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October 19 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Often overlooked, state court judge races can have a big impact

A review of recent voter participation data in San Francisco confirms conventional wisdom: judicial races are some of the most obscure on the ballot, with voters more likely to skip the choice. It’s no surprise to Mindy Romero, who heads the California Civic Engagement Project at UC Davis. By Alex Emslie — KQED


Donald Trump supporters protest outside lawyer Gloria Allred’s California office

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump staged a protest Tuesday outside the Los Angeles office of attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Summer Zervos — the Huntington Beach woman who claims she was a victim of unwanted sexual advances by Trump. Carrying signs saying “Gloria Allred exploits women” and “Make America Great Again! #MAGA,” a half-dozen protesters rallied near the entrance to Allred’s office at 6300 Wilshire Blvd., in the Miracle Mile area. By Wes Woods and Anita Bennett — Southern California News Group


A federal judge in Texas has largely rejected the Obama administration's request to narrow a nationwide injunction banning enforcement of an Education Department policy requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity. In an order issued late Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor made some changes to the ruling he issued in August at the request of 13 states opposed to the policy, but he left the Education Department unable to bring new cases enforcing transgender students' access to access to what he termed "intimate facilities" across the nation. By Josh Gerstein — POLITICO


Justice Department officials are warning that they will be dispatching fewer specially trained election observers this year as a result of a Supreme Court opinion that gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The reduction is likely to diminish the department's ability to detect voter intimidation and other potential problems at the polls. By Eric Tucker — NBC Los Angeles


The jogger trots down a narrow sidewalk, apparently oblivious to the slim man in black trailing a few yards behind. Early morning traffic passes as usual. By Patrick J. McDonnell — Los Angeles Times


After Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died this year, President Obama went about nominating a successor, as required by the Constitution. But Senate Republicans — including John McCain of Arizona — resisted, insisting that the vacancy should be filled by the president chosen by voters in November. — Los Angeles Times

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