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U.S. Supreme Court Sets December 8 to Hear Two Redistricting Cases
The U.S. Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on December 8, Tuesday, in two redistricting cases. One is Harris v Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, 14-232. Arizona Republicans filed this lawsuit to overturn the 2011 state legislative redistricting plan. The party argues that the plan violates one-person, one-vote by creating districts with two many voters in Republican areas, and two few voters in Democratic areas. The party also argues that the Commission handled ethnic minorities improperly. The lower court had upheld the plan.
The other case being heard on October 8 is Evenwel v Abbott, 14-940. Some Texas voters filed this case, arguing that legislative and U.S. House districts should have equal numbers of eligible voters, not equal populations. Texas, like almost all states, uses population. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the news about Evenwel.
Capital Journal Friday PM: Pentagon to Revamp Training for Syrian Rebels, More
In the Friday afternoon Capital Journal newsletter: The Pentagon plans to revamp its troubled training program for Syrian rebels; the House searches for a new speaker; and more from the Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau.
Courthouse News Service Story on California Lawsuit on Party Labels
The Courthouse News Service has this story about the lawsuit filed on October 8 against the California law that permits some candidates, but not all candidates, to list their party registration on the ballot if they are running for Congress or partisan state office.
New Jersey State Trial Court Will Hear Republican Party?s Lawsuit for Late Substitution on October 14
A New Jersey state trial court will hold oral arguments in October 14 in the Republican Party’s lawsuit, arguing that the party should be allowed to substitute a new nominee for Assembly, 38th district. The election is November 3, 2015. See this story. In the meantime the court told election officials not to print any more ballots.
Mary Ruwart: Is the Non-Aggression Principle Dead?
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Is the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) Dead?
October 9, 2015 By Mary Ruwart
Recently, the NAP has been the subject of a number of blogs posted by people who question its ethical basis, practicality, and universality. As someone who has written extensively on this subject for over two decades, I thought I?d weigh in.… Read more ...
Verbatim: Jeb Bush Mixes Up Campaign and ?Super PAC?
"We just started to advertise ? actually, the Right to Rise PAC started to advertise, not our campaign." ? Jeb Bush, briefly confused the advertising efforts of his campaign and the "super PAC," Right to Rise, that supports him.
Kentucky Republican Party Still Hasn?t Canceled its Presidential Primary
Earlier this year the Kentucky Republican Party decided to choose delegates to the national convention by caucus, in March, instead of using the May presidential primary. State law gives a party until December 31, 2015, to tell the state that it doesn’t want a presidential primary.
The Kentucky Republican Party still hasn’t filed this notice with state elections officials. It is conceivable that the party wants to wait until the last minute to make the decision final, just in case Senator Rand Paul pulls out of the Republican presidential race. This Politico story says that some Republicans in Kentucky wish he would do that.
Carson Super PAC Raised $2.9 Million in Third Quarter
As Ben Carson?s fundraising continues to outpace the rest of the GOP field, his friendly super PAC on Friday volunteered to sweeten his numbers even further. The group, which isn?t required to report its fundraising until January, said Friday it raised $2.9 million in the third quarter of the year.
While making the rounds to promote his new book, the Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson stirred controversy with remarks about gun violence, Hitler and his own past.
On October 2, the Ohio Supreme Court issued two opinions, both of them finding that when a candidate’s ballot access petition is rejected because the county board of elections determined there aren’t enough valid signatures, the candidate must be permitted to present affidavits from voters that they did sign the petition.
In State ex rel Crowl v Delaware County Board of Elections, 2015-Ohio-4097, candidate Douglas Crowl was running for Porter Township trustee, a nonpartisan election. He needed 25 signatures and submitted 28. The Board compared signatures on the petition with signatures on the voter registration forms, and determined that eight signatures didn’t look similar enough. The candidate then obtained affidavits from all eight voters whose signatures had been rejected, saying they did sign the petition. But the County Board said they could not consider such evidence. The State Supreme Court ruled 4-1 that the Board of Elections was wrong to have ignored the affidavits, and the Court ordered the candidate onto the ballot.
In State ex rel Burroughs v Summit County Board of Elections, 2015-Ohio-4122, candidate Richard Burroughs was an independent candidate for Akron city council. He needed 23 signatures and submitted 24. The county board felt that four of the signatures didn’t match. Burroughs filed a lawsuit and presented affidavits from all four voters whose signatures had been rejected, saying they had signed the petition. The Supreme Court put him on the ballot also. The vote was 4-1.
The dissenting judge said in both cases that state law has no provision for candidates to submit evidence, and called on the legislature to fix this flaw in the Ohio election law.
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