LifeZette: Immigration Hawks: Upheld Block of Travel Ban Would Be ‘Absurd Result’ (In the News)

By Brendan Kirby
Trump ordered a 90-day pause of travelers from six majority-Muslim nations and a 120-day pause on refugee resettlements to give the government time to implement “extreme vetting” procedures. But appeals courts in Richmond, Virginia, and San Francisco both ruled the executive order unconstitutional and blocked it from taking effect.
The Supreme Court partially reversed that, allowing portions of the ban to take effect. The court has set oral arguments for Oct 10 to consider the underlying merits of the case.
Other briefs filed this month include…
A friend-of-the-court brief by two organizations, the Public Policy Legal Institute and Center for Competitive Politics. They object to the appeals courts assessing motive based on campaign statements: “A judicial review of campaign speech — even speech that sheds light on the reasons for later official action — chills expression and conflicts with numerous long-standing protections for campaign speech.”

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Daily Media Links 8/10: ACLU sues Metro for rejecting controversial ads, saying its policy violates the First Amendment, No Political Big Spenders, and more…

CCP CCP Job Opening: Attorney, First Amendment Litigation The Center for Competitive Politics is expanding its litigation team. We are looking for an experienced attorney to take a leading, independent role in First Amendment cases brought in federal and state courts. [Please click on the link above for a detailed description of job responsibilities, requirements, […]

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San Francisco Chronicle: Court restores activist’s fight with Missouri ethics panel (In the News)

By Associated Press 
A Missouri appellate court says a judge’s blocking an ethics panel from requiring a conservative activist to register to lobby the Legislature was premature.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a Missouri Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday allows the Missouri Ethics Commission to again begin a hearing over whether Ron Calzone can appear before the House and Senate without formally registering.
Calzone heads the Missouri First group that promotes limited government.
He speaks to lawmakers often at public hearings but says he doesn’t buy food or gifts for them.
The commission in 2015 fined Calzone $1,000 and barred him from trying to influence potential state legislation until he registers and files expenditure reports. But a Missouri judge last year tossed that case and barred any further action on it.

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Daily Media Links 7/7: National group targets campaign spending plan, Student Group Sues Macomb Community College Over Speech Policy, and more…

In the News Carlsbad Current-Argus: Secretary of State’s power grab on nonprofit privacy By Bradley Smith and Paul Gessing This spring, the New Mexico Legislature considered imposing new donor disclosure rules on nonprofit organizations. The measure was vetoed by Governor Martinez over privacy concerns. Now Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is attempting to impose […]

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Daily Media Links 5/30: New law chills charitable giving by violating donors’ privacy, New FEC website aims to simplify access to campaign finance data, and more…

FEC    FedScoop: New FEC website aims to simplify access to campaign finance data  By Ryan Johnston Built in conjunction with General Services Administration office 18F, the updated site presents a striking contrast from the previous version, which grew organically and erratically – and often made life difficult for visitors trying to access campaign finance […]

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Daily Media Links 4/26: Lawsuit Challenges Oregon Law Prohibiting Mathematical Criticism Without a License, Social Media in Politics-and The Problem of What (or Not) to Do About Fake News, and more…

Supreme Court Courthouse News Service: Justices Reject Alabama Campaign-Finance Case By Dan McCue The Supreme Court said Monday they won’t take up a case challenging Alabama’s ban on the transfer of campaign contributions between political action committees. The decision of the justices left in place an 11th Circuit ruling that the 2010 law does not […]

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Daily Media Links 4/6: Democrats Are Raising Money Hand Over Fist With Trump In The White House, House Republicans call on Trump to fire IRS Commissioner Koskinen, and more…

Supreme Court                                       Washington Post: Senate poised for historic clash over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch By Ed O’Keefe The Senate is set for a historic clash Thursday over the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, a showdown poised to spark a fundamental change in the chamber’s rules. […]

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Daily Media Links 3/24: ABA testifies on ‘well-qualified’ rating of Judge Gorsuch: ‘Our task was to cast a wide net,’ Trying to smear Neil Gorsuch over dark money, Democrats solicit testimony from dark money group, and more…

Supreme Court                                       ABA Journal: ABA testifies on ‘well-qualified’ rating of Judge Gorsuch: ‘Our task was to cast a wide net’ By Lee Rawles After an exhaustive review that produced a report with more than 900 pages, Judge Neil Gorsuch unanimously earned the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary’s highest rating, of “well-qualified,” […]

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Daily Media Links 2/17: How Twitter’s New Censorship Tools Are The Pandora’s Box Moving Us Towards The End Of Free Speech, Will Comcast pick the next president?, and more…

In the News                    Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court Disclosure Test By Editorial Board Donor disclosure has become a weapon of political intimidation, and it could get worse. The Supreme Court will soon consider whether ads that discuss policy issues without advocating for a candidate can be regulated and the names of their financial backers […]

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Washington Examiner: Gorsuch’s record shows strong support for the First Amendment view of campaign finance laws (In the News)

By David Keating
In his time on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Gorsuch consistently wrote or joined pro-free speech rulings. The Center for Competitive Politics found four cases Gorsuch has ruled on concerning press freedom, one case concerning petition rights, and one case on contribution limits. In each instance, he came down on the side of the First Amendment…
Critics of campaign finance laws will be particularly heartened by Gorsuch’s concurring opinion in the contribution limit case Riddle v. Hickenlooper. Riddle was a challenge to Colorado’s contribution limit laws, which allowed Democratic and Republican candidates to raise twice as much money as minor party and independent candidates. The majority struck down the law as a violation of the equal protection clause.
More interesting than that is Gorsuch’s concurring opinion in the case. He expressed “some uncertainty about the level of scrutiny the Supreme Court wishes us to apply” to contribution limit cases, and signaled that he might support the application of strict scrutiny, the most stringent standard of judicial review.

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