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- Retired Justice John Paul Stevens says that he still regards then-Gov. George W. Bush’s initial request for the Supreme Court to halt the Florida recount as “frivolous.” Sadly, a majority of his colleagues disagreed.
- The League of Women Voters is challenging Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) attempt to make it all but impossible for groups to register voters under the Voting Rights Act.
- The Eighth Circuit rejected a challenge to Arkansas’ execution procedures.
- California moves all ballot initiatives to the November ballot — at a time when voters actually turn out to vote. In the past, interest groups took advantage of the low turnout in June elections to pass controversial measures while no one was looking.
- The Supreme Court will hear a case this week involving an African-American businessman who was wrongly arrested in front of his family and then strip searched.
- And, finally, Seattle police arrested “Phoenix Jones,” a self described “superhero” who dressed up in a black and yellow costume and allegedly assaulted several people with pepper spray.