The United States Constitution provides that state legislatures (no mention of the governor's role) decides how each state's legislatures are to be assigned. Some argue that once Congress utilizes its power to set the date for the election (the date of chusing the electors), and that election takes place, it's too late for legislatures to take back their authority. On the other hand, Bush v. Gore (by a 7-2 vote) has dicta that says that "there is no doubt" that the legislature can "take back the power to appoint electors...at any time." There is no language in that case saying the legislature has to take back its power before the election takes place.
- It's easy to laugh at the Rudy Giuliani show. But there is also lot of sadness to it. It's astonishing to think that that bumbling old man, a has been attorney handling a matter way over his head, was once a legendary prosecutor who, as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, cleaned the city of the organized crime that dominated the city until his tenure. His success as prosecutor earned him two terms in the Mayor's Office, winning as a Republican in a city Democrats had come to dominate. As Mayor, Giuliani was praised for his efforts in reducing crime in the city and guiding the metropolis through 9/11. While some people rightly questioned his tactics, particularly when it came to crime reduction, no one considered Giuliani to be a joke and everyone took him seriously. If Giuliani would have retired from the public eye in 2001, they would have erected statutes commemorating his service to the city. Instead Giuliani today has become a joke, his reputation sullied beyond repair. Mark my words, some time in the not too distant future Giuliani is going to announce he has health problems, possibly something that affects the decision-making and executive part of his brain, the frontal lobe,
- It is likewise sad what is happening to L. Lin Wood, the once legendary trial attorney from Atlanta. He appears to be having a meltdown and sadly doing it all in public, possibly forever ruining his reputation. If you don't know about the direction Wood's career has taken check out his Twitter feed and read the lawsuit filed by Wood's former law partners in which they quoted at length from his emails and other communications. Very sad.
- I predict that when the Indiana General Assembly convenes they are going to draw a new congressional map so the state's congressional delegation is 8-1 Republican instead of 7-2. The Democratic margin in the First Congressional District in northwest Indiana has declined enough that it can be divided into nearby GOP-dominated districts without endangering the election of Republicans in those districts.