PLF files brief in North Carolina voter ID case

June 17, 2016 | By CHRIS KIESER

In 2013, on the heels of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision that ended federal preclearance of voting laws, North Carolina enacted an omnibus election reform bill that set off a partisan firestorm in the state and on editorial pages nationwide. On top of the much-discussed voter identification requirement, the law repealed same-day re ...


Could Texas soon be back under federal Voting Rights Act supervision?

December 17, 2014 | By CHRIS KIESER

In October, federal judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of the Southern District of Texas issued a far-reaching opinion striking down Texas’ new Voter ID law on several grounds. She not only found that the law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, but also that it was an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote … ...


Obama Administration urges further discrimination in the wake of Schuette

May 06, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

In its crusade to make America a racially polarized nation, the Obama Administration has had a tough couple of years.  Despite repeated pleas for the continued use of racial preferences, and its crusade to inject disparate impact into every facet of American life, both the people and the the courts aren’t biting. In Fisher and Shelby Count ...


Surprise, surprise : California Attorney General urges Supreme Court to uphold disparate impact

October 29, 2013 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Sadly, we’re not surprised by this news.   The California Attorney General filed a brief in support of racial preferences in Fisher.   The California AG filed a brief in favor of the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County. The California AG filed a brief against the constitutionality of Proposal 2 in Sc ...


What about contracting and employment?

September 03, 2013 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

PLF friend Roger Clegg, President and General Counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity, has an excellent op-ed in today’s Washington Times.  In it he argues that the time has come for the Supreme Court to rein in discrimination in public employment and public contracting.  Shelby County was a blow to discrimination in voting.  Fisher w ...


Shelby County a month later : Has the sky fallen on minority voting rights?

July 30, 2013 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

When the Supreme Court issued Shelby County v. Holder last month, Chicken Littles on the left almost immediately began shouting that is was “a blow to democracy,” or that it obstructs “Americans’ fundamental right to vote,” or even that “the Court has left millions of minority voters without the mechanism that h ...


Two wins today! Court issues decision in Shelby County v. Holder


In addition to Koontz, we have good news in Shelby County.  The Chief Justice authored the opinion, holding Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is constitutional and its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to preclearance. You can read the opinion here.  We will have more details soon. … ...