Academics found congressional Republican support for bills enforced by private lawsuits “exploded” beginning in 2010. The Texas abortion bill is the highest-profile example that uses it, but not the only one.…
There are provisions of the Texas abortion law that @LibertyLouise said are "unlike any law with which I am familiar" in how they tip procedural elements towards plaintiffs.…
Other experts said the civil enforcement pieces of the Texas abortion law reflect lessons learned from whistleblower statutes, environmental, and employment discrimination laws.…
For several of those measures, civil enforcement was a compromise - a way for conservatives to avoid creating and empowering new federal agencies.…
With some environmental laws, it was a way to solve what one expert described to me as "the Lorax problem." In other words, he said, "who speaks for the trees?"…

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23 Jun
Since Sen. Manchin made voter ID part of his proposal for a compromise voting bill, there's been a lot of talk about Democrats changing their position on it.

It's made me think about the different times I've come across voter ID as an issue when reporting stories. So: thread!
In North Dakota in 2018, a new law required voter IDs to have street addresses. That requirement was difficult for Native Americans because most reservation addresses were PO boxes only. They didn't have no street addresses.…
Even if the state assigned one, voters had to obtain a new ID that had the address. The mean travel distance for voters on Standing Rock to a site where they could obtain a North Dakota driver’s license or non-driver state identification was 61 miles.…
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26 Jan
New FOIA docs to share! I just finished going through more than 700 pages of docs from @usps on election mail. Unfortunately, a lot of them looked like this: 1/
But there are interesting fragments to be gleaned! By August, A LOT of people at USPS (including the general counsel and outside consultants from Weber Shandwick) were on the "strike team" responding to questions from press and Congress on vote by mail. 2/…
Also, USPS GC Thomas Marshall had sent a series of letters to states saying their laws didn't appear to comply with delivery standards and timetables. 3/

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20 Aug 20
The Bannon indictment says money ran through a nonprofit he controlled, as well as a shell company. The use of such structures for opaque financial transactions just keeps popping up.… Image
With Bannon in the news, reupping some pieces from @publicintegrity archives. First up, I followed the $$ and the docs and laid out then-new details about his relationship with the megadonor Mercers in 2016:…
Bannon disclosed details about his debt after @zubakskees reported he hadn't made public all the required info while working at the WH:…
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26 Jul 20
100 days from the election, so time to highlight @publicintegrity ballot access coverage on forces shaping the 2020 election: sharp polling place consolidations falling heavily on voters of color, partisan power struggles, $$ shortages, VBM learning curves - and the pandemic.
During this coronavirus-plagued primary season, some of the sharpest reductions in numbers of polling places — and longest lines — have come in cities home to many voters of color. @pratheekrebala data analysis showed the impact:…
An early skirmish over adding an in-person polling place in a California special election gave an early look at how contentious decisions about access to voting could get. Trump called the election "rigged." Our exclusive data analysis showed otherwise.…
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14 Feb 20
ICYMI: Native American voters in North Dakota will be able to vote even if they don't have ID with a street address under a new legal settlement announced yesterday.… 1/
The settlement needs final approval, but would end years of litigation over North Dakota's voter ID requirements. It would require the state to distribute IDs on reservations and provide voters who don't have such IDs with a street address in time for their votes to count. 2/
Voter turnout on North Dakota's Native American reservations has long been among the lowest in the state. I wrote about the reasons why here:… 3/
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25 Oct 19
BIG DISCLOSURE NEWS: Americans for Job Security, the "dark money" group that spent millions to influence elections in the wake of the Citizens United decision, is revealing its donors in the wake of a court case by @CREWcrew:…
Donors to AJS on this list include big GOP donors Geoff Palmer, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, Richard & Helen DeVos, Peter Thiel, Charles Schwab, Barbara McNair, Wayne Hughes, Andy Pudzer, Vincent & Linda McMahon, Steven Mnuchin.
Companies on the list: Devon Energy, Cheniere, DC Group.
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