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A federal judge blocked Texas from enforcing its revamped voter identification law on Wednesday, ruling that the State Legislature’s attempt to loosen the law did not go far enough and perpetuated discrimination against black and Hispanic voters.
Nelva Gonzales Ramos, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas — had previously found that the original law, one of the most restrictive in the nation, was passed in 2011 with the intent to discriminate against blacks and Hispanics.
Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s organization plans to spend at least $2 million to elect Democrat Ralph Northam as Virginia’s next governor, with a focus on turning out millenial voters.
Steyer pushed to make climate a key issue in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial contest, attacking Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli II as a climate change denier. His organization has since rebranded to focus on more than just the environment — changing its name from NextGen Climate to NextGen America.