Partner, Kaufman DowningPartner in the Los Angeles election law firm Kaufman Downing
FROM Stephen Kaufman
Did Independents Fill Out the Democratic Bubble? California’s Republican Party does not allow Independents vote in the primary. Democrats and American Independents do. Yesterday in Los Angeles County, Independent voters were required to mark a ballot indicating their preference. If they failed, their votes for president did not count. A voting rights group is asking that they be included.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?