Chris McCoy on Friday, Aug. 26th
This week, Turnstyle brings together political stories on hot topics ranging from Arizona’s immigration battles to Republican candidates Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman sparring in their campaigns for president. In addition, we include a story on President Barack Obama’s track record on improving diversity in nominating federal judges.
Arizona challenge to the Voting Rights Act
Arizona state officials are railing against the Voting Rights Act in court, citing that it unlawfully restricts changes to voting rules and regulations. The Act is meant to protect voters from discrimination based on race. Anti-illegal immigration activists are helping to lead the charge.
Arizona politician building a border fence
Arizona State Senator Steve Smith has proposed building a border fence along the breadth of the southern American border with Mexico, and is collecting contributions nationwide for the project. Opponents equate the idea with the Berlin Wall.
Rick Perry a Formidable Force?
GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, governor of Texas for ten years following George W. Bush, has recently emerged on the national stage as a major player on the Republican side. Columnist David Brooks notices his surge in the polls and remarks that his candidacy should be regarded seriously.
Obama: Diversity in Judicial Nominations
President Barack Obama has increased the amount of judicial nominations that are women and minorities, including nominating triple the percentage of African Americans and double the amount of women for federal judgeships than George W. Bush.
Huntsman on Evolution, with News Hour
Jon Huntsman, the former Republican governor of Utah, and current candidate for president, announced this week via Twitter that he believed in evolution and found global warming credible, contradicting candidate Rick Perry’s statements on the issue.