Connerly v. State of California

California Common Cause has filed Amicus Briefs and is seeking intervention on behalf of defendants, the State of California. Plaintiff is challenging the selection process of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, because in addition to considering relevant skills, lack of conflicts of interest, ability to appreciate the state’s diversity, geographic and gender diversity, other such as race and ethnicity may be considered. We argue that the selection process was carefully designed to choose 14 independent, intelligent, and representative commissioners to carry out California’s redistricting process. Providing pro bono counsel are attorneys from the law firm of Munger Tolles & Olson.

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association v. CA Secretary of State

California Common Cause has filed an Amicus Brief in support of defendants, California Secretary of State. Plaintiff challenged the right of voters to consider a ballot question referred by the Legislature, that would instruct Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United, and allow reasonable regulation of money in the political arena. The CA Supreme Court has temporarily removed Prop. 49 from the ballot, pending hearing. Common Cause argues that CA has used ballot instructions in the past, and voters should have a chance to vote on this important issue. Providing pro bono counsel are attorneys from the law firm of Arnold & Porter.

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