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Federal court panel denies emergency restraining order against new PA congressional map, sets March 9 hearing

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Posted by    Friday, February 23, 2018 at 6:30pm 2/23/2018 at 6:30pm
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A three-judge federal court panel has denied Pennsylvania Republicans’ request to immediately suspend implementation of a court-imposed remedial Congressional map.

For more information, see our prior post on the unfolding Pennsylvania redistricting drama. This is a separate proceeding from the request for a stay made to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Pennsylvania Republicans file federal lawsuit to stop PA Sup Ct court-imposed redistricting

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Posted by    Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 5:05pm 2/22/2018 at 5:05pm

A new theater has opened up in the great Pennsylvania Redistricting Battle of 2018, with Republicans filing a federal lawsuit to halt court-ordered redistricting that could cost the GOP four seats in the House this November.

On January 22, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared that the state’s Congressional map, which had been...

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopts Democratic-friendly map for 2018 elections

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Posted by    Monday, February 19, 2018 at 6:00pm 2/19/2018 at 6:00pm
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Republicans probably just lost at least 4 or 5 seats in the House.

This afternoon, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unveiled its remedial Congressional map for the midterm elections in November. [See Featured Image] The Supreme Court Order imposing the map is here.

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In blow to Republicans, Justice Alito denies emergency request to halt Pennsylvania redistricting

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Posted by    Monday, February 5, 2018 at 3:00pm 2/5/2018 at 3:00pm
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On January 22, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, on a 5—2 party-line vote, struck down the state’s congressional map and ordered the legislature to draw a new one by February 9. See my prior post, Bad news for GOP: Pennsylvania Supreme Court tosses state’s congressional maps.

Two members of PA’s state legislature—its Speaker of...

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Florida’s process for restoring felon voting rights ruled unconstitutional, but what comes next?

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Posted by    Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 9:09pm 2/1/2018 at 9:09pm

U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker in Tallahassee has ruled that Florida’s process for restoring voting rights to convicted felons violates both the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The implications of the ruling, however, may not be so far-reaching since the judge hasn’t yet decided on a specific remedy.

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D.C. Circuit: CFPB structure is constitutional

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 2:00pm 1/31/2018 at 2:00pm
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In October 2016, a conservative panel on the D.C. Circuit ruled, 2–1, that too much unilateral power was concentrated in the independent Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, unconstitutionally infringing upon the President’s Article II executive powers.

In February, the full D.C. Circuit agreed to en banc rehearing of this case—entitled PHH Corporation...

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PA legislators seek SCOTUS stay of State Supreme Court Order striking down congressional districts

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Posted by    Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:33pm 1/25/2018 at 7:33pm
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Three days ago, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania struck down the state’s congressional map, holding that it “clearly, plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Offering no rationale for this decision, which upends districts that have been in place for six years, the State Supreme Court further instructed the...

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Trump’s ability to reshape the judiciary may be overstated (Part 2 – District Courts)

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00pm 1/24/2018 at 7:00pm
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Last Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced 17 Trump judicial nominees, eight of them along an 11–10 partisan split. And yesterday, the White House announced its 10th wave of judicial nominees.

In a January 7 post, I examined Trump’s probable impact on...

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Bad news for GOP: Pennsylvania Supreme Court tosses state’s congressional maps

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 7:00am 1/23/2018 at 7:00am
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The GOP may have just lost as many as four seats in the House—certainly at least one.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled, by a vote of 5–2, that the state’s congressional districts amounted to an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

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The curious case of 4th Circuit delay in ruling on Trump Travel Order No. 3

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Posted by    Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8:00pm 1/13/2018 at 8:00pm
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We’re now on day 36 without a 4th Circuit decision on Trump’s third travel order.

Unveiled as a presidential proclamation on September 24, 2017, the third travel order (we’ll call it EO-3) restricts entry by most nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, as well as some nationals of North Korea...

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Trump’s ability to reshape the judiciary may be overstated (Part 1 – Appellate Courts)

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Posted by    Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 7:30pm 1/7/2018 at 7:30pm
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Year One of President Trump’s much-vaunted “judge story” was far more successful than anyone could have expected.

Trump nominated and confirmed more appellate circuit court judges in his first year than any modern president. His judges were, on average, just 50 years old and all of them were well-credentialed conservatives. Several are potential...

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DOJ will not seek emergency Supreme Court stay of injunctions allowing enlistment of transgender troops

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Posted by    Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 3:30pm 12/30/2017 at 3:30pm
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It’s official: as of 12:00 a.m. January 1, 2018, the U.S. military will be open to transgender recruits—a change in policy that had been set in motion by Former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in 2016.

Last night, the Department of Justice announced that it would not ask the Supreme Court to stay...

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9th Circuit rules against Trump Travel Order No. 3

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Posted by    Friday, December 22, 2017 at 8:30pm 12/22/2017 at 8:30pm
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled against President Trump’s Third Travel Order on virtually the same grounds it blocked a March iteration of the order.

A copy of the Opinion (pdf.) is embedded at the bottom of this post.

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Judicial Voterama: Grasz confirmed (8th Cir.), Willett advances to floor vote (5th Cir.)

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:00pm 12/12/2017 at 8:00pm

The “judge story” that Trump crowed about in October continues apace.

Tonight the Senate confirmed Leonard Steven Grasz, by a 50–48 vote, to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit.  Grasz had received a unanimous “Not Qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, an influential legal organization...

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Federal judge rules military must accept transgender recruits beginning Jan. 1 (Update: DOJ files emergency stay)

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Posted by    Monday, December 11, 2017 at 2:32pm 12/11/2017 at 2:32pm

A federal judge in Washington D.C. ruled Monday afternoon that, beginning January 1, the U.S. military will be required to allow enlistment of openly transgender recruits.

The order issued by Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a Clinton-appointee on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is embedded at the bottom of this post. She...

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Supreme Ct blocks order that Trump Admin turn over DACA legal advice docs

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Posted by    Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6:00pm 12/9/2017 at 6:00pm

Friday night, the Supreme Court issued an Order (pdf.) staying a lower court ruling requiring the government to turn over thousands of documents related to the termination of DACA. The vote was 5 to 4, with Justice Breyer writing a 10-page dissent joined by Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan.

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Supreme Court allows Trump’s Third Travel Order to take effect

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Posted by    Monday, December 4, 2017 at 4:41pm 12/4/2017 at 4:41pm

The Supreme Court allowed President Trump’s Third Travel Order to take full effect Monday afternoon, lifting two lower court injunctions against the restrictions.

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