Breaking: DOJ is suing the state of Georgia under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, alleging discrimination against Black voters in the state in its recent voting changes, AG Garland announces.
Garland says guidance will be forthcoming regarding redistricting, in light of the fact that this likely will be the first redistricting year in recent decades without the preclearance provision of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in force.
Garland also announces a new directive from DOJ to federal law enforcement about prioritizing prosecution of threats against election officials.
The head of the DOJ Civil Rights Division, @KristenClarkeJD, is now laying out the basis for and facts of the DOJ's lawsuit against Georgia, discussing the rushed process and the alleged discriminatory intent of the law.
Per Clarke, DOJ's lawsuit challenges absentee ballot changes, dropbox changes, the food and water ban, and out-of-precinct balloting changes in the Georgia law.
I wrote about Friday’s Georgia voting rights lawsuit announcement for @MSNBC, focusing on what it can tell us about AG Garland.…

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Sometime in the next hour or so, 11 years ago tonight, I ordered a drink at Cobalt. It was a totally ordinary moment. I was blacked out, also ordinary, so I really have no recollection of it. I had no clue that I would choose for 4,019 days since then not to have another drink. Image
I’ve talked about the path I’ve traveled often over the past years, at this mark and other moments. It really is an incredible gift, this sobriety that I’ve found — and the people who helped me keep it once I found it are just as, if not more, incredible.
That was no more apparent than over the past year, when everyone was tested — and when sobriety, for some, was a huge challenge to maintain. It wasn’t for me, luckily. I’ve, so far as I can tell, had that burden lifted. I still had life, though, and parts of it really sucked.
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While we celebrate LGBTQ Pride In many parts of the country this weekend, only people turning 18 today and after will not have lived under valid sodomy laws in parts of the country.
Lawrence v. Texas was argued in my first year of law school, and its consideration figured into the reasons why I started my Law Dork blog back in the day. It was some of my first ~considered~ writing about the law, but I’m so glad I kept learning. And wrote so much more.
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It's hard to know, after reviewing these opinions, whether qualified immunity law or the Fifth Circuit itself is more of a mess these days.
I will, however, consider arguments in favor of either answer.
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#SCOTUS decision(s) at the top of the hour. We don’t know which or how many of the 8 remaining cases we’ll get today, but those left include both the voting rights and financial disclosure cases.
First #SCOTUS decision is in TransUnion v. Ramirez, a standing decision in a Fair Credit Reporting Act case. Kavanaugh writes the 5-4 decision for the court finding the plaintiffs lacked standing. Thomas, joined by the liberal justices, dissents.…
Thomas is not happy.
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#SCOTUS opinions coming shortly. Reminder: There are 12 decisions remaining — including voting rights, financial disclosure, student speech rights, and more. As always, we don’t know which or how many decisions are coming.
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I swear to god, we could have 70 races where the reformist candidate wins, and these people will wait for the one race where the retrograde candidate wins (is ahead, here), and act like that’s The One That Proves Their Point.
Like, even tonight, look at Manhattan, where it is an actual DA being voted on: The progressive who folks there coalesced around has declared victory.
Not to mention Buffalo and Rochester — again, tonight! A socialist and WFP-endorsed candidate, respectively, won.
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