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Federal Appeals Court Hears Proof Of Citizenship Law That Kobach Touted

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Monday over the constitutionality of a struck-down Kansas statute that had required people to provide documents proving their U.S. citizenship before they could register to vote. In a case with national implications for voting rights, Kansas faces an uphill battle to resurrect the law once championed by former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach , who led President Donald Trump’s now-defunct voter fraud commission. A three-jud...
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Ross Won’t Disclose What White House Convos He Had About Census Citizenship

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday declined to elaborate on what conversations he may have had with the White House about adding a Census citizenship question —  beyond detailing his previously-known spring 2017 phone call with then-Trump advisor Steve Bannon. House Oversight Democrats sought to grill Ross on any White House conversations, given that his testimony in front of Congress last year suggested he had none. At Thursday’s hearing, Ross said that any hypothetical White House d...
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Ross Denies He Wanted Citizenship Question For Major Voting Rights Change

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross denied that he sought to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census in order to change how congressional seats are allocated across the country. Back in mid-2017, then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach pitched Ross on adding a citizenship question and a legal status question, so that the count for congressional apportionment would not include certain immigrants. “I have no control over what Kris Kobach or anyone else puts in an email to me,” Ross said, re...
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Census Quietly Seeks Citizenship Data From DHS As SCOTUS Weighs Question

As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether the Trump administration can ask people if they are citizens on the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is quietly seeking comprehensive information about the legal status of millions of immigrants. Under a proposed plan, the Department of Homeland Security would provide the Census Bureau with a broad swath of personal data about noncitizens, including their immigration status, The Associated Press has learned. A pending agreement between the agencies has be...
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Supreme Court fast tracks decision on 2020 census citizenship question

By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money. The justices agreed Friday to a speedy review of a lower court ruling that has so far blocked the Trump administration from adding the citizenship question to the census for the first time since 1950. Both the administration and opponents o...
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Kansas didn’t use national voter database it runs last year

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A much-criticized national database that checks if voters are registered in multiple states wasn’t used last year in Kansas, the state that administers it, the official overseeing the state’s elections told lawmakers. Kansas Elections Director Bryan Caskey said his office under former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach also chose not […]
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Lawsuit Claims New Hampshire Law Unconstitutionally Targets Student Voting

The ACLU is challenging a New Hampshire law it alleges is a backdoor way of making registering to vote more burdensome for college students, low income people and others in the state. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of college students in New Hampshire is the latest salvo in a long-running battle over student voting in the state. For years, Republicans have complained that any tight Democratic wins in the state — including Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s (R) narrow loss in 2016 — were the r...
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Voting Rights: Texas Officials Face Growing Scrutiny Over List Of Alleged Voter Fraudsters

As the lawsuits against Texas mount for its sloppy handling of a list of 58,000 alleged noncitizen voters, the elections official responsible for putting together the error-ridden list faced a rough confirmation hearing Thursday. David Whitley, who was selected to be Texas Secretary of State, will likely need Democratic votes to be confirmed in the state, which requires a two thirds majority in the state senate. Whitley struggled to answer questions about the accuracy of the list and and the met...
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State of the Union 2019: Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not attend Trump's address – live

Only four of nine Supreme Court justices to goTrump to give speech to hostile audience in House but hopes for rebootSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 9.58pm GMT Only four of the nine Justices on the United States Supreme Court are expected to attend tonight’s State of the Union. Attendance by the Court has become increasingly spotty since Obama directly criticized the Court’s ruling in Citizens United during his 2010 speech. Justice Samuel Alito responded by mouthing “not...
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Voting Rights: Trump DOJ Takes New Position On Oversight Of Texas’ Voting Rules

Texas state officials’ claims that nearly 100,000 noncitizens may have been registered to vote in the state are falling apart, and concerns raised about the state’s methodology have turned out to be valid. After the secretary of state advised county election officials to vet a list of 95,000 alleged noncitizen voters, county after county has found hundreds of duplicates and thousands of people on the list who are actually citizens. One was a naturalized El Paso County elections staffer. While th...
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Judge: Kansas’ Largest County Violated Law By Not Specifying Rejected Ballots

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A judge has ruled that election officials in Kansas’ largest county violated open records law by refusing to provide names of hundreds of people whose provisional ballots were not counted in last August’s primary. Davis Hammet, president of Loud Light, asked for the names of 898 people whose ballots were thrown out and for justification on why they didn’t count. Johnson County election commissioner Ronnie Metsker rejected Hammet’s request, prompting the American Civi...
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Kansas AG: Sanctions against Kobach settled in voting suit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ attorney general says his office has negotiated an agreement for the secretary of state’s office to pay $20,000 over former Secretary Kris Kobach’s conduct in a federal voting-rights lawsuit. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that the payment will offset attorney fees and expenses incurred by the American Civil Liberties […]
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5 Points On Trump’s Latest False Claims About Voter Fraud In Texas

Having suffered a major political setback in caving on his government shutdown demands for a border wall, President Trump this weekend returned to a favored pastime: making false claims about voter fraud. 58,000 non-citizens voted in Texas, with 95,000 non-citizens registered to vote. These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. All over the country, especially in California, voter fraud is rampant. Must be stopped. Strong voter ID! @foxandfriends — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Januar...
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Pompeo: McConnell Asked Me To Run For Senate, Told Him ‘I Appreciated’ The Call

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that he’s been courted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to run to fill GOP Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) during an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, but said he’s too busy with his current duties to think about politics. “Lots of folks have reached out to me and suggested I ought to do that,” he said when Fox News’ Martha MacCallum asked him about reports he’s been asked to run. “I have suggested to them that I have a very full plate as s...
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Why can’t the U.S. Census ask a very simple question?

Should the 2020 U.S. Census ask about citizenship? Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross decided that it should, and his decision triggered an explosion of legal challenges. Last week, a federal judge in New York ruled that the question may not be asked. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman wrote, “Secretary Ross’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census—even if it did not violate the Constitution itself—was unlawful for a multitude of independent reasons and must be set aside.” Furman sa...
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Kobach Used State’s Money For Court-Ordered Legal Education Course

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach didn’t open his own wallet to  pay for six hours of legal education a federal judge ordered he take due to his “repeated and flagrant violations of discovery and disclosure rules.” Instead, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported Tuesday, Kobach used state funds. A spokesperson for the secretary of state’s office confirmed that it paid $359 for an audio version of the legal education course, according to the report. U.S. District Judge Julie Robins...
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Kobach says he’s seriously considering US Senate bid in 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is considering running for the U.S. Senate in 2020. He told The Associated Press on Friday: “I am seriously considering it.” Four-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election. Kobach said he does not have a timetable […]
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Kobach’s defeat puts future of voter database in doubt

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The future of a much-criticized database that checks if voters are illegally registered in multiple states is up in the air after its patron, Kris Kobach, lost the Kansas race for governor and is out of elected office. A spokeswoman for Kobach’s successor as Kansas secretary of state said Friday the […]
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GoFundMe shuts down Trump border wall campaign

On Friday, GoFundMe said it plans to close Brian Kolfage Jr.'s campaign to pay for Donald Trump's border wall. More than $20,000,000 (sweet Jesus) had been raised by nearly 350,000 donors before GoFundMe announced the shut down due to Kolfage's change in strategy. Kolfage had intended to direct the money to the federal government, the legality of which was in question. But Kolfage changed his mind, creating a 501(c)(4) based in Florida that will allegedly build the wall on its own. That ...
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2018 Golden Dukes Winners Announced!

TPM is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Golden Dukes Awards, which honor the public figures who managed the most corruption, made the craziest comments, and carried out the most craven deeds, all in the spirit of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the father of the modern political scandal. Our fantastic and witty judges — Jason Linkins, Susie Bright, Erin Ryan, Krang Nelson and Simon Maloy — sifted through all 35 nominees in 7 categories to choose the winners. You can cli...
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Why House Oversight Dems Will Make The 2020 Census A Priority

There is no shortage of Trump administration controversies for Democrats to investigate next year when they take over the House Oversight Committee. But near the top of their list is an issue that has flown under the radar in the first two years of the Trump presidency but has major consequences that will be felt for at least a decade. Oversight Democrats are signaling that a priority of their committee will be investigating the Trump administration’s move to add a citizenship question to the 20...
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The 2018 Golden Dukes Awards Nominees Are Here!

When it comes to scandals, 2018 was a doozy. Between the expansive Russia probe, the near-constant cabinet secretary snafus, and a wild midterm election, it’s hard to keep track of all the muck. And so, as we do every year, we’ve rounded up some of the best instances of corruption, stupidity and craziness for the 12th Annual Golden Duke Awards! The awards are named after former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, as Josh recounted last week. Duke Cunningham revolutionized corruption in his time, an...
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High Drama, Comedy In Close Floor Fight To Keep New Hampshire’s Longtime SOS

Democracy is funny sometimes, even when it’s dead serious. Longtime New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner (D) is hanging by a thread, falling just one vote short of the majority needed to win a 22nd term in office and remain a powerful force in the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primaries. Gardner led in the first round with 208 votes to former gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern’s (D) 207 votes, one short of the majority needed to win another term. There was one “scatte...
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Longtime Dem SOS Hangs On In NH After Backing Trump Voter Fraud Push

A powerful fixture in New Hampshire politics has barely hung on for yet another term in office, surviving fury from his own party for supporting President Trump’s notorious voter fraud commission. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner (D) held off former gubernatorial Colin Van Ostern (D) by a 209 to 205 vote from the combined state house and senate, narrowly winning a 22nd two-year term after a wild floor fight. A second round of voting had to be held after Gardner led by 208 to 207 v...
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Trump Reportedly Plans to Fire Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will be the next Trump Administration official on the chopping block, according to a report from the Washington Post. Trump has reportedly told advisors that he will fire Nielsen in the next few weeks if not sooner, five current and former White House officials told the Post…Read more...
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In Kansas, Democratic governor-elect hopes to thwart adoption law seen as anti-LGBT

Laura Kelly, a veteran state senator, voted against what she called "the adoption discrimination" measure when the GOP-controlled Legislature approved it in May. In the governor's race, she defeated Republican Kris Kobach, the secretary of state, and was endorsed by Equality Kansas, the state's most influential LGBT-rights group.
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After Kansas loss, Kobach could join Trump administration

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach rode his national reputation as an advocate for tough immigration and voting rules to a job atop President Donald Trump’s short-lived election-fraud commission. But Kansas voters rejected his no-apologies conservatism in this week’s election for governor. Now the Republican’s hard-line, in-your-face approach could help him land his next political […]
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Chris Christie Being Considered For Attorney General

President Trump is considering appointing former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, CBS News reported. According to two people familiar with the discussions who spoke to CBS’ Major Garrett, the list of possible replacements will continue to grow over the next several days. Trump is also mulling Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is on her way out of office, as well as Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former Attorney General William Bar...
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Added Democratic ranks pose threat to Trump governing agenda

By STEVE PEOPLES and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON — Democrats have regained control of the House from President Donald Trump’s Republican Party in the midterm elections , powered by a suburban revolt that has threatened what’s left of the president’s governing agenda. But the GOP added to its Senate edge and prevailed in some key races for governor Tuesday, beating back the potential of big Democratic gains across the board. The “blue wave” that some had feared from Election Day never fully materializ...
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Midterms: Trump threatens Democrats over investigations after they take House – live

President tweets ‘Two can play at that game!’ hours after Democrats win key seats to take back HouseMidterms results – live trackerSign up to the Guardian’s new US morning briefing 2.13pm GMT From the comments:None of these results are a victory for Americans. Both parties remain in the pocket of Wall Street and the MIC.The only good result will be if a truly social democratic candidate ever wins the Democratic nomination. Then people will be offered a real choice.After 2 years of this lunat...
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