by Jim Thompson
In the Huffington Post, Dallas-Ft. Worth Lawyer Chapter President Jason Steed explains why it’s a smart political move for Senate Republicans to support Merrick Garland regardless of whether they are required to by the Constitution.
At The Nation, Ari Berman says poor voting access in the Arizona presidential primaries were the direct result of a hollowed-out Voting Rights Act. He writes, “Election officials said they reduced the number of polling sites to save money—an ill-conceived decision that severely inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of voters. Previously, Maricopa County would have needed to receive federal approval for reducing the number of polling sites.”
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Wednesday signed legislation into law that delegitimizes LGBT non-discrimination ordinances in the state, laments Chris Johnson at The Washington Blade.
An independent panel appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) concluded that the blatant disregard for poor and minority individuals greatly contributed to the state’s slow, ineffective response to the Flint water crisis, reports Julie Bosman in The New York Times.