“Things Aren’t Going That Well Over There Either: Party Polarization and Election Law in Comparative Perspective”

David Schleicher has posted this draft of SSRN (forthcoming, University of Chicago Legal Forum).  Here is the abstract: One of, if not the, most important change in American political life over the last 30 or so years has been the rise … Continue reading

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“In state Capitol, intransigence gives way to bipartisan deal-making”

Important report from Chris Megerian in the LAT.  What’s really interesting is that Chris does not mention either the top-two primary or citizen redistricting as connected to this new (perhaps temporary) period of bipartisan cooperation.  I’ve been skeptical of claims … Continue reading

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“California doesn’t allow write-in candidates in its general election, so a write-in candidate is suing”

WaPo: “An independent candidate who received a single vote for a U.S. House seat in California is suing the state over it’s top-two primary system, which allows write-in candidates in the primary but not the general election.” UPDATE: Richard Winger links … Continue reading

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“Bad Readers: The judges who ruled against Obamacare are following Scalia down a terrible path of interpretation.”

I have written this new Jurisprudence essay for Slate. It begins: Unless you are a lawyer or a glutton for punishment, you probably want to avoid reading the new D.C. Circuit and 4th Circuit opinions reaching conflicting results on the … Continue reading

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“The Conversation: Dissecting a ‘no party preference’ campaign in California”

SacBee: “Two seasoned California campaign strategists, one a Republican and one a Democrat, who advised a “no party prefence” candidate running for secretary of state, discuss the campaign.” Sragow: Dan didn’t make it into the general election for three fundamental … Continue reading

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