Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are not wasting time making changes to state voting laws following the Supreme Court’s decision last week tearing down the Voting Rights Act. GOP leaders in the Republican-controlled state have indicated that they plan to push forward with a voter ID law, as well as ending same-day voting registration, early voting and Sunday voting. While voting rights advocates and civil rights groups agree that these changes will likely hurt minority turnout, an increasingly vocal group of Republicans seems unperturbed. These conservatives, including Rep. Michele Bachman and commentators like Rush Limbaugh, argue that the Republican Party can still win elections by doubling down in their efforts to secure the white vote–despite growing minority populations nationwide. Tim Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, will join Chris Hayes to discuss the impending changes in North Carolina and whether this conservative plan can work in 2014 and beyond.
Later, Jamelle Bouie, contributor to The Washington Post, staff writer at The American Prospect, and columnist at The Daily Beast, joins the table to discuss what he described as an “illuminating” interview he conducted with a man who sent him a racially charged e-mail.
Plus: New details from the Senate immigration plan have emerged, revealing specific language that would benefit top defense contractors. If signed into law, the legislation would require the U.S. Border Patrol to purchase brand-name helicopters, radio systems, and other equipment, funneling tens of millions of dollars to the selected manufacturers. Chris Hayes will delve into the ethics of this legislative pork.
We’ll also have the latest on the massive protests in Egypt and the United States’ role in the conflict as the call grows for President Mohamed Morsi to step down. NBC Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin, Columnist/Activist Mona Eltahawy and Associate Professor at University of Oklahoma, Samer Shehata will join Chris Hayes to discuss the political unrest ahead of Wednesday’s deadline set by the army for action from the government.