Hans A. von Spakovsky is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, where he manages the Civil Justice Reform Initiative.

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October 13, 2016, 8:42 AM EDT
The First Amendment is being assaulted on all sides.
October 10, 2016, 8:53 AM EDT
Colorado isn’t the only state dealing with an influx of ineligible voters.
September 23, 2016, 8:35 AM EDT
Is straight-ticket voting guaranteed under the Constitution?
September 1, 2016, 10:16 AM EDT
A governor being held in contempt by a state supreme court is rare and would be a history-making event in Virginia.
August 24, 2016, 9:46 AM EDT
A three-judge panel refused to stay a Wisconsin district court opinion that threw out changes the state legislature had made in early voting rules as well as other changes such as the residency requirement for new voters.
August 11, 2016, 8:59 AM EDT
Texas, the Justice Department, and all other parties involved in the challenge to the state’s voter ID law have worked out an interim settlement.
August 1, 2016, 8:25 AM EDT
Obama's excessive use of power under Art. II, §2, Cl. 1 of the Constitution is not the first presidential misuse of such authority.
July 28, 2016, 4:21 PM EDT
The best intentions cannot reverse the effects of a wrong policy.
June 23, 2016, 2:02 PM EDT
SCOTUS rules schools may continue to use race in admissions if narrowly tailored to further compelling governmental interests.
June 23, 2016, 12:29 PM EDT
SCOTUS upholds preliminary injunction against Obama's amnesty in a 4 to 4 split.
June 13, 2016, 5:24 PM EDT
Illinois is scorning a fundamental constitutional protection.
June 1, 2016, 9:43 AM EDT
If Lynch fails to respond to this letter or fails to act, it will be another sign of how this administration—and this Justice Department—are willing to interject ideology and politics into their prosecutorial decisions.
May 13, 2016, 10:16 AM EDT
A federal district court in Washington, D.C., ruled Thursday in favor of the U.S. House of Representatives’ challenge to the Obama administration’s implementation of part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
May 5, 2016, 5:18 PM EDT
In Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, “Fahrenheit 451,” a future society criminalizes the possession of books and burns them in order to suppress any dissenting ideas, opinions, and views. Today, we have state attorneys general trying to implement their own version of “Fahrenheit 451” to criminalize dissent over a disputed, unproven scientific theory: man-induced climate change.
April 25, 2016, 10:07 AM EDT
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has launched a fierce counter-attack against Claude Walker, the attorney general for the Virgin Islands, who recently served a subpoena on CEI demanding documents related to CEI’s research on global “climate change.”
April 22, 2016, 10:12 AM EDT
A stealth effort in state legislatures would essentially eliminate the Electoral College and undermine the carefully considered structure set up by the Framers to elect our president.  And it would do so without amending the Constitution.
April 19, 2016, 10:45 AM EDT
There is no doubt that what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 12, 2012, was a horrible event and a terrible tragedy for the parents of the children murdered by Adam Lanza, a mentally disturbed young man. But the decision on April 14 by Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara N. Bellis refusing to dismiss the lawsuit filed against gun manufacturers by the parents is plainly wrong as a matter of law.
April 11, 2016, 10:28 AM EDT
In a truly outrageous abuse of his authority and a misuse of the law, the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Claude E. Walker, has served a subpoena on the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) demanding documents related to CEI’s research on global “climate change.” Walker is part of a network of state “AGs United for Clean Power” who have formed a grand inquisition to go after those they claim have lied about climate change—which is a contentious and unproven scientific theory.
April 6, 2016, 10:15 AM EDT
In a loss for voters, the Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against two residents of Texas who had argued that the Texas legislature diluted their votes when it used total population to redraw state Senate districts.
April 4, 2016, 12:34 PM EDT
Beginning in 1478, the Spanish Inquisition systematically silenced any citizen who held views that did not align with the king’s. Using the powerful arm of the government, the grand inquisitor, Tomas de Torquemada, and his henchmen sought out all those who held religious, scientific, or moral views that conflicted with the monarch’s, punishing the “heretics” with jail sentences, property confiscation, fines, and in severe cases, torture, and execution.