Justiceline: March 4, 2013

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)

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  • Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) reacts to Justice Scalia’s description of the Voting Rights Act as a “perpetuation of racial entitlement” — “What Justice Scalia said, to me, was, ‘The 15th Amendment of the Constitution ain’t got no concerns for me because I’m white and proud.'”
  • Meanwhile, Chief Justice Roberts relied on an inaccurate understanding of census data in order to claim that Massachusetts has a worse record on minority voting than Mississippi.
  • The Maryland Senate rejected an amendment seeking to water down a bill repealing the death penalty. A final vote on the bill could come as soon as tomorrow.
  • School voucher groups spent over $20,000 to keep the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Republican hands.
  • And, finally, Saturday Night Live goes after Scalia — “I don’t think you get to say what’s outdated when you’re a small council of old people in robes who decide our laws and can’t be fired.”