Some Early Voting Numbers
Michael McDonald, an Associate Professor of Political Science at George Mason University and one of the nation’s top experts on voter turnout, has created a web page to keep track of early voting data provided by states. Important Caveat: This is a toy! Early voting has barely begun. Do not take the data too seriously! Not all states report data by party. Right now, Professor McDonald has | Read More »
Citizens United: The Government Presses Its Case to Regulate Political Speech
Earlier this year, at Supreme Court oral argument in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the government raised eyebrows by arguing that it believed that it can constitutionally ban the publication of books (if, as is always the case, the publisher is a corporation) that contain even one line arguing for the election or defeat of a candidate for federal office. The | Read More »
Can Connecticut Forcibly Order the Church to Reorganize? Is the Church a “Lobbyist” for Opposing Such Interference?
The Connecticut Office of State Ethics (OSE) is poised to investigate and penalize the Diocese of Bridgeport for having the temerity to exercise at least four of the five sections of the First Amendment (religion, speech, assembly, petition). The story begins earlier this year when Connecticut State Senator Andrew McDonald proposed legislation (S. 1098) that would have forced the Catholic Church, contrary to the church’s | Read More »