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Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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Update at 5:13 p.m.: ACLU attorney Julie Ebenstein confirmed to TPM that the group and other organizations involved in the challenge to North Carolina's 2013 voting restrictions have filed an appeal with the the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of a district court's decision upholding the law.

The voting right groups involved in a legal challenge to a bundle of North Carolina voting restrictions say they will move quickly to appeal the district court decision issued Monday that upheld the 2013 law.

An appeal, which could be filed as soon as today, would go to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in 2014 ruled in favor of the voting rights groups when they sought a preliminary injunction on some provisions of the law, a decision that was later overturned by the Supreme Court.

In his decision Monday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld the law on the basis that North Carolina has "provided legitimate State interests" in implementing the restrictions. He said that when it came to those who said the law burden their ability to vote there was "strong evidence that some other reason is at play for the failure of these persons to register and/or vote."

His 485-page decision was a exhaustive examination of the evidence presented in the high-profile trial the unfolded in July 2015 and January 2016

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Republican Rep. David Jolly -- a candidate for the Senate from Florida -- said Monday that he believed that Merrick Garland, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, deserved a hearing and a vote before Obama leaves office, but added that he believed Garland should be rejected in a Senate vote.

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As the Republican primary calendar enters its final stretch, Donald Trump still has a more than decent shot -- better than some would have you believe -- at securing the 1,237 delegates that would guarantee his coronation in Cleveland.

For all the talk of a contested GOP convention -- the unicorn of modern day political reporting -- the delegate math still points to Trump locking up the nomination before the convention, or coming so close that it would be politically impossible to deny him the nomination.

The significance to the alleged “alliance” formed in recent days between Ted Cruz and John Kasich is its implication that without teaming up in an extraordinary joint effort to coordinate the voting of their supporters state by state, Trump will win enough delegates to make stopping him impossible.

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An Oklahoma lawmaker pushing a bill that would more-or-less ban abortion in the state dismissed concerns that the legislation would drag the cash-strapped state into a costly legal battle by suggesting God would take care of the state's financial issues.

"Everybody talks about this $1.3 billion deficit,” state Rep. David Brumbaugh (R) said during Thursday evening's deliberations of the bill, before invoking a saying he said a friend told him.

"If we take care of the morality, God will take care of the economy,” he said.

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The Speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates, Republican Bill Howell, said he was "stunned" that Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) had used an executive action to restore the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons. In a statement issued Friday, Howell accused McAuliffe of granting the felons the right to vote so he could help Hillary Clinton get elected.

"The singular purpose of Terry McAuliffe’s governorship is to elect Hillary Clinton President of the United States," Howell said. "This office has always been a stepping stone to a job in Hillary Clinton’s cabinet."

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After being removed along with all the other state flags for building renovations, Mississippi's state flag -- which includes a depiction of the Confederate battle flag -- will not go back up in a tunnel under the U.S. Capitol, nor will any of the other flags for U.S, states and territories, the chair of the committee on House Administration announced Thursday.

The decision was influenced by last year's outcry over the presence of the Mississippi flag and other Confederate symbols in the Capitol, after a white supremacist shot and killed nine African Americans in a South Carolina church.

"Given the controversy surrounding confederate imagery, I decided to install a new display," committee Chair Candice Miller (R-MI) said in a statement. "I am well aware of how many Americans negatively view the confederate flag, and, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views. However, I also believe that it is not the business of the federal government to dictate what flag each state flies."

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Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Friday that he believed that the FBI could leak the results of its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server if "political interference" gets in the way of a prosecution.

"Is there going to be political interference? If there’s enough evidence to prosecute, will there be political interference?” Grassley said among reporters during a breakfast at the Des Moines A.M. Rotary club, according to the Des Moines Register. “And if there’s political interference, then I assume that somebody in the FBI is going to leak these reports and it’s either going to have an effect politically or it’s going to lead to prosecution if there’s enough evidence.”

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Kansas' Secretary of State Kris Kobach has bagged his man.

Kobach -- a leading proponent of voting restrictions -- is touting the plea deal of a man accused of election fraud. His office announced Friday that Randall L. Kilian had been found guilty of a misdemeanor and fined $2,500, according to a press release.

Per the release:

In the 2012 general election, Mr. Kilian cast his ballot without being lawfully registered to vote in the State of Kansas. This act was part of a scheme of double voting in two states during the same election.

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As the planning for the Republican National Convention continues, some party figures are expressing concerns about bringing their families to the Cleveland confab after facing threats from Donald Trump supporters who accused them of trying "steal" the election.

Louisiana GOP chairman Roger Villere told Politico the concerns were brought up to RNC chair Reince Priebus at the party's spring meeting in Florida this week. Louisiana became the subject of ire from Trump and his supporters after Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign was able to work the delegate system to get more Cruz loyalists into the delegation.

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