PHILADELPHIA, PA – No one likes being treated like a little kid. But someone over in D.C. things Texas should have to ask permission before changing its own laws.
That someone is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
This is the Justice Department’s first big move since last month’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act.
Holder wants to make sure Lone Star lawmakers aren’t discriminating against minorities.
It’s no secret Texas has had some questionable political re-districting practices, but a judge panel in San Antonio is looking at those voting maps.
Holder doesn’t seem to think that’s enough. He’s asking a Federal court in San Antonio to require that Texas clear all voting law changes with the Feds.
“It goes to the heart of who we are as a people and it’s incumbent upon Congressional leaders from both parties to guarantee that every eligible American will always have equal access to the polls,” Holder said Thursday.
Sure, Holder is concerned our voting laws are a civil rights issue.
But now this opens the door for a states’ rights issue.