North Carolina has enacted one of the most odious anti-gay laws in the nation, yet another law that forces transgendered folks to go to the bathroom of their birth sex, one that refuses to let municipalities enact anti-discrimination laws because that's what "small government" is all about after all, and note well that the state legislature put this monstrosity forward the same day that the city of Charlotte enacted broad anti-discrimination protections, and Gov. McCrory was in an awful hurry to sign it. But the ACLU helps you tell Gov. McCrory to ensure this law gets repealed. It may sound like a tall order, but recall how quickly Indiana's Governor did the oh-I-didn't-realize-the-law-was-this-bad shuffle and got Indiana's similarly awful law "clarified" last year. And note well, also, the number of corporations (including the NBA) that have already made noise about disassociating with North Carolina if this law continues to stand. Why, I've always heard Asheville is quite nice. But I guess hearing about it is all I'll ever do now.
Oh, but North Carolina isn't alone in the doghouse -- thousands of good Arizonans stood in line for five hours in Maricopa County, Arizona, during last week's Presidential primary. And stop me if you've heard this one before, but Maricopa County officials opened many, many fewer polling stations in areas that just so happened to have a heavily non-white population. Hence CREDO helps you demand that the Department of Justice investigate apparent voting irregularities in Maricopa County on March 22. The Voting Rights Act no longer allows our government to pre-clear voting law changes in states with long records of voting rights violations, but that doesn't mean it's powerless to investigate obvious shenanigans like the ones perpetrated in Maricopa County. Also, Presente helps you demand the resignation of Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, who oversaw the polling fiasco and who blamed independent voters afterward, before finally realizing how that sounded and taking responsibility for the fiasco. Her apology is rubbish -- she's been steadily cutting back on polling places for years.
Finally, in a related note, CREDO still helps you tell the House leadership to allow a vote on the Voting Rights Amendment Act already. The Voting Rights Amendment Act (H.R. 2867/S. 1659) would create a new pre-clearance formula, one that would mandate pre-clearance of voting rights law changes in any area of the nation -- north, south, east, or west -- that has demonstrated a pattern of voting rights violations over the last 15 years, and thus the bill would close the gaping hole the Supreme Court blew open in the Voting Rights Act in its Shelby County v. Holder decision. Mr. Ryan has said he doesn't want to tell Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte what to do (Mr. Goodlatte opposes the bill), but no one in America thinks House decorum is that important. I suppose Tea Party will call Mr. Ryan an apostate if he allows a vote on the bill (that's if any of them know what "apostate" means, of course), but if good establishment boys like Paul Ryan know anything, they know that extremist whining about you isn't a drawback but an asset.