Lots of Drama in West Virginia Over State Supreme Court Justices; Was Impeachment Timing Way for Republicans to Avoid Holding Election For Judicial Replacements?

See this thread: This is a BFD. The GOP-controlled legislature dragged its feet forvmonths on impeaching these justices to prevent their replacement by voters via special elections this fall. Missing today's deadline lets Republican Gov. Jim Justice appoint their replacements. … Continue reading

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“Nate McMurray doesn’t like ‘giant super PACs.’ But will they be his unlikely salvation?”

CPI: Then, on Wednesday, everything changed. That was the day the feds arrested Collins and charged him with securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI. McMurray’s phone blew up — with new friends, congressmen, aides to previously down-on-McMurray New York … Continue reading

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“Appeals court overturns U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah’s bribery convictions, upholds guilty verdict on other counts”

Philly Inquirer: A federal appeals court in Philadelphia on Thursday overturned U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah’s bribery convictions in a decision that offered a small measure of vindication for the former Democratic congressman — but may not dramatically affect the decade-long sentence he received … Continue reading

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“Election management in the U.S. is improving: An updated Elections Performance Index from the MIT Election Data & Science Lab evaluates the 2016 election”

Electionline Weekly: States’ administration of elections overall improved by 6 percentage points between 2012 and 2016, according to the Elections Performance Index (EPI) released today by the MIT Election Data & Science Lab. As many readers will know, the index, which was developed … Continue reading

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“A Fight Over Voter Rights in California; Liberal Santa Monica finds itself on the same side as a conservative legal activist challenging the state’s voting-rights law”

WSJ: Santa Monica, Calif., with a “well-being index” to gauge the happiness of its residents and a fleet of city buses powered by natural gas, often lives up to its reputation as a wealthy, liberal enclave on California’s coast But … Continue reading

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