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Court reinstates Oregon ballot-initiative rules

Posted Tue, August 11th, 2020 6:18 pm by Amy Howe For the fifth time this year, the Supreme Court set aside a lower-court order that would have altered state election rules in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The justices on Tuesday granted an emergency request by the state of Oregon to put on hold a […]

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RNC, Rhode Island Republicans ask justices to intervene in absentee-ballot dispute

Posted Mon, August 10th, 2020 6:17 pm by Amy Howe The Republican National Committee and Rhode Island Republicans asked the Supreme Court on Monday to block an order by a federal district court that relaxed the state’s witness requirement for absentee ballots. The two groups argued that the relief they have requested – putting the […]

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Siding with jail officials, court lifts injunction that imposed coronavirus safety measures

Posted Wed, August 5th, 2020 11:57 pm by James Romoser A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday revoked a lower-court order that required a California jail to implement stricter health and safety measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 5-4 decision to undo the lower court’s injunction is the latest in a series of emergency […]

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Court allows border-wall construction to continue

Posted Fri, July 31st, 2020 6:16 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Friday turned down a plea from opponents of President Donald Trump’s border wall to order a temporary stop to construction. By a vote of 5-4, the justices declined to lift a stay, entered just over a year ago, that allowed the […]

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Court reinstates Idaho ballot initiative rules

Posted Thu, July 30th, 2020 7:49 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Thursday put on hold rulings by a federal court in Idaho that had relaxed the state’s rules for ballot initiatives for the November 2020 election. The Supreme Court’s order, which drew a sharp dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, was the latest […]

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Justices decline to intervene in dispute over Nevada COVID-19 restrictions

Posted Fri, July 24th, 2020 10:55 pm by Amy Howe A divided Supreme Court on Friday night turned down a request by a Nevada church for permission to hold services on the same terms that other facilities in the state, including casinos, are allowed to hold gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Justice John Roberts […]

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Opponents of border wall ask court to lift year-old stay and halt construction

Posted Wed, July 22nd, 2020 7:03 pm by Amy Howe It has been just under a year since a divided Supreme Court allowed the government to spend federal funds on the construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall while a legal challenge proceeded. Opponents of the wall returned to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, asking […]

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Justices decline to intervene in Florida voting dispute

Posted Thu, July 16th, 2020 3:33 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request by Florida voters and civil rights groups to reinstate a ruling that would have cleared the way for thousands of Florida residents who have been convicted of a felony to vote in the state’s upcoming elections. Justice […]

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Florida voters with felony convictions ask justices to intervene in voting-rights dispute

Posted Wed, July 8th, 2020 11:10 pm by Amy Howe With the deadline to register to vote in Florida’s August primary election 12 days away, a group of Florida voters and civil rights groups today asked the Supreme Court to reinstate a ruling by a federal trial court that struck down a state law that […]

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Court grants Alabama’s request to block ruling on COVID-related accommodations for upcoming runoff election

Posted Thu, July 2nd, 2020 10:18 pm by Amy Howe Tonight a divided Supreme Court granted a request by Alabama to temporarily freeze a lower-court ruling, issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, that would make it easier for voters in the state to cast absentee ballots in the state’s upcoming primary election runoff, […]