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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Black caucus vs. the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Vice President Mike Pence in his role as president of the Senate on Wednesday broke a tie for the 10th time, moving him into seventh place in the all-time tie-breaking list. He's tied with Buchanan's vice president.

Pence cleared the way for the final vote on Thomas Farr for a district judge's job in North Carolina that has been open since 2005 because of a partisan divide over congressional districting.

The Associated Press reported, "Democratic lawmakers, urged on by the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus, have been fighting Thomas Farr's confirmation to serve as a district court judge in North Carolina. The seat Farr would fill has been vacant since 2005.

"Democrats say that Farr, as an attorney hired by the state, defended racially gerrymandered congressional boundaries as well as a law that required photo identification to vote. The courts ruled against both measures."

Left out of the story was the fact that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires what AP referred to as "racially gerrymandered congressional boundaries."

You would not have a 35-member Congressional Black Caucus in the House without racial gerrymandering.

It is required -- especially in the Deep South.

The NAACP lobbied for the law, which Democrats overwhelmingly supported.

AP had none of this in its story by Kevin Freking, who never bothered to get the Republican side in this partisan story. Instead he only quoted Senator Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

Republican Quotes Matter.

By the way, Creepy Uncle Joe became the first vice president to go eight years without breaking a tie. Maybe Reid and McConnell made a deal to avoid ties to keep Biden and his roaming hands out of the Senate.

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10 comments:

  1. Even if the AP got the Republican side of the story, they wouldn’t have reported it.

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  2. What is the CBC's solution to racial gerrymandering other than repeal of the '65 civil rights act?

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  3. When I lived in Georgia they took Newt Gingrich's district and redrew it so it was majority black. It snaked through Atlanta's suburbs, sometimes only 1 block wide. And that is how idiot Cynthia McKinney (who hit a Capitol Hill police when she refused to go through a metal detector) got elected to Newt's old district

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  4. gerrymandering needs to end all together.Federal law would do it.

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    1. That will never happen. So long as districts have to be drawn there will be influences to draw them to favor one side over another. And before you say "computers" someone has to write the program.*

      *Elbridge Gerry was governor of Massachusetts and a signer of the Constitution. Politics is politics.


      -Mikey NTH

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  5. Check out Sheila Jackson Lee congressional district.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas%27s_18th_congressional_district#/media/File:Texas_US_Congressional_District_18_(since_2013).tif

    Gsry in Texas

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  6. Okay.

    So:

    Geographical, geometric even apportioning, via grid map substantially equal divisions of elected governmental positions is not considered fair.

    In addition, perhaps, it would induce self chosen geographical seperations of the like minded to flock together within given designated geographical borders so geometrically defined.

    The stated end goal of fair and representative elected government representatives is in conflict with the stated end goal of the blending of all to be as one.

    What, then, is the actual goal?

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  7. Pssst ... who controlled the South in 1965?

    Democrats.

    What is/was a Blue Dog Democrat?

    Southern conservative Democrats that some would deem as racists.

    When did the South go full Republican?

    In the early 21st Century.

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  8. > He's tied with Buchanan's vice president.

    Pat?

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