Texas Politics

An appeals court in Texas ruled against Michael Quinn Sullivan, the CEO of conservative advocacy group Empower Texans, in a suit brought by the Texas Democratic Party relating to a 2019 meeting in which then-state House Speaker Dennis Bonnen allegedly offered Sullivan a “quid pro quo” offer in violation of the Texas Election Code. The court ruled Sullivan failed to establish that the Texas Citizens Participation Act applies to the party’s claims.

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Campus Conservatives

The Seventh Circuit denied advocacy group Speech First’s request for a preliminary injunction against anti-bias policies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that allegedly infringe on students’ rights to express their support for traditional marriage, immigration reform, the deradicalization of Islam and other conservative views.

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Berkeley Protest

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of First Amendment and Equal Protection claims against University of California officials brought by a woman whose plans to attend a speech by far-right political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley were thwarted by protests. The woman’s battery claim against one of the protesters, however, was improperly dismissed.  

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Ultra-Right Congressman Fights His Own Party

Rep. Steve King is fighting for his political life — but not because he’s compared immigrants crossing the border illegally to cattle. His Republican opponents in next week’s primary aren’t raking him over the coals for making light of rape and incest. His chief rival’s ads don’t mention the time King wondered when the term “white supremacist” became offensive.

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Novel Alliance Forms in Austria: Conservatives and Greens

Austrian political leader Sebastian Kurz, one of Europe’s youngest and most closely-watched conservatives, is seeking a new political formula for staying in power: He’s joining forces with the left-wing Greens only months after his first government coalition with a far-right party fell apart.

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