Campaign Law

At State Party Convention, Michigan Republicans Endorse Plan to Allocate the State’s Electoral Votes by Congressional Districts

February 25, 2013

“If the plan had been in effect in 2012, 10 of Michigan’s electoral college votes would have gone to President Barack Obama, while six would have gone to Mitt Romney.”

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Campaign Finance Regulations and Donation Limits

February 19, 2013

“The case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, argues that the limit on what individuals are allowed to give candidates ($46,200 per two-year cycle) and parties and PACs ($70,800 per two-year cycle) is an unconstitutional violation of the individual donor’s free speech rights.”

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Republican Speaker of the Virginia House Kills Redistricting Plan

February 7, 2013

“Speaker Bill Howell announced Wednesday that the Senate-approved amendment redrawing state Senate district lines was not germane, or relevant, to a bill making technical changes to state House districts.”

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House Ethics Committee Won’t Form Special Investigative Panel Into Allegations of Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) Soliciting Republican Congresspersons for Super PAC Donations

February 7, 2013

“An Office of Congressional Ethics report from August called for a full-scale investigation into the case. In addition, OCE found that there was “substantial reason to believe” that Schock violated federal law in seeking the contributions.”

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Republican Proposals in Swing States to Change Electoral Vote Allocations Struggling to Gain Support

January 30, 2013

“The only remaining states are Pennsylvania, where an electoral vote change was unsuccessful in 2011, and Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker has expressed hesitance about any changes to the system.”

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Virginia State Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections Votes to Kill Proposed Electoral College Bill

January 30, 2013

“The measure appeared headed for defeat after Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) came out against it Friday, as did two GOP senators who sit on the committee that would decide the bill’s fate.”

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Analysis: Long Voter Lines in Florida Prevented 200,000 People From Voting

January 25, 2013

“Analyzing data compiled by the Orlando Sentinel, Ohio State University professor Theodore Allen estimated last week that at least 201,000 voters likely gave up in frustration on Nov. 6, based on research Allen has been doing on voter behavior.”

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University of Florida: New Florida Voter Laws Discouraged Minority Voting in 2012 Election

January 18, 2013

“Now, [Florida Governor Rick] Scott says he wants to restore those early voting days. He also wants more flexibility and a shorter ballot, which is what his opponents have demanded all along.”

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Some Democrats in the House of Representatives Propose Voter Law Reforms

January 18, 2013

“The move, spurred in part by the efforts of Republican-led state governments to scale back early voting, likely will fall on deaf ears in the GOP-controlled House.”

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President Obama’s Inauguration Parade License Plates Will Express Support for Washington D.C. Voting Rights

January 16, 2013

“D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh’s office confirmed to ABC News that Obama plans to equip his limos with license plates reading “Taxation Without Representation,” a reference to D.C.’s lack of a proxy in the House of Representatives and the Senate.”

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case Republican National Committee Challenge Against 1982 Voter Decree

January 14, 2013

“Under the decree, which later became national in scope, the RNC needs court approval to implement various poll-monitoring activities in minority precincts.”

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Retiring Senator Joseph Lieberman Calls for Term Limits for Senators and the Elimination of the Electoral College

December 17, 2012

“In an interview on “Face the State,” on WFSB-TV Hartford, Lieberman said he supports the elimination of the electoral college and supports term limits for his colleagues in the senate.”

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Republican Governor Scott Walker: Wisconsin would be “much better” without Same-Day Voter Registration

November 22, 2012

“Walker made the comments as part of a speech he gave Friday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation in Simi Valley, Calif. He did not say whether he would propose doing away with same-day registration.”

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Republican Congressman Allen West (FL) Refuses to Concede as Democrat Patrick Murphy declares victory

November 18, 2012

“The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board resumed a recount of early voting results on Sunday, but failed to meet a state deadline to certify those results by noon.”

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Analysis: Did Gerrymandering allowed Republicans to win less votes but still maintain a Majority in the House of Representatives?

November 15, 2012

“Because the census was taken in 2010, GOP control of state legislatures and governors mansions around the country gave Republicans the power to draw congressional district lines largely as they chose.”

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