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Editorial: GOP lawmakers must reveal the truth about monster voting law communications

Posted By Rob Schofield On April 8, 2014 @ 8:09 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

This morning’s Greensboro News & Record is spot on in an editorial [1] regarding the efforts of Republican lawmakers to keep communications related to the monster voting law [2] secret. Here’s the conclusion:

“Just as literacy tests were really intended, not to make sure voters could read, but to limit voting by blacks, so might similar motives underlie newer forms of voting restrictions. Since federal courts have jurisdiction over state voting laws, they can compel the release of evidence that otherwise might be protected by legislative immunity. Many of the documents sought are communications between legislators and outside parties that normally would be considered public under the state’s open records law. Greater protection can be allowed for communications between legislators and their lawyers or those circulated only among legislators and their staffs.

The judge directed plaintiffs and defendants to confer in more detail about specific documents and issue a status report. A final decision will follow eventually — the case isn’t scheduled to go to trial until next year — but [Judge] Peake indicated she will order legislators to turn over at least some of the documents requested.

The way to get to the truth of the matter is to see what legislators were saying among themselves about the new voting laws.

Read the entire editorial by clicking here [1].


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URLs in this post:

[1] an editorial: http://www.news-record.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/article_0d5fdbd0-be98-11e3-bdff-0017a43b2370.html

[2] monster voting law: http://www.democracy-nc.org/downloads/MonsterLaw-IDAug2013.pdf

[3] Editorial: GOP lawmakers should not be allowed to hide communications regarding voter suppression law : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/02/editorial-gop-lawmakers-should-not-be-allowed-to-hide-communications-re-voter-suppression-law/

[4] Breaking: Federal judge upholds ruling requiring disclosure of emails in voting rights cases : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/15/federal-judge-upholds-ruling-requiring-disclosure-of-emails-in-voting-rights-cases/

[5] State lawmakers holding tight to their privilege in voting rights cases : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/03/state-lawmakers-holding-tight-to-their-privilege-in-voting-rights-cases/

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