congress didn’t touch the formula in 2006 because doing so would have doomed renewal. Congress avoided the political issue then, and there’s no way today’s more polarized Congress will agree upon a new list of discriminatory states.
The tone of the opinion is one of dutiful resignation: gravely, the court must strike down an act of Congress. Chief Justice Roberts reminds us that the court could have struck down the act in a 2009 case, but it gave Congress another chance.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent mocks this posturing: “Hubris is a fit word for today’s demolition of the V.R.A.” The court could have acted more narrowly, for example, by saying that Alabama’s continued problems with minority voting rights justified the law’s application to Shelby County even if not elsewhere. As it did in Citizens United, the court took the broad path when the narrow path would have limited the court’s damage.June 26, 2013 at 9:30 am #91501
First Family Leaves for African TripJune 26, 2013 at 9:37 am #91502
live blogging of the George Zimmerman trial here:June 26, 2013 at 9:39 am #91503
Markey prevails in Massachusetts special election
By Steve Benen
Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
Despite the state’s Democratic leanings, the outcome of Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate special election was not a foregone conclusion. It’s easy to forget, but shortly after the primaries, Public Policy Polling found this was a four-point contest.
But Republicans’ pick-up opportunities faded as their candidate struggled to find his footing, and in the end, the race wasn’t close.
Veteran Democratic US Representative Edward J. Markey beat back a challenge from Republican businessman Gabriel E. Gomez today in a special election for US Senate in Massachusetts that was marked by its brevity and by low voter turnout.
Markey garnered 55 percent of the votes, compared with 45 percent for Gomez, with 99 percent of precincts reporting late this evening. Markey, 66, and Gomez, 47, were vying to fill the seat that Democrat John F. Kerry left vacant when President Obama picked him to be US secretary of state in December.June 26, 2013 at 9:55 am #91504
Another pic of the First Family on its way to AfricaJune 26, 2013 at 9:56 am #91505June 26, 2013 at 10:15 am #91510
Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act
By Steve Benen
Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:07 AM EDT
In a breakthrough legal victory, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. In a 5-4 ruling, the court majority said the anti-gay law is discriminatory: “DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty.”
The decision was written by Justice Kennedy, who was joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. More soonJune 26, 2013 at 11:09 am #91517
Edward Snowden Blasted New York Times Leaks In 2009: Leakers ‘Should Be Shot In The Balls’ http://bit.ly/19tteynJune 26, 2013 at 11:10 am #91518
Top Dem threatens to block trade deal with Ecuador over Snowden
By Julian Pecquet – 06/26/13 07:09 AM ET
Ecuador can kiss its trade preferences with the United States goodbye if it offers asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, a key lawmaker told The Hill.
“There’s been issues about Ecuador all along,” said Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee. “And if they do this, there’s no basis for even discussing it.”
The South American nation had been hoping to renew and extend a trade deal aimed at getting impoverished farmers to cultivate flowers and broccoli instead of coca leaves.
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