June 27, 2008
News and Roundup on Davis v. FEC
Most of the MSM attention yesterday was lavished on yesterday's Heller decision involving the Second Amendment. Only Adam Winkler saw an election law connection, analogizing Heller to Bush v. Gore. Adam's more substantive post on Heller is here. Congratulations to Adam and fellow election law list member Eugene Volokh whose scholarship was cited in yesterday's Heller opinions.
My analysis of Davis v. FEC (not FEC v. Davis, as I wrote yesterday) is here. The end of that post had links to a number of other sources, including some newspaper stories that have since been updated. Here are the stories and commentaries appearing by this morning:
Los Angeles Times (The end of the article notes that Sen. Obama was one of the first to take advantage of the amendment in his U.S. Senate race)
The Louisville Courier-Journal (on the Kentucky Senate race featuring Sen. McConnell against a wealthy opponent) (Here's some Rick Pildes anti-incumbency fodder from the article: "Though McConnell opposed the overall bill, he was one of the co-sponsors of the 'millionaire's amendment'for Senate races. And he voted for the amendment on the Senate floor. In a statement, McConnell said he was merely doing his job as the bill's Republican floor manager by backing a GOP amendment.")
BNA (which notes that most reform groups downplayed the importance of the case)
Sen Feingold (who downplays the importance of the case)
Bob Bauer (who excoriates Stevens' dissent but calls Alito's majority opinion "no masterpiece")
And Jim Bopp issued a very interesting press release that I will link to once it is web-posted.