The Biggest Problem with the Supreme Court’s Opinion in the Wisconsin Voting Case Was Not the Result (Which Was Still Wrong), But the Court’s Sloppiness and Nonchalance About Voting Rights and What That Means for November

There has been a ton of commentary on the Supreme Court’s split decision in the Wisconsin voting case, which reversed a district court order allowing absentee ballots received by April 13 whether or not they were postmarked by the April … Continue reading

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Breaking: Supreme Court on 5-4 Vote Reverses District Court on Late-Arriving Absentee Ballots in Wisconsin Race. This is a Bad Sign for November in a Number of Ways.

You can read the opinion and dissent here. In some ways, it is unsurprising that the Court divided 5-4 (conservative/Republican Justices against liberal/Democratic Justices) on a question whether the emergency created by COVID-19 and the dangers of in-person voting justified … Continue reading

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GOP Seeks Supreme Court Stay of Federal Court Order Extending Time for Receipt of Absentee Ballots in Wisconsin Primary Affected by Covid-19; What Will SCOTUS Do?

You can find the filing at this link. As expected the Purcell Principle plays a major role in the argument here, the idea that courts should not make last minute changes in election rules because doing so could confuse voters … Continue reading

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“The Alarming Prospect of the Supreme Court Deciding the 2020 Election; If the country’s nine justices wind up deciding the presidential race, things could get very ugly very quickly”

I have written this piece for The Atlantic, part of the rollout of my new book, Election Meltdown. It begins: Among the many strange and worrying truths about American elections, one has a tendency to get lost: The path to … Continue reading

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“Revisiting Campaign Finance Regulation 10 Years After Citizens United”

Video: ACS held a panel discussion on the state of campaign finance on January 16, 2020.  Titled “Revisiting Campaign Finance Regulation 10 Years After Citizens United,” the event featured Jason Abel, Lee Goodman, Chisun Lee, and Ciara Torres-Spelliscy and was moderated by Michael Tomasky.  A decade after the … Continue reading

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“Trump judicial adviser’s ‘dark money’ network hides Supreme Court spending”

From the Center for Responsive Politics: A secretive network spending millions of dollars to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court picks terminated multiple 501(c)(4) nonprofit nodes last year while funneling money to an even more opaque limited-liability company, further obscuring the network’s funding … Continue reading

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Breaking: Supreme Court, Ducking Major Confrontation Over Campaign Finance Limits for Now, Reverses 9th Circuit Ruling Upholding Alaska Campaign Contribution Limits

I’ve been keeping my eye on Thompson v. Hebdon v. Hebdon for a long time. In this case, leading Supreme Court attorney Paul Clement filed a petition for the Supreme Court to take a case challenging Alaska’s campaign contribution limits … Continue reading

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