The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2017
Democratic member to quit election commission, setting up political fight
Mr. Trump can pick a nominee himself so long as he does not choose a registered Republican, said Richard L. Hasen, an election law scholar at the University of California, Irvine. … Mr. Hasen said he would not be surprised if Mr. Trump made the pick himself, especially because his White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, was an election commissioner himself and has pushed fiercely for deregulating campaign finance.
Huffington Post, Feb. 21, 2017
North Carolina tells Supreme Court it’s giving up fight over ‘Jim Crow’ voting law
In an article published in Slate earlier this month, Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, observed that Cooper dropping the case would be notable because other courts were already relying on the 4th Circuit’s opinion in the North Carolina case.
KPCC, Feb. 21, 2017
Officers say Props 47 and 57 made the streets dangerous. But there’s no proof. (Audio)
“We have no empirical evidence, one way or another, as to Prop 47’s [and Prop 57’s] role in crime in the state of California,” says UC Irvine criminologist Charis Kubrin.
Scientific American, Feb. 21, 2017
Giant Antarctic ice shelf crack threatens to become a massive iceberg
The speed at which glaciers connected to Larsen A and B flowed to the sea increased—by up to a factor of eight—after those ice shelves disintegrated, says Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at the University of California, Irvine. “Some of [the glaciers] have slowed down a little bit, but they are still flowing five times faster than before,” he notes.
ABC 7, Feb. 22, 2017
California’s wet weather has some believing drought is over
David Feldman, a UC Irvine professor of planning, policy and design, said he won’t know if the drought is over until May, when the state’s rainy season ends.
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