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Information & Analysis

April, 2010

Below are postings from April, 2010. (See Archives | Recent Headlines)

Complaint filed challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

Apr. 7 - A complaint was filed today (4/7) by the Center for Individual Rights on behalf of a group of North Carolina voters claiming that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 violates the 5th, 14th and 15th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.  According to the press release from CIR, this suit, LaRoque v. Holder, addresses a question left open by the Supreme Court's recent decision in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder.  [See EL@M case page for additional information.]

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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