Daily Media Links 6/5: In Montana, an Election Law Chills Free Speech and Privacy Rights, Board of Elections counsel issues subpoena to Senate GOP, and more…

CCP Time for Weintraub to Step Down?  By Brad Smith Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub’s actions in recent months cast serious doubt on whether she can continue to credibly carry on her duties as a Commissioner. She should recognize this predicament and do the honorable thing, which is to resign… If Commissioner Weintraub wishes to […]

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Time for Weintraub to Step Down?

Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub’s actions in recent months cast serious doubt on whether she can continue to credibly carry on her duties as a Commissioner. She should recognize this predicament and do the honorable thing, which is to resign. Back in February, Commissioner Weintraub created a bit of a stir when she issued a […]

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Scranton Times-Tribune: FEC overhaul proposal flawed (In the News)

By Brad Smith
Today, the FEC is under attack from members of Congress with a misguided proposal to “reform” the agency. A bill co-sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-11, Hazleton) would shrink the agency from six commissioners to five. It may sound minor, but it has huge implications.
Republicans and Democrats now have equal influence over the commission. With six commissioners, at least one vote from each side is needed to write new rules or open investigations. In a proposed five-commissioner agency, one party would consistently trump the other.
The proposal would give the president the power to choose the pivotal fifth vote. In theory, no more than two commissioners could be from the same party, so no party would have a majority. But that would be illusory – for example, a Democratic president could appoint socialist U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders; Trump could appoint a registered independent, such as his daughter Ivanka. The president could also name a commissioner to a 10-year term as chairman, meaning that the disadvantaged party would spend a decade on the losing end, even if it managed to win the presidency in between. The result, could be a partisan agency not trusted by roughly half of Americans.

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Daily Media Links 6/2: Campaign Finance Law: When “Collusion” with a Foreign Government Becomes a Crime, Oregon Man Fined for Writing ‘I Am an Engineer’ Temporarily Wins the Right to Call Himself an ‘Engineer,’ and more…

In the News   Scranton Times-Tribune: FEC overhaul proposal flawed  By Brad Smith Today, the FEC is under attack from members of Congress with a misguided proposal to “reform” the agency. A bill co-sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-11, Hazleton) would shrink the agency from six commissioners to five. It may sound minor, but it […]

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Recent Political Documentaries Have a Knee-Jerk Skepticism of Free Speech

I recently watched the new Netflix documentary Get Me Roger Stone, about the eponymous Republican political insider. The film traces Stone’s career from its beginnings with Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal, to his current ties with President Trump. Overall, it was a fascinating film about an eccentric and notorious political insider, but one thing […]

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Daily Media Links 6/1: How Some State Politicians Are Using Government to Threaten Free Speech, Liberals Launch Their Latest War On Free Speech, and more…

Free Speech     Daily Caller: Liberals Launch Their Latest War On Free Speech  By Dan Backer Whether it’s tagging legitimate news stories they disagree with as “fake news” or launching increasingly-violent protests to shut down opposing viewpoints, it’s clear: the left is gearing up their war on free speech. Like most wars premised on […]

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