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Information & Analysis

Minnesota contest - possible next steps

Eric Black of MinnPost.com has a nice summary and analysis of what may happen with respect to issuance of a certificate of election in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race.  Until recently, Governor Tim Pawlenty has been saying that, after the Minnesota Supreme Court hears and decides an appeal, a federal court might stay issuance of a certificate if possible federal appeals are pending.  Yesterday, however, the governor implied that he himself might have some discretion in withholding the certificate if he thinks there are issues outstanding that would make a delay prudent.  Attorney Ben Ginsburg said today that Coleman's appeal of the contest court's decision will likely be filed next week.  See Jay Weiner's MinnPost.com piece here.

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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