The judiciary and free speech | George F. Will at Washington Post

The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12

    Brennan Center for Justice: “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” analyzes the prominent role of special interest money in state Supreme Court elections. In 2011-12, many of these races “seemed alarmingly indistinguishable from ordinary political campaigns—featuring everything from Super PACs and mudslinging attack ads to millions of dollars of candidate fundraising and independent spending.” The report documents how the “boundaries that keep money and political pressure from interfering with the rule of law have become increasingly blurred.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2013
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CA: Revolt Over Gender-bending Bathrooms

Does the original meaning of the First Amendment protect a right of privacy in campaign contributions?

Smallest political donors appeal Florida’s restrictions to Supreme Court

The Kansas City-St Joseph Diocese urges voters to say no to QuestionOne

Booker wins New Jersey Senate race

‘Unborn Human Beings’ Question Makes Colo. Ballots

Marriage becomes issue in Illinois Treasurer’s race

Christian campaigners still in danger from Lobbying Bill

The Chief Justice looks for a compromise on contribution caps? This morning’s argument in Plain English

Christie debates marriage with Edison diner patron during campaign event

U.S. Supreme Court appears wary of broad campaign finance ruling

Court returns to campaign finance reform: Today’s oral argument in Plain English

Meridian City Council, seat 2: Patrick Malloy | Idaho Statesman

Supreme Court can rescue another freedom in a campaign cash case | George F. Will at Wash. Post

In new term, Supreme Court may steer to right on key social issues

11 Supreme Court Cases That Could Change The U.S. In The Coming Year

Conservative Coalition Presses For Marriage Referendum in N.J.

Montana Democrats Get Senate Candidate

Tory Councillors believe redefining marriage will cost votes, conservative association memberships down

NC Republicans Vow To Fight US DOJ Over Voter Laws

Republicans Tap New Talent to Argue Key Campaign Case

Pro-Abortion Heroine to run for Texas Governor

Unions To Spend Heavily On State, Local Races

Virginia Governor: McAuliffe (D) 44%, Cuccinelli (R) 38%

Supreme Court may strike new blow to campaign funding laws

Chancellor Angela Merkel: The German leader set to eclipse Margaret Thatcher

Vote for Me Or Else: Islamists’ Latest Excuse to Kill Minorities

Vulnerable Senate Democrats Stuck With Obamacare

Tom DeLay verdict overturned by Texas appellate court

“Use of abortion rights in Colorado recalls failed to gain traction” | Denver Post

Virginia’s next governor will determine whether most abortion clinics close

Chief Justice Roberts holds key in campaign-finance case

Colorado Senate President John Morse, state Sen. Angela Giron ousted for gun control moves

The Triumph of Tony Abbott | Wall Street Journal

UK: Lobbying Bill threatens free speech and campaigning

NC: Judge Ervin will run again for Supreme Court

Feds sues Texas over voter ID law

Feud over marriage erupts in AL-01 congressional race”

Accepting Scalia’s Offer, Arizona Sues Obama Administration On Voting Rights

Dallas County commissioners agree to sue Texas Gov. Rick Perry over voter ID

Kansas, Arizona sue to change voting forms

Campaign finance advocates sue IRS

Czech Republic to hold snap election

Albuquerque: Abortion initiative won’t make October city ballot

Four Openly LGBT Candidates Running for Texas House, Including Two Openly Gay Republicans

New Low: 39% Think U.S. Elections Are Fair

GOP votes to ban NBC, CNN from debates

“Campaign Lies Are Common, But Are They Actionable?” Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus

NC Governor Signs Measure Requiring Voter ID

Hillary Clinton Calls For Election Reform

Burning the house to roast the pig: Can elections be saved by banning political speech?

Symposium: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

The Republican Party’s Latino problem — in 1 chart

Democracy and Political Ignorance: Selfish Voters are Not the Problem that Ails Democracy

    Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy: The problem, however, is that moderate altruism combined with a low probability of decisiveness is not enough to incentivize most voters to acquire more than a minimal amount of knowledge about they’re voting on. Thus, we get an equilibrium where lots of people vote out of a sincere desire to promote the public interest, but most of them have very little understanding of which policies are actually likely to do that. This problem is the focus of my new book Democracy and Political Ignorance.


  • Posted: 08/08/2013
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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How to win the war over Obamacare | Greg Sargent at Wa. Post

Texas fights new voting supervision

Path to GOP winning back Senate majority runs through Arkansas

Oregon Initiative to redefine marriage collects 37K signatures

The electoral college is halfway to being abolished

Objecting to the Declaration of Independence | Bradley Smith at NRO

NC lawmakers approve voter ID law

Measure to Ban Abortions in Late-Term Abortion Capital Gets Enough Signatures

Ore. proponents of marriage redefinition to collect signatures

Grover Norquist open to backing Cheney over Enzi

Senate Judiciary Chairman Vows ‘Immediate Action’ After Voting Rights Ruling

Mass. Voters Head To Polls To Pick New Us Senator

Supreme Court: Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional

Conservative Battle Plan After Scotus’ Az Election Law Ruling | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Iowa case cries out for Supreme Court clarity | Des Moines Register Editorial

The Next Citizens United? The Supreme Court tackles a new frontier in campaign finance law.

Cruz offers voting amendment after Supreme Court nixes Arizona law