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Breaking News: Federal District Court Grants Motion to Consolidate ORP v. Brunner with NEOCH Case.

This evening, federal district court judge Algenon Marbley has granted Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s motion to consolidate the case of Ohio Republican Party v. Brunner (ORP), filed last month and amended this morning, with the case of Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless v. Blackwell (NEOCH), filed two years ago. In an oral ruling from the bench, Judge Marbley noted that the as yet unresolved claims in each case seek uniformity in the processes for counting ballots, and that the two cases share common claims of vote dilution and violations of the equal protection clause. A written opinion is expected to follow.

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of Bouncing Balls and a Big Blue Shift

Edward B. Foley

It is a fortuitous coincidence that the University of Virginia’s Journal of Law & Politics has just published a piece of mine that shows the relevance of the current vote-counting process in Virginia’s Attorney General election to what might happen if the 2016 presidential election turns on a similar vote-counting process in Virginia. 

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign contribution cap

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion today in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down aggregate limits on political campaign contributions but leaving in place limits on contributions to individual candidates.

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