Suing DeSantis over refusal to close beaches not frivolous, lawyer says

TALLAHASSEE — Saying that a lower-court judge “plainly encouraged” an appeal, a Northwest Florida attorney is disputing that his decision to continue pursuing a case against Gov. Ron DeSantis over COVID-19 beach closures was frivolous or in bad faith.

Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder, who filed the lawsuit this spring to try to force DeSantis to close beaches statewide to prevent the spread of the disease, responded last week to an order by the 1st District Court of Appeal to show why he and his lawyers should not face sanctions for pursuing the appeal.

A panel of the Tallahassee-based appeals court on Nov. 13 rejected the case and suggested that the appeal and other documents filed by Uhlfelder “appear to be frivolous and/or filed in bad faith.”

But in the 19-page response Friday, Uhlfelder and lawyers Gautier Kitchen and Marie Mattox cited comments that Leon County Circuit Judge Kevin

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Last whistleblower fired from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office days after suing for retaliation

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a press conference in 2017.

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The Texas Attorney General’s Office has fired the last remaining whistleblower who alleged Ken Paxton broke the law in doing favors for a political donor — just days after aides had sued the agency alleging they suffered retaliation for making the report.

Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel Ryan Vassar — who had already been placed on paid leave — was fired Nov. 17, according to internal personnel documents obtained by The Texas Tribune, making him the fifth whistleblower to be fired from the agency in less than a month. The three others who reported Paxton to law enforcement have resigned.

On Nov. 12, Vassar and three of his former

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Wisconsin attorney general suing over GOP lame-duck law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Democratic attorney general filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging parts of a Republican-authored law limiting his powers that was passed during a lame-duck legislative session two years ago.

The lawsuit from Attorney General Josh Kaul, together with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, targets parts of the law requiring the state Department of Justice that Kaul runs to get approval from the Legislature’s budget committee before settling certain lawsuits. The change was approved by Republicans in the weeks after Kaul was elected attorney general and just before he took office.

Kaul’s challenge of that part of the law comes four months after the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the lame-duck laws, which also reduced Evers’ powers before he took office. The court rejected a lawsuit filed by a coalition of labor unions that argued that the laws give the Legislature power over the attorney general’s office and

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A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are suing to try to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots and stop the state from certifying the election results

Donald Trump standing in front of a crowd: President Donald Trump and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania) embrace at an election rally in Erie. Noah Riffe/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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President Donald Trump and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania) embrace at an election rally in Erie. Noah Riffe/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

  • A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are seeking to toss out a GOP-backed voting reform bill that passed in October 2019.
  • Their lawsuit seeks to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election.
  • The lawsuit, filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, alleges that Act 77, which allowed for no excuse mail-in voting, should be deemed “unconstitutional.”
  • Some 2.6 million voters in Pennsylvania cast mail-in ballots in the 2020 election.
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A group of Pennsylvania Republicans, led by US Representative Mike Kelly and 2020 congressional candidate Sean Parnell, are suing Gov. Tom Wolf, the GOP-controlled General Assembly, and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, seeking to toss out a major voting reform bill that passed

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California is prepared to keep suing a lame-duck Trump, Attorney General Xavier Becerra says

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has already sued President Donald Trump’s administration 106 times.

As Trump enters the lame duck phase of his presidency, Becerra says he’s prepared to file even more lawsuits if the president tries to “wreck the train” on his way out.

“Between now and Jan. 20, I don’t think anyone can predict what’s going to happen,” Becerra told The Sacramento Bee in an interview Monday, referencing the last day of Trump’s term. “We may have to launch lawsuits number 107, maybe 108 to protect our resources and our values because we have no idea what President Trump will try.”

Becerra said he’s worried Trump may try “throwing all sorts of things at the wall to see what sticks” in his final months in the White House. Becerra pointed to the president’s abrupt firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday as evidence of his capricious

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