Thursday, June 22, 2006

What world do they live in

Quotes from our Republican leadership...
"I don't think we have racial bias in Texas anymore," Congressman John Carter (TX-Rep) said after House Republican leaders suddenly cancelled plans to vote on a renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, according to an article slated for Thursday's edition of Houston Chronicle, RAW STORY has found.

Excerpts from the article written by Samantha Levine:

The change in course was announced after the Texans and other Republicans raised complaints about the legislation during the weekly House GOP meeting.


Among the objections brought by several Texas Republicans is the requirement that the state must get permission, or "preclearance," from the Justice Department or a federal court before making changes to voting standards, practices or procedures.

The rule was aimed at states with a history of discrimination in voting. Six states were targeted when the law was originally passed: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia. Texas, Arizona and Alaska were added in 1975, when the law was expanded to protect people who have limited knowledge of English.

"It would be dumb to discriminate," said Rep. Henry Bonilla, R-San Antonio. "That is the last thing anyone is trying to do."

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