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McConnell’s Criticisms of H.R. 1

It’s not interesting that Mitch McConnell isn’t a fan of H.R. 1. He was the lead plaintiff against the last major campaign finance reforms that Congress passed. So of course he isn’t going to like H.R. 1’s heightened disclosure requirements, … Continue reading

McConnell’s Criticisms of H.R. 1 2019/01/19 00:41

Census SCOTUS Endgame Update

In a post on Tuesday, I said that in light of Judge Furman’s ruling, I thought the Supreme Court would end up getting rid of the current census case before it, because the issue there is basically moot. Today the … Continue reading

Census SCOTUS Endgame Update 2019/01/19 00:03

“DeSantis to suspend Palm Beach elections chief”

Politico reports. Update: Letter explaining the basis for suspension. … Continue reading

“DeSantis to suspend Palm Beach elections chief” 2019/01/18 18:20

“Arizona Legislators Launch Dueling Proposals on Voting Rights and Elections”

Phoenix New Times: A battle is underway for the future of voting rights in Arizona, featuring liberal lawmakers who want to expand voting opportunities fighting with conservatives who seek to add new restrictions. Democratic legislators unveiled a House resolution on … Continue reading

“Arizona Legislators Launch Dueling Proposals on Voting Rights and Elections” 2019/01/18 16:54

“Benson seeks to settle federal gerrymandering case”

Detroit News: Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is working to settle a federal lawsuit against the state alleging partisan gerrymandering by Republican lawmakers who approved legislative and congressional district boundaries in 2011. Benson, who took office Jan. 1, this … Continue reading

“Benson seeks to settle federal gerrymandering case” 2019/01/18 01:43

Mitch McConnell Calls H.R. 1, the Democrats’ Mammoth Election Reform Bill, a “Partisan Power Grab”

New WaPo oped. Here were my more positive thoughts about the bill. … Continue reading

Mitch McConnell Calls H.R. 1, the Democrats’ Mammoth Election Reform Bill, a “Partisan Power Grab” 2019/01/17 22:22

Texas Redistricting Plaintiffs to U.S. Department of Justice on Changing Sides on Voting Rights Preclearance: You Missed the Deadline and Did Not Follow the Rules

Scathing Response: Contrary to the assertion in the United States motion for leave, the Court made no distinction between “private Plaintiffs” and the United States. [Dkt. 1609 at 2]. The United States mischaracterizes the Court’s order when it claims that … Continue reading

Texas Redistricting Plaintiffs to U.S. Department of Justice on Changing Sides on Voting Rights Preclearance: You Missed the Deadline and Did Not Follow the Rules 2019/01/17 21:39

Breaking: Census Citizenship Question Plaintiffs Move to Dismiss Supreme Court Case Involving Ross and Gore Depositions as Moot

I explained in a recent post on the census citizenship question case the following: The Supreme Court is already hearing a case about one aspect of Judge Furman’s decisions: whether the judge improperly allowed some discovery into the mindset of … Continue reading

Breaking: Census Citizenship Question Plaintiffs Move to Dismiss Supreme Court Case Involving Ross and Gore Depositions as Moot 2019/01/17 20:11

Breaking: Federal Court Holds New Wisconsin Early Voting Cutbacks Barred by Existing Injunction Against Earlier Early Voting Cutbacks

Court order here. (via Sam Levine). The state argued this was a new law with some different provisions and so not covered by the existing injunction. The court found the provisions were substantially similar. It also noted: “If the court accepted … Continue reading

Breaking: Federal Court Holds New Wisconsin Early Voting Cutbacks Barred by Existing Injunction Against Earlier Early Voting Cutbacks 2019/01/17 20:03

Trump DOJ Reversing Obama DOJ Decision, Now States That Texas Should NOT Be Placed Under Federal Supervision over Voting Rules Based on Intentional Racial Discrimination in Redistricting Case

As first flagged by Gerry Hebert, the Department of Justice has submitted this filing in the long-running Texas redistricting case of Abbott v. Perez  indicating it no longer believes (as the Obama Administration did) that Texas should be put back under … Continue reading

Trump DOJ Reversing Obama DOJ Decision, Now States That Texas Should NOT Be Placed Under Federal Supervision over Voting Rules Based on Intentional Racial Discrimination in Redistricting Case 2019/01/17 18:49

“Cohen Hired IT Firm to Rig Early CNBC, Drudge Polls to Favor Trump”

Latest WSJ bombshell: In early 2015, a man who runs a small technology company showed up at Trump Tower to collect $50,000 for having helped Michael Cohen, then Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, try to rig online polls in his boss’s … Continue reading

“Cohen Hired IT Firm to Rig Early CNBC, Drudge Polls to Favor Trump” 2019/01/17 16:50

“‘Our machines stink.’ Blevins seeking millions for new voting machines in Lexington.”

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports. … Continue reading

“‘Our machines stink.’ Blevins seeking millions for new voting machines in Lexington.” 2019/01/17 16:38

“GE is shedding more light on its political donations”

Boston Globe reports.  … Continue reading

“GE is shedding more light on its political donations” 2019/01/17 16:35

Michigan: “Benson weighs gerrymandering case, Whitmer ad complaint”

Detroit News.   … Continue reading

Michigan: “Benson weighs gerrymandering case, Whitmer ad complaint” 2019/01/16 21:08

“Voting rights: Rep. Marcia Fudge is on a mission and coming to a state near you”

USA Today: Rep. Marcia Fudge is quick to acknowledge you only have to look to her home state of Ohio to talk about voting rights concerns . So, in the Democrat’s new role as chairwoman of a revived House subcommittee on … Continue reading

“Voting rights: Rep. Marcia Fudge is on a mission and coming to a state near you” 2019/01/16 18:09

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