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Information & Analysis

MN Supreme Court rules against Coleman

The Minnesota Supreme Court denied Coleman the relief he was seeking regarding damaged originals and unmatched duplicates. The justices found that the state canvassing board did not act in error by denying such challenges and that the Coleman campaign's claim of double-counted ballots would be better resolved in a court hearing where evidence can be presented.  The order will make it very difficult for Coleman to overcome Franken's lead in the adminstrative recount.  The Coleman campaign plans to take the duplicate ballot issue to court which practically guarantees that the seat will go unfilled when the Senate resumes Jan. 6.  See the Star Tribune coverage here.  See the Court's order here on our case page

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

Tokaji and Strause release The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections

Dan Tokaji and Renata Strause will release their report on independent spending, entitled The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections on Wednesday, June 18.  The report includes interviews with former Members of Congress, such as Senators George Allen, Kent Conrad, and Ben Nelson, and Representatives Mark Critz, Tim Holden, Steve LaTourette, and Joe Walsh, as well as recent congressional candidates, campaign staff, political operatives, legislative staff, and representatives of outside groups. See here for details.

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