North Carolina Is Getting A Do-Over Election | FiveThirtyEight

After months of investigations and media reports into possible absentee-ballot fraud, we finally have a decision in the disputed election in the North Carolina 9th Congressional District: There will be a new election. This will be the first time that a congressional election has been redone since 1975.

On Thursday, the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted 5-0 to hold a do-over election after hearing evidence that an illegal absentee-ballot scheme cast doubt on the outcome of the original election — which Republican Mark Harris initially appeared to have won by just 905 votes.
— Read on fivethirtyeight.com/features/north-carolina-is-getting-a-do-over-election/amp/

LGBT group severs links with Navratilova over transgender comments – BBC News

In its statement, Athlete Ally said Navratilova’s comments were “transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people through discriminatory laws, hateful stereotypes and disproportionate violence”.

It added: “This is not the first time we have approached Martina on this topic. In late December, she made deeply troubling comments across her social media channels about the ability for trans athletes to compete in sport. We reached out directly offering to be a resource as she sought further education, and we never heard back.”
— Read on www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47301007

Roger Stone, Russian Hackers, and the Rule of Law – Musing about law, books, and politics

So Roger Stone had a bit of a tantrum yesterday. He’s angry because he was assigned to a judge he doesn’t want. What’s really happening is that Rule of Law is colliding with Cult of Leadership.
— Read on terikanefield-blog.com/roger-stone-russian-hackers-and-the-rule-of-law/

Texas Sen. Angela Paxton files bill to expand power of Texas AG Ken Paxton | The Texas Tribune

Today’s “Politics as usual” story.

Billed as a consumer protection effort, the proposal would allow approved individuals to serve as investment advisers without registering with the state board — a felony under Texas law that Ken Paxton was charged with in 2015.

— Read on www.texastribune.org/2019/02/16/ken-paxton-angela-securities-regulations-texas-attorney-general-power/amp/

The National Emergencies Act Is Not a Blank Check | Constitutional Accountability Center

Some have suggested that the biggest problems the President will face are the limitations imposed in the other statutes that are triggered once a national emergency is declared.  And they’re not wrong to point to those limitations: many of those statutes do significantly limit what the President can ultimately do.

But there may be a problem that comes before that.  The National Emergencies Act provides that “[w]ith respect to Acts of Congress authorizing the exercise, during the period of a national emergency, of any special or extraordinary power, the President is authorized to declare such national emergency.”  This provision raises an important question: must there actually be facts on the ground that support the existence of a “national emergency”?  Or, as some have suggested, does the National Emergencies Act give the President essentially unlimited power to declare a national emergency even if none exists?
— Read on www.theusconstitution.org/blog/the-national-emergencies-act-is-not-a-blank-check/