Nevada’s Democratic Governor Vetoes His State’s National Popular Vote Proposal

Even a Democratic governor recognizes the National Popular Vote movement is problematic.

On Thursday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced he is vetoing Nevada’s “National Popular Vote” bill. Governor Sisolak stated:

Once effective, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact could diminish the role of smaller states like Nevada in national electoral contests and force Nevada’s electors to side with whoever wins the nationwide popular vote, rather than the candidate Nevadans choose.

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Democrats are scared of what Declassifying Documents of Spying on Trump Campaign will Reveal

Last week, President Trump authorized Attorney General Bill Barr to declassify documents related to the surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

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RNLA Sends Recommendations to US Election Assistance Commission

Today, the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) submitted a public comment to the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) regarding the proposed Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG) 2.0 Principles and Guidelines.

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Senate GOP Vows to Quickly Quash Any Nonsense Impeachment Charges

While Democrats are likely all talk and no action, in the scenario that they actually follow through on impeachment threats – Republicans in the Senate are ready to “quickly quash” those efforts.

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The Troubling 2020 Democrats' Litmus Test for Judicial Nominees

There is a new, troubling trend among 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates this cycle: advocating and promoting a “litmus test,” or judicial philosophy benchmark, for judicial and Supreme Court candidates if he or she happens to be elected President of the United States.

Such a trend goes against the history of judicial nominations and threatens the principle of judicial independence. Some even call the implementation of a judicial litmus test as breaking the “political taboo.”

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Judges

This is another installment of an ongoing series of posts summarizing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates' views on judges and the courts.  All posts in this series can be viewed here.


On Brett Kavanaugh: On September 27th, 2018, ahead of the impending Senate vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, Mayor Buttigieg stated on his Twitter account, “Today is a grim and dramatic living enactment of the relationship between a Congressional GOP obsessed by tactics and power, and the anguished human beings they govern.” [1]

On September 28th, 2018, following a statement by then-Senator Joe Donnelly that he would not be voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, Mayor Buttigieg Tweeted in support of Donnelly’s decision, “Indiana’s @SenDonnelly has made a very politically difficult decision. He is on the ballot this year. Will he be rewarded, or punished, for his principled stand? The choice is yours. Vote.”[2]


On Neil Gorsuch: In a January 31st, 2017 posting on Twitter, Mayor Buttigieg stated, “Let's be sure the nomination of Judge Gorsuch is handled with the same fairness that Senate Republicans showed Judge [Merrick] Garland.”[3]


His Opposition to Trump’s Nominees: In a July 9th 2018 posting on Twitter following the announcement of Brett Kavanaugh as nominee to the Supreme Court, Mayor Buttigieg stated, “This is what we’ve come to: An unpopular president, under investigation, bids an even more unpopular GOP Senate to confirm to the highest court a judge who has argued that presidents should be immune to criminal investigation.”[4]


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Congress Focuses on Election Cybersecurity and Election Assistance Commission

Recently, Congress has been focusing on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and election cybersecurity by holding hearings.  Lawyers Democracy Fund (LDF) has been covering these hearings on its blog and Twitter feed.

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Rep. Doug Collins Releases Transcripts Outlining Possible Bias at Justice and FBI

Yesterday, Congressman Doug Collins, Republican Leader and Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, entered into the Congressional Record nine more transcripts of closed-door interviews with senior officials from the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation under the Obama-Biden Administration. They all relate to the Clinton investigation and origins of the Trump probe and so-called "campaign collusion" investigation.

This is the latest in Representative Collins's effort to offer clear and transparent information to the American public about possible bias against Mr. Trump. Previously, Representative Collins released scores of other transcripts, include the troubling testimony by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Last night, Representative Collins tweeted his House Floor speech where he entered this information to the record:

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All Sides Agree Judicial Nominations are a Key Issue in 2020 but Republicans are Winning in 2019

Today, the media was buzzing with stories focusing on the President’s power to nominate judges and how that is going to impact the 2020 election.  Democrat Presidential candidates have been talking about a wide variety of issues from Citizens United, Roe v. Wade litmus tests for nominees, to strategies aiming to fill the Supreme Court with liberal Justices.  Meanwhile, Senate Republicans keep confirming more judges and cementing President Trump’s legacy. 

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Second Round: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates on Judges

Today, the RNLA's Judicial Affairs Committee released a second round of summaries on "2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates on Judges." The Judicial Affairs Committee has been reviewing and assessing top tier Democrat candidates and Democratic U.S. Senators contending to become the Democratic nominee for President and their positions on judges and the courts during the Trump Administration.

Last week, the committee released summaries on: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren

Today, summaries were released on Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. A link to all the published summaries can be found on our home page here or via our blog article search here.

Below are a few of the extreme comments that Senators Klobuchar and Gillibrand have made regarding judges and the courts:

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