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Information & Analysis

Mandamus Action Filed to Subject Ohio Redistricting Act to Referendum

Ohioans for Fair Districts has filed a mandamus action in the Ohio Supreme Court challenging the Congressional redistricting legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Ohio General Assembly earlier this month. The petitioners seek a writ from the court ordering the Ohio Secretary of State to treat sections 1 and 2 of Substitute House Bill 319 as subject to referendum under the Ohio Constitution. The final section of the bill states that it is not subject to referendum. Several Democratic legislators and the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party are members of Ohioans for Fair Districts and are parties in the action.

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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