The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Citizens United v Federal Election Commission on September 9. The case concerns the McCain-Feingold campaign spending law. Amici curiae briefs are due by the end of the day, Friday, July 31. Already there seem to be at least 20 amici briefs in opposition to the law, 9 in favor,
On July 31, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously ruled that one particular initiative should appear on the 2010 ballot. The 8-page decision is here. The case is State ex rel Scioto Downs v Brunner, 2009-3761. The Secretary of State had certified an initiative, providing for casinos in four Ohio cities, for the ballot. Opponents had
On July 30, the Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation ruled that two initiatives had successfully qualified for the Navajo ballot. The Court ordered the election to be held before the end of 2009. See this article. The Navajo Constitution provides for the initiative, if a petition signed by 15% of the qualified Navajo voters.
Delaware chooses a new State Senator in the 19th district on Monday, August 3, to fill a vacancy. Four candidates are running, a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, and an independent. All four participated in a debate on July 30. See this story. The League of Women Voters sponsored the debate. It was held in
The Moderate Party of Rhode Island will have collected 30,000 signatures on its petition to become a qualified party by Monday, August 3. The law requires 23,589 signatures, so the party believes that in four days, it will have enough valid signatures. If the party has qualified, this is the first time any political party,
The U.S. House Committee on Administration held a hearing on HR 1826 on July 30. The bill would provide for public funding for candidates for Congress. This AP story mentions what some of the witnesses said, but has no information on how members of the Committee reacted. Nor does the story mention any of the