Supreme Court Redistricting Decision in Bartlett v. Strickland: Statement of J. Gerald Hebert, Campaign Legal Center Executive DirectorMar 9, 2009
The decision is disappointing and seems to open the door to still more packing of minority voters into fewer districts so as to minimize the number of political races their votes will impact and thus diluting their political voice. It remains to be seen how this decision will influence the next round of redistricting and we will hope for the best. But it seems highly unlikely that this decision will not be harnessed for political gain at the expense of minority voters when district lines are redrawn following the 2010 census.
- Mar 2, 2009
Dear Chairman Leahy,
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Fairness Doctrine Amendment To DC Voting Rights Act Bill: Statement Of Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center Policy DirectorFeb 26, 2009
The Fairness Doctrine was never on the table except in the minds of talk radio hosts and those seeking their favor on Capitol Hill. Today's use of the Fairness Doctrine by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) in an offered amendment to the DC Voting Right Act bill was nothing more than a Trojan horse. The Fairness Doctrine title was only to offer cover from talk radio for those who would vote for the amendment.