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Automatic Voter Registration Comes to Vermont

April 29, 2016 Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation Thursday to automatically register eligible voters who apply for a driver’s license or state ID, making the Green Mountain State fourth in the nation to enact an automatic voter-registration law. “While states across the country are making it harder for voters to get to...

The Supreme Court Expands FBI Hacking Powers

April 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Supreme Court approved a new rule Thursday allowing federal judges to issue warrants that target computers outside their jurisdiction, setting the stage for a major expansion of surveillance and hacking powers by federal law-enforcement agencies. Chief Justice John Roberts submitted the rule to Congress on behalf of the...

The Supreme Court Just Expanded the FBI's Hacking Powers

April 29, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court approved a new rule Thursday allowing federal judges to issue warrants that target computers outside their jurisdiction, setting the stage for a major expansion of surveillance and hacking powers by federal law-enforcement agencies. Chief Justice John Roberts submitted the rule to Congress on behalf of the...

The Supreme Court Expands FBI Hacking Powers

April 29, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court approved a new rule Thursday allowing federal judges to issue warrants that target computers outside their jurisdiction, setting the stage for a major expansion of surveillance and hacking powers by federal law-enforcement agencies. Chief Justice John Roberts submitted the rule to Congress on behalf of the...

A Cruz-Kasich Alliance to Stop Trump

April 25, 2016 Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich announced plans Sunday night to collaborate against Donald Trump in three upcoming state primaries, formalizing an 11th-hour effort among some Republicans to deny their party’s front-runner the nomination through a contested convention. First, the Cruz campaign said in a late-evening press...

Sanders and Cruz Gain Ground

April 11, 2016 It’s a good day for the insurgent candidates in both presidential races. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won his eighth victory out of the last nine Democratic contests in the Wyoming caucuses on Saturday. In the nearby Rocky Mountains, Texas Senator Ted Cruz locked up all of Colorado’s GOP delegates on...

One Person, One Vote, Eight Justices

April 4, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously turned back a legal effort to reinterpret the “one person, one vote” constitutional rule Monday, ruling that states may rely on total population when drawing their legislative districts. The case, Evenwel v. Abbott, was brought by two Texas voters, Sue Evenwel and Edward Pfenninger, who...

U.S. Supreme Court Deadlock Benefits Public-Sector Unions

March 29, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 in Friedrichs v. CTA on Tuesday, thwarting a legal challenge that labor activists feared would deal a crippling blow to public-sector unions throughout the country. “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court,” the justices wrote in a brief, unsigned ruling. The case...

A Divided Supreme Court Hands Public-Sector Unions a Win

March 29, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 in Friedrichs v. CTA on Tuesday, thwarting a legal challenge that labor activists feared would deal a crippling blow to public-sector unions throughout the country. “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court,” the justices wrote in a brief, unsigned ruling. The case...

A Voter-ID Battle Simmers in Texas

March 10, 2016 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday it would rehear a case on Texas’s voter-ID law with its full complement of judges, setting up a major voting-rights battle ahead of the 2016 elections. Wednesday’s order underscores the increased power of the federal appellate courts while Justice Antonin Scalia’s former...