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Sep 24, 2018

Primer: Missouri Voting Rights Activists Get Two Wins

We may have our first trial among the lawsuits challenging the Census citizenship question by this fall. A trial in the consolidated cases in New York has been tentatively scheduled for November 5 — the case still might be resolved without a trial. In the meantime, the judge has ordered Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to sit for a deposition. As the effort to depose him was being litigated, an internal memo was released revealing the Justice Department — which the Trump administration has claimed originally requested the question — was initially not in favor of asking for it. Voting rights activists in Missouri got two major court wins last week. First, a state appeals court overturned a lower court’s ruling that had pushed an ethics and redistricting reform initiative, known as Clean Missouri, off the ballot. The initiative, which Missourians will vote on in November, would impose a number of restrictions on lobbying and campaign contributions for state legislators, while turning…

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