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“Fate Is Uncertain for House GOP’s Campaign Finance Riders”

Bloomberg BNA: The House and Senate will negotiate several provisions curbing federal powers on campaign finance that were tacked onto the House’s $1.2 trillion spending package earlier this month. The Senate is not expected to pass the bill in its … Continue reading ?

“Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe: sources”

Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, two people familiar with the matter … Continue reading ?

Three Judge Court Severely Criticizes NC for Racial Gerrymander, and Explains Earlier Decision Not to Order Special Election

Back in July, after the Supreme Court stopped a special election for legislative districts in North Carolina after a finding of a racial gerrymander, and ordered a three-judge court to reconsider the issue, the three-judge court on remand decided to … Continue reading ?

“Time to Protect Our Democracy; Anthony Kennedy should follow Byron White’s guidance and strike down partisan gerrymandering.”

Palma Joy Strand, who worked with Justice White as a clerk on Davis v. Bandemer, has written this piece for Slate. … Continue reading ?

“”Election integrity’ means voter suppression”

Cynthia Tucker column: With Donald J. Trump as president, however, the GOP has abandoned any pretense of subtlety. Trump has plumped up the myth of voter fraud with outrageous accusations, incredible theories and charges that could not possibly be true. … Continue reading ?

The Sewanee Symposium: Enfranchising Equality: 150 years of the 15th Amendment

Very much looking forward to participating in this symposium, at the University of the South, Oct. 12-13. Historian Eric Foner is giving the keynote and I am excited! I’ll be presenting Race or Party, Race as Party, or Party All … Continue reading ?

Chicago-Kent Symposium: The Supreme Court and American Politics

Very much looking forward to delivering the keynote address at this symposium with a great lineup at Chicago-Kent on October 17. It will be a great homecoming, as I taught first at Chicago-Kent (1994-97). In the keynote, I’ll be previewing … Continue reading ?

“Has the Top Two Primary Elected More Moderates?”

Eric McGhee and Bors Shor in Perspectives on Politics: Party polarization is perhaps the most significant political trend of the past several decades of American politics. Many observers have pinned hopes on institutional reforms to reinvigorate the political center. The Top … Continue reading ?

“California postpones an election to help one of its own”

Derek Muller: A sure sign of political manipulation of an election is delaying it. Troubled states like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, and Haiti have recently come under United Nations scrutiny for delaying their elections. And then there’s … Continue reading ?

Trump DOJ, Again Siding with Texas in Voter ID Case, Opposes Having Entire 5th Circuit Hear Appeal Initially

Full throated defense of Texas’s current position in this litigation, a 180 from where DOJ was during the Obama administration. … Continue reading ?

Republican Governors Association Launches News Site, Doesn’t Reveal Its Backing until AP Asks

AP: The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. … Continue reading ?

“Political campaigns prep for battle with hackers”

Politico: Candidates are quizzing prospective campaign managers on anti-hacking plans. Democratic committees like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which was breached last year, have switched internally from email to encrypted messaging apps. And both parties are feverishly trying to spread … Continue reading ?

“Professor Lessig’s Electoral College Litigation”

Bob Bauer: There is more to be said about the complexities of a reform initiative like the one Professor Lessig has advanced, but the evaluation requires attention in the first instance to the question of the various ways in the … Continue reading ?

“How the FEC Turned a Blind Eye to Foreign Meddling”

Ann Ravel for Politico: I suggested to the commission that the FEC consult with internet and tech experts to discuss how the agency’s current approach may or may not fit with future innovations. Starting this conversation should have been noncontroversial, … Continue reading ?

Updated Versions of Some of My Forthcoming Papers

I’ve recently updated these pieces: Cheap Speech and What It Has Done (to American Democracy), First Amendment Law Review (forthcoming 2018) (draft available) The 2016 U.S. Voting Wars: From Bad to Worse, William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal (forthcoming 2018) (draft available) Resurrection: … Continue reading ?

“Elite Political Ignorance: Law, Data, and the Representation of (Mis)Perceived Electorates”

Chris Elmendorf and Abby Wood have posted this draft on SSRN. Here is the abstract: It is common to think of political elites—candidates, legislators, party officials, and campaign advisers—as specialists in learning the preferences of voters. But recent studies find … Continue reading ?

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