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McComish v. Bennett

Case Information

Date Filed: November 29, 2010
State: Arizona
Issue: Campaign Finance
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. Supreme Court (Case 10-239); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (Case 10-15166); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (Case 10-15165)

Issue:

Whether Arizona campaing finance law violates the first and fourteenth amendments.

Status:

Opinion Issued  6/27/11. Reply Brief of Petitioner McCommish filed 3/15/11. Reply Brief of Petitioner Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC filed 3/16/11. Motion of Acting-Solicitor General to Argue as Amicus Curie Granted entered 3/18/11. Motion of Petitioners for Divided Argument Denied entered 3/18/11.  Case Argued 3/28/11.

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of X-Rays, CT Scans, and Gerrymanders

Edward B. Foley

Progress in the detection of malignant redistricting.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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