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Judge Posner on the Voting Rights Act case: “There is no doctrine of equal sovereignty. The opinion rests on air.”

Richard Posner is not impressed with either the reasoning or intellectual honesty demonstrated in the Voting Rights Act opinion.

Shelby County v. Holder, decided Tuesday, struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act (the part requiring certain states with a history of racial discrimination in voting to obtain federal permission in advance […]

Two observations about the preclearance case

1.  Are all those laws denied preclearance since the last reauthorization now the walking dead, zombie laws brought back from dead and wandering among us?  Seriously:  Does this mean that laws that weren’t precleared now take effect?

2.  I just want to use this post to correct CRS’s mistaken belief that he agrees with […]

Eric Posner: “Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, the Voting Rights Act case, is a pretty lame piece of work.”

He makes short work of the, cough, logic in the Roberts opinion.  Worth reading.  He concludes:

What exactly is wrong with the singling out of states by the federal government? Is the idea that when Alabama is on the playground with the other states, they’re going to make fun of it because it had […]

Here comes voter id…

“[V]oting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that.” -Majority opinion in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, quoted in Justice Ginzburg’s dissent.

The question then, I suppose, is whether we care to do anything about it.

I am reading the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, which makes depressing reading.  It overturns […]