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New tool for voter registration in Texas

The Texas Democratic party is pushing this tool


Trump Lawyer's Firm Knocked From Top 100 Prestige List


Leaders of 34 law firms pledge to help reunify families and provide representation for asylum seeker

My profession is answering the call


Luckovich-Goebbels needs a hug


America's allies should respond...targeted sanctions on the Trump Organization

This will be fun to watch. The sanctions against Russia are against targeted businesses. Trump's sanctions are so stupid that the best response may be to target the trump organization https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/5/17422492/sanction-trump-organization

The Canadian writer Scott Gilmore is also thinking along these lines, and makes the case for sanctioning the Trump Organization in Maclean’s.

“Canada could add a tax to Trump properties equal to any tariff unilaterally imposed by Washington,” he writes. “The European Union could revoke any travel visas for senior staff in the Trump organization. And the United Kingdom could temporarily close his golf course.”

The potential points of leverage here are quite real. Trump has two golf courses in Scotland and one in Ireland. The wine list at BLT Prime in Trump’s DC hotel is full of European vintages. Travel sanctions could also be painful. Donald Trump Jr. was vacationing in Spain as recently as April.

Hitting Trump personally might work on its own terms. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is chaired by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who has committed to working to halt Trump’s tariffs. So has Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who also sits on the committee. Both Corker and Flake have also, from time to time, offered commentary on Trump’s basic unfitness for office. What they’ve never done is exerted their power as US senators to engage in meaningful oversight over his corruption and conflicts of interest. Directly injecting Trump’s business interests into an international conflict might spur them to actually do their jobs.

Judge in case contesting Trump's family separation policy speeds up the clock:


Breaking: Supreme Court Decides Texas Redistricting Case on 5-4 Vote, Along Ideological Lines, Rever

Source: Election Law Blog


Read more: http://electionlawblog.org/?p=99763

I will be reading this opinion today

"California's Supreme Court can kill Cal-3 quickly and save us all a lot of trouble"

This is from Prof. Hasen http://electionlawblog.org/?p=99761

The Cal-3 ballot measure set to be voted on in November needs a mercy killing from the California Supreme Court, and if it comes fast enough, it could save a lot of expense and wasted effort.

The proposition, designed by venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into three states, may or may not be the most sensible way to divide up our diverse and powerful state. But the legal barriers to its enactment are overwhelming.

For example, will Congress, which must approve the creation of new states out of an old one, go along, given the partisan politics of everything these days and the impact of four new senators on the balance of power in the U.S. Senate? Will consent of the state Legislature be required (and forthcoming), or would voter approval through the initiative process suffice?

The legal fate of the initiative will probably never even get to questions of legislative approval. One way or another, the California Supreme Court will be called upon, and it will almost certainly rule that the way in which Draper is trying to create three Californias violates the state Constitution and has no place on the ballot to begin with.

Hopefully this ballot measure will be killed by the court

BREAKING: SCOTUS Sends Back North Carolina Partisan Gerrymandering Case Rather Than Setting It for A

Source: Election Law Blog

The Supreme Court has vacated and remanded the North Carolina partisan gerrymandering case, rather than setting it for argument. This is another sign Justice Kennedy is not ready to weigh back in so fast. I discussed what that remand order could mean at the end of my Slate piece on Gill.

But even with a remand the case could be back before the Supreme Court for the next term (even if that next term does not include Justice Kennedy).

If what North Carolina can do is kosher, then there really would be no limits on partisan gerrymandering. This is the case where the state explicitly admitted it was drawing lines solely for partisan advantage

Read more: http://electionlawblog.org/?p=99759

AMJOY is on for three hours today from outside the tent city prison

There will be a major ptotest there today
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