Disenfranchisement of New Voters in Oregon Primary Benefits Clinton over Sanders

Yesterday, Joanne W. Young published a piece at the Daily Caller that further illustrates the dangers associated with mandatory voter registration. Oregon, a bastion for most things liberal, attempted to force mandatory registration through the DMV. This drew more than a few warnings from Young earlier this year. It turns out the initial concerns were well founded as new voters are likely being disenfranchised as a result of the system.

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Missouri Legislature Seeks to Amend Constitution to Enact Photo Voter ID

The Missouri legislature has passed a bill to put a constitutional amendment, allowing a photo voter ID law, on the ballot this November. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article overviewing the paths now available to the bill's potential enactment.  Missouri has struggled to enact the law, facing steep opposition by the left and a 2006 court ruling making the first iteration unconstitutional. The legislation has been a hotly debated topic throughout the session and could face a Governor’s veto and a subsequent override from the legislature. 

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ICYMI - Debunking Supreme Court Myths

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley did an excellent job earlier this week debunking the myths regarding the Garland Supreme Court nomination.  A few highlights of the piece entitled Debunking Supreme Court Myths:

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Federal Court Upholds NC Reforms to Ensure Election Integrity

As we discussed previously, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina upheld North Carolina's voter ID law in a long opinion that thoroughly considered all of the evidence.  The decision also upheld a number of procedural election changes that North Carolina made to ensure the integrity of its elections.

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Senate Should Remain Firm on Not Confirming Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

With Donald Trump becoming the presumptive Republican nominee for President last week, some conservatives urged the Senate to confirm President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, because they had already given up hope of a Republican victory in the fall.  (Note polls today show that Trump is in a dead heat in key states.)  Putting aside any debate over the outcome of the November election for the moment, this advice to Senate Republicans is not sound.  

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The Immoral and Unconstitional Act of Governor McAuliffe

A Friday afternoon a few weeks back, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe made an unprecedented and likely unconstitutional “executive order” allowing felons to vote.  As National Review wrote:

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Chuck Cooper to be Presented RNLA's Highest Award

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) is pleased to name Charles “Chuck” Copper as the recipient of the 2016 Ed Meese Award.  Cooper was selected for the Ed Meese Award, named after the 65th United States Attorney General, as he has upheld the rule of law in the face of adverse political challenges. 

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The Left Continues to Try to Effectively Repeal the 1st Amendment

The Left’s war on free speech is not just with Citizens United; it has spread to debate on the issues.  The left is actually trying to chill debate, even criminalize it. 

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An Honest Liberal on Citizen's United

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have stated they will only appoint Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Citizens United, a promise that would go against judicial ethics.  Noted liberal Michael Kinsley points out why they are wrong on the substance:

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A Third Strike for Obama at the EAC

Yesterday, President Obama nominated Kate Marshall to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). A brief review of his previous nominations seems to be in order. All too often the Democrats consider election administration in a partisan fashion, seeking to advance a political agenda or scare their base.  

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