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In fight over COVID mask rules, Southern appeals courts side with GOP over schools

September 29, 2021 - Governors and legislatures across the South have banned public schools from requiring masks to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The bans have been successfully challenged in lower courts, but appellate courts overturned some of those rulings. Federal courts in several states are taking up the question of whether mask mandate bans violate the rights of students with disabilities.

With big business backing, GOP revamps appellate courts in Southern states

April 8, 2021 - The Texas legislature may consolidate the state's appeals courts, where Democrats have gained seats in recent elections — and watchdogs say the changes could violate the Voting Rights Act. The plan is being pushed by a big business group that has spent nearly $1 million to back GOP judicial candidates. A new West Virginia appeals court also had the support of big business.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The high cost of the non-citizen voter myth

May 10, 2019 - Earlier this year Texas officials threatened to remove from the state's voter rolls tens of thousands of people they alleged were not citizens. Warning that the state was using bad data, voting rights advocates sued and won — and now Texas must pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys' fees. It's not the only state to jeopardize citizens' voting rights over bogus claims of non-citizens voting.