Source: OTHERWISE: Message to SCOTUS: Maximize voting and public health – Wisconsin teaches us
by George W. Conk
When the United States Supreme Court, split along the familiar lines, reversing the courts below, ordered “Per Curiam” that Wisconsin voters who chose mail ballots must have them post-marked by midnight of election day, Tuesday, April 7, the usual alarms rang. Defenders saw a ruling to maintain regular order and ballot integrity; critics saw a partisan effort to reduce voting and aid a Republican seeking to retain a state Supreme Court seat. Of course, neither an effort to save or gain a court seat should motivate the decision on how to conduct an election.
Source: OTHERWISE: DOJ Inspector General backs dismissed IG Atkinson
Complaints about the erosion of rule of law are so pervasive that it becomes like the drone note in a dirge. But very so often someone usually quiet raises a voice. Unfortunately it’s usually someone retired or who served in the ancien regime before the debacle. So it was good to hear Michael Horowitz, who is both Chair of the `Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency’ (CIGIE) and the Inspector General at the Department of Justice speak of dismissed Inspector General Michael Atkinson. Horowitz has put his own job on the line. – gwc
DOJ Inspector General backs dismissed IG Atkinson
Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community: “Inspector General Atkinson is known throughout the Inspector General community for his integrity, professionalism, and commitment to the rule of law and independent oversight. That includes his actions in handling the Ukraine whistleblower complaint, which the then Acting Director of National Intelligence stated in congressional testimony was done “by the book” and consistent with the law…