The contest seeks to show that, if enticed by a cash prize, a community of scholars can discover something that the justices themselves cannot find -- or at least that they claim not to have found -- a way to prevent lawmakers from choosing their own voters.
Kansas is in the midst what is almost certainly the most unusual Senate race of the 2014 cycle. Democrats want their candidate off the ballot. Republicans deployed every legal maneuver they can muster to keep a Democrat on the ballot. And the GOP's latest tactic is almost certainly unconstitutional.