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Fast food workers plan civil disobedience in minimum wage fight (chicagotribune.com)
Living Wage / Workers’ Rights
>Fight for $15 planning nationwide action, Thurs, Sept 4
Texas Voter ID Trial Seen as Test for Restoring U.S. Oversight (businessweek.com)
Justice / Voting Rights
>Veasey v. Perry tests first voter restriction law reinstated after SCOTUS struck VRA provisions
Why federal judge blocked Louisiana law restricting abortions (csmonitor.com)
Abortion / Reproductive Rights
>Admitting privileges law would close the state’s 5 clinics
Israel announces major West Bank land appropriation for settlement (latimes.com)
Two State Solution / Palestine
>Almost 1,000 acres between ’67 border and Bethlehem

FRESH CUTS

Holder’s Texas Two Step: voter ID challenge begins

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (adapted from British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Flickr photo) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (adapted from photo by Jonathan Mallard)

On Tuesday, the United States Department of Justice joins other plaintiffs, including Texas voters and candidates, in Veasey v. Perry, challenging the Lone Star State’s quick-trigger, post-Shelby resumption of its previously struck voter ID law. Later this fall, DoJ will participate in another round of Perez v. Perry, the case which alleges the state’s 2011 redistricting plan is discriminatory, giving Texas’ rising Latino minority less representation in government than they are actually due.

A verdict for the plaintiffs in either case could allow Justice to place Texas back on the pre-clearance list for ten years, a “bail in” under Section 3 of the VRA, since, the DoJ maintains, it would demonstrate a persistent pattern of minority voter discrimination. It is their only recourse, since Congress won’t act on a new pre-clearance formula.

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