Marriage, Voter ID Amendments Appear Poised to Pass in MN

Judical Elections Campaign Spending: NYT vs. Empirical Evidence

    Carrie Severino at National Review: Last Friday the West Virginia Supreme Court stopped Allan Loughry, a candidate for the West Virginia supreme court, from receiving additional public funding — funding that was triggered after the campaign expenditures of Mr. Loughrey’s opponent, Justice Robin Davis, crossed a certain threshold. The court found, in part, that because Mr. Laughrey’s additional public funding could neutralize Justice Davis’s campaign expenditures, the funds would violate Justice Davis’s political speech rights.


  • Posted: 09/11/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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A Tight Election May Be Tangled in Legal Battles

With Senate at stake, GOP waits on Akin’s next move, McCaskill goes on offense

“Minnesota Board Exempts Catholic Organization Employee’s Pro-Gay Marriage Contribution From Disclosure”

Costs to defend Texas voter ID law already top $2 million

Marriage group grapples with Washington campaign rules

Anonymity Granted to Catholic Donor Opposed to Marriage Amendment, But Amendment Supporters Object

    Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy: In Minnesota, pro- and anti-gay marriage activists are fighting over political campaign disclosure laws, though this time the usual roles are reversed. On August 17, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled that the group working to defeat a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage does not have to disclose the name of a Catholic contributor to the “No” campaign. ”John Doe,” who works for a Catholic organization in Minnesota, gave $600 to Minnesotans United for All Families, the main group opposing the amendment.


  • Posted: 09/04/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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Public outrage may trump judicial independence in referendum on judges’ salaries

    NJ.com: New Jersey will be the stage for what’s likely to be a brutal campaign this fall, but it won’t have anything to do with the presidential election. For the first time in the state’s modern history, the New Jersey Supreme Court — an institution meant to be isolated from politics — will be subjected to a popular referendum reeking of politics.


  • Posted: 09/04/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: blog.nj.com

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Bisexual Candidate Wins Arizona Congressional Primary: Kyrsten Sinema

Bishop Tyson from the Diocese of Yakima: “We’re not collecting the money”

Pray for Obama’ sign stirs controversy over Biblical verse; SS investigation

Leftist Presidential Candidate Refuses To Recognize Mexican Election

Over BBQ and Beer, GOP Lawyers in Tampa Warn of ‘Stolen’ Election

ACLU is wrong: Texas Voter Photo ID Law Blocked by Federal Court

WA: Catholic churches can’t collect donations to fight marriage redefinition

Federal Court: Discrimination In Texas Voting Maps

MN Supreme Court: Ballot photo ID requirement will go to the voters

Do Law Schools Consider Applicants “Holistically”?

    Volokh Conspiracy: Prof. Mike Dorf has a post at Dorf on Law describing the brief he coauthored on behalf of the Association of American Law School in Fisher v. University of Texas. The gist of the brief is that if the Supreme Court reasons that Texas may not engage in affirmative action preferences because its race-neutral ten-percent plan already created a “diverse” class, this could mean that all institutions of higher education, including law schools, that seek racial and ethnic diversity would need to replace their current admissions policies with a rote, percentage-based admissions system to comply with the Constitution and federal law.


  • Posted: 08/27/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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“In Maryland, Gay Marriage Seeks a ‘Yes’ at the Polls” | NYT

GOP officials accuse Romney of ‘power grab’: Say he’s trying to rig rules for 2016 delegate selection

    Washington Times: Senior GOP officials are accusing the Romney campaign’s chief attorney, Ben Ginsberg, of pushing through a rules change for delegate selection that would give Mitt Romney enormous power over the primary process should he win the White House and seek re-election in 2016. “It shifts the power to select delegates from the state party to the [party’s presidential] candidate,” Republican National Committee Vice Chairman Jim Bopp told The Washington Times on Sunday. “And it would make the Republican Party a top-down, not bottom-up, party.”


  • Posted: 08/27/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.washingtontimes.com

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Mobile lawyers drop write-in bids for Alabama Supreme Court chief justice

Fate of Pennsylvania’s voter ID law rests in the hands of 6 state Supreme Court justices

Another Iowa ‘Gay Marriage’ Supreme Court Justice to Face Voters

In Defense of Judicial Retention Elections

    his weekend the New York Times weighed in to defend Justice Wiggins. According to the Times, Republicans are “stoking intolerance and further politicizing a retention election meant to weed out incompetent or corrupt judges.” The paper’s editors apparently forgot to read the Iowa Constitution, which does not guarantee a right to gay marriage. On the other hand, the accountability mechanism that the Times deplores, the retention election, appears explicitly in the text of Article V, Section 17 . . .


  • Posted: 08/17/2012
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  • Category: Featured

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Federal Court: Florida can’t eliminate 4 days of early voting without Federal approval

Aging Justices Give New Life To High Court As Campaign Issue

PA judge won’t stop state voter ID law

“The Conservative Takeover of State Judiciaries” | Center for American Progress

“Wisconsin Senate battle features possible first: An openly-gay Senator”

When 1,099 Felons Vote In A Race Won By 312 Ballots

Washington: Sanders, McCloud advance in Supreme Court race

Alabama: Democrats may oust chief justice candidate for homosexual comments

Ohio justice race no easy win for GOP: Democrats’ have incumbency advantage

“Judges for Sale” | Jeffrey Toobin at the New Yorker

In Defense of Meaningful Retention Elections

    Carrie Severino at National Review: Iowa’s supreme-court judges are initially selected by an unaccountable lawyer-dominated commission, via the system known as the Missouri Plan. As in other states, that method of selection has tilted Iowa’s judicial branch to the left on a range of issues, including gay marriage. And just as the people of Iowa demand more accountability, Justice Wiggins and his allies at the Times make the case for less.


  • Posted: 08/13/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Iowa Supreme Court’s Wiggins must go, too, foes say

Pro-Life Justice Fighting Off Liberal Attacks to Regain Seat on Washington Supreme Court

The 2012 election: Why abortion trumps other issues when voting

Kansas’s Conservative Rebellion

Judge dismisses lawsuit trying to throw 3 Florida Supreme Court justices off ballot

Missouri Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Religious Expression Amendment

Colorado Personhood Coalition Concludes Third Consecutive Successful Signature Campaign

Washington high court justices Owens, Gonzalez retain seats

Tea Party-backed Rep. Akin wins Missouri GOP Senate primary to take on McCaskill

Conservatives Win Big In Kan. Senate Primaries

Focus on the Family, Right to Life to Register 5 Million Pro-Life Voters

California: Prop 8 marriage committee faces election fine

Numbers favor GOP in battle for control of Congress

Obama campaign sues Ohio over early voting law for military

New Target In Voter ID Battle: 1965 Voting Rights Act

Georgia’s ‘Personhood Amendment’ Passes with a Super Majority

Devine beats Medina in GOP race for Texas Supreme Court

Ted Cruz Defeats Dewhurst Texas U.S. Senate Runoff

Federal Court finds Obama appointees interfered with New Black Panther prosecution

TN: Sharia law, super PACs roil GOP primary

TX: Endorsements point to sharp differences in state Supreme Court hopefuls

Church’s Suit Over Texas Law On Recall Petitions Dismissed

Republicans hit Justice Department on voter ID

Justice Department Investigates Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

Election of Supreme importance to Court’s future

For Cruz, Supreme Court Work at Heart of Campaign

“Gays worry Gov. O’Malley is gambling with marriage equality”

“Strategist is central figure against gay marriage”

Libya Islamist chief won’t concede election defeat

LA County: ‘Safe Porn’ Condom Measure Now on Nov. Ballot

Outgoing leader says Islamists won’t rule Libya

Missouri Republicans Sue Over November Healthcare Ballot

Broadcasters file emergency motion to block political ad rule

Maryland officially confirms that marriage will be on the ballot