[T]he circumstance in which California finds itself recalls that of a perennial rival: Texas playing the role of chief antagonist to President Obama. ... With much of the battle waged in the courts, the extent of California's combativeness will be determined by who will be the state's next attorney general. Under Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, the newly elected U.S. senator, the state Department of Justice is currently analyzing how [Donald] Trump may impact California in immigration, civil rights, healthcare, the environment and consumer protections. De Leon has urged the governor, who has the authority to appoint Harris' successor, to pick a new attorney general that will aggressively protect existing state policies. A spokesman for [Gov. Jerry] Brown has said the goal of finding "the best possible candidate" has not changed with the election results. The state Senate also plans to hire its own outside counsel for guidance on how to fend off unfriendly directives from Trump, according to a legislative source.
But regardless of how these hearings go Friday, the lawsuits have already borne fruit by getting the campaign on the record with its plans and promises not to intimidate voters. In an important development on Thursday afternoon, the Trump campaign in response to the lawsuits sent an email to Nevada campaign workers describing for them what constitutes illegal harassment and what constitutes good behavior. By getting Trump on the record promising not to harass voters with its "ballot security" activities, the Democrats have significantly lessened the chances of Trump-driven voter intimidation on Election Day.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., a case concerning a school district's obligation to accommodate a transgender student under Title IX and the U.S. Education Department's implementing regulations. The case is about Gavin Grimm, a Virginia high school student who is a transgender male. In a Washington Post op-ed, Grimm writes, "If you told me two years ago that the Supreme Court was going to have to approve whether I could use the school restroom, I would have thought you were joking. ... I did not choose to announce to the news media that I am transgender. My school board made that decision for me. But now that I am visible, I want to use my position to help the country see transgender people like me as real people just living our lives."
Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that they will not retry Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on public corruption charges, and will drop charges against his wife Maureen McDonnell. McDonnell was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison. He remained free pending appeal, and this spring, the Supreme Court this year unanimously threw out his conviction. "Today is a great day in which my family and I rejoice. More than 3 1/2 years after learning of an investigation, the final day of vindication has arrived," McDonnell said.