Texas Court Rejects Bid to Toss 127,000 Harris County Votes, But Fight Isn't Over
State News
Texas Court Rejects Bid to Toss 127,000 Harris County Votes, But Fight Isn't Over

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court on Sunday rejected, without comment, a bid by three Republican candidates and a GOP activist to toss out almost 127,000 votes cast from drive-thru lanes in the emerging Democratic stronghold of Harris County. The votes, however, are... Read More

OR-02: Cliff Bentz (R)
House Watch
OR-02: Cliff Bentz (R)
2020-11-02 05:26:51
by TWN Staff

About Bentz: Cliff Bentz is a third generation Oregonian, raised on his family’s cattle ranches in Harney County. He attended Whitehorse Ranch and Pine Creek Grade Schools. At age 14, he was sent to live with an aunt and uncle... Read More

NY-22: Anthony Brindisi (D)
House Watch
NY-22: Anthony Brindisi (D)
2020-11-02 04:55:59
by TWN Staff

About Brindisi: Elected in 2018, Anthony Brindisi has been an outspoken advocate for his district. As an independent voice and a tireless supporter of Upstate New York’s working families, Brindisi has developed a record of working with anyone, at any... Read More

SC-01: Joe Cunningham (D)
House Watch
SC-01: Joe Cunningham (D)
2020-10-31 00:29:51
by TWN Staff

About Cunningham: Joe Cunningham and his wife, Amanda, live in West Ashley where they are raising their son, Boone.  Along for the ride is their five-year-old rescue dog, a terrier mutt named Teddy.   Cunningham spends about 100 days a year... Read More

NY-02: Andrew Garbarino (R)
House Watch
NY-02: Andrew Garbarino (R)
2020-10-30 23:57:04
by TWN Staff

About Garbarino: Andrew Garbarino was raised on Long Island and went to Sayville High School, where he participated in student government and worked at the local hardware store. After graduating from high school, he attended college at The George Washington... Read More

Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
State News
Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
2020-10-26 17:28:27
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va, - Virginia’s General Assembly passed a jury sentencing reform bill this week that is revolutionary for the state but is already being done nearly everywhere else. The bill allows juries to decide whether a criminal defendant is guilty... Read More

Wilbur Ross Loses Ruling Over Move to End Census Count Early
Census
Wilbur Ross Loses Ruling Over Move to End Census Count Early

WASHINGTON — A U.S. appeals court upheld an order requiring Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and his department to keep the census count going until the end of the month. Wednesday’s ruling maintains a decision by a California federal judge... Read More

The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
Supreme Court
The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
2020-10-05 13:51:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "What you're about to witness will be a kind of a Kabuki theatre," Ron Bonjean said the other day. The communications Sherpa during Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, he was reflecting on that experience... Read More

District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020 Elections
District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020-08-04 20:16:09
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A consent decree approved by the Ramsey County District Court has struck down two key requirements pertaining to vote-by-mail restrictions in Minnesota. The civil suit, filed by a group of individual voter-plaintiffs and the Minnesota Alliance for... Read More

Analysis: Is Trump Stretching the Law to Deploy Federal Police Power in Cities?
Law
Analysis: Is Trump Stretching the Law to Deploy Federal Police Power in Cities?

WASHINGTON — The federal government has broad power to enforce the laws of the United States, but not to police the streets or maintain order in a city if protests lead to violence. That has been how the separation of... Read More

Trump Administration Seeks Restraining Order to Block Bolton Book
In The News
Trump Administration Seeks Restraining Order to Block Bolton Book

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to criminally charge John Bolton with disclosing classified information in his upcoming White House memoir, and the Justice Department late Wednesday ramped up its legal campaign by seeking a temporary restraining order to... Read More

RNC, Michigan GOP File Motion to Intervene in Battleground Voting Rights Case
Elections
RNC, Michigan GOP File Motion to Intervene in Battleground Voting Rights Case
2020-02-24 16:26:44
by Dan McCue

The Republican National Committee and Michigan Republican Party last week filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit over the right of organizers to participate in elections. The underlying lawsuit was filed by Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, in... Read More

Turkish Security Guards Face Prosecution After Protester Beatings in DC
Law
Turkish Security Guards Face Prosecution After Protester Beatings in DC
2020-02-13 16:19:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Security guards for Turkey’s president must face civil prosecution in Washington, D.C. after they beat protesters on Embassy Row three years ago, a federal judge ruled last week. Attorneys for the government of Turkey argued the security personnel... Read More

States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
Litigation
States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
2020-02-06 21:55:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The attorneys general of Virginia, Illinois and Nevada are suing in federal court for an order that would add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On January 27 Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the... Read More

Hollister Ranch Sues California, Calling New Public Access Law Unconstitutional
State News
Hollister Ranch Sues California, Calling New Public Access Law Unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES — In a new twist to one of the most high-profile — and longest — beach access battles in California, Hollister Ranch sued state officials Thursday over a new law designed to open its exclusive coastline to the... Read More

Connecticut Court Rules Against Husband in Frozen-Embryo Divorce Case
In The News
Connecticut Court Rules Against Husband in Frozen-Embryo Divorce Case

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court sidestepped the question of when life begins Wednesday when it ruled in a divorce case that previously frozen embryos a couple had created during their marriage are marital property and can be destroyed... Read More

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama's Near-Total Abortion Ban
State News
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama's Near-Total Abortion Ban
2019-10-29 17:12:41
by Dan McCue

A federal judge blocked an Alabama abortion ban Tuesday that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, who was appointed to the bench by President Jimmy... Read More

Massive Opioid Case May End With Huge Settlement. Where Would The Money Go?
Litigation
Massive Opioid Case May End With Huge Settlement. Where Would The Money Go?

The largest civil trial in U.S. history is scheduled to begin in a matter of days, putting those who made, marketed, distributed and dispensed prescription painkillers under the legal spotlight. But those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic... Read More

Chief Judge Says She Doesn’t Have Authority to Remove Judge Who Jailed No-Show Juror
Courts
Chief Judge Says She Doesn’t Have Authority to Remove Judge Who Jailed No-Show Juror

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Chief Judge Krista Marx said she wanted to make it clear to the residents of the county the limits of her authority when it comes to the question of intervening in the case that brought... Read More

Tent Courthouses for Migrants to Open Along Texas Border
Immigration
Tent Courthouses for Migrants to Open Along Texas Border

LAREDO, Texas — Workers climbed atop a massive new U.S. immigration tent court on the banks of the Rio Grande at dawn Monday, adding the last few nails to the white roof, as generators hummed. A line of people snaked... Read More

Judge Leans Toward Blocking Trump Asylum Restriction Nationwide
Immigration
Judge Leans Toward Blocking Trump Asylum Restriction Nationwide

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge signaled he will probably block the Trump administration from enforcing restrictions on asylum applications anywhere along the Mexican border while the legality of the policy announced in July is being challenged. U.S. District Judge... Read More

Ruling Against Carnival on Cuba Cruises Leads to Rash of Lawsuits
Litigation
Ruling Against Carnival on Cuba Cruises Leads to Rash of Lawsuits

A lawsuit seeking to punish Carnival Corporation for doing business in Cuba using assets that were expropriated by the Fidel Castro government will move forward, a federal judge in Miami has ruled. Javier Garcia-Bengochea, the descendant of a Cuban business... Read More

Trump Aide Testifies Against Attorney Accused of Foreign Lobbying Violations
Law
Trump Aide Testifies Against Attorney Accused of Foreign Lobbying Violations
2019-08-27 21:02:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors accused a high-powered Washington, D.C. lawyer in court this week of engaging in illegal foreign lobbying by helping to craft a report critical of the Ukraine’s former prime minister. Gregory Craig, White House counsel during the... Read More

Trump Administration Hits Brakes On Law To Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs
Political News
Trump Administration Hits Brakes On Law To Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs

Five years after Congress passed a law to reduce unnecessary MRIs, CT scans and other expensive diagnostic imaging tests that could harm patients and waste money, federal officials have yet to implement it. The law requires that doctors consult clinical... Read More

Federal Judge Bans Paperless Voting Machines in Georgia for 2020 Elections
Voting
Federal Judge Bans Paperless Voting Machines in Georgia for 2020 Elections
2019-08-15 17:04:02
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia to stop using its "unsecure ... and grossly outdated" voting machines after this year and to have hand-marked paper ballots at the ready if new, more secure machines aren't in place by the... Read More

Mexico to Announce Legal Actions to Protect Mexicans in US
Immigration
Mexico to Announce Legal Actions to Protect Mexicans in US

MEXICO CITY — Mexico will take legal measures to protect Mexican nationals in the United States after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday killed at least three Mexicans, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said. The country’s “indignation” will... Read More

NC Gerrymandering Trial Begins, Could Have Major Implications For 2020 And Beyond
State News
NC Gerrymandering Trial Begins, Could Have Major Implications For 2020 And Beyond

RALEIGH, N.C. — The lines used to elect members of the North Carolina General Assembly are unconstitutional and should be redrawn before the 2020 elections, an attorney for activists and politicians argued in court Monday. In 2018, Democratic candidates won... Read More

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