Democrats seek FEC assurance on campaign finance oversight during shutdown

by - January 16, 2019

The partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, is affecting the Federal Election Commission’s ability to enforce campaign finance laws and investigate possible infractions, Democrats on the Senate Rules Committee wrote to the FEC on Wednesday.
Source: Democrats seek FEC assurance on campaign finance oversight during shutdown

How Democrats Fooled California’s Redistricting Commission

by - January 16, 2019

To get the districts they wanted, Democrats organized groups that said they represented communities, but really represented the party. This spring, a group of California Democrats gathered at a modern, airy office building just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
Source: How Democrats Fooled California’s Redistricting Commission

House Administration Democrats keeping close eye on North Carolina election

by - January 15, 2019

The top Democrat on the House Administration Committee is closely monitoring the ongoing investigation in North Carolina's contested 9th Congressional District, advising the state elections board to “preserve and protect” all of the evidence it has gathered. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.
Source: House Administration Democrats keeping close eye on North Carolina election

Breaking : Federal District Court Holds that Adding Census Question to Citizenship Violates Administrative Procedure Act, But is Not Unconstitutional; May Moot Issues in SCOTUS Case

by - January 15, 2019

The Court’s 277-page opinion is here. Given the court’s findings of no unconstitutional purpose on the part of Secretary Ross, it is not clear to me if this moots issues in the portion of this case being argued next month at the Supreme Court.
Source: Breaking : Federal District Court Holds that Adding Census Question to Citizenship Violates Administrative Procedure Act, But is Not Unconstitutional; May Moot Issues in SCOTUS Case

Lawmaker says Legislature, not political parties, should pick replacements in case of U.S. Senate vacancy

by - January 15, 2019

In the unlikely event that one of Utah’s U.S. Senators were to not finish their term in office, the party that they belong to gets to nominate three possible replacements, with the final choice up to the governor. One Utah lawmaker says the legislature should play a role in picking a replacement.
Source: Lawmaker says Legislature, not political parties, should pick replacements in case of U.S. Senate vacancy