Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) plans to vote against ousting Rep. George Santos (R-NY), Politico reports.
CNN reports Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) is also opposed.
The Washington Examiner reports Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) is opposed.
Politico reports Republican Conference chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is opposed.
Bush v Gore.
#BREAKING: Judge Brown has granted the plaintiffs emergency motion for remedy in the Galveston County redistricting case.
The court hereby orders Map 1 as the remedial plan for Galveston County.
A federal judges decision whether to permanently block Montanas drag ban law will have to wait. First, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will make a decision on the states appeal of the initial injunction that temporarily blocked the law in October.
Attorneys for the state and for the plaintiffs in the case met with the Montana judge in a phone pretrial conference Wednesday afternoon after plaintiffs attorneys with Upper Seven Law moved to permanently enjoin the drag ban. It is already temporarily enjoined per an October order.
Attorneys for the state representing Attorney General Austin Knudsen and Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen, who are two of the named defendants in the case, filed an appeal of the preliminary injunction on Nov. 13.
During Wednesdays conference, the court and the two sides agreed to stay proceedings in the case in the U.S. District Court of Montana until the appeal in the 9th Circuit is resolved, meaning no summary judgment on the drag ban could be issued until the appeals court rules on the appeal.
An Arizona Supreme Court judge who once accused Planned Parenthood of committing genocide has agreed to recuse himself from a case involving the organization that will determine the future legality of abortion in the state.
In October, Planned Parenthood Arizona called for Justice Bill Montgomery to step away from the case after the resurfacing of a 2017 Facebook post in which he said its national counterpart was responsible for the greatest generational genocide known to man. The organization, which runs four of the states nine abortion clinics and is the main litigant in the case, argued that Montgomerys vehement opposition to it threatens to jeopardize its right to a fair and impartial trial.
n fewer than two weeks, the high court is scheduled to hear arguments in a lawsuit over whether to reinstate a near-total ban from 1864 that carries with it mandatory prison time for doctors who perform abortions for any reason other than saving the patients life. The 1864 law was briefly in place last year, but the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that a 2022 law banning abortions after 15 weeks should be the law of the land instead. The case was revived when a local anti-abortion doctor appealed, seeking to convince the state supreme court to reverse the lower courts decision and make the procedure illegal in virtually all cases.
Initially, Montgomery dismissed Planned Parenthood Arizonas request, rebutting that his criticism had been directed at its parent organization and he has made no comments indicating his position on abortion legality since then. And, Montgomery said in his response last week, his actions as a Maricopa County Attorney, which included attending a protest in front of Planned Parenthood of Arizonas headquarters in 2015, arent governed by the same ethical rules he now follows as a judge. Arizonas Code of Judicial Conduct advises judges to recuse themselves when their impartiality might reasonably be questioned, especially when the judge has a personal bias against one of the parties or lawyers involved in a case.
A federal judge on Monday gave Louisiana lawmakers an extra two weeks to draw a new congressional map that doesnt violate the Voting Rights Act, allowing time for the incoming governor to convene a third redistricting session within a years time.
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month that legislators had until Jan. 15 to redraw Louisianas congressional boundaries to comply with a district court ruling to add a second majority-Black district. Otherwise, a trial would begin on the merits of a lawsuit that Black voters and civil rights groups brought against the state last year after Republican lawmakers adopted a map with just one Black district out of six despite the state having a population that is one-third Black.
The trial would be held in Louisianas Middle District under Judge Shelly Dick, an Obama appointee who previously ruled the existing map dilutes the voting rights of Black residents.
The appeals court also noted that Dick had discretion to give the state a deadline extension. Dick used that authority Monday and granted a request from the Louisiana Attorney Generals Office to push the deadline back to Jan. 30, 2024.
he nonpartisan election handicapper Cook Political Report shifted its rating of the 2024 race for Sen. Jon Testers (D-Mont.) seat from lean Democrat to a toss up Thursday.
Three-term Sen. Jon Tester may well be Democrats strongest incumbent this cycle he still enjoys an approval rating around 60 percent but the 67-year-old has the toughest uphill climb of any incumbent Democrat, at least purely by the numbers, wrote Jessica Taylor, senate and governors editor for Cook Political Report.
Besides Testers proven ability to overcome the GOP lean of the state (he ran seven points ahead of then-President Barack Obama in 2012), the main reason we started this race in Lean Democrat was the prospect of a looming, bruising Republican primary that could divide the party, drain resources and produce a weaker Republican candidate, she continued. Moreover, outrunning Biden in a state where his loss margin could be even wider goes against recent political trends.
Taylor noted that while theres still the potential for a messy GOP primary between Republican candidates Tim Sheehy and Rep. Matt Rosendale (Mont.), as Rosendale has not taken himself out of the running for a possible primary run, there are signs that key Republicans in the state and nationally are coalescing around Sheehy.
In a 3-2 decision, New Hampshires Supreme Court has found that the state constitution gives lawmakers broad authority to control the redistricting process, and that state courts cant rely on it to review claims of partisan gerrymandering.
The decisionresolves a 2022 lawsuit that alleged that current district maps for the New Hampshire Senate and Executive Council unconstitutionally advantage Republicans.
The suit, dismissed by a trial judge in 2022, alleged that GOP-drawn political maps cracked and packed Democratic voters across districts in ways that allow Republicans to claim Council and Senate majorities regardless of receiving fewer overall votes.
Wednesdays ruling affirms the trial courts finding that political gerrymandering hinges on non-justiciable political questions.
The sweeping Elections Transparency Act was sold by Trenton's ruling Democrats as a necessary revision of New Jersey's outdated campaign finance system.
It would beam, for the first time, the purifying light of transparency onto some of New Jersey's dark money groups, the law's advocates contended. Complicated "pay-to-play" laws that bedeviled contractors for years would be streamlined. And donor limits would be increased to reflect the rising costs of running elections.
But the law also had another brass-tacks purpose. It provided New Jersey's Democrats, who hold majorities in both the Assembly and the state Senate, with significant cash to steamroll their Republican rivals. That proved enough to crush the GOP's hopes of expanding its foothold in Trenton and maybe regaining majority control after spending two decades on the sidelines of power.
The Democratic Party enjoyed a lopsided advantage in most of the six competitive contests that dominated each party's fundraising and attention this fall, according to an examination of election filings released this week by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. Campaigns are required to submit reports 20 days after the election.
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a plan Wednesday to establish an independent redistricting commission for the city and place it on the November 2024 ballot.
The councils action caps a years-long effort to fix a process that has been widely decried as broken.
Under the citys current redistricting system, the City Council has the final say over the maps, which are redrawn every 10 years, and elected officials can appoint members to the redistricting panel who essentially act as their proxies. Implementing independent redistricting would curtail the councils influence over their own district lines.
If approved by Los Angeles voters, the new independent redistricting commission would be composed of 16 commissioners and four alternates who serve 10-year terms. The application process will be managed by the city clerks office, with the City Ethics Commission providing oversight. After completing their service, commissioners will be ineligible to run for any council district seat whose boundaries they helped draw, among other restrictions.
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