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Virginia’s high court silently joins gerrymandering conversation
Gerrymandering has broken through the din of partisan grenade-throwing to become a top-tier issue of voter concern across the political spectrum. If we cannot fix this party- and incumbent-protection racket, We the People are coming to understand, we will cease … Continue reading
The Electoral College: Will no one rid us of this meddlesome relic?
On the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, the Electoral College is expected to demonstrate not only its uselessness but its destructiveness by choosing for president a candidate who lost the national popular vote by more than 2 … Continue reading
Posted in Electoral College, Supreme Court, U.S. Constitution, Voting, Voting Rights Act Tagged Alexander Hamilton, Donald Trump, Electoral College, Federalist Number 10, Federalist Number 68, James Madison, Supreme Court, U.S. Constitution Comments Off on The Electoral College: Will no one rid us of this meddlesome relic?
Donald Trump gives the GOP its comeuppance
Upon signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Bill Moyers related decades later, President Johnson said, “I think we just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come.” It’s a popular story (though its truth … Continue reading
Abraham Lincoln had it pretty good
When our 16th president was inaugurated, seven of the 11 Confederate states had already walked. South Carolina’s secession resolution, like those of other rebellious states, was unambiguous that slavery was the cause: A geographical line has been drawn across the … Continue reading
Which path toward a more perfect union?
I’m glad I don’t vote in Iowa – for a ton of reasons, including I don’t have to make a choice today. Most quadrennials, I’m neutral in the primaries, focused on the end game. Eight years ago I was passionate … Continue reading
Posted in Congress, election campaign, Supreme Court Tagged Citizens United, Congress, DirecTV v. Imburgia, President Obama, Shelby County v. Holder, Supreme Court, Voting Rights Act Comments Off on Which path toward a more perfect union?
‘That cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion’
On this Memorial Day, I’m pondering the connection between our struggle for freedom and equality and the sacrifices of service men and women. Memorial Day was invented on May 30, 1868, as “Decoration Day.” Now it climaxes a three-day weekend … Continue reading
Posted in LGBT rights, Supreme Court Tagged LGBT rights, Mattachine Society, Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court Comments Off on ‘That cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion’
Bert Neuborne and ‘Madison’s Music’
Have you considered why the First Amendment is structured the way it is, or how the 10 amendments of the Bill of Rights came to be so ordered? Me neither, until I read Bert Neuborne’s new book, Madison’s Music: On … Continue reading
Posted in Bill of Rights, James Madison, U.S. Constitution, Voting Tagged 14th Amendment, Baker v. Carr, Bill of Rights, Citizens United, Congress, First Amendment, Supreme Court Comments Off on Bert Neuborne and ‘Madison’s Music’
Three speeches and a bump on the road to a more perfect union
In our journey toward a more perfect union, we have witnessed cycles of history since Abraham Lincoln delivered the greatest speech in American history 150 years ago. Two other speeches, 50 years ago this month, complete a cycle of that … Continue reading
Posted in Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Constitution, Voting Rights Act Tagged 15th Amendment, Abraham Lincoln, Edmund Pettus Bridge, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Second Inaugural, Selma, Supreme Court, Texas HB 14, Veasey v. Perry, voter ID, voting rights, Voting Rights Act 1 Comment