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Live And Local With Kevin Wall 06/25/13: The Teachers Union, Voting Rights Act, And Climate Change

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CBS LAS VEGAS-Nationally, one-third of union households would opt out of their union membership if given the chance, according to a new scientific survey released today in Nevada by National Employee Freedom Week. In Nevada 31.1 percent would drop their union membership if possible to do so without any penalties. Starting July 1st most teachers in Nevada can reclaim their dues money by submitting written notice the first two weeks in July. Victor Joeckes, Communications Director of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, talks about when teachers can opt out of the union where they can get the right forms to do so.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a section of the Voting Rights Act, weakening a tool the federal government has used for nearly five decades to block discriminatory voting laws. The Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. That section of the landmark 1965 law provides the formula for determining which states must have any changes to their voting laws pre-approved by the Justice Department’s civil rights division or the D.C. federal court. Nine states are required to get pre-clearance, as are certain jurisdictions in seven other states. : Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish major parts of the Voting Rights Act?

With little to no hope on Capitol Hill for action on climate change, President Obama on Tuesday plans to bypass Congress and move forward with executive actions designed to reduce carbon emissions.

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