NotedDC – How the Supreme Court could review the election

Amid the whirlwind of recent blockbuster Supreme Court rulings, the High Court has also announced that it will take up a case later this year that could give far more authority over state elections, sparking controversy. concern of lawyers.

The case, Moore v. Harper, focuses on GOP-drawn maps that North Carolina courts struck down for partisan gerrymandering earlier this year. Republicans argue that the Constitution’s election clause allows state legislatures to conduct and oversee federal elections without checks and balances from state courts.

  • “That would mean that state legislatures could adopt whatever unfair maps they have and not face scrutiny from state courts under state constitutions,” he said. Joshua Douglasprofessor at the J. David Rosenberg School of Law at the University of Kentucky.

Legal experts warn that a little-known theory at the center of the case – the “independent state legislature theory” – is what allowed ancient President Trump and his allies to try to decertify the 2020 election results in some states he lost.

  • If the theory were adopted, state courts could not strike down a state election law.
  • “It could also include the removal of the Supreme Court,” David Schultz, a professor at Hamline University, said. “It would certainly strengthen the Trump people in that they are already trying to elect people who reflect their views on voter fraud and election rules.”

One of of President Biden goals as Democrats control Congress is to pass a voting rights bill to expand voting access and registration, ensure fair redistricting and require states to conduct post-election audits for federal elections.

  • Meaning Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Kirsten Sinema (D-Arizona) effectively killed that effort in January when they rejected calls to abolish the filibuster to pass it, slashing his Senate chances 50-50.

Learn more about the case from our colleague John Kruzel.

Democrats step up efforts on gun safety

Gun control is back in the spotlight ahead of the midterms after the July 4 mass shootings in a Chicago suburb and in Philadelphia.

House Democrats are again calling for more aggressive action just two weeks after Congress passed its first gun safety bill in 30 years, which they still tout as a major bipartisan achievement.

  • Of Representative Jerry Nadler (DN.Y..): “This must stop. Congress needs to find the courage to finish what we started and #EndGunViolence.
  • Of Representative Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.): “The #HighlandPark shooting happened – like all 314 other mass shootings so far this year – because @GOP gun policies choose killers over our children.”
  • Of Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.): “Republican or Democrat – we must find the courage to end the filibuster to free us *all* from the daily fear of gun violence.”

But Republicans are unlikely to return to the negotiating table, given that the bipartisan package they signed up to excluded several Democratic priorities, such as measures to ban high-capacity magazines and raise the age of purchase of certain weapons.

WHY ABORTION RIGHTS ADVOCATES HAVE EYES ON MISSISSIPPI

A judge is weighing whether a law that would effectively ban nearly all abortions in Mississippi can go ahead as early as Thursday.

Mississippi abortion ban a catalyst for recent Supreme Court decision that ultimately upended the benchmark Roe vs. Wade decision which enshrines the right to abortion, is being reviewed after a hearing on Tuesday, but it is not known when a decision will be made.

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic argues it should stay open past this week’s deadline as it further challenges the law.

The clinic argued that abortion rights were decided at the state level in a 1998 case, Pro-Choice v. Fordice, leaving pregnancy termination as a personal choice.

Recall: Mississippi had argued in the Supreme Court that it could ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy while calling on judges to overturn Roe, paving the way for statewide bans that had already been passed. subject to such decision. Mississippi’s trigger law gave 10 days before all abortions were banned.

Meanwhile: Eight states have already banned abortion since the Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling because of these types of ‘trigger’ laws, but federal judges in Louisiana, Kentucky and Utah have temporarily blocked them from taking effect in those states.

Related: Our colleague Peter Sullivan writes that Kansas will be a “beacon” state when it comes to abortion.

SCOOP: Trump is getting more serious about the 2024 race

Sources have told The Hill that former President Trump will likely announce a third presidential bid as early as this summer.

Our colleagues Brett Samuels and Max Greenwood report that sources have said it’s “a matter of when, not if” but they “cautioned that this situation remains fluid”.

Why sources say it would be good for him:The former president’s desire to announce a campaign as soon as possible is driven in large part by a growing sense that such a move could insulate him from the work of the House select committee investigating the riot. from January 6, 2021 in the United States. Capitol.”

Why a source said it might be bad for the party: “Republicans have had great success talking about the economy and inflation and all of Joe Biden’s mistakes. Nobody wants to turn around and have to talk about what Trump is doing.

Trump would be the first to jump in what is expected to be a crowded Republican primary.

Our colleague Alex Bolton writes that Trump’s troubles in the Jan. 6 hearings pave the way for senators, like Republican senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Josh Hawley (Mo), to throw their hats into the ring.

ANOTHER POTENTIAL 2024 CANDIDATE GAINING ATTENTION

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is gaining more and more attention as some polls suggest he could beat Trump in a one-on-one primary battle.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) – seen as a potential Democratic presidential candidate – ran a new ad in the Sun State hitting DeSantis for enacting laws targeting LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights and abortion, urging Floridians to move to California.

And now, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) gets in on it, saying Tuesday the Floridians should move to New Jersey if “you value values.”

Learn more about what Murphy said on Tuesday.

The Right Stuff: GOP dating app sets the scene

If you’re a conservative looking to date other right-wing singles, our colleague Emily Brooks dove into the new dating app created by Trump White House staffers:

How is it different? There have been other conservative dating apps, but this one is heavily backed by tech billionaire Peter Thiel.

What Brooks observed at one event:Some singles at the Shaw event were optimistic. The Right Stuff – without the “woke” features on other platforms – will help them find right-wing love without a barrage of users telling Trump voters, conservatives or unvaccinated people to swipe to left.

For women, it’s free: “It will use a premium subscription model with a basic free version available for everyone, but a subscription available for men. Women, however, will not have to pay.

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