: “The gambit, apparently the first time that Ohio legislators have ever effectively killed a referendum destined for voters, sets up a possible lawsuit over a question that could impact this fall’s election: May state legislators repeal a… Continue reading
The most important aspect of this news
is that the qualification of the referendum stops the enforcement of the Republican Legislature’s changes during the 2012 election, while this referendum is pending.
The Court’s order is here
. Justice Alito would have granted the application, showing he remains quite concerned about mandated disclosures in the political context (concerns which I contend are overblown
). This means that the names of those who… Continue reading
You can find the court’s order, along with a dissent, here
. Dissenting Judge Smith, in addition to disagreeing on the mootness question, apparently has a much broader view of the meaning of “harassment” to support an exemption for disclosure… Continue reading
The state of Washington just won summary judgment
on remand in the Doe v. Reed case involving disclosure of the names of people signing a referendum concerning Washington State’s gay rights law.
From the opinion:
Applied here, the Court finds… Continue reading
Referendum in Ohio to go forward
for signature gathering, putting Ohio’s new redistricting law on hold during 2012 elections. Justin explains
You can read the unanimous opinion of the Ohio Supreme Court here