Justiceline: August 1, 2012


Club for Growth Action ad for Senate candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Club for Growth Action ad for Senate candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX)

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  • Former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz’s 57-43 win over Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in yesterday’s Texas Republican Senate primary runoff was heavily fueled by outside spending. Club for Growth Action alone spent more than $5.6 million on his behalf.
  • A U.S. House of Representatives race in Iowa between Rep. Steve King (R) and Christine Vilsack (D) could test the limits on outside groups republishing campaign’s materials and on using official town hall meetings as campaign events.
  • Following a preliminary hearing in which former clerks alleged serious ethical violations, a Pennsylvania judge ordered suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin (R) to stand trial on seven of the nine criminal counts recommended by a grand jury.
  • Virginia’s law prohibiting non-residents from circulating ballot petitions was struck down by a U.S. District Court judge.
  • Another federal judge is considering a challenge to the way Ohio handles provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct.
  • And finally, New York City sold 28,000 pounds of spent police department shell casings — to a Georgia ammunition store that reloads and resells them.