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Scott Walker Discusses Immigration, Asks for Prayers in Iowa
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker elaborated on his comment that American workers need protection from legal as well as illegal immigration, saying that he wants to ensure that rules for legal immigration make sense for the economy.
U.S. Supreme Court Had Two Election Law Cases at its April 24 Conference
On Friday, April 24, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether or not to hear two election law cases. One is Citizen Center v Colorado Secretary of State, 14-998, over whether the U.S. Constitution protects secrecy in voting. Citizen Center had sued the Secretary of State, and six county election officials, in 2012 because the ballot-counting equipment theoretically could have let election officials see how particular voters voted. The U.S. District Court said there is no protection for secrecy in the U.S. Constitution. On appeal, the Tenth Circuit said the election officials had mostly fixed the problem so most of the claims in the lawsuit are moot.
It is not likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this case, because the election officials declined to file a response to the cert petition, and the U.S. Supreme Court did not then ask them to respond.
The other case is O’Keefe v Chisholm, 14-872. The case involves the behavior of Wisconsin law enforcement officials who made repeated night raids on persons suspected of illegally coordinating campaign strategies. The lead plaintiff is Eric O’Keefe, who was once the National Director of the Libertarian Party. This case has gathered much publicity. Here is a news story that explains the case.
The U.S. Supreme Court will probably reveal whether it has taken either of these cases on Monday morning, April 27.
Daily Kos Elections weekly open thread: What races are you interested in?
The Doors -- "People Are Strange"
Philadelphia City Commissioner Can?t Run for Re-Election Because She Lacked Four Valid Signatures
On April 23, a Pennsylvania state appeals court refused to put Stephanie Singer on the Democratic primary ballot. She is an incumbent City Commissioner who wants to run for re-election. She needed 1,000 valid signatures. She submitted 1,485 but the trial court found that only 996 signatures were valid. Afterwards, she obtained affidavits from 16 voters whose names had been invalidated but who swore they did indeed sign her petition. The appeals court said that evidence was too late. See this story. Pennsylvania allows write-in votes in primaries but the story suggests that she has given up.
A look back at another politician's diet.
Maine Bill to Ask Voters if they Wish to Repeal Public Funding Gets Frosty Reception at Committee Hearing
On April 24, the Maine Joint Veterans & Legal Affairs Committee took testimony on LD 1290. That bill would ask the voters in November 2016 if they wish to repeal public funding for campaigns for state office. The bill faced a torrent of criticism from committee members. See this story.
Pressed by Young Republicans, Scott Walker Sticks to Tough Immigration Stance
After giving a version of his stump speech to a mostly gray-haired crowd in Iowa, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was pressed on Friday by two twenty-something Republicans about a percolating issue he did not mention: immigration.
What Will, and Won?t, Help Free Jason Rezaian From Prison in Iran
Haleh Esfandiari: Those who want to help Jason Rezaian and other Americans held in Iran should focus on the one person who can get them released. Ayatollah Khamenei bristles at ultimatums and will not take kindly to "conditions" for a nuclear agreement.
Eric H. Holder Jr., on his last day as attorney general.
Indiana Bills to Repeal Straight-Ticket Device Fail to Pass by the Deadline
Both bills to repeal the Indiana straight-ticket device failed to make enough headway by certain legislative deadlines, so the bills won’t pass. They were SB 201 and HB 1008. The latter bill had passed the House but did not progress through the State Senate.
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