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Entries for February 2018

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Should You Be Able to Wear Your 'MAGA' or 'Resist' Hat at the Polls?

Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky probably presents the easiest to understand question before the Supreme Court for the entire term. But, as oral argument in this case illustrates, it will not be the easiest case for the Court to decide.

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State Legislatures Magazine and NCSL’s Deep Dives

Almost every industry has a Big Three, and it’s no different for state lawmakers. But instead of three big states or legislatures, there are three big issues, the ones everybody’s dealing with: opioids, transportation and marijuana.

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Category: Magazine
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Supreme Court Takes a Pass on DACA

The Supreme Court will not be involved in the DACA litigation—for now

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Gorsuch Silent during Significant Union Dues Oral Argument

If there ever was a case where the vote of only one Justice is likely to matter it is Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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States Leading: NCSL Partners to Showcase Work on Education

NCSL is partnering with other policymaker organizations to highlight innovative policies and best practices to improve the nation’s schools. 

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Category: NCSL, Education
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What to Expect on Federal Broadband Policy

Beginning in March, the Senate Commerce Committee will move on infrastructure proposals that are likely to include broadband internet policies.

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Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Clears Key Hurdle in the Senate

While Congress has paid considerable attention to immigration and the budget so far in 2018, efforts to reform the federal criminal justice system also have made progress.

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The Cost of Security at the Ballot Box

Elections security continues to dominate the news, even as the details are stilling being fought over by the states, the federal government, the media and elections watchers of all stripes.

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Category: Elections
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Second Court Orders Trump Administration to Maintain DACA

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review a temporary nationwide injunction issued by a federal court in California requiring the Trump administration to maintain much of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a federal district court in New York issued a similar temporary nationwide injunction.

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Prisoner Loses Attorney’s Fees Dispute in the Supreme Court

The Prison Litigation Reform Act states that when a prisoner wins a civil rights case “a portion of the judgment (not to exceed 25 percent) shall be applied to satisfy” his or her attorney’s fees award.

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