Electoral College Protects the Voice of Smaller States

The future of the Electoral College has become an increasingly important topic as the 2020 presidential election approaches. Democratic candidates Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren have all called for the Electoral College to be abolished. What the candidates fail to tell their supporters is that abolishing the Electoral College is a dangerous prospect that would hurt the voice of smaller states in presidential elections.

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Congratulations to RNLA Leaders on Appointment to EAC Board

The RNLA is proud to congratulate Elliot Berke and John Fogarty on their reappointment to the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

Former RNLA President Elliot Berke and current RNLA Board of Governors member John Fogarty will continue to serve with distinction and provide valuable insight to the EAC.

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Justice Kagan Tells Georgetown Dean She Will "Never Accept" Court's Decision on Partisan Gerrymandering

In an interview with the dean of Georgetown University Law School on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan expressed her dismay with the Court’s recent decision regarding partisan gerrymandering, even going so far as saying that she will “never accept” the Court’s decision. In Rucho v. Common Cause, the majority held that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions and are, therefore, beyond the reach of federal courts.

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Democrats Attack Barr and Ross on Census Question

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General William Barr, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress due to alleged malfeasance related to the administration of the 2020 Census. The 230-198 vote was largely along party lines, with 4 Democrats joining Republicans against the measure. Democrats state that Barr and Ross have failed to comply with subpoenas requesting documents pertaining to the “citizenship question”, while the department heads stand firm that these documents relate to pending litigation and therefore cannot be made public.

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Democrats Should Get on Board with Administration Plans for Election Security

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor this morning to complain once again about Democrats not getting their way on their proposals for election security measures.

 

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Phipps Confirmed to the 3rd Circuit - 141 Vacancies Remain

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate confirmed Peter Phipps to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit with a vote of 56-40. Notably, Senators Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, and Harris, all candidates for the Democratic nomination for president, did not participate in the vote. Phipps is the 43rd circuit court judge to be confirmed by the Senate since President Trump entered office.

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Book Review: Justice on Trial by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino

“History will be kind to me because I intend to write it” is often ascribed to Winston Churchill.  Justice Brett Kavanaugh could do little better in presenting his case for history than this after-action report by Hemingway, a reporter for the Federalist and Severino, a former Thomas clerk and a participant in many of the judicial wars through her work at the Judicial Crisis Network.  Justice on Trial is chock-a-block with small, telling vignettes that only a participant or someone with impeccable sources could obtain.  For instance, Justice Kavanaugh’s suits being temporarily stored in a neighborhood kid’s treehouse and retrieved for him by the kid to avoid a hostile, untiring, and intrusive press siege of his house.  Similarly, the image of Senator Ted Cruz booming out “Treason!” in imitation of what the Democrats were likely to confront Justice Kavanaugh with will stick with the reader.

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RNLA Vice President Harmeet Dhillon Addresses White House Social Media Summit

On Thursday afternoon, RNLA Vice President for Communications Harmeet Dhillon addressed an audience of media, government, and business leaders at the White House Presidential Social Media Summit. President Trump called her a great First Amendment lawyer.  Dhillon represents a number of media figures and whistleblowers who have directly experienced the suppression of free speech. In her remarks, Dhillon excoriated tech giants for censorship and repression of free speech.

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POTUS Announces Executive Order on Collection of Citizenship Data

On Thursday evening, President Donald J. Trump announced that he would be issuing an executive order requiring every federal agency to furnish records relating to the number of citizens and noncitizens present in the country to the Commerce Department.

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett Leads 7th Cir. Panel in Ruling Against Obama Education Policy and for Due Process

In late June, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion authored by Judge Amy Coney Barrett holding that a student accused of sexual assault has plead sufficient facts to bring claims under both the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX for alleged discriminatory treatment he received from Purdue University’s disciplinary proceedings. The ruling by the all-female panel is significant because it establishes a precedent that can be used in the future to hold college administrators accountable for the lack of due process that runs rampant in higher education disciplinary proceedings.

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