Last week, a 4th Circuit panel reversed a District Court decision that struck down North Carolina's voter ID law. The law requires voters to present a valid photo ID to vote in-person or by absentee ballot. As reported by the Washington Post:
The 4th Circuit’s ruling reverses a district court decision that said North Carolina’s 2018 photo ID law would probably have a disproportionate effect on African American voters in the state. The identification requirement had been blocked by federal and state judges, and it did not apply in the November election in which Trump won North Carolina.
Americans are understandably frustrated with the 2020 election cycle, and trust in our elections is at an all-time low. But as RNLA shared earlier this week, the fairness of the U.S. election system is worth fighting for. Where can you as a Republican lawyer make a difference? Volunteer during the Georgia runoffs for 2 U.S. Senate seats in January. Irregularities cannot be exposed unless poll watchers and absentee ballot counting observers are on the ground to observe what is taking place.Read more
What's going on in Nevada? Despite Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria's recommendation to hold a special election for the District County Commissioner race after a narrow 10-vote victory by Democrat Ross Miller, the County Commission has instead voted to certify the results. County Registrar Gloria reasoned that the outcome of the race could not be certain until "unexplained discrepancies" were remedied. The only way to do this? Hold a special election.Read more
On Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz released a statement asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an emergency motion filed by two Republican congressional candidates challenging the election results certified by Pennsylvania.Read more
In a year when Democrats insisted that a "blue wave" was coming, not a single Republican House member lost their bid for reelection in 2020. Even better, Republicans flipped 4 seats in the liberal stronghold of California.Read more
In a victory for religious liberty, the United States Supreme Court granted an injunction last Wednesday, protecting two New York religious organizations from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order that imposed "very severe restrictions on attendance at religious services in areas classified as 'red' or 'orange' zones" pending a decision on the merits of the case by the Second Circuit.
The Court's unsigned per curiam opinion was joined by Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett. Both Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh wrote concurring opinions. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote a dissenting opinion. Justice Breyer also authored a dissenting opinion that Justices Sotomayor and Kagan joined. Justice Sotomayor wrote her own dissenting opinion joined by Justice Kagan.Read more
On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced that he has pardoned General Michael Flynn. The pardon ends the drawn-out battle between the Department of Justice and District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan who refused to dismiss the charges against General Flynn after new evidence was discovered that led to the Department's recommendation to drop the charges.
Long overdue justice for Gen. Flynn after a politicized prosecution and judge's unwillingness to dismiss the case after being ordered to do so by the D.C. Circuit. https://t.co/uY75CGHNgw— RNLA ⚖️ (@TheRepLawyer) November 25, 2020
On November 18th, the Senate Rules Committee met to consider the nominations of Shana M. Broussard, Sean J. Cooksey, and Allen Dickerson to the Federal Election Commission. Confirming the nominees is especially important, since the FEC lost a shortly-held quorum earlier this year when Commissioner Caroline Hunter resigned.Read more
Judicial confirmations are continuing full speed ahead thanks to the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham. As reported by Carrie Severino for the National Review:
The Senate has recessed for Thanksgiving break, but not before processing a number of judicial nominees. Five new trial judges were confirmed last week, four to various district courts and one to the Court of International Trade.Read more
More than 2 weeks after Election Day, seven congressional races are still uncalled in New York and California. These issues are a result of the dramatic expansion of mail voting in these states. Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis released a statement about the current state of the races:
"It is ridiculous that California and New York are still counting more than two weeks after an election,” said Davis. “We’ve had election observers in many of these districts and what they’re witnessing is the state’s failure to run efficient elections. In California’s case, it’s the Secretary of State’s decision to mail live ballots to decades-old voter rolls. In New York, it’s the state increasing mail-in voting without making the other changes needed to ensure election officials can count these votes in a timely manner. I understand that this year was unprecedented, but the people of California and New York deserve a better process."Read more