Now the nation’s top court will decide the question. In doing so, it will limit its review to the following question, which the supreme court itself worded, notes SCOTUSblog: “Whether Congress’ decision in 2006 to reauthorize Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act under the pre-existing coverage formula of Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act exceeded its authority under the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and thus violated the Tenth Amendment and Article IV of the United States Constitution.” … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court to Review Voting Rights Act Case Out of Shelby County, Ala.
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In Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. ___ (2013) (slip op.) the Supreme Court held that § 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act – the formula used to determine “covered jurisdictions” that must submit any changes in voting procedure to federal authorities for pre-clearance – is unconstitutional. That portion of the Voting Rights Act was designed to prevent discrimination in voting by requiring all state and local governments with a history of voting discrimination to get approval from the federal government before making any changes to their voting laws or procedures, no matter how small. The court did not strike down § 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which mandates pre-clearance. The effect of striking down § 4(b), however, is to render the preclearance provisions in § 5 powerless. Congress still has the opportunity to create a new formula, based on current conditions, to determine which jurisdictions must submit to preclearance under … [Read more...] about Shelby County v. Holder Decision Has Broad Impact on Voting Rights Act Compliance
The Kansas Department of Revenue reviews and evaluates county residential appraisals compared to actual sales, including Johnson County’s. The most recent study available, from 2016, found Johnson County had a score of 92.7 percent on its residential appraisals. That is within the state’s acceptable range of getting to between 90 percent and 110 percent of market values. … [Read more...] about JoCo appraisal disparities lead to thousands of appeals. Here’s how many could win
Lynn Horsley reports on Johnson County for the Kansas City Star, focusing on government, politics, business development and battles over growth and change in the county. She previously covered City Hall in Kansas City for 19 years and has a passion for helping readers understand how government affects their lives. … [Read more...] about Will JoCo home appraisals skyrocket again this year, taxpayers? Location is everything
Two local herd dispersal auctions in a single week is unusual. But auctioneer Bob Landis, whose Landis Marketing business specializes in herd dispersal sales, said many local dairy farmers who leave the business have been selling their herds privately or directly for meat. … [Read more...] about Hitting home: 2 Lancaster County dairy families reluctantly sell their milk cows at auctions