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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Independents often are portrayed as political free agents with the potential to alleviate the nation's rigid partisan divisions. Yet the reality is that most independents are not all that "independent" politically. And the small share of Americans who are truly independent – less than 10% of the public has no partisan leaning – stand out for their low level of interest in politics.


Poll tax.

Nope. legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com A fine imposed as part of a criminal sentence is not "[a] A specified sum of money levied upon each person who votes."

That stipulation was not on the ballot referendum that we voted on.

Sure it was. That you didn't comprehend the implications of the word "sentence" is of no moment.

See also Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 3.986 (d) Form for Sentencing.

[Barr] thinks FBI undercover investigators are "spies."
#65 | Posted by nimbleswitch

There's spin then there's quotes:

I'm not going to abjure the use of the word spying. I think, you know, my first job was in CIA and I don't think the word spying has any pejorative convert connotation at all. ... [T]o me the question is always whether or not it's authorized and adequately predicated, spying. I think spying is a good English word that in fact doesn't have synonyms because it is the broadest word incorporating really all forms of covert intelligence collections. So I'm not going to back off the word "spying" to -- except I will say I'm not suggesting any pejorative.
Then there's sober analysis:
Barr also added that his original remark was "off the cuff" but that he "commonly" uses the term "spying" in this way. (For what it's worth, Senator Whitehouse, among many others, has used the term "spying" in this way too -- see here and here.)

I have no idea if Barr is being candid here or winding people up -- or both. But he has signaled, especially in his original "spying" pronouncement, that he has concerns about the origins and operation of the investigation of the Trump campaign. And he says he plans to investigate it.

This is in theory an appropriate thing for the Justice Department to do, for two reasons. First, while there is plenty of prima facie evidence of potentially untoward Trump campaign-Russia contacts, there is also plenty of prima facie evidence of potentially untoward intelligence agency activity in connection with its investigation of the Trump campaign and presidency.


Combination Among the States: Why the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an Unconstitutional Attempt to Reform the Electoral College

Part I recounts the origins and development of the Electoral College, specifically analyzing what the Founding era, Federal Convention, and Constitutional structure reveal about the original meaning of the Electoral College. Part II provides background on the Compact by giving a brief history of the movement, detailing the mechanics of the legislation, and then discussing some of the reasons it has been passed to help give the reader context as to the motivations of Compact supporters. Part III discusses cases in which the Supreme Court has analyzed modifications of electoral procedure, before discussing Supreme Court cases striking down legislation (that is, not Constitutional amendments)) for fundamentally altering finely wrought constitutional procedures similar to the Electoral College. Part IV analyzes how the Compact fundamentally alters finely wrought procedures detailed by the Framers, then demonstrates that the Compact, unless passed by Article V procedure, is repugnant to the purpose and original meaning of these finely wrought electoral procedures, and should be struck down by courts once it enters into force by its own terms.

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