The ironic whiplash was pretty severe last week, as a statue of Rosa Parks was unveiled in the Capital Building Rotunda while the Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments in favor of dismantling the Voting Rights Act.
What does that have to do with you? Plenty, since our state lawmakers seem to have taken the cue from their brethren in DC and decided to enact their own version of Taxpayer Jeopardy.
In the oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, the constitutional challenge to the Voting Rights Act, Shelby County, Alabama is objecting to the landmark civil rights law's requirement that states and local areas with a history of racial discrimination must secure federal "preclearance" before changing their voting rules. The contention is that the Act, specifically Section 5, are an undue burden the states covered, since the racial dynamic has changed so dramatically since the time the law initially went into effect in 1965.
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