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Berg v. Obama

Case Information

Date Filed: August 21, 2008
State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Candidate Eligibility
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Cour for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case 2:08-cv-04083)

Issue:

Whether Senator Barrack Obama is a U.S. citizen and eligible to hold the office of President of the United States.  Plaintiff is alleging that Senator Obama is falsely claiming to be a natural born citizen. 

Status:

Complaint and Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) filed on 8/21/08.  Motion for TRO was denied by the Court on 8/22/08. 

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Columbus City Council Will See Some Reforms, But Not For Another Six Years

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in WOSU about changes to Columbus City Council that will stem from the passage of Issue 3.

 

“In a city where one political party is dominant, it makes sense to think about the citizen's commission to take it out of the hands of the politicians,” Foley said. “Because if you leave it in the hands of the politicians, it’s hard to get balance between the two parties.”


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Supreme Court Decides Wisconsin and Maryland Gerrymandering Cases on Procedural Grounds

In opinions issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two gerrymandering cases on procedural grounds. In an opinion in the Wisconsin case of Gill v. Whitford, the Court found that the plaintiffs did not have standing to challenge the legislature\'s redistricting plan. In an opinion in the Maryland case of Benisek v. Lamone, the Court determined that the District Court was within its discretion in denying preliminary relief to the plaintiffs challenging the legislature\'s redistricting plan.

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