Brief urges U.S. Supreme Court to hear challenge to Texas’ use of “total population” in allocating legislative seats.
ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue wrote this column appearing January 25, 2014 on The American Thinker website.
One can learn a lot about State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor of Texas, from her battles.
Davis has been battling to restore her tarnished image as a result of nonstop media attention after a column by Wayne Slater in the Dallas Morning News on Jan. 20. The mostly kid-gloves piece revealed some lies and material omissions in Davis’s “I am woman, hear me roar” resume.
For one, Davis downplayed embellishing and lying on her […]
This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published on November 14, 2012 on Breitbart.com.
If Obamacare survives the 2016 election after it is fully implemented, there will be two healthcare systems in America from which our citizens will choose.
As former Ohio Treasurer Ken Blackwell and I explained months ago, the fifty states can freely choose whether to participate in two central pillars of Obamacare. Conservative governors will be glad in the end, if they hold true to their principles to reject this big-government takeover of healthcare.
First, Obamacare expands taxpayer-funded healthcare under Medicaid. The one part of Obamacare that the […]
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published January 16, 2012 on The American Thinker website.
Pretty soon, the right to cast a meaningful vote might be just a memory.
The issue at hand is ensuring that American citizens can exercise the most fundamental civil right of being an American — casting a vote with the assurance that it will count and not be canceled by an illegitimate vote.
The ACLU has filed three lawsuits seeking to overturn a new Florida law that tightens the integrity of the ballot box, while the Obama Justice Department has scotched South […]
This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published January 9, 2012 on The Washington Examiner website.
Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement told U.S. Supreme Court justices Monday that lower federal courts cannot redraw state-approved election district maps unless they can point to concrete “identifying specific statutory or constitutional violations.”
Instead, Clement said during oral arguments on Perry v. Perez, two federal district judges have nullified the will of the people in Texas. The evident frustration of at least some of the Supreme Court justices suggests they agree with Gov. Rick Perry that state sovereignty must be restored.
Clement represented Perry […]
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published January 2, 2012 in The Washington Times.
The most consequential election in our lifetime is still 10 months away, but it’s clear from the Obama administration’s order halting South Carolina’s new photo ID law that the Democrats already have brought a gun to a knife fight.
How else to describe this naked assault on the right of a state to create minimal requirements to curb voter fraud?
On Dec. 23, Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez sent a letter ordering South Carolina to stop enforcing its photo ID law. Mr. […]
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published August 19, 2011 on the American Thinker website.
If you thought the U.S. Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder was already shockingly biased toward far-left causes, get ready for a more permanent problem.
As Hans A. von Spakovsky has outlined in the first of five articles for Pajamas Media about DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, Holder has hired 16 civil service employees — not political appointees — in the Voting Rights Section. This means they will be part of the permanent bureaucracy.
It’s part of an overall trend […]
The Other Voting Right: Protecting Every Citizen's Vote by Safeguarding the Integrity of the Ballot Box
There is a saying that "people get the government they vote for." The implication of the maxim is that if undesirable or unwise legislation is enacted, if executive branch officials are inept or ineffective, or if the government is beset with widespread corruption, then such unfortunate results are the consequence of the electorate's decision regarding whom to trust with the powers and prestige of public office. The Constitution does not forbid people from enacting wrongheaded policies. If voters elect leaders that fail them, then the citizenry is saddled with the consequences of its choice until the next election. Such is the reality in a democratic republic. But this argument begs the question of whether voters did in fact elect the individuals who take their oaths of office.
The census is one of the most important functions performed by the federal government because the integrity our representative democracy depends on it. Because both parties understand its importance, the census has always been insulated from political corruption.