On December 30, the Montana Supreme Court upheld the state law that makes it illegal for corporations to spend money, disseminating messages supporting or attacking candidates for state office. See this story. The vote was 5-2. Here is the 80-page opinion. The majority opinion is 29 pages, and the dissents are 51 pages. The case
Ohio Democratic Presidential Primary Will Have Two Candidates; Republicans Ballot to List Seven Candidates
On December 30, filing closed for the Ohio presidential primary. The Democratic ballot will include President Obama, and Randall Terry. The Republican presidential primary ballot will list Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. Each of these candidates needed 1,000 signatures. None of the five qualified minor
On December 29, a Virginia voter who signed the petition to put Newt Gingrich on the Virginia ballot filed a lawsuit in state court, charging that many signatures on the Gingrich petition were probably invalidated, even though they were valid. The lawsuit focuses on the aspect of the state form that doesn’t give people much
Virginia state legislator Bob Marshall, a Republican, has publicly urged his party to drop the voter loyalty oath for the March 6 presidential primary. See this story.
On December 29, six attorneys who worked on the lawsuit Heller v District of Columbia were awarded a total of $1,132,182 in attorneys fees. Heller v D.C. was not an election law case. This post is nevertheless being made because it illustrates the power of the 1976 federal law that awards attorneys’ fees to attorneys