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  • Commentary posted October 30, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky An Honor Flight Welcome

    This morning offered one of those spontaneous events that renews your faith in the patriotism and good will of the American people. It also illustrated their appreciation for the servicemen and women who have risked their lives for our nation. It was in the C Terminal of Reagan National, one of three airports serving Washington, D.C. I had just passed through security…

  • Commentary posted October 30, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Here Comes the 2014 Voter Fraud

    In the past few months, a former police chief in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to voter fraud in a town-council election. That fraud had flipped the outcome of a primary election. Former Connecticut legislator Christina Ayala has been indicted on 19 charges of voter fraud, including voting in districts where she didn’t reside. (She hasn’t entered a plea.) A Mississippi…

  • Commentary posted October 23, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Shades of Jim Crow at the Justice Department

    Attorney General Eric Holder has waged a litigation war against voter-ID laws as well as state efforts to reduce early-voting periods and eliminate same-day voter registration. These practical reforms, he huffs, are intended to suppress the votes of minorities. But the lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice and a number of civil-rights groups against North Carolina…

  • Commentary posted October 22, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky How Will Voting Litigation Affect the Upcoming Elections?

    With less than three weeks to go before the midterm election, the decisions in the courts, including the Supreme Court, on the procedural rules that will govern the election keep on coming on an almost daily basis. This has been pretty much the norm since the 2000 elections, as liberals and progressives have used the courts — rather than the legislative process — to try…

  • Commentary posted October 6, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Election Litigation Developments in Ohio, Kansas, and North Carolina

    This has been quite a week in the election litigation world. One decision after another has come out from various courts in ongoing cases in Ohio, Kansas, and North Carolina over the rules governing voting and candidates in the upcoming November general election. Whether they will affect the outcome of contested races remains to be seen. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme…

  • Commentary posted September 29, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Obama's Enforcer Resigns: Attorney General Holder One of Worst Officials Ever to Lead Justice Department

    Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement Thursday that he is resigning, effective when his successor is confirmed, is welcome news.   As John Fund and I outline in our recent book, “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department,” every time President Obama has broken, bent, ignored or changed the law, the person at his side advising him how to do it has been…

  • Commentary posted September 25, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Kansas Supremes Give Democrats Exactly What They Wanted...Again

    At almost the same time as my earlier NRO post was published this morning — asking why the Kansas Supreme Court had not acted on the second writ of mandamus filed last week, which requested that the Kansas Democratic party be ordered to name a replacement U.S. senate candidate — the court acted. But instead of taking up the matter as it promptly did with the first writ…

  • Commentary posted September 24, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Kansas Supreme Court Gives Democrats What They Want—But the Fight May Not Be Over

    Late yesterday, the Kansas supreme court granted the writ of mandamus filed by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Chad Taylor and ordered Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach to remove Taylor’s name from the November ballot. But the controversy may not yet be over because of another writ filed by a Democratic voter. The court dismissed Kobach’s claim (explained…

  • Testimony posted September 22, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky IRS Abuses: Ensuring that Targeting Never Happens Again

    Testimony before the House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Introduction My name is Hans A. von Spakovsky.[1]   I am a Senior Legal Fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official…

  • Commentary posted September 18, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Injustice of Eric Holder

    Even we were shocked when we researched our new book, “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department,” at the extent to which Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has politicized the Justice Department and put the interests of left-wing ideology and his political party ahead of the fair and impartial administration of justice. However, there is no doubt that the American…

  • Commentary posted September 18, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Minutiae of Election Rules in the Kansas U.S. Senate Race

    The Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning in the dispute over whether the state’s ballot will bear the name of the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. The nominee, Shawnee County district attorney Chad Taylor, tried to withdraw from the ballot on September 3. With less than an hour to go before the deadline for withdrawal, he hand-delivered his…

  • Commentary posted September 17, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Voter ID Wins Big in Wisconsin

    Voter-ID opponents have suffered another stunning blow. On Friday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved the injunction that had been issued against Wisconsin’s voter-ID law by a federal district court in April. The court told Wisconsin that it “may, if it wishes (and if it is appropriate under rules of state law), enforce the photo ID requirement in this…

  • Commentary posted September 16, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky When Politics Drives Law Enforcement

    One of the biggest threats to a civilized, free society occurs when prosecutors abuse their power and allow politics to drive their administration of the criminal-justice system. Two recent examples show how liberal, partisan prosecutors misused their authority and politicized justice. In Fall River, Mass., the New York Times reports, a local county prosecutor, Sam…

  • Commentary posted September 10, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky John Chisholm, other prosecutors put free speech at risk in John Doe case

    Oral arguments were heard Tuesday before the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in O'Keefe vs. Chisholm, the so-called John Doe investigation in which local prosecutors in Wisconsin tried to criminalize political speech and activity on public issues. The 7th Circuit should uphold the lower court decision halting this Star Chamber investigation that violated basic First…

  • Commentary posted September 8, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Wisconsin Prosecutors’ Attack on the First Amendment Gets to the Seventh Circuit

    Those following the so-called John Doe investigation in Wisconsin know that a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction shutting down the secret investigation that local prosecutors were conducting into almost all of the conservative advocacy organizations in Wisconsin. Their crime? Supposedly coordinating their efforts on public-policy issues with elected officials…