Voting Rights Act of 1965 http://wfpl.org en Rand Paul Says No Evidence of Racial Discrimination in Elections http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-says-no-evidence-racial-discrimination-elections <p>Speaking at the Louisville Forum this week, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says there is no evidence that African-Americans are being barred from U.S. elections more than whites.</p><p>The comments come as several civil rights leaders announce they are launching a 50-state project aimed at reviving a historic law after the Supreme Court struck down a key part of it this year.</p><p>Many proponents argue a recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec13/voting_08-13.html">voter ID law in North Carolina</a> is an example of legislation that wouldn’t have passed if the full Voting Rights Act was intact. Both the ACLU and NAACP have filed a <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/newsgram/articles/2013/08/13/two-lawsuits-challenge-nc-voter-id-law">pair of lawsuits alleging the state law is aimed at suppressing minority voters</a> in upcoming elections.</p><p>Paul says there was once a time for the Voting Rights Act and there is still justification for the federal government to intervene if an individual's civil rights are violated.</p><p>But Kentucky's junior senator says any new provisions shouldn’t focus on southern states based on past cases of discrimination.</p><p>"The interesting thing about voting patterns now is in this last election African-Americans voted at a higher percentage than whites in almost every one of the states that were under the special provisions of the federal government," he says. "So really, I don't think there is objective evidence that we're precluding African-Americans from voting any longer."</p><p>In 2012, census figures showed black voter turnout was around 66 percent compared 64 percent among whites. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:47:26 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6459 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Says No Evidence of Racial Discrimination in Elections Louisville NAACP Calls On Kentucky Leaders To Respond To Voting Rights Decision http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-naacp-calls-kentucky-leaders-respond-voting-rights-decision <p>Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham says the organization will be calling on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Kentucky representatives to work in a bipartisan effort in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the case involving the Voting Rights Act of 1965.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:25:24 +0000 Devin Katayama 5911 at http://wfpl.org Louisville NAACP Calls On Kentucky Leaders To Respond To Voting Rights Decision Noise and Notes: Louisville NAACP Raoul Cunningham on The State of Civil Rights http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-louisville-naacp-raoul-cunningham-state-civil-rights <p><iframe src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F75656786&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=aaaa99" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>NAACP President Raoul Cunningham has been involved with civil rights since he was a 14-year-old activist protesting against Jim Crow in downtown Louisville.</p><p>Still, Cunningham says that in 2013 there are still many pertinent issues and some will be before the Supreme Court this year, such as cases dealing with affirmative action and gay marriage.</p><p>The most important question the justices will face deals with a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that could unravel the historic legislation. For Cunningham, this will be a defining moment for the Roberts Court on matters of civil rights. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 04:11:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3515 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Louisville NAACP Raoul Cunningham on The State of Civil Rights