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Supreme Court Might Not Hear North Carolina Partisan Gerrymandering Case Until Next Term, Meaning Possible Decision in June 2020, and Potentially Leaving NC Districts in Place for 2020 Elections and Perhaps Rendering Case Moot

So predicts key Court watcher John Elwood: My instinct is Court won't act before 1/4 conference. I suspect they'll reschedule until late January, so argument would come next fall. I doubt John Roberts wants to revisit an issue that flummoxed … Continue reading

Supreme Court Might Not Hear North Carolina Partisan Gerrymandering Case Until Next Term, Meaning Possible Decision in June 2020, and Potentially Leaving NC Districts in Place for 2020 Elections and Perhaps Rendering Case Moot 2018/12/12 17:08

“Florida Republican Not Even Sworn In, Facing Campaign Finance Questions”

Roll Call: The campaign finance issues looming around Rep.-elect Ross Spano, R-Fla., have grown more troublesome in recent days with new questions about the role of a longtime friend in funding his campaigns and hiring his new Congressional staff. Spano has not been sworn into Congress … Continue reading

“Florida Republican Not Even Sworn In, Facing Campaign Finance Questions” 2018/12/12 15:23

“North Carolina Fraud Scandal Casts Shadow Over the Primary, Too”

NYT reports. … Continue reading

“North Carolina Fraud Scandal Casts Shadow Over the Primary, Too” 2018/12/12 15:22

“In N.C. election fraud case, witness says operative held onto 800 absentee ballots”

NBC News: McCrae Dowless, the man whose “get-out-the-vote” activities are the center of the election fraud investigation in North Carolina, told a local political campaign volunteer that he was holding onto 800 absentee ballots, according to a new affidavit obtained … Continue reading

“In N.C. election fraud case, witness says operative held onto 800 absentee ballots” 2018/12/12 15:15

“Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America”

This new book edited by Gene Mazo and Tim Kuhner looks like it will be terrific. Enter the code MAZO2018 at the checkout on Cambridge’s website for a 20 percent discount. Table of Contents Introduction Democracy by the Wealthy: Campaign … Continue reading

“Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America” 2018/12/12 15:13

“J.H. Snider: A jury should decide on Maryland’s next redistricting map”

 Column in the Capital Gazette. … Continue reading

“J.H. Snider: A jury should decide on Maryland’s next redistricting map” 2018/12/12 02:02

“Bladen counted early votes too soon in 2018. Witness alleges numbers were leaked.”

Charlotte Observer: Bladen County election workers tallied the results of early voting before Election Day in violation of state rules and are accused of allowing outsiders to view them, a precinct worker wrote in an affidavit released by state Democrats. The … Continue reading

“Bladen counted early votes too soon in 2018. Witness alleges numbers were leaked.” 2018/12/12 01:18

“With Power Grabs in the Midwest, G.O.P. Risks a 2020 Backlash”

NYT: The continuing legislative maneuvers in Michigan and Wisconsin are part of a broader war for power in the Midwest, a politically prized region for both parties — but especially for Republicans, who are trying to dilute Democratic control ahead … Continue reading

“With Power Grabs in the Midwest, G.O.P. Risks a 2020 Backlash” 2018/12/11 15:37

“Trump says Cohen’s guilty plea is like the Obama campaign’s civil fine. There’s no comparison, experts say.”

Fredreka Schouten for CNN. … Continue reading

“Trump says Cohen’s guilty plea is like the Obama campaign’s civil fine. There’s no comparison, experts say.” 2018/12/11 15:32

“Potent Weapon or Poison Pill? Super PACs Pose Quandary for 2020 Democrats”

Shane Goldmacher for the NYT: It is one of the most potent and feared weapons in the arsenal of modern American politics: the super PAC. But as three dozen Democrats ponder presidential runs in 2020 and begin to design their … Continue reading

“Potent Weapon or Poison Pill? Super PACs Pose Quandary for 2020 Democrats” 2018/12/11 15:24

“Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan want to weaken incoming Democratic governors. Here’s what’s the usual partisan politics — and what isn’t.”

Matt Glassman for The Monkey Cage. … Continue reading

“Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan want to weaken incoming Democratic governors. Here’s what’s the usual partisan politics — and what isn’t.” 2018/12/11 15:22

“‘A Simple Private Transaction’: Trump Lays Out a Defense in a Campaign-Finance Case”

Charlie Savage in the NYT: President Trump defended himself on Monday against prosecutors’ accusation that he directed illegal payments ahead of the 2016 election to two women to stay silent about alleged extramarital affairs with him, insisting that the payments were “a … Continue reading

“‘A Simple Private Transaction’: Trump Lays Out a Defense in a Campaign-Finance Case” 2018/12/11 02:25

“Thousands Of Mailed Ballots In Florida Were Not Counted”

AP: Florida officials say thousands of mailed ballots were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices. The Department of State last week informed a federal judge that 6,670 ballots were mailed ahead of the Nov. 6 … Continue reading

“Thousands Of Mailed Ballots In Florida Were Not Counted” 2018/12/11 01:36

Interview with Me on PBS News Hour: “Why Cohen’s hush money places the president at legal risk”

I spoke to the PBS News Hour about the President and the alleged campaign finance violations. … Continue reading

Interview with Me on PBS News Hour: “Why Cohen’s hush money places the president at legal risk” 2018/12/11 00:58

Michigan Junior Scholars Conference

Announcement via email: The University of Michigan Law School invites junior scholars to attend the 5th Annual Junior Scholars Conference, which will be held on April 26-27, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The conference provides junior scholars with a platform … Continue reading

Michigan Junior Scholars Conference 2018/12/11 00:32

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