Constitutional Challenge to TABOR in Colorado

As much as TABOR has been an unmitigated disaster in Colorado, I welcome the opportunity to work again as an expert with the Office of the Colorado Attorney General, opposing the fruitless legal challenge (Kerr v. State of Colorado) to the constitutionality of the 1992 anti-tax ballot initiative.  In its unanimous 1912 decision, Pacific States Telephone & Telegraph Co. v. Oregon, the SCOTUS wisely held that a Guaranty Clause challenge to the mechanisms of direct democracy posed a nonjusticiable “political question.” Direct democracy–with its faux populism as much as its “educative effects“–is here to stay, despite the century-long efforts of elected officials to condemn the process.

Florida’s Voter Supression Law

Crunching data to determine not only the racial breakdown of Florida’s early voters in 2008 and 2010, but also which voters cast early ballots on Sundays. Look for an upcoming Department of Justice legal challenge to HB1355 signed into law by Governor Rick Scott.

Update on FL Voter Suppression bill

Sen. Diaz de la Portilla introduced a strike-all version of the Voter Suppression bill (SB2086) this weekend. Among the low-lights:

Provisional ballots for address change at the polls, restrictions on third-party voter registration,and limiting citizen initiative petition circulation to two years. No language reducing the number of days of early voting, but expect a GOP friendly amendment on the floor to curtail early voting.

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