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Minnesota Senate contest - Two Minn. Sup. Ct. decisions, Coleman's response to motion to dismiss, contest court motions hearing

A lot is happening today in the ongoing lawsuits over Minnesota's U.S. Senate race.  Coleman responded to Franken's motion to dismiss.  The Minnesota Supreme Court denied Franken's request that it order an election certificate be issued to him.  The court also issued an opinion supporting its decision back in December which required election officials and the campaigns to agree on which rejected absentee ballots should be included in the state canvass.  The court is now hearing arguments over Coleman's motion to invalidate Rule 9 from the recount and Franken's motion to dismiss.  More information will be posted in this space this afternoon. 

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

What's the Matter with Kobach?

Daniel P. Tokaji

By "Kobach," I mean the Kobach v. EAC case in which the Tenth Circuit heard oral argument Monday – rather than its lead plaintiff, Kansas’ controversial Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who argued the position of his state and the State of Arizona. This post discusses what’s at issue in the case, where the district court went wrong, and what the Tenth Circuit should do.

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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

Judge Denies Motion for Preliminary Injunction in NC Case

U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder denied the motion for a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in a case challenging a new North Carolina voting law as violating the Voting Rights Act and the federal Constitution. Judge Schroeder also denied the defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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