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Wright on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals' Decision that Ohio Law Requiring Petition-Circulators be Paid on Flat-Fee Basis Found Unconstitutional: Citizens for Tax Reform v. Deters

The State of Ohio's right to combat election fraud does not outweigh its citizens' First Amendment free speech protections. In Citizens for Tax Reform v. Deters, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 4645 (6th Cir. 2008), the Sixth Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the Southern District of...

Implications of Obama's Nomination of Eric Holder to Attorney General Post

If you are a civil libertarian of any stripe (left, right, whatever) the Bush years gave you massive heartburn. The Bush administration did much to expand the boundaries of executive power. The administration conducted illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens, detained people without a warrant, violated...

Leveling the Playing Field? Davis v. Federal Election Commission (2008)

In Davis v. Federal Election Commission , 128 S. Ct. 2759, 2008 U.S. LEXIS 5267 (2008), the Supreme Court rejected the constitutionality of a provision of the BIPARTISAN CAMPAIGN REFORM ACT of 2002 (BCRA) called the Millionaires Amendment, which Congress passed to level the playing field between the...

Boycott threat roils key Sudan elections

KHARTOUM, Sudan - (AP) Sudan's first multiparty elections in decades have been thrown into disarray by allegations of government violations and opposition threats of a boycott. The disputes wreck hopes of transforming a conflict-plagued nation and could instead end up fueling violence in Darfur and...

SE Asian leaders urges credible Myanmar elections

HANOI, Vietnam - (AP) Southeast Asian leaders urged Myanmar's isolated military regime Friday to hold "inclusive" elections amid controversy over planned polls the opposition has vowed to boycott and denounced as designed to extend the junta's rule. The 16th annual summit of the...

Sri Lankans vote in parliamentary elections

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankans voted Thursday for a new Parliament, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa looking to consolidate his political dominance after winning re-election in January and then detaining his chief rival. Voters lined up as polls opened throughout the island nation southeast...

Rising Class Warfare

In today's Washington Post Steven Pearlstein puts the spotlight on rising income inequality. The main source of his information is a new study using new data through 2008. More recent data are not yet available but it's a safe bet that the distance between rich and poor has only increased since...

NLRB Will Sue Arizona, South Dakota Over Union Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The National Labor Relations Board says it will move ahead with lawsuits seeking to invalidate state constitutional amendments in Arizona and South Dakota that require workers to hold secret ballot elections before a company can be unionized. The move comes after months of negotiations...

Fellowship for Journalists to Focus on Immigration and the 2012 Elections

"The Institute for Justice and Journalism is accepting applications for its 2012 professional fellowship program, which will examine the contentious immigration issues playing out across the country on local, state and federal levels and their role in the 2012 election campaign. Twelve Fellows...

3 New Senior Fellows to Play Key Roles in IJJ Immigration Program

The Institute for Justice and Journalism has named three new senior fellows who will play key roles in the upcoming IJJ fellowship program, “Immigration in the Heartland: The 2012 Elections and Beyond.” The three are: Vallery Brown , a staff writer for the Oklahoman in Oklahoma...

Deadline tomorrow, Jan. 17, 2012, for journalism fellowship application

Fellowship to Focus on Immigration and the 2012 Elections Deadline Is Jan. 17 for Program at University of Oklahoma The Institute for Justice and Journalism is accepting applications for its 2012 professional fellowship program, which will examine the contentious immigration issues playing...

Iranian Elections Subvert the Rule of Law

For a regime that claims to follow the tenets of Islam, the Iranian government casts the official state religion in a poor light by running parliamentary elections on a Friday , the weekly day of worship for faithful Moslems, a decision based upon the ends justifying the coercive and corrupt means...

Obama Campaign Playing Partisan Property in Dispute over Rising Sun Trademarks

Three years ago, the Obama "Hope" poster caused a bit of a copyright stink between the Associated Press and artist, Shepard Fairey. That case, Fairey et al v. The Associated Press , 09cv1123 (SDNY), was settled January of last year. However, President Obama finds himself in the thick of...

State Net Capitol Journal: Presidential Race Bound for Another Bush v. Gore?

This year's presidential election could very well end much like that of 2000, with its controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling on "hanging chads." Over the past few weeks, nearly a dozen decisions have been handed down by state and federal courts concerning state laws on early voting, provisional...

Key Part of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Delayed Until After Nov. 6 Election

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A ruling in the voter ID trial issued by Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on Oct. 2 means that all registered voters will be allowed to vote in the Nov. 6 election, regardless of whether or not they have photo IDs. As in the April 24 primary, Judges of Elections...

State Net Capitol Journal: Election Cases Coming Down To Wire

As of late last month there were 15 legal cases pending across the country concerning new election restrictions. With roughly a month left before the presidential election, the cases leave judges with little time to resolve election issues in states where the margin of victory for either President Barack...

Immigration and the Elections: Attention and Imagination Required

"As Americans vote for our leaders this week, I hope that we use both our attention and our imagination; that we remember our origin as a nation of immigrants; that we recall the wonders of immigrant innovation and the resulting benefits we enjoy; and that we call to mind our "power to experience...

The Voting Rights Act: Voter Purges and Voter IDs

POLITICS & LEADERSHIP FL GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER VOTER 'PURGE': Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is planning to initiate another purge of non-U.S. citizens from the state's voter rolls, despite the uproar created by his last such effort. The U.S. Supreme Court effectively authorized the...

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State Net Capitol Journal Civil Rights Updates: Affirmative Action, Election Rights, Abortion Rules

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS MI BAN ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Last month the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's 2006 ballot initiative ending affirmative action at public universities in the state [ version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The decision was 6-2 but there was considerably less consensus...

What Does McCutcheon Mean for Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law?

On April 2, the United States Supreme Court released its much-anticipated decision in McCutcheon v. FEC , 572 U.S. __ (2014), [ version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The case was closely watched because it presented the Court the opportunity to revisit the framework of First Amendment campaign...

Recent Changes to New York Election Law and Government Ethics Laws to Affect Organizations Involved in Political Advocacy as well as Public Officials

Continuing the recent trend, New York State has again enacted changes to New York’s election and government ethics laws in order to “restore public trust” in government. These “reforms,” which are likely to affect advocacy organizations, public officials, candidates, committees...

State Net Capitol Journal: Minimum Wage, Marijuana, Gambling And Guns Dominate Ballot Measures

By Korey Clark A total of 136 measures have qualified for states' November ballots, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures' Ballot Measures Database. That number is 23 percent lower than it was in 2012, when there were 176 measures on state ballots; 42 percent lower than...

State Net Capitol Journal Constitutional Rights Updates: US High Court Eliminates 'Golden Week'

Ohio's "Golden Week" — a five-day interval at the beginning of the state's early voting period when eligible residents can both register and cast ballots — fell by the wayside last week, when the U.S. Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay, [ enhanced version available...

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Hold Native Hawaiian Election Group In Contempt

HONOLULU — (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 19 denied a request by challengers to an election of Native Hawaiians to find the nonprofit organization conducting the election in civil contempt of the court’s prior injunction halting the election pending appeal ( Keli’i Akina...