Legal Buzz June 25, 2013: Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Voting Rights Act

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Voting Rights Act

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The Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act Tuesday, ruling that the formula used to enforce the nearly 50-year-old civil rights law needs to be updated.

In a 5-4 decision the court said that the coverage formula used by the government to determine which states are required to get federal permission before they make any changes to voting laws is unconstitutional. The ruling effectively puts the issue back in the hands of lawmakers to revise the law. And until then, the ruling effectively renders section five of the Voting Rights Act inoperable….READ MORE

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Political Headlines February 24, 2013: White House Previews State & Local Impacts of Sequester

POLITICAL HEADLINES

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

White House Previews Local Impacts of Sequester

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-25-13

The National Governors Association’s winter meeting is under way in the nation’s capital, and while President Obama hosted the state executives for their annual black-tie dinner in the White House on Sunday, his administration is pushing a new angle over the partisan bickering around the sequester: how it relates to individual states.READ MORE

 

Campaign Headlines November 6, 2012: What Time Are My State’s Election Polls Open?

CAMPAIGN 2012

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

What Time Are My State’s Election Polls Open?

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-5-12

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Below is each state’s poll hours and website for information on elections, compiled by ABC News. For more, see our election map HERE.

Alabama

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Alaska

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Alaska Time zone and the Hawaii-Aleutian Time zone.

More info HERE.

Arizona

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

More info HERE.

Arkansas

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

California

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time.

More info HERE.

Colorado

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

More info HERE.

Connecticut

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Delaware

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

District of Columbia

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Florida

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Eastern and Central Time zones.

More info HERE.

Georgia

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Hawaii

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hawaii Time.

More info HERE.

Idaho

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mountain and Pacific Time zones.

More info HERE.

Illinois

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Indiana

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Iowa

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central time.

More info HERE.

Kansas

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Kentucky

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern and Central Time.

More info HERE.

Louisiana

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Maine

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastern Time in municipalities with a population less than 500. For municipalities with a population of more than 500, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

More info HERE.

Maryland

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Massachusetts

Most polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, with some municipalities opening as early as 5:45 a.m.

More info HERE.

Michigan

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central and Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Minnesota

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time, although some smaller municipalities may stay open until 10 p.m.

More info HERE.

Mississippi

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Missouri

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Montana

Polling places vary across the state.

More info HERE.

Nebraska

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

More info HERE.

Nevada

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time.

More info HERE.

New Hampshire

Polling times vary across the state.

More info HERE.

New Jersey

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

New Mexico

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

More info HERE.

New York

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

North Carolina

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

North Dakota

Polling times vary.

More info HERE.

Ohio

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Oklahoma

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Oregon

In person voting will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time.

More info HERE.

Pennsylvania

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Rhode Island

Most polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

South Carolina

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

South Dakota

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Central and Mountain Time zones.

More info HERE.

Tennessee

Most polls will be open between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Eastern and Central Time zones.

More info HERE.

Texas

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Utah

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mountain Time.

More info HERE.

Vermont

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Virginia

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Washington

Washington is a mail in ballot state.

More info HERE.

West Virginia

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Wisconsin

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Wyoming

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

More info HERE.

Full Text September 24, 2011: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address on the Standards of the American Education System — Reforming the No Child Left Behind Act

POLITICAL SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

President Barack Obama tapes his Weekly Address
President Barack Obama tapes the weekly address, White House Photo, Chuck Kennedy, 9/23/11

Weekly Address: Strengthening the American Education System

Source: WH, 9-24-11

President Obama explains that states will have greater flexibility to find innovative ways of improving the education system, so that we can raise standards in our classrooms and prepare the next generation to succeed in the global economy.

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POLITICAL QUOTES & SPEECHES

WEEKLY ADDRESS: Strengthening the American Education System

In this week’s address, President Obama told the American people that it is time to raise the standards of our education system so that every classroom is a place of high expectations and high performance.  On Friday, the President announced that states will have greater flexibility to find innovative ways of improving the quality of learning and teaching, so that we can strengthen performance in our classrooms and ensure that teachers are helping students learn rather than teaching to the test.  By modernizing our schools and improving the education system, the United States can continue building an economy that lasts into the future and prepare the next generation to succeed in the global economy.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
September 24, 2011

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been making the case that we need to act now on the American Jobs Act, so we can put folks back to work and start building an economy that lasts into the future.

Education is an essential part of this economic agenda.  It is an undeniable fact that countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow.  Businesses will hire wherever the highly-skilled, highly-trained workers are located.

But today, our students are sliding against their peers around the globe.  Today, our kids trail too many other countries in math, science, and reading.  As many as a quarter of our students aren’t even finishing high school.  And we’ve fallen to 16th in the proportion of our young people with a college degree, even though we know that sixty percent of new jobs in the coming decade will require more than a high school diploma.

What this means is that if we’re serious about building an economy that lasts – an economy in which hard work pays off with the opportunity for solid middle class jobs – we had better be serious about education.  We have to pick up our game and raise our standards.

As a nation, we have an obligation to make sure that all children have the resources they need to learn – quality schools, good teachers, the latest textbooks and the right technology.  That’s why the jobs bill I sent to Congress would put tens of thousands of teachers back to work across the country, and modernize at least 35,000 schools.  And Congress should pass that bill right now.

But money alone won’t solve our education problems.  We also need reform.  We need to make sure that every classroom is a place of high expectations and high performance.

That’s been our vision since taking office.  And that’s why instead of just pouring money into a system that’s not working, we launched a competition called Race to the Top.  To all fifty states, we said, “If you show us the most innovative plans to improve teacher quality and student achievement, we’ll show you the money.”

For less than one percent of what we spend on education each year, Race to the Top has led states across the country to raise their standards for teaching and learning. These standards were developed, not by Washington, but by Republican and Democratic governors throughout the country.  And since then, we have seen what’s possible when reform isn’t just a top-down mandate, but the work of local teachers and principals; school boards and communities.

That’s why in my State of the Union address this year, I said that Congress should reform the No Child Left Behind law based on the same principles that have guided Race to the Top.

While the goals behind No Child Left Behind were admirable, experience has taught us that the law has some serious flaws that are hurting our children instead of helping them.  Teachers are being forced to teach to a test, while subjects like history and science are being squeezed out.  And in order to avoid having their schools labeled as failures, some states lowered their standards in a race to the bottom.

These problems have been obvious to parents and educators all over this country for years.  But for years, Congress has failed to fix them.  So now, I will.  Our kids only get one shot at a decent education.  And they can’t afford to wait any longer.

Yesterday, I announced that we’ll be giving states more flexibility to meet high standards for teaching and learning.  It’s time for us to let states, schools and teachers come up with innovative ways to give our children the skills they need to compete for the jobs of the future.

This will make a huge difference in the lives of students all across the country.  Yesterday, I was with Ricky Hall, the principal of a school in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Every single student who graduated from Ricci’s school in the last three years went on to college.  But because they didn’t meet the standards of No Child Left Behind, Ricci’s school was labeled as failing last year.

That will change because of what we did yesterday.  From now on, we’ll be able to encourage the progress at schools like Ricci’s.  From now on, people like John Becker, who teaches at one of the highest-performing middle schools in D.C., will be able to focus on teaching his 4th graders math in a way that improves their performance instead of just teaching to a test.  Superintendents like David Estrop from Ohio will be able to focus on improving teaching and learning in his district instead of spending all his time on bureaucratic mandates from Washington that don’t get results.

This isn’t just the right thing to do for our kids – it’s the right thing to do for our country, and our future.  It is time to put our teachers back on the job.  It is time to rebuild and modernize our schools.  And it is time to raise our standards, up our game, and do everything it takes to prepare our children succeed in the global economy.  Now is the time to once again make our education system the envy of the world.

Thanks for listening.

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