Voter Protection in the Upcoming Election

October 1, 2008 | Comments Off on Voter Protection in the Upcoming Election

Judge Charleston, Waller County Justice of the Peace, was able to inject a surprising amount of humor and no shortage of passion into the telling of his personal experiences of struggling against appalling practices in Texas designed to keep black students from exercising their right to vote. Judge Charleston’s speech today, co-sponsored by ACS, Black […]

Pastors for Politicians?

September 23, 2008 | Comments Off on Pastors for Politicians?

The Alliance Defense Fund is calling for Christian pastors to begin endorsing political candidates on September 28, 2008—which has been illegal since 1954. The issue stems from the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause potentially trumping the IRS tax code 26 U.S.C § 501(c)(3), which exempts religious organizations from income tax so long as those organizations […]

Restoration of Voting Rights for Felons

September 22, 2008 | Comments Off on Restoration of Voting Rights for Felons

As the 2008 presidential election rapidly approaches many Americans are focused on deciding which candidate to vote for. The right to vote is one that many of us take for granted, but there are about 5.3 million Americans who are disenfranchised due to felony convictions. There is a high degree of disenfranchisement on the national […]

Justice Scalia on Bush v. Gore

April 24, 2008 | Comments Off on Justice Scalia on Bush v. Gore

Justice Scalia reacted indignantly when questioned about the Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore, suggesting everyone should “get over it” because the legal issue “wasn’t even close.” While I have always thought that outrage, while predictable and in some sense justified, the Court largely handled the legal issues fairly. The problem with Justice Scalia’s dismissive […]

Iowa 2008

January 1, 2008 | Comments Off on Iowa 2008

Happy New Year’s to W&M ACS. We did a great job in 2007, our first full year as a blogging chapter. I’m looking forward to 2008 and I think we’ll provide a lot more insightful progressive commentary in the coming months. I spent part of the holiday season bundled up in Iowa, reporting on the […]

Shaming Punishments

December 14, 2007 | Comments Off on Shaming Punishments

I am generally opposed to shaming punishments. It’s not that I have any opposition to leveraging community morality to convince someone that responsibility is what we do when no one is looking. Quite the contrary, I wish there were more ways to express condemnation than locking people in a room with other convicts. No, my […]

In Florida last week, Gov. Charlie Crist (R) broke from the ranks of many in his party and successfully voted with the Office of Executive Clemency to restore the voting rights of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of ex-felons in the Sunshine State. Gov. Crist and his cabinet members voted to to overhaul the […]

The Incestuous Overlap Between Election Law and Political Campaigns

March 7, 2007 | Comments Off on The Incestuous Overlap Between Election Law and Political Campaigns

There was a cool post on the Wall Street Journal law blog today detailing the overlap that exists between the field of election law and lawyers advising political campaigns. One of the primary purposes of a candidate’s retention of an election law expert is because of money, money and more money. As the new online […]

Bob Bauer at WM 11/20 — Recap

November 26, 2006 | Comments Off on Bob Bauer at WM 11/20 — Recap

Bob Bauer delivered an hour-long lecture at WM on 11/20, focusing on the progressive agenda and campaign finance reform.  The talk was interesting in that it challenged the conventional progressive conception of money as a corrupting force in the legislative process.  Specifically, Mr. Bauer pointed to three components of the traditional progressive reform outlook that are […]

Bob Bauer Preview (Pt. 2) — Campaign Finance Reform

November 17, 2006 | Comments Off on Bob Bauer Preview (Pt. 2) — Campaign Finance Reform

So Bob Bauer will surely be speaking in part about the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Bill on Monday and he certainly has some interesting views concerning the state of campaign finance reform.  In this post, Bauer contends that the entrenched elite have benefited most from McCain-Feingold, while the 527s so demonized in the 2004 elections continue […]

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