In these three states, no citizens convicted of a felony are allowed to vote, regardless of the crime committed, absent government-granted exceptions to the policy. Symposium: wechsler, history and gerrymandering posted fri, august 11th, 2017 1:53 pm by edward foley edward b foley is the charles w ebersold and florence whitcomb ebersold chair in constitutional law and the director of election law @ moritz at the ohio state university moritz college of law. One of the most ridiculous arguments against proportional representation is the invention that, when no party has a majority in the legislature, a small party, in having the “balance of power” by offering to support or threatening to vote against, can control the passage of all legislation.
The challengers also push back against two other arguments advanced by the state, beginning with the idea that, like racial-gerrymandering cases, partisan-gerrymandering claims cannot challenge an entire statewide map. The plaintiff, a government worker in illinois, objects to having to pay the fee, arguing it amounts to being forced to subsidize politics anathema to him in violation of the first amendment. United states v lopez arose over the gun free school zones act of 1990, which criminalized the possession of firearms in school zones lopez, a texas high school student, was convicted of carrying a gun into school.
Outlandish districts created for electoral gain are a major distorting force in the contemporary us, but they belong to a long tradition in the october issue of the atlantic, robert draper. Weyerhaeuser v united states fish and wildlife service, the opening argument of the term, pits logging companies against the three-inch-long creature, the dusky gopher frog with fewer than 200. A more comfortable home for the reapportionment project would have been the guarantee clause of article 4, section 4, which provides, “the united states shall guarantee to every state in the union a republican form of government” but here, too, the difficulties are legion.
Oral arguments for benisek v they claim that democrats intentionally discriminated against them in 2011 based on their support for gop candidates when they redrew the state’s congressional. In march 2018, united states solicitor general noel francisco requested that court permit him, on behalf of the federal government, to argue in support of texas during oral argument on april 24, 2018. Argument transcripts beginning in october term 2017, heritage reporting corporation will provide the oral argument transcripts that are posted on this website on the same day an argument is heard by the supreme court. Ratfked: the true story behind the secret plan to steal america’s democracy is a sobering and convincing account of how the republicans figured out the way to gain power in the state legislatures and, as a consequence, in the federal government through an unprecedented national effort of partisan redistricting.
– the practice, illegal in many states, of setting insurance rates on the basis of a neighborhood, which is intended to discriminate against residences and businesses in “undesirable” neighborhoods. Gerrymandering in the united states has been practiced since the founding of the country to strengthen the power of particular political interests within legislative bodies partisan gerrymandering is commonly used to increase the power of a political party in some instances, political parties collude to protect incumbents by engaging in bipartisan gerrymandering. But on november 2nd a big blow could be struck against the ancient practice of gerrymandering california's sadly dysfunctional government has suffered from this next in united states x. A federal court in north carolina has issued a stinging ruling against the partisan gerrymandering undertaken by the republican legislature in that state who sits on the united states court.
(the court also will consider a case challenging a democratic gerrymander in maryland at the end of march) as these legal contests settle out, it’s worth looking back on how the gop got here. A signatory to the un convention against torture, the united states does not torture  yet abundant evidence indicates that it does, directly or by proxy—and in fact always has an old american tradition of state-sponsored torture even has its own lexicon: soa, kubark, phoenix, mk-ultra. In america ever more since the 1930s — elsewhere in the world this practice is ubiquitous and long-standing — government has designated certain individuals, companies, and organizations within.