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No challenge to gay rights standard

by Lyle Denniston on April 17, 2014

Neither side in an important test case on the test of constitutionality that courts are to use in gay rights lawsuits supported a new hearing on that issue in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Amid new filings on Thursday, one Continue →

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Petition of the day

by Maureen Johnston on April 17, 2014

The petition of the day is:

Drake v. Jerejian 13-827

Issue: (1) Whether the Second Amendment secures a right to carry handguns outside the home for self-defense; and (2) whether state officials violate the Second Amendment by requiring that individuals wishing to exercise their right to Continue →

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A few days before the Supreme Court tackles false campaign speech laws in the Susan B. Anthony case, John Dickerson makes a provocative claim in his Slate column: The issue last week was the pay gap between men and women. Continue →
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Rob Richie writes for Reuters Opinion. Another from Richie: Overseas Voters From 5 States to Use Ranked Choice Voting Ballots in 2014 Congressional Election … Continue reading →
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That’s the lead story in this week’s Electionline Weekly. … Continue reading →
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OpenSecrets.org Adds New Joint Fundraising Committee Section

by OpenSecrets Blog on April 17, 2014

Today OpenSecrets.org added a new section for joint fundraising committees, the fundraising partnerships between candidates, committees or party committees that allow participants to pool their efforts and split the proceeds. While JFCs are not new, they've becoming increasingly prominent in Continue →
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Teva agrees to put up bond in drug fight

by Lyle Denniston on April 17, 2014

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., the maker of a widely used drug for treating multiple sclerosis, told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it is willing to put aside promptly up to $500 million to cover marketing losses that generic competitors might Continue →

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popular initiative (summary)

by Damon Mathews on April 17, 2014

In looking at ways to return the initiative process to the people we have to scratch bellow the service of available tools, sites. What’s needed, in my view, is a social network which Continue →

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I wonder if the many conservatives on the election law listserv would agree with these points made by J. Christian Adams: So who are the speech regulators seeking to impose government limits on the exercise of the First Amendment? Like Continue →
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In the next stage of its continuing quest to reexamine every significant aspect of the Federal Circuit’s doctrinal framework for patents, the Court in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments will consider the proper standard for invalidating a patent claim as Continue →

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McCutcheon and the Gender Divide, Pt. II

by OpenSecrets Blog on April 17, 2014

We've been diving deeper into the question of how the Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. FEC decision might affect the share of contributions coming from men versus women.As we already know, maxed out donors in 2012 -- those who hit the Continue →
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“For Republicans, super PACs are so 2012″

by Rick Hasen on April 17, 2014

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News from Ohio: “Incumbent Butler County Commissioner Cindy Carpenter may have some explaining to do about a billboard on Ohio Bypass 4 in Fairfield that appears to congratulate her as commissioner even though the contested GOP primary is just three Continue →
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Bauer on Carter, Chemerinsky, Noble on McCutcheon

by Rick Hasen on April 17, 2014

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Thursday round-up

by Amy Howe on April 17, 2014

Briefly:

Writing for the Legal Times, Tony Mauro reports on Tuesday’s sentencing in D.C. Superior Court of Noah Kai Newkirk, who was arrested in February for disrupting an oral argument at the Supreme Court.  Newkirk was sentenced to time served and Continue →
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Mount Pompeo blows smoke over GMO Foods

by Jim Hightower on April 17, 2014

In 79 AD, Pompeii was buried in ash by a volcanic eruption. Now, nearly 2000 years later, an eruption of hot legislative ash is spewing from Rep. Mike Pompeo, threatening to gag consumers with gas Continue →

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Abbot among five Tibetans arrested

by Phayul Latest News on April 16, 2014

Chinese police in the Tibet Autonomous Region have arrested the abbot of Boyak monastery in Menda town in Chamdo. Khenpo Khedup was arrested on his way to attend a meeting of the Tibet Autonomous Region’s Bu
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Latest on the VRAA: Still Waiting on Cantor

by Rick Hasen on April 16, 2014

The Hill reports on the ticking clock. … Continue reading →
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Argument preview: Attack ads and the First Amendment

by Lyle Denniston on April 16, 2014

At 10 a.m. next Tuesday, the Supreme Court continues its current fascination with free speech and the First Amendment, exploring at a one-hour hearing when an advocacy group can challenge a restriction on election campaign rhetoric.  Arguing for two advocacy groups Continue →

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Petitions of the day

by Maureen Johnston on April 16, 2014

The petitions of the day are:

Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. 13-684

Issue: Whether a borrower exercises his right to rescind a transaction in satisfaction of the requirements of the Truth in Lending Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1635, by “notifying the creditor” in writing within Continue →

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Linda Greenhouse on McCutcheon

by Rick Hasen on April 16, 2014

NYT: This time, five justices did actually manage to toss something out the window: the post-Watergate system of campaign finance regulation. Only Justice Clarence Thomas, who refused to sign the four-justice plurality opinion by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Continue →
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Judge nullifies strictest anti-abortion law

by Lyle Denniston on April 16, 2014

A federal judge in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Wednesday struck down the strictest anti-abortion law in the nation, a ban on ending pregnancy after a fetal heartbeat is detected — that is, at about six weeks.  Separately, U.S. District Judge Continue →

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TechCrunch reports. How many people will confuse True the Vote and TrustTheVote? … Continue reading →
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Alito rejoins the Court in two cases

by Lyle Denniston on April 16, 2014

The Supreme Court disclosed Wednesday, in routine entries on its docket, that Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., will now be taking part in two cases from which he had held himself out earlier — both set for argument next week.

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Legal Times: A bipartisan group of congressional leaders filed court papers Tuesday defending the constitutional shield that protects members of Congress and their staff from being forced to provide information about legislative activities. The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the Continue →
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Ryan Koopmans: We didn’t have to wait long for the Supreme Court to decide its most important case of the term.  Last Tuesday, the justices heard arguments over whether a second OWI offense is an “infamous crime” under the Iowa Continue →
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Michael Hiltzik blogs at LAT. … Continue reading →
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AP preview of the Susan B. Anthony case. … Continue reading →
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NYT: “Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can Continue →
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