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“Republicans Have a New Plan to Thwart the Will of the People; A Missouri initiative would undo voters’ preference for nonpartisan legislative districts — and perhaps shift representation itself.”

NYT oped by David Daley. … Continue reading →

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Election Law Blog
Rick Hasen


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Engel threatens subpoena over Pompeo's handling of GOP Hunter Biden probe

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday threatened to subpoena Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents the State Department provided to two Senate committees investigating former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter. In a letter to Pompeo obtained by POLITICO, Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) demanded the department turn over all documents that it already sent to the Senate Homeland Security and Finance committees as part of Senate Republicans’ investigation, which targets the Obama-era State Department in addition to the Democratic presidential candidate’s son. Engel said he was prepared to issue subpoenas if he does not receive the information by June 1. “I am deeply concerned by what appears to be a partisan misuse of Department of State resources to assist Senate Republicans in a political smear of Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden,” Engel wrote, noting that the department sent documents to the

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Politico News - Congress
By Andrew Desiderio


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McConnell warns House Democrats over proxy voting on floor

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday slammed the House’s new rule to allow proxy voting on the chamber floor — and hinted that he might not take up legislation passed under this procedure.The Kentucky Republican’s comments are the latest GOP salvo against the plan, pushed through the House last week on a party-line vote by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). It will first be used when the House returns next week to take up a Senate-passed reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act..Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have been expecting legal challenges to the new rule from House Republicans. But McConnell’s comments represent a new threat from the GOP.“There will be enormous constitutional questions around anything the House does if they fail to demonstrate a real quorum but plow ahead anyhow,” McConnell said during a floor speech.As majority leader, McConnell has the sole

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Politico News - Congress
By Andrew Desiderio and John Bresnahan


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Senators strike deal on small business loan overhaul

A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday reached agreement on a bill that would ease restrictions on emergency small business loans that are designed to curb massive layoffs during the Covid-19 pandemic.The government-backed loans can be forgiven if employers agree to maintain their payrolls. But businesses say the loan terms are too onerous, with much of the economy shut down for longer than lawmakers expected when they designed the so-called Paycheck Protection Program.Legislation agreed to by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) would give businesses 16 weeks instead of eight weeks to spend the money while still qualifying for forgiveness, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by POLITICO. It would also allow businesses to use loans to purchase personal protective equipment for employees and to pay for other “adaptive investments” needed to reopen safely, such as drive-thru window expansions and

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Politico News - Congress
By Zachary Warmbrodt


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Two New Reports: “Is there a Partisan Divide over Voting by Mail in California’s November 2020 Election?”; “How Do Californians Want to Cast their Ballots During the COVID-19 Crisis?”

New report from Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego; Mindy Romero, California Civic Engagement Project at University of Southern California;Mackenzie Lockhart, University of California, San Diego; Seth Hill, University of California, San Diego; Jennifer Merolla, University of California, Riverside … Continue reading →

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Rick Hasen


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Must-Read from Marc Caputo: Trump’s Florida 2018 Vote Conspiracy Collapses

Marc Caputo in Politico: A Trump election conspiracy theory fell apart Wednesday when Florida’s law enforcement agency said it had found no widespread voter fraud in the 2018 races for Senate and governor.President Donald Trump had complained repeatedly about election … Continue reading →

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Rick Hasen


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New York’s Highest Court, Over Two Strong Dissents, Won’t Relax Candidate Filing Defects in Light of COVID-19

Seawright v. Board of Elections. … Continue reading →

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Rick Hasen


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“Trusted Elections Network Resource Guide”

This is a very useful guide for journalists covering the 2020 elections, and includes links to relevant recommendations of our Fair Elections During a Crisis report. … Continue reading →

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Rick Hasen


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“Election in a pandemic: Bipartisan election bill promised as others fight over NC’s ballot rules”

WRAL: House leaders are close to filing a bill, with bipartisan support, changing state election rules because of the pandemic.The measure has most of what the State Board of Elections asked for two months ago when it rolled out a laundry list … Continue reading →

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Rick Hasen


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“Professor Explores Ways To Have A Fair Election In November”

I talked to KJZZ about our Fair Elections During a Crisis report. … Continue reading →

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Rick Hasen


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