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
POLITICS 04/13/2018 10:21 pm ET "Transgender people have long been forced to live in silence, or to come out and face the threat of overwhelming discrimination,” the judge wrote. By Ryan J. Reilly 56k 28 WASHINGTON ― A federal judge late Friday barred the federal government from implementing President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender members of the military, finding that the ban had to be subject to a careful court review before implementation because of the history of discrimination against transgender individuals. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman of the Western District of Washington ruled that transgender people were a protected class and that the injunctions against the implementation of the ban that had been issued in December should remain in place. She wrote that there was a “long and well-recognized” history of discrimination and systemic oppression against transgender people, that discrimination against transgender … [Read more...] about Judge: Transgender People A Protected Class, And The Military Can’t Enact Trump Ban
The city of San Francisco sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday, claiming that his decision to rescind “guidance documents” from prior administrations violated civil rights protections. In December 2017, Sessions announced that he was revoking 25 guidance documents as “unnecessary, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper.” In a statement, Sessions explained that he was acting in accordance with President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13777 and a November memorandum that called for regulatory reform.A task force within the Department of Justice, headed by Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, had sought to eliminate any guidance document that was “outdated, used to circumvent the regulatory process, or that improperly goes beyond what is provided for in statutes or regulation.” But San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera claims that among those 25 guidance documents were six that provided … [Read more...] about San Francisco Sues Jeff Sessions in Civil Rights Claim