Stanford Law & Policy Review

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring

Boundary-Based Restrictions in Boundless Broadcast Media Markets: McConnell V. FEC's Underinclusive Overbreadth Analysis
I. INTRODUCTION In 2002, Congress passed the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), more commonly known as the "McCain-Feingold" campaign finance reform measure. (1) Perhaps the most controversial aspects of that law were provisions dealing with...
Defining "Partisan" Law Enforcement
I. INTRODUCTION A revised map for congressional districts adopted by the State of Texas in an unusual mid-decade redistricting. A requirement that registered voters present photo identification at the polls enacted by the State of Georgia. A congressional...
Does Local News Measure Up?
INTRODUCTION Many Americans get information from the national broadcast or cable news networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and CAN), while others rely on newspapers. But, for most of their news, whether concerning domestic political issues, health, or...
How Hard Can It Be: Do Citizens Think It Is Difficult to Register to Vote?
INTRODUCTION A basic tenet of normative democratic theory is political equality. The wants and desires of all citizens in a democratic society should be considered equally in the development of public policy; no citizen's preferences or needs should...
Introduction
Voting is the lifeblood of democracy, and few issues in public law are as important as government regulation of the political process. The existence of our nation's elaborate, complex and highly technical "law of democracy" might seem at first glance...
So There Are Campaign Contribution Limits That Are Too Low
INTRODUCTION When Congress approved contribution limits for candidates for president of the United States and Congress in 1974, it was the first time in our nation's history that contributions to federal candidate campaigns had been limited. The...
The Analysis and Mitigation of Electoral Errors: Theory, Practice, Policy
Errors will always plague the counting of votes and, periodically, errors will be big enough to undermine the outcome of a close election. Electoral errors, however, need not be as frequent as they currently are or, when they do occur, as threatening...
The Politics of Faith: Rethinking the Prohibition on Political Campaign Intervention
INTRODUCTION Recent attention to the role of religion in electoral politics has kindled new interest in what a church (1) can say and do during an election season. Under federal tax law, churches and other charitable organizations receiving favorable...
The Privatization of California Correctional Facilities: A Population-Based Approach
I. PRISON PRIVATIZATION IN THE CALIFORNIA CONTEXT A. A FRAMEWORK FOR ASSESSING PRIVATIZATION Most states' interest in privatizing segments of their prison system is fueled largely by a desire to cut costs. (1) After all, prisons are a vast expenditure....