Monthly Archives: December 2010

Quote of the Day

“The notion that this made-up controversy leads to a belief that this Justice Department is not color-blind in enforcement of civil rights laws is simply not supported by the facts… All I have on my side with regard to that is the facts and the law.”
–Attorney General Eric Holder, commenting on potential House Republican investigations of the New Black Panthers issue.

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“Miller to announce appeal plans Friday”

AP offers this report. AP also reports that “Alaska’s Legislature should consider changing election law to make clear that voter intent is what matters in counting write-in ballots, a state lawmaker said Wednesday.” This is particularly interesting to me, as I talk in The Democracy Canon about how the canon can serve as a “preference eliciting” mechanism—getting a state legislature to say when they do not agree with a judicial preference to construe certain statutes to favor voters. Here, the Legislature would be confirming agreement with such a judicial preference.

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Breaking News: Norm Eisen, White House Ethics Czar, Gets Recess Appointment as Czech Ambassador

Hearty congratulations to White House “ethics czar” Norm Eisen, who today received a a recess appointment to be U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic. His nomination had been the subject of a longstanding hold by Senator Grassley, and I recently speculated that a recess appointment could be in the works. This appointment will last only one year unless the Senate confirms him for the post.
I would write more, but I have a shaky Internet connection up in Mammoth right now. Way to go, Norm!

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