How the Supreme Court’s liberal justices sought to shape voting-rights arguments

CNN — The Supreme Court’s three liberal justices – Latina, White and Black women – sought during voting-rights arguments Tuesday to wrench the narrative of a colorblind America from the conservatives who currently dominate the bench. Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, justices on the right have rejected policies that consider race, including in redistricting … Read more

Takeaways from the Supreme Court’s hearing on what the Voting Rights Act means for redistricting

CNN — The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard a challenge to a key section of the Voting Rights Act, presenting the conservative majority with another opportunity to whittle down the seminal 1965 law that aims to address racial discrimination in voting. The case concerns the US congressional map Alabama drew after the 2020 census, but … Read more

Supreme Court Justices Question Alabama’s Argument To Gut The Voting Rights Act

Six Supreme Court justices, both liberal and conservative, did not immediately buy the case made by the state of Alabama that the court should overturn 40 years of previous and gut the Voting Rights Act during arguments in the case of Merrill v. Milligan on Tuesday. In questioning Alabama’s argument, it appeared possible that the … Read more

Voting Rights Act: Supreme Court will hear challenge to key section in redistricting case

CNN — Almost a decade after effectively gutting a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court is setting its sights on a different provision of the law on Tuesday in a case that could make it much more difficult for minority voters to challenge redistricting maps. At issue is Section 2 of … Read more

Supreme Court takes up key voting rights case from Alabama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up an Alabama redistricting case that could have far-reaching effects on minority voting power across the United States. The justices are hearing arguments Tuesday in the latest high-court showdown over the federal Voting Rights Act, lawsuits seeking to force Alabama to create a second Black majority congressional … Read more

Tropical Storm Ian to strengthen, storm watch issued for Florida Keys

Tropical Storm Ian was strengthening Sunday night, and it is forecast to intensify more rapidly Monday and Tuesday — possibly into a high-end Category 4 storm. The big picture: Ian could hit western Florida or another part of the Gulf Coast as a powerful hurricane as early as midweek this week. State of play: Tropical … Read more

Alabama execution called off for time and medical concerns

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials called off the Thursday lethal injection of a man convicted in a 1999 workplace shooting because of time concerns and trouble accessing the inmate’s veins. Alabama Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said prison officials called off the execution after they determined inmate Arthur Miller’s “veins could not be accessed in … Read more

US Supreme Court says Alabama can carry out execution

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A divided US Supreme Court said Alabama can proceed Thursday night with the lethal injection of an inmate convicted in a 1999 workplace shooting, vacating two lower court rulings that sided with the condemned man and his request for a different method of execution. The 5-4 decision reversed rulings by the … Read more