WASHINGTON — Ten states have swiftly passed new
laws requiring additional disclosure of political spending, following a
Supreme Court ruling that lets corporations and unions pump unlimited
amounts of money into certain campaign commercials.
The push in states comes as a high-profile effort
in Congress to blunt the court's January ruling has stalled in the
Senate amid strong opposition by Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Senate inaction has cast doubts that any new federal disclosure
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National Popular Vote Victory in Massachusetts Adds Momentum to Changing Presidential Vote System
Last week, the Massachusetts Senate passed National Popular Vote (NPV) legislation by a 28-10 vote, a little more than a month after the state’s House of Representatives approved NPV by an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority.
Last week, Delaware became the second state in the country to
that would adjust US Census data to count incarcerated people as
residents of their home addresses for redistricting purposes. It is
currently waiting for Gov. Jack Markell’s signature.
In a disappointing turn of events, Indiana’s Supreme Court ruled
4-1 in favor of the state’s voter ID law, overturning last year’s decision by the
Indiana Court of Appeals that deemed voter ID requirements
unconstitutional partly because it treated those casting absentee
ballots differently from those at voting booths. But in the end, the
Indiana Supreme Court majority opinion stated,
“It is within the power of the legislature to require voters to
identify themselves at the polls using a photo ID.”
Star Tribune: A new political organization, backed by two of the state's most
powerful business interests and led by one of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top
deputies, could result in a powerful wave of corporate cash in this
year's state elections.
On June 7, the New York
Senate passed S2286A,
the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill, with over two-thirds of both
political parties supporting the bill in a 52-7 roll call. Although it
has received bipartisan support ever since it was first introduced in
2006, the overwhelmingly bipartisan support it received during Monday's
vote was unprecedented. Twenty-two of the Chamber's 30 Republicans
voted for the bill, not far off from the 79%
support in New York for a national popular vote for