Tuesday, February 23, 2016

GWorks Interviews: Richard L. Hasen

In this four-part interview, Richard L. Hasen discusses understanding the Supreme Court, especially through election law and the problem of money in politics. Mr Hasen is the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and author of the new book, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections (Yale University Press, 12 January 2016).

“It’s really a fundamental divide between two different world views over what the effects of money in politics are and what the biggest risk is. So to conservatives, the biggest risk is censorship and squelching political speech. To the liberals, the concerns are, I think, both corruption and domination of the process by wealthy individuals and corporations.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

GWorks Interviews: Ari Berman

"[Chief Justice Roberts] says, 'History didn’t end in 1965.' But, what he misses is that voter suppression didn’t end in 1965, either—that...this particular part of the Voting Rights Act that he didn’t like, Section 5, it blocked 3000 discriminatory voting changes from 1965 to 2013.”

In this four-part interview, Ari Berman, Senior Contributing Writer at The Nation and author of Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (4 August 2015)), discusses his background; covering voting rights; the history of enacting and challenging the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), culminating in Shelby County v. Holder, the 2013 Supreme Court case striking down VRA’s "coverage formula," the means the law used to identify states subject to voting rights regulation by the federal government; and what voting rights will look like in the 2016 election and beyond.

Viewers may watch the complete interview above, select a particular part from the list in the upper left corner of the video above or scroll to a particular part below.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Women's Suffrage & the Nineteenth Amendment

The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution
The National Archives

The right of citizens of the United States to vote
shall not be denied or abridged
by the United States or by any state
on account of sex.

Congress shall have power
to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Passed by Congress on 4 June 1919, the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing to women the right to vote, was ratified on 18 August 1920.

Monday, August 17, 2015

In Memoriam: Julian Bond (1940–2015)

Jim Obergefell, Pamela Horowitz & Julian Bond
At the Supreme Court on the morning of  Oral Argument
Obergefell v. Hodges (and consolidated cases), the marriage equality cases.
Washington, DC (28 April 2015)

Julian Bond, an essential part of the Civil Rights movement, died on Sunday. The obituary in The New York Times, Julian Bond, Charismatic Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 75, offers a sense of Mr Bond's extraordinary life.

I was at the Supreme Court on 28 April 2015, the morning the Court heard oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality cases, and shot the photograph (above) of Mr Bond and Pamela Horowitz, his wife, who were standing in line and talking with Mr Obergefell.