SUPREMES GUT VOTING RIGHTS ACT…

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN SECTION 4 OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT, according to ScotusBlog. “Holding: Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. Its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to preclearance. . . . “Our decision in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in [Section] 2. We issue no holding on [Section] 5 itself, only on the coverage formula. Congress may draft another formula based on current conditions.”UPDATE: Here’s the opinion, in PDF.

SUPREMES GUT VOTING RIGHTS ACT...

OBAMA: ‘DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED’…
JESSE JACKSON: ‘Devastating blow’…
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And then we hear from an actual Constitutional Law prof …
UPDATE: Ann Althouse: “It seems to me that the ‘equal sovereignty’ principle is an important structural safeguard in the federal legislative process, protecting us from the democratic dysfunctions of things like the ‘Cornhusker Kickback.’ This is exactly the sort of thing that ought to shake judges out of the usual deference to Congress.”

From Althouse here: “This is a case about Congress’s enumerated powers. It’s not about Congress violating rights, but the scope of its power under the 15th Amendment to enforce the right guaranteed by that amendment (the right against race discrimination in voting). This is a power to be used against state and local government, so the scope of that power implicates federalism doctrine.”

Meanwhile, a more sober take from a lawyer who actually understands this stuff.

And from the ignorant and confused corner …

UPDATE: MSNBC host ‘physically enraged’ by SCOTUS’ Voting Rights Act decision.

Also: Meltdown of the day: Melissa Harris-Perry laments loss of citizenship after SCOTUS’ VRA decision.

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