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Point Austin: The Supremes Bail Out
Court ruling lets Voting Rights Act live for another day
"...directly address the constitutionality of Section 5 of the VRA, which requires Depart­ment of Justice "preclearance," for racially discriminatory..."

June 26, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Point Austin: MUD Rising
Canyon Creek voting-rights lawsuit goes to the Supremes
"...nominally because the MUD's board considers complying with the VRA both burdensome and insulting, and therefore unconstitutional...."

Jan. 16, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Congress Putting Teeth Back in Voting Rights Act
New Section 4 would put Texas back under preclearance
"...whole preclearance mechanism defined in Section 5 of the VRA. Instead, the justices left Section 5 in place, and..."

Jan. 16, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Block the Vote
If you can't beat 'em, disenfranchise 'em
"...put a stop to that. Section 5 of the VRA required that before any change in voting law could..."

April 22, 2016 News Feature by Amy Kamp

Point Austin: A Moment of Celebration
It's a long road, but we can walk it together
"...effect of minority votes had been challenged under the VRA, which requires "preclearance" of election changes that might discriminate..."

June 28, 2013 News Column by Michael King

Point Austin: Supreme Confusion
The Supreme Court ratifies the Texas GOP majority with a shrug
"...group [Latino voters] that was beginning to achieve [the VRA's] goal of overcoming prior electoral discrimination." That is, faced..."

July 7, 2006 News Column by Michael King

Once Again, Redistricting Looms in Texas
Republicans hold all the power to draw new lines, but there's more attention on the process than ever before
"...endgame that has, for every single cycle since the VRA was passed, accompanied Texas redistricting, both when it was..."

Feb. 12, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Riding the Pinwheel
The GOP redraws the map of Texas – brazenly sidestepping most of the state's newest voters
"...candidate of their choice. (It's worth emphasizing that the VRA choice is about voters, not candidates: the "candidate of..."

Aug. 26, 2011 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Point Austin: Once More Into the MUD
What we get when we annex unplanned development: plenty of entertainment
"...Act case. The high-profile Republicans recruiting and underwriting the VRA lawsuit were fondly hoping that the John Roberts Court..."

Nov. 20, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Point Austin: 'Embrace What Is Right'
On Obama, what it means … and what it doesn't
"...here last week (Jan. 16) and declaring, with longtime VRA foes Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom, that "Obama's election demonstrates..."

Jan. 23, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Point Austin: MUD in Your Eye
Northwest Austin suburb chal­lenges the Voting Rights Act
"...argument. In addition to the DOJ itself, defending the VRA are the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund,..."

Nov. 9, 2007 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
A verdict is expected this week in the federal case against the congressional remap
"...when it was precleared of any objections under the VRA by the U.S. Department of Justice. The judges asked..."

Jan. 2, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
The City Council prepares to decide which charter amendments go before the voters.
"...attorney's office. We wearily point out again that the VRA is designed not to ensure that people of color..."

March 15, 2002 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Texas Primaries Loom as Redistricting Lawsuits Drop
New maps and new challenges
"...white voters. This retrogression used to be a no-brainer VRA violation that GOP mapmakers would go to lengths to..."

Oct. 29, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Texas' Big, Bad Week for Voter Suppression and Gerrymandering
Within two days, courts reject second election map, voter ID bill
"...rules did not resolve either purposeful violations of the VRA, or related constitutional issues...."

Aug. 25, 2017 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Hearing on Gerrymandering Set for April 27
A hearing on congressional redistricting is set for April 27
"...2013, which were redrawn at the time because of VRA violations around Dallas. The question now is whether the..."

April 21, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Court Rules: Texas Voter ID Still Racist
Second ruling finds GOP deliberately suppressed minority vote
"...sufficient evidence to prove a deliberate violation of the VRA. After all, the state could simply have meant to..."

April 11, 2017 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Du Bois v. Washington?
Jeff Travillion formally enters Pct. 1 Commissioners Race
"...federal Voting Rights Act when the Legislature violated the VRA by gerrymandering black and Latino voters out of their..."

Oct. 30, 2015 News Post by Michael King

Voter ID: Battle Lost, War Goes On
Litigants respond to SCOTUS ruling, pledge continuing challenge
"...fix what SCOTUS broke last year, and revamp the VRA. Calling Friday's ruling "a huge disappointment," Leadership Conference on..."

Oct. 18, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: 'No Bueno'
Court says the Lege still trampling on voting rights
"...better luck with justices audibly itching to gut the VRA. In the meantime, for November we'll be stuck with..."

Sept. 7, 2012 News Column by Michael King

Welcome to the Circus!
The redistricting fight and the grassroots politics of chaos
"...the D.C. federal court requesting that the court deny VRA preclearance to the interim map, and the new district..."

March 9, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Redistricting: GOP Has Lock – But Dems Have Key
Can Obama's DOJ thwart DeLay-style footwork?
"...Musselman was referring to Section 5 of the VRA, which requires certain states with a history of racial..."

Dec. 3, 2010 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Against Canyon Creek Lawsuit
"...with regards to this provision [Section 5] of the VRA, so this was a surprise to me, for certain...."

Nov. 12, 2007 Postmarks

Court Reporter
At the Supreme Court Wednesday, it was all about Texas and the future
"...reviewed by the court for potential violation of the VRA.Watching the Signs..."

March 3, 2006 News Feature by Michael King

The Judges Rule: Map May Not Be Wise, But It's Legal
The federal judges rule in favor of the Texas congressional map -- even while admitting it may destroy the political hopes of minorities.
"...is not really a minority-opportunity district protected by the VRA.) Minority communities in rural Texas, and in smaller urban..."

Jan. 9, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Tom Delay Faces Judgment Day (O'Connor)
"...legislators for a redistricting plan is "significant" to its VRA analysis. Then look at the large minority communities in..."

Oct. 17, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Do the Travis Three-Way
"...Frost's District 24 is majority-minority and covered by the VRA, so if the Lege decides to turn it into..."

Oct. 10, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Capitol Chronicle
The fight over re-redistricting is a battle for the civil rights of minority Texans.
"...federal Voting Rights Act. Put more simply, as the VRA is written, the dominant party can't "change the rules..."

Aug. 29, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Austin at Large: One Step Forward, Two Steps ...
The Texas Democrats walk back their walkout amid hard feelings, flashes of hope
"...– again, if the Senate agrees – restores the VRA "pre-clearance" provisions struck down in 2013 that would allow..."

Aug. 27, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

So You Want to Redistrict Austin?
The process – and what’s at stake – with redrawing our City Council districts
"...which cultural groups (i.e., Black or Latinx under the VRA) can elect their preferred candidates. Right now there are..."

Sept. 18, 2020 News Feature by Lilli Hime

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