Fourth Circuit Nominee Pamela Harris Raises Concerns

President Obama recently nominated Georgetown Law Professor Pamela Harris to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. As her nomination awaits confirmation from Congress, her previous public statements are under scrutiny.

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Threats to democracy, real and imagined

Events in Washington have a way of colliding unexpectedly, laying bare the vapid emptiness of stock political rhetoric. Recent Congressional hearings demonstrate this axiom.   

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Reactions to Hobby Lobby Case From Conservative Leaders

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

Today’s Supreme Court decision makes clear that the Obama administration cannot trample on the religious freedoms that Americans hold dear. ObamaCare is the single worst piece of legislation to pass in the last 50 years, and I was glad to see the Supreme Court agree that this particular ObamaCare mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

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308,000 Double-Registered Between VA and Other States

The latest survey shows that 308,000 voters are double-registered in Virginia and another state. As discussed in a previous post, 44,000 of those are registered in both Virginia and Maryland.

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Voting Rights Act "Very Effective" One Year After Shelby County.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing yesterday regarding S.1945, a bill that would amend the Voting Rights Act in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder. In that case, the Court held Section Five of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, a section that subjected many Southern states to prescreening by the Justice Department on legislation relevant to voting rights.

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Once Again Republican Voter Intimidation is Proven a Myth

According to numerous reports yesterday and the days before voter intimidation was going to occur in yesterday’s Mississippi primary because of a conservative group’s poll watching program.  MSNBC, the New York Times and even liberal election blog sites were filled with rhetoric of how “voters are going to be reminded of the state’s violent racist past.”  Medgar Evers name came up multiple times yesterday and typical of the rhetoric on MSNBC was the statement that it is “unconscionable to send poll watchers” as poll watching is “about keeping black voters from potentially voting.”

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How Democrats Try to Win a Republican Primary: Crying Wolf on Intimidation

Today, the small election law community is going crazy over the Republican Senate runoff in Mississippi.  Unlike the rest of the political world that is concerned with the result, the liberal election law community is concerned with intimidation in the Republican primary.

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Vote Fraud “Likely Gone on Here for Years” in Alabama

An Alabama grand jury indicted the girlfriend of Dothan commissioner Amos Newsome on 23 counts of vote fraud in the campaign to re-elect Newsome last August. After absentee ballots favored Newsome by a 119-5 margin, his opponent filed a complaint, because Newsome won by only 14 votes. Prompted by the wide discrepancy, the county sheriff conducted a thorough investigation over several weeks, interviewing more than 100 witnesses.

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New Majority Whip Defends First Amendment

Newly chosen House Majority Whip Steve Scalise vehemently defends the First Amendment, despite Senate Democrat’s efforts to repeal a portion of the Bill of Rights. Before his promotion to Majority Whip, Scalise presented House Resolution 621 with co-sponsor Texas Congressman Ted Poe. The resolution is a direct response to the proposed Political Equality Amendment Senate Democrats are pushing which would remove political speech from First Amendment protection.

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McCutcheon Speaks on McCutcheon v. FEC

Successful Plaintiff Shaun McCutcheon participated in a panel discussionat the Cato Institute Wednesday to discuss the practical implications his case involving federal campaign donations. The 2013 Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC eliminated aggregate limits restricting how much money a donor may contribute to federal candidates.

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