Category Archives: ELB Podcast

ELB Podcast, Season 2, Episode 3: Kristen Clarke: Voter Protection in the 2018 Midterms

Is the state of Georgia going to disenfranchise voters over missing hyphens on voter registration cards? What can be done about new strict voting rules, such as the North Dakota residential address rule that may disenfranchise Native American voters? Will the Supreme Court with new Justice Kavanaugh protect minority voting rights?

On Season 2, Episode 3 of the ELB Podcast, we talk with Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

You can listen to the ELB Podcast Season 2, Episode 3 on Soundcloud or subscribe at iTunes.

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ELB Podcast, Season 2, Episode 2: Bob Bauer: Unpacking the Trump Campaign Finance Allegations, From Michael Cohen to Trump Tower

Does Michael Cohen’s guilty plea to campaign finance violations implicate the President in criminal campaign finance activity? What about the defenses that the President has raised to these charges? Did Trump or the Trump campaign violate the prohibition on soliciting foreign contributions with their summer 2016 meeting with Russian government operatives at Trump Tower?

On Season 2, Episode 2 of the ELB Podcast, we talk with Bob Bauer, former White House Counsel and former Obama campaign general counsel.

 

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ELB Podcast, Season 2: Episode 1. Dale Ho: From the Trenches of the Voting Wars

After a long hiatus, the ELB Podcast is back in time for the midterm election season with a great first guest!

What is the state of voting rights in America? What did the ACLU’s lawsuit against Kris Kobach over the state of Kansas’s “show us your papers” citizenship voting law teach us about the extent of the voter fraud problem? What’s at stake in the litigation over the citizenship question which may appear on the 2020 census?

On Season 2, Episode 1 of the ELB Podcast, we talk with Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, who supervises the ACLU’s voting rights litigation and advocacy work nationwide.

You can listen to the ELB Podcast Season 2, Episode 1 on Soundcloud or subscribe at iTunes.

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ELB Podcast Episode 19. Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein: Trumpism, and America, After Trump

What is the connection between Republican Party extremism before Trump and the rise of Trump? What kinds of economic and political reforms can best preserve American democracy? What will life after Trump, and Trumpism, look like in the United States?

On Episode 19 of the ELB Podcast, we talk with Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein, co-authors with E.J. Dionne of the new book, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.

You can listen to the ELB Podcast Episode 19 on Soundcloud or subscribe at iTunes.

 

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ELB Podcast Episode 16. Bob Bauer: The Danger of Trump’s “Election Integrity” Commission

Will earlier work to improve the voters’ experience at the polls be abandoned thanks to unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud? Is the “Election Integrity” commission established by President Trump going to undermine efforts to improve voting rights? Is there a future for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, one of whose members is joining the Trump-established commission?

On Episode 16 of the ELB Podcast, we talk with Bob Bauer, former White House Counsel and co-chair of the Obama-established Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

You can listen to the ELB Podcast Episode 16 on Soundcloud or subscribe at iTunes.

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ELB Podcast Episode 15. Ned Foley: Ballot Battles, Past, Present, and Future

Is this year’s concern about “election rigging” and violence at the polls unprecedented? Where do Donald Trump’s claims fit within disputes over American elections? Have we as a country gotten better since Bush v. Gore at resolving our election disputes?

On Episode 15 of the ELB Podcast, we talk with Ohio State’s Ned Foley, author of Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States.

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ELB Podcast Episode 14. Erwin Chemerinsky: Did Justice Ginsburg Cross the Line?

Did Justice Ginsburg go too far in her comments against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump? Should comments like Justice Ginsburg’s be protected by the First Amendment, and would they be grounds for recusal in a future Clinton v. Trump case? Are judicial rules which bar endorsements of candidates and political statements by judges unconstitutional?

On Episode 14 of the ELB Podcast, we talk with UCI Irvine Law dean and noted constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky.

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ELB Podcast Episode 13. Thomas Hicks and Matthew Masterson: Surviving Elections 2016

Is the American election system ready to handle 2016? Has the country done what it can to prevent long lines and election breakdowns? Can the U.S. Election Assistance Commission help Democrats and Republicans to move beyond the Voting Wars?

On Episode 13 of the ELB Podcast, we talk to Thomas Hicks, Chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and its Vice-Chair Matthew Masterson.

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ELB Podcast Episode 12. Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein: From Political Dysfunction to Trumpism?

Has the country moved from a period of deep political dysfunction to something bordering on authoritarianism, with the rise of Donald Trump? Does the rise of Bernie Sanders on the left mean Democrats are moving to the extremes like Republicans? What would a Hillary Clinton presidency with a Republican House look like?

On Episode 12 of the ELB Podcast, we talk with Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein, authors of It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism.

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ELB Podcast Episode 10. Janai Nelson: Minority Voting Rights in 2016

What has happened to African-American voting rights after the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder? Can the Voting Rights Act still protect minority voting rights in states such as Alabama and Texas? What are the prospects that a new Congress will step in to protect everyone’s right to vote?

On Episode 10 of the ELB Podcast, we talk to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Janai Nelson.

You can listen to the ELB Podcast Episode 10 on Soundcloud or subscribe at iTunes.

(Note: This interview was recorded just before the 5th Circuit decided to hear the Texas voter identification case en banc.)

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ELB Podcast Episode 9. Ben Ginsberg: The Republican Nomination Battle for President

Will the Republican presidential nomination fight go beyond the primaries to a contested convention? Are the rules Republicans passed to assign delegates going to lead to chaos? What’s different about this election cycle, and are Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders fighting for the same voters?

On Episode 9 of the ELB Podcast, we talk to noted Republican campaign attorney Ben Ginsberg.

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ELB Podcast Episode 7. Ellen Weintraub: The Future of Money in Politics, and of the FEC

What is the state of campaign financing in the U.S.? How have things changed in the Citizens United era? Is the Federal Election Commission dysfunctional, and if so do personalities or ideology explain the spate of high profile Commission deadlocks?

On Episode 7 of the ELB Podcast, we talk to Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub.

You can listen to the ELB Podcast Episode 7 on Soundcloud or subscribe at iTunes.

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ELB Podcast Episode 6. Nate Persily: Can the Supreme Court Handle Social Science In Election Cases?

Can the Supreme Court handle social science evidence in election law cases? Will lack of good data determine the outcome of the Supreme Court’s upcoming one person, one vote decision in Evenwel v. Abbott? What role will and should evidence play in assessing questions such as the constitutionality of McCain-Feingold’s soft money ban or Texas’s strict voter identification law.

On Episode 6 of the ELB Podcast, we talk to law professor and political scientist Nate Persily of Stanford Law School, one of the country’s leading redistricting and election law experts.

You can listen to the ELB Podcast Episode 6 on Soundcloud or subscribe at iTunes.

 

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ELB Podcast, Episode 5. Nina Perales: Latino Voting Rights Struggles in Texas and Beyond

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What is the state of Latino voting rights in the state of Texas and beyond? What’s happening with the never-ending redistricting litigation in San Antonio, raising questions about whether Texas discriminated against Latino voters and others? Has the demise of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act thanks to the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder hurt minority voters?

On Episode 5 of the ELB Podcast, we talk to Nina Perales, vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and one of the country’s leading voting rights lawyers.

You can listen to the ELB Podcast Episode 5 on Soundcloud or subscribe at iTunes.

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