Amanda Becker has written this piece for Roll Call, which begins with comments made at yesterday’s Supreme Court oral argument in Shelby County about Congress.
The article discusses my soon to be published Southern California Law Review article, End of the Dialogue? Political Polarization, the Supreme Court and Congress.
Bill Press on Shelby County.
The Economist‘s “Democracy in America” blogs.
Amy Davidson blogs for The New Yorker.
One of the best reporters covering how Shelby County is playing in covered jurisdictions is Gannett’s Mary Orndorff Troyan. Gannett stories often don’t come up in my news searches for some reason, so here’s some catchup on three recent stories:
Voting Rights Act debated at U.S. Supreme Court: Shelby County asks if the law is still needed
Record number of exemptions complicates voting rights case
S.C. among states seeking to end review of their election procedures
That’s the lead story in this week’s Electionline Weekly.
Demos has released a new report. The takeaway, according the Center for Public Integrity, is that “The U.S. political system is increasingly gamed against Americans of modest means — a situation exacerbated in recent years by major changes in the nation’s campaign laws.”
As I argue in this draft, it is time to put political equality back at the table in the discussion of campaign finance balancing, along with First Amendment rights of speech and association as well as concerns about corruption and conflict of interest.