Justiceline: August 30, 2012


James Bopp Jr.

James Bopp Jr.

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  • In light of the federal court ruling against Texas’ redistricting, several groups are seeking alterations to the interim maps in use for just 2012.
  • James Bopp, one of the leading opponents of just about any campaign finance restriction or disclosure requirement, lauded the GOP platform’s anti-campaign finance reform plank as reflective of “what the grass-roots of the party believe. They support the First Amendment and they support no campaign finance restrictions, by and large.”
  • On the other hand, in an “Ask Me Anything” chat on Reddit, President Obama continue to oppose the corrupting influence of unlimited money in politics, hoping to “shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.”
  • A federal appeals court ruled that a Minnesota school district’s decision not to allow a religious club for elementary students, as part of an after-school program open to other community groups, was likely impermissible viewpoint discrimination.
  • And finally, in what was likely a slip of the tongue, one of President Obama’s most persistent critics on border security accidentally endorsed his re-election: Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) told MSNBC “I know if President Obama is elected in November, which I hope he is, he will be able to come together with all of us and come up with a solution. I believe he will secure our borders. And therefore, we can resolve all of the other issues as a simple matter.”