independent state legislature theory

North Carolina redistricting case decided by SCOTUS divided top Arkansas legal officers

BY: - June 27, 2023

The North Carolina case that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday had split two of Arkansas’s chief legal officers. Former Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge led a group of state attorneys general who filed an amicus brief in the case in support of the “independent state legislatures theory.” The theory mostly centers around congressional […]

NC Republicans lose US Supreme Court case on legislatures’ power over federal elections

BY: - June 27, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected North Carolina Republican legislators’ argument that the state courts cannot review laws legislatures pass governing federal elections. Republican legislators claimed the Elections Clause in the U.S. Constitution makes legislatures the sole state authorities on federal elections law,  including congressional redistricting. Critics said the high court’s endorsement of the […]