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First Circuit, Relying on Evenwel, Rejects “Prison Gerrymandering” Claim

You can find the unanimous 1st Circuit opinion at this link. Here is a statement from Demos.  From the opinion: It is true that Evenwel did not decide the precise question before us. Nevertheless, we hold that its methodology and logic compel us … Continue reading ?

The Unsung Economic Success Story of New Zealand

When writing a few days ago about the newly updated numbers from Economic Freedom of the World, I mentioned in passing that New Zealand deserves praise “for big reforms in the right direction.” And when I say big reforms, this isn’t exaggeration or puffery. Back in 1975, New Zealand’s score from EFW was only 5.60. Show More Summary

One of the WI #JohnDoe Movants Was Directly Emailing WI Chief Justice About the Case

Yesterday, in an odd order, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered a previously sealed document from the Special Prosecutor in the John Doe case to be unsealed. Three Justices voted to unseal; three recused themselves; and Justice Abrahamson refused to vote. … Continue reading ?

Scientists are gushing too much

Equally, in a world where academics are obliged to offer up each piece of work to be evaluated as internationally significant, world leading etc., they will seek to signal such a rating discursively. A study by Vinkers et al. in the British Medical Journal uncovered a new tendency towards hyperbole in scientific reports. Show More Summary

Wednesday assorted links

1. Redux on my 2013 post “A simple theory of recent American intellectual history.” 2. Shanty mega-structures. 3. Adam Gopnik on Jane Jacobs. 4. “A dedicated hedgehog officer has started work after seeing off worldwide competition for the role.” (the culture that is Ipswich) The post Wednesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Cities Seek Police Surveillance Transparency and Oversight

Today, legislative efforts began in eleven cities (see right) aimed at requiring police departments to be more transparent about the surveillance technology they use. The bills will also reportedly propose increased community control over the use of surveillance tools. Show More Summary

“Kris Kobach, ACLU clash in court over proof of citizenship voting law”

Topeka Capital-Journal: Secretary of State Kris Kobach said in court Wednesday an elderly couple challenging Kansas’ proof of citizenship voting law hadn’t demonstrated they are citizens – and therefore eligible to sue. At the same hearing, a Shawnee County District … Continue reading ?

WI Voters Differ on Views of Voter Fraud v. Voter Suppression, But More See More Suppression than Fraud Prevention from Voter ID

Given Wisconsin Republicans’ fanning the voter fraud flames, I would have expected even more lopsided numbers in this new Marquette poll of Wisconsin voters: Respondents were asked how many illegally cast votes by people not legally eligible they expected in November’s … Continue reading ?

“Softening Voter ID Laws Through Litigation: Is It Enough?”

Today the Wisconsin Law Review Forward published this article of mine (also in html format). From the Introduction: Headlines about voter identification laws often place court rulings in a simple win or loss frame. For example, the New York Times headline describing … Continue reading ?

“‘It’s just inherently intimidating’: Watchdog agency under fire for pressuring groups it regulates to oppose legislation”

LAT: A rare and heated dispute has erupted between California’s campaign finance regulators  and open-government groups that have accused the watchdog agency of pressuring them to rescind their support for legislation designed to show who is funding political ads. Supporters of the bill … Continue reading ?

Floods Not Increasing Across the U.S.

Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our “Current Wisdom.” In our continuing examination of U.S. Show More Summary

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