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  • Commentary posted August 24, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky America's Sanctuary City Nightmare

    A litigation battle is raging between the states and President Barack Obama over his attempt to impose a nationwide “sanctuary” policy for illegal aliens. Yet, there is no question that existing sanctuary policies implemented by numerous towns and cities have victimized innocent Americans. Those sanctuary policies have enabled illegal aliens to commit thousands of crimes…

  • Commentary posted August 18, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Why Any Male Student Should Think Twice Before Applying to Washington & Lee University

    This should terrify any parent whose son is about to head off to college or is presently matriculating anywhere in the Ivory Towers of academia. The fundamental lack of due process and oppressive tactics used by university administrators at Washington & Lee University (W&L) should lead any family to keep their sons from applying to the university. Male students at…

  • Backgrounder posted August 4, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Revisiting the Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Texas: 2015

    Texas passed its photographic voter identification law in 2011, and since then, critics have claimed that this requirement has suppressed voter turnout.[1] However, turnout data from elections held with the voter ID law in place show that there is no evidence whatsoever that this requirement has prevented Texans from turning out to vote.  Since 2013, when its voter ID law…

  • Commentary posted August 3, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Does “one person, one vote” really mean what it says?

    Evenwel v. Abbott may wind up being the most important voting case in sixty years. Its political ramifications could rival those of Reynolds v. Sims, the 1964 case that established the principle of “one person, one vote” under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The key question in Evenwel is what population does that principle require legislatures to…

  • Backgrounder posted July 30, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Election Reform in North Carolina and the Myth of Voter Suppression

    In July 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an omnibus election reform bill, House Bill 589.[1] The bill made a number of changes in election procedures that went into effect in the May 2014 primary election, including: Eliminating same-day registration, which allowed voters to register and then vote at the same time during the early voting period,[2]…

  • Commentary posted July 14, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Persecuting Christians, attacking free speech

    My parents immigrated to the United States in 1951, after surviving the tyranny of Nazi Germany and Soviet communism. It never would have occurred to them that any American, such as Aaron and Melissa Klein of Oregon, would have their freedom to speak, their right to live their lives according to their religious beliefs and their ability to practice their chosen…

  • Commentary posted July 14, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Freedom to Speak and Participate in Elections

    One of the rights we should celebrate (and cherish) during Liberty Month is freedom of speech. Another is our ability to freely choose our representatives in local, state and federal elections. Freedom to speak on public policy issues as well as on candidates and politics is directly related to the election process. Indeed, that freedom is essential to the integrity and…

  • Backgrounder posted July 14, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Dangers of Internet Voting

    Those who believe that “voting online is the future” or that it is “possible given current technology” to create a secure online voting system are dangerously mistaken.[1] According to computer experts, Internet voting is vulnerable to cyber-attack and fraud—vulnerabilities inherent in current hardware and software, as well as the basic manner in which the Internet is…

  • Commentary posted May 28, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Very Big News Out of New Orleans on Immigration

    As Patrick Brennan notes, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just handed the Obama administration a huge defeat. It denied the government’s request for an emergency stay of a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of President Obama’s immigration amnesty program. This is not a decision on the merits of the lawsuit filed against the…

  • Commentary posted May 28, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Loretta Lynch Should Stand Up for the Voting Rights of Every Citizen, Regardless of Race

    A  May 8 decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has given new attorney general Loretta Lynch her first public test: Will she break from Eric Holder’s policies by enforcing voting-rights law on a race-neutral basis, as Congress intended, or will she continue Holder’s non-neutral enforcement policy? For those who don’t remember, in 2011 the Center for Individual…

  • Commentary posted May 21, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The FEC’s Latest Great Idea: Dismantle Capitalism to Get More Women in Office

    Earlier this month, I predicted that a scheduled hearing at the Federal Election Commission was shaping up to be nothing more than a presentation of “the goofy gender ideology and politics of the progressive Left and academia.” And, oh, how right I was. The May 12 forum on “Women in Politics” was organized by FEC chairwoman Ann Ravel without the approval of any of her…

  • Commentary posted April 29, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Eric Holder’s legacy

    As Attorney General Eric Holder finally departs, he leaves behind a demoralized Justice Department that has been politicized to an unprecedented degree. Attorneys general are obligated to enforce the law in an objective, unbiased and nonpolitical manner. They must demonstrate the highest regard for the best interests of the public and their sworn duty to uphold the…

  • Commentary posted April 20, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Amnesty Battle Continues in the Big Easy

    Today, April 17, the immigration lawsuit filed by 26 states against the administration goes to the next level. The Fifth Circuit will hear oral arguments on the government’s request for an emergency stay of the injunction issued on February 16 by Judge Andrew Hanen pending appeal. This is the just the preliminary round, since the Fifth Circuit will hear separate…

  • Commentary posted April 13, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Obama’s DOJ Loses Another Round in Immigration Battle in Texas

    Federal district court judge Andrew Hanen slammed the Obama administration with a solid one-two punch late last night. In one order, he refused to lift the preliminary injunction barring implementation of the president’s immigration amnesty plan. In a second order, Hanen said that the “attorneys for the Government misrepresented the facts” about the implementation to the…

  • Commentary posted April 13, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Don't hijack the voters' right to choose judges

    “Merit selection” of state judges sounds virtuous. But it would disenfranchise the public, stripping citizens of their right to vote for, and select, those who control the third branch of state government: the judiciary. Critics of elected judges complain about political spending in state judicial races. Yet the complaint rings hollow; these same critics have poured…