Federal Judge Orders Removal of Citizenship Question From 2020 Census

by Kevin Daley   A federal judge in New York barred the Trump administration from including a citizenship question on the 2020 census questionnaire. The decision appears to have significant implications for a related matter the Supreme Court will consider in February. “The attempts by the Trump administration to mandate…

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Supreme Court Turns Down Challenge To Matthew Whitaker’s Appointment As Acting AG

by Kevin Daley   The Supreme Court rejected an unusual challenge to Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting Attorney General on Monday. The challenge arose in the context of a Second Amendment case from Nevada, where an independent political activist named Barry Michaels challenged a provision of the Federal Gun Control…

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Steve Gill Commentary: The Christian Vote, Particularly the Catholic Votes, Are Critcal to Trump’s Re-Election in 2020

Three states in the midwest that Hillary Clinton was counting on to carry her to victory in 2016 narrowly ended up in the Donald Trump column — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. If those three states had been won by Clinton, their 46 Electoral votes would have given her the presidency…

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275,000 Inactive Voters in Ohio Sent ‘Last Chance’ Notice to Confirm Eligibility Before Being Purged

This week, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has triggered one of the most consequential and controversial “voter integrity” measures in the country. 275,000 inactive voters, registered in Ohio, have been sent “last chance” letters, informing them that if they do not confirm their current address and voting status, they will…

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West Virginia Supreme Court Impeachment Crisis Reaches US High Court

by Kevin Daley   The West Virginia state legislature has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a decision that halted the impeachment trials of several members of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. State lawmakers said they are not aiming to restart removal proceedings against the state Supreme…

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In Final Days as Attorney General, DeWine Files Motion to Dismiss Ohio Redistricting Lawsuit

Gov.-elect Mike DeWine (R-OH) appears to be making every last day of his tenure as Attorney General count. This week, DeWine filed a motion to have an upcoming gerrymandering lawsuit tossed out. The suit would mandate the redrawing of all of Ohio’s 16 congressional districts before the 2020 election. In May of…

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Supreme Court Could Take up Case in Indiana’s Ban on Disease-Based Abortions

by Kevin Daley   The Supreme Court may soon take up its first significant abortion controversy under the newly solidified conservative majority. The case at issue is a challenge to an Indiana law forbidding abortions on the basis of an unborn baby’s sex, race or disability and requires doctors to…

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21 Groups Join Supreme Court Case Against Public-Sector Unions for Free Speech Violations

Twenty-one policy groups filed amicus briefs Wednesday and joined the Buckeye Institute’s Supreme Court Case that could affect every public-sector labor union in the country. Included among the 21 policy groups are some of the most influential think tanks, advocacy organizations, and conservative institutes in the country. 18 of the organizations…

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Judge Says Christian Baker Jack Phillips’ Lawsuit Against Civil Rights Officials Can Proceed

by Kevin Daley   A federal judge in Denver rejected Colorado’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that state civil rights officials are waging a campaign of harassment against Jack Phillips, the Christian baker at issue in the landmark Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Three weeks after Phillips prevailed at the Supreme…

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Miss Arguments Following Lung Cancer Procedure

by Kevin Daley   Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed oral arguments Monday as she recuperates from cancer surgery. It’s not clear when the 85-year-old justice will return to work, though the Supreme Court’s public information office said she will continue to participate in official business from her home…

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