CAC President Doug Kendall joined Bill Press to discuss yesterday's oral argument in the conservative challenge to the Voting Rights Act in the case of Shelby County v. Holder.
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CAC's Elizabeth Wydra appeared on FOX News Channel's Special Report with Bret Baier to discuss the impending decision of the Obama administration to file briefs in the California marriage equality case, Hollingsworth v. Perry.
We begin with today’s Supreme Court arguments over striking down Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires nine states with a history of discrimination to seek prior approval from the Justice Department to change their election laws. Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel of the Constitutional Accountability Center, who frequently participates in Supreme Court litigation, joins us. We discuss early indications that Scalia and other conservatives on the court are itching to turn back the clock.
"[The Voting Rights Act] gives both a sword and a shield to protect voting rights," said Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel of Constitutional Accountability Center. "The sword is Section 2, which allows people who have been denied the right to vote the opportunity to bring a lawsuit, and this applies everywhere. Now, the sword is supplemented by the shield of the Voting Rights Act, which is Section 5."
The decision most likely means that nobody will ever be able to bring a challenge to FISA. "It's a Catch-22," says Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center. "It's a secret program that is hard to get information about, and yet the court is seeming to require plaintiffs to get that absolute certainty before they can challenge the constitutionality of the surveillance."
CAC Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra appeared on America's News Headquarters, hosted by Shannon Bream, to discuss the conservative challenge to the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act.
The Supreme Court will be hearing Shelby vs. Holder, a case which looks at the validity of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which many Southern States are arguing is outdated and unfair. Doug Kendall, President of the Constitutional Accountability Center, talked about the challenges to Section 5 and what could happen as this heads to the Supreme Court.
Supporters of Panetta's policy move say it's all about equality -- primarily because same-sex couples have few options regarding legal marriage, while heterosexual couples have the right to marry in all U.S. states and territories. "As long as it isn't an option for some loving, committed couples to actually get married, what the DOD is doing makes sense in trying to give those gay members of the military and their families the same benefits as other members of the military," said Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center.
CAC President Doug Kendall joined KCRW's Warren Olney on his program "To the Point," discussing Shelby County v. Holder and the constitutional challenge to the Voting Rights Act.
CAC President Doug Kendall appeared on Current TV's 'The War Room,' discussing the conservative challenge to the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act.