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Supreme Court to Hear "Faithless Electors" Case

POSTED | Jan 23, 2020

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up two cases concerning so-called "faithless electors," electors who failed to vote for presidential candidates that they had...More

State Constitutional Claims in Federal Court

POSTED | Jan 23, 2020

Michael Morley offers several suggestions for ways to more efficiently adjudicate state constitutional claims in federal court. Read more here.

Does the Russian Constitution Require Centralized Fiscal Controls?

POSTED | Jan 22, 2020

Elena Ryabova contends that, to the contrary of rulings by the Constitutional Court, the Russian Constitution does not establish the need for uniform, centralized budget...More

Trump Administration to Offer Guidance in Converting Medicaid to Block Grants

POSTED | Jan 22, 2020

The Trump administration will soon offer guidance for granting states waivers to convert Medicaid funding to block grants (password required). Read more here.

States Change How Census Counts Prisoners for Redistricting Purposes

POSTED | Jan 21, 2020

The U.S. Census counts prisoners where they are incarcerated. Some states, however, have passed laws requiring that, for purposes of redistricting, inmates be counted in...More

California Seeks Truce with Trump Administration About Homelessness

POSTED | Jan 21, 2020

After months of tense exchanges about California's homeless crisis, Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that he will send an envoy to meet with Trump administration...More

Trump Administration Issues School Prayer Guidelines

POSTED | Jan 21, 2020

The Trump administration has unveiled the federal government's first guidelines on prayer in public schools since 2003 (password required). Read more here.

FBI to Alert States About Election Hacks

POSTED | Jan 20, 2020

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced that it will notify state and local election officials when it learns that local election systems have been...More

States Sue to Stop Food Assistance Work Requirement

POSTED | Jan 20, 2020

A group of blue states and other jurisdictions have filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration's new work requirements for food stamps. The new...More

Federalism in the United States, Mexico, and Argentina Compared

POSTED | Jan 17, 2020

Antonio María Hernández examines and contrasts the federal structures of the United States, Mexico, and Argentina. Read more here.

Subnational Constitutionalism Studied

POSTED | Jan 17, 2020

James A. Gardner looks at the "extremely robust" network of subnational constitutions in the United States. Read more here.

New Hampshire Legislators File Bill Supporting the Electoral College

POSTED | Jan 16, 2020

A group of New Hampshire legislators have filed a bill that would withhold the state's popular vote total in presidential elections until after the members...More

Court Blocks Trump Administration Refugee Policy

POSTED | Jan 16, 2020

A federal judge in Maryland has temporarily enjoined the Trump administration from giving states and localities the power to accept or reject refugees (password required). Read...More

Decentralization in Zambia

POSTED | Jan 15, 2020

A group of authors trace the progress of decentralization in Zambia since the early 2000s. Read more here.

Work Requirements for Food Assistance Have Little Effect on Employment

POSTED | Jan 15, 2020

The Trump administration's work requirements for food assistance go into effect across the nation this April. Similar requirements already in place in West Virginia have...More