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Pennsylvania Republicans Hint at U.S. Supreme Court Appeal in State Gerrymandering Case

Today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case arguing that Pennsylvania’s congressional districts violate the state Constitution. Ordinarily a ruling on state constitutional grounds cannot be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, because there are no federal … Continue reading ?

“Don’t ‘reward gamesmanship and obstinacy,’ NC gerrymander challengers say”

News and Observer: Attorneys representing voters who successfully challenged North Carolina’s congressional districts as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders are protesting lawmakers’ attempt to use the election maps again this year. U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts had given attorneys until noon … Continue reading ?

Highly Recommended: Larry Baum’s “Ideology in the Supreme Court”

I just had a chance to read Lawrence Baum, Ideology in the Supreme Court (Princeton University Press 2017). It is really a terrific book which says something new and different about the role of ideology in Supreme Court decisionmaking (something … Continue reading ?

Kirkus Reviews My New Book on Justice Scalia’s Legacy, The Justice of Contradictions

Read it here. My favorite snippet: Hasen effectively supports his critique with incisive analysis of pertinent cases and legal commentary, clearly explaining the fundamental theoretical and practical weaknesses of these methodologies. You can preorder the book at Amazon. (Audible audiobook … Continue reading ?

“Rutgers law expert: 3 ways to make every vote count”

Frank Askin oped: There is an important political campaign being waged all across the country with relatively little publicity, but potentially enormous consequences, over the issue of  legislative gerrymandering. … Continue reading...

“Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appears Open To Striking Down Gerrymandered Map”

Early HuffPost report: A plurality of state Supreme Court justices seemed open to the possibility that the Pennsylvania congressional map may violate the state’s constitution, but during oral argument on Wednesday seemed unclear as to how to remedy the situation. … Continue reading ?

What Real, Bipartisan Election Reform, Making It Easier to Vote and Harder to Cheat, Looks Like

22 states plus DC now working together through @ericstates_info to keep their voter lists up-to-date and accurate, improving the integrity of elections! Special credit goes to @JayAshcroftMO and @SecretaryReagan for leading MO and AZ as ERIC's 2 newest members. … Continue reading ?

“Pennsylvania Could Be On The Verge Of Dealing Partisan Gerrymandering A Big Blow”

Sam Levine for HuffPo: Pennsylvania’s highest court could be on the verge of setting unprecedented limits on how much politicians can redraw electoral districts to their party’s advantage, a decision that would have profound legal and political consequences both in … Continue reading ?

“Adventures in Extreme Gerrymandering: See the Fair and Wildly Unfair Maps We Made for Pennsylvania”

NYT’s The Upshot: This week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider whether the state’s harshly gerrymandered congressional map violates the state’s constitution. The case is happening early enough in the year that the court could order a redrawn map ahead … Continue reading ?

“Appropriations bill would bar SEC from requiring political spending disclosure”

Star Tribune: The appropriations bill that the Senate and House must pass by Friday to avoid a government shutdown forbids the Securities and Exchange Commission from making publicly traded companies disclose their political spending to shareholders. The language has been … Continue reading ?

“Boycotting the President’s Brand: Commercial Reactions to Trump 2015-2017”

New report by Ciara Torres-Spelliscy for the Corporate Reform Coalition. … Continue reading ?

“Campaign Finance, Free Speech, and Boycotts”

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy has written this article for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. … Continue reading ?

“Judges: No delay for new N. Carolina congressional map”

AP: The judges who struck down North Carolina’s congressional map for excessive partisanship that favored Republicans refused Tuesday to delay their order telling GOP state lawmakers to draw new lines by next week. The denial by the three-judge federal panel … Continue reading ?

“I agree with Donald Trump, we should have voter ID. Here’s how and why.”

Michael McDonald USA Today oped: I propose a national identification card to be issued by the government to all citizens of the United States when they turn 16. This identification would serve not only as required voter identification when someone … Continue reading ?

Supreme Court Dismisses Texas Democratic Party Petition Raising Partisan Gerrymandering Case, After Agreeing to Hear Texas Appeal on Voting Rights Act and Racial Gerrymandering Issues

I noted on Friday the Supreme Court’s order to hear two Texas redistricting appeals raising claims under the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution (including racially discriminatory intent and racial gerrymandering claims). I also noted that the Court did not … Continue reading ?

“Trump Official On Russian Hacking: ‘A National Security Issue'”

Pam Fessler for NPR: President Trump has shown little interest in fighting the threat of Russians hacking U.S. elections. He’s shown a lot of interest in fighting voter fraud, something he insists — without evidence — is widespread. Parts of … Continue reading ?

Alabama: “House committee approves bill revising special U.S. Senate election law”

Montgomery Advertiser: A House committee Wednesday morning approved a bill that would require special elections for U.S. Senate to take place at the next statewide general election. “What this bill simply does is set any U.S. Senate vacancies for regularly … Continue reading ?

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