Monthly Archives: March 2005

“Judge blocks part of campaign law; Says it violates unions’ speech rights”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer offers this report. (I’d like to see the judge’s ruling, which held that a ban on union contributions to campaigns was unconstitutional, while a corporate ban continues in effect. How does this square with McConnell v. FEC?) Yesterday, the newspaper reported Campaign-finance law repeal won’t be on ballot. Thanks to Candice Hoke for alterting me to this issue.

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“Bill gives secretary of state power over election disputes”

The Palm Beach Post offers this report. This bill does one thing I approve of and another that I disapprove of. I think state centralization and the creation of uniform rules are wonderful. They resolve all kinds of uncertainties and potential equal protection issues.The problem is that this consolidates power in the hands of a single official who is a political appointee of the governor, and likely to do the governor’s bidding. Not that the alternative in Florida is very good. On the local level, partisan officials control the process as well. The reason that the Republican-dominated Florida legislature wants this change is to put more power in the hands of a state Republican appointee over the Democratic appointees in many of Florida’s larger cities. I’ll have more to say soon about how to resolve these kinds of serious, systemic problems.

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“Governor’s Team Taking Ballot Reins”

The Sacramento Bee offers this report, which begins: “Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political team is moving to take over his special election campaign after last week’s court ruling that allows politicians to raise unlimited money for ballot measure efforts at the same time they fully control them.”
Given these developments I am surprised we have heard nothing from the FPPC about whether or not they plan to appeal. If they appeal, they should try to get the case an expedited hearing (perhaps in the California Supreme Court) so that this issue can be resolved without the potential for the rules switching again in the middle of the (expected special) election season.

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