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15 Examples of Virginia Voter Protection Now Impossible After Voting Rights Act's Weakening

15 Examples of Virginia Voter Protection Now Impossible After Voting Rights Act's Weakening
The executive director of the ACLU of Virginia called the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Voting Rights Act could be a potential "death blow" for the 1965 law's Section 5, which prevented voter disenfranchisement mostly due to unfair redistricting. As late as 2003, the VRA stopped Republican efforts to "pack" African-American voters into a fewer districts or "dilute" the power of black voters in majority-white districts in Virginia.
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Colorado Senator Warned of Patriot Act's Potential for Privacy Invasions

Colorado Senator Warned of Patriot Act's Potential for Privacy Invasions
He made impassioned speeches on the Senate floor, held press conferences and appeared on the Sunday talk shows. For years, Colorado Senator Mark Udall has been telling anyone who will listen that key provisions of the Patriot Act are being used by the the government to tread on citizens’ constitutional rights to privacy. This week, they started listening.
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GOP Nominee for VA Lt. Governor: 'Planned Parenthood Has Been Far More Lethal to Black Lives Than the KKK Ever Was.'

GOP Nominee for VA Lt. Governor: 'Planned Parenthood Has Been Far More Lethal to Black Lives Than the KKK Ever Was.'
This guy isn't just Tea Party, he's...well, watch the videos! My god.
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Is the Minimum Wage Argument the New Democratic Golden Ticket?

Is the Minimum Wage Argument the New Democratic Golden Ticket?
A minimum wage increase is enjoying broad support across the board among voters. Democrats are currently championing the cause and are in position for a major political victory if the legislation passes. Interestingly, research shows that voter turnout dramatically increases when the minimum wage is part of a ballot initiative.
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VA Senate Moving to Electoral College System to Cheat Democrats?

VA Senate Moving to Electoral College System to Cheat Democrats?
Using the proposed new method, Mitt Romney would have won a majority of Virginia’s electoral votes despite losing the popular vote in the state.
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Are Voter ID Laws Here to Stay?

We've rounded up the places that could see voter ID in future elections, the status of laws still pending and what effect, if any, this year's push back against voter ID will have going forward.
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MI House Jams Through Voter Rejected Emergency Financial Manager Law

The state House passed late Wednesday what the Snyder administration says is a new and improved emergency manager law, but opponents say is a warmed-over version of what voters rejected Nov. 6.
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Machines Outsmart Humans in VT

Your Secretary of State, Jim Condos, has released the numbers from an audit of optical scanning machines in four randomly-selected Vermont towns. And the results were rather strikingly precise (with one small caveat, which I will get to later): The machines were accurate to within a couple of votes in almost every case.
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Churches Around the Country Used Political Messaging Near Polling Places

In South Saint Paul, Minn., on Election Day, residents showed up at St. John Vianney Catholic Church to vote and were greeted with a banner outside the polling place entrance that read, “Strengthen Marriage, Don’t Redefine It.”
Minnesota was voting on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and the Catholic Church had been the most vocal proponent of the ballot measure.
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IRS May Go Beyond Dark Money, Investigate Violations of Tax Exempt Status by Religious Groups

Political watchdog groups are asking the IRS to investigate the tax exempt status of Catholic Bishops and an evangelical group led by preacher Billy Graham for their actions during the lead up to the Presidential campaign.
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