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Supreme Court reviews whether parts of 1965 Voting Rights Act are out of date | McClatchy

Via mcclatchydc.com » Submitted On Thu, 02/28/2013 - 3:21pm by Norman Wolfe

The politically charged issue of race was before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case that could determine how the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act applies to the South. The nine justices engaged in a lively and at times contentious 70-minute exchange, with several possibly signaling their positions in what may mean a new chapter in the nation's divided racial history.

“Is it the government’s submission that the citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North?” Chief Justice John Roberts asked in an apparently facetious question that drew gasps from the audience.

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I read somewhere yesterday that a number of GOPe (Establishment GOP) are fearful of the Supreme Court finding this aspect of the VRA unconstitutional. Does anyone know if this is true?? I would think that finding this unconstituional would be a good thing in the long run.

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At least five members of the court seemed to agree that it is constitutionally impermissible, in the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy, to treat some states as “independent sovereign(s)” and others as “under the trusteeship of the United States government” without actual, current evidence in a dis

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