The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that on February 17, they asked the Oregon Secretary of State to file a brief, explaining why the Court shouldn’t accept Ralph Nader’s ballot access appeal. This is a good sign that the Court is interested in the case. Oregon had already told the Court last month that it didn’t wish to file a response. But now the Court has said, notwithstanding Oregon’s disinterest in responding, that Oregon ought to respond. The case is Kucera v Bradley, 04-872.