POLITICS 08/28/2018 03:34 pm ET Former Georgia Sen. Richard Russell was a segregationist and longtime opponent of civil rights. By Igor Bobic WASHINGTON ― A bipartisan effort to rename a Senate office building to honor Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died Saturday, is being met by opposition from some Republican senators, who expressed concern about dishonoring the legacy of the controversial man for whom the structure was named. The Russell Senate Office Building, one of three Senate office buildings near the U.S. Capitol that house member offices, was named after the late Democratic Sen. Richard Russell Jr. of Georgia in 1972. A New Deal supporter with a career that spanned four decades, he has a long list of accomplishments, among them being the chief sponsor of the National School Lunch Act, which provided free or low-cost school lunches to impoverished students. A skilled legislator and longtime friend of Lyndon Johnson, Russell served as the chairman of the … [Read more...] about Effort To Rename Russell Senate Building For McCain Is Running Into GOP Resistance
Attorney Harmeet Dhillon argued during a Breitbart News Sunday appearance on SiriusXM that conservatives need to use the legal system to defend their civil rights. During an interview on Breitbart News Sunday with host Amanda House, attorney Harmeet Dhillon argued that conservatives ought to use the legal system to defend their civil rights. “If you are at a company and you are listening to a lecture where people are telling you that you’re bad, you’re flawed because you were born a particular way, that’s outrageous,” Dhillon said during her appearance. “It’s outrageous if you’re black, it’s outrageous if you’re white.” In the same vein, Dhillon said that conservatives should hold the government’s feet to the fire when they fail to provide standard services to conservatives. For example, in some circumstances, police officers are not willing to prevent violence against citizens that attend conservative political … [Read more...] about Harmeet Dhillon: Conservatives Need to Use Legal System to Defend Civil Rights
POLITICS 06/23/2018 05:00 pm ET Updated 38 minutes ago Felons who have done their time are still forced to wait and wait under Florida’s sluggish rights restoration process. By Sam Levine TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ― Around 2 a.m. on a Thursday in June, Faith Kiss Cannarile got in her car and began a nearly five-hour drive across the state with her 18-year-old daughter, Sophia, to appear before Florida Gov. Rick Scott and beg for mercy. She was making the trip to get back her right to vote. Over two decades ago, Cannarile, now 45, lost that right, as well as the rights to sit on a jury and purchase a firearm. In 1993, she was charged with a felony when she pushed a police officer trying to arrest her during a fight. Then age 20, she was placed on probation without a formal conviction being imposed. The following year, however, she violated her probation by smoking marijuana and was sentenced to 18 more months of probation and officially judged guilty of the … [Read more...] about 24 Years Ago She Lost Her Voting Rights For Pushing A Cop. She Just Got Them Back.
POLITICS 04/25/2018 09:33 pm ET Updated 1 hour ago Florida is just one of four states that permanently disenfranchises people who commit a felony. By Sam Levine A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and other top state officials do not have to immediately come up with a new system for restoring voting rights to former felons. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker had ordered Florida to come up with a new system by April 26, but a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit temporarily blocked that ruling on Wednesday, issuing a stay while the state appeals. The Florida clemency board had planned an emergency meeting Wednesday evening to discuss changes to its system for restoring voting rights, but canceled it after the 11th Circuit’s ruling. Former felons in Florida can request to have their voting rights restored, but there is no guarantee it will happen (some other states restore voting … [Read more...] about Federal Court Says Florida Can Hold Off On New System For Restoring Voting Rights
POLITICS 04/24/2018 03:44 pm ET At the same time, the Department of Education is considering scrapping the guidance that's designed to help protect these students. By Rebecca Klein Black students and students with disabilities routinely receive harsher punishments at school than their peers. But the Education Department is considering eliminating civil rights guidance designed to stymie these disparities ― even as data released Tuesday illustrates the scope of the problem. The data comes from responses to a survey sent to all of the nation’s public school districts as part of the Education Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection, reflecting information from the 2015-2016 school year. The survey is conducted every other school year, and is intended to paint a picture of the different opportunities afforded to different groups of students. This year, as in years past, the numbers show wide gaps in terms of how vulnerable students are … [Read more...] about New Federal Data Shows How Black Students Are Getting Pushed Out Of School