Monthly Archives: October 2012

2012 Presidential Election Information

As the November 6th election date draws near, you may wish to look more closely at the articles written by serious investigative journalists. Below are some sources of election information beyond the usual suspects of Fox, NBC etc., which are in the business of entertainment rather than serious journalism.

For progressive or conservative alternative press, see this list of U.S. independent media sources from Ithaca College.


Library Highlights: Law & Politics

Race, Reform, and Regulation of the Electoral Process: Recurring Puzzles in American Democracy

Guy-Uriel E. Charles (Editor), Heather K. Gerken (Editor), Michael S. Kang

KF4891 .R33 2011

From the Publisher: This book offers a critical re-evaluation of three fundamental and interlocking themes in American democracy: the relationship between race and politics, the performance and reform of election systems, and the role of courts in regulating the political process. This edited volume features contributions from some of the leading voices in election law and social science.

Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women

Rebecca Traister

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From the Publisher: RebeccaTraister, whose coverage of the 2008 presidential election for Salon confirmed her to be a gifted cultural observer, offers a startling appraisal of what the campaign meant for all of us. Though the election didn’t give us our first woman president or vice president, the exhilarating campaign was nonetheless transformative for American women and for the nation. In Big Girls Don’t Cry, her electrifying, incisive and highly entertaining first book, Traister tells a terrific story and makes sense of a moment in American history that changed the country’s narrative in ways that no one anticipated.

America Votes!: A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights

Editor-Benjamin E. Griffith

KF4886 .A86 2008

From the Publisher: Provides a snapshot of America’s voting and electoral practices, problems, and most current issues. The book was edited and written by widely knowledgeable practitioners who explore a variety of fundamental areas concerning election law from a federal perspective such as:Lessons learned from the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, Meeting the demand of a growing language-minority voting populate, How the government, poll workers, political parties, and nonpartisan advocates can work together to ensure smooth election administration, Felon disenfranchisement, Voting technology and the law, etc..

The Battle Over Bilingual Ballots: Election Law, Politics, and Theory

James Thomas Tucker

KF4896.L56 T83 2009

From the Publisher: This book describes the evolution of the provisions, examining the evidence of educational and voting discrimination against language minorities covered by the Act. Additional chapters discuss the debate over the 2006 amendments to the Voting Rights Act, analysis of objections raised by opponents of bilingual ballots and some of the most controversial components of these requirements, including their constitutionality, cost and effectiveness. Featuring revealing case studies as well as analysis of key data, this volume makes a persuasive and much-needed case for bilingual ballots, presenting a thorough investigation of this significant and understudied area of election law and American political life.

The Supreme Court and Elections: The Supreme Court’s Power in American Politics

Charles Zelden

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From the Publisher: Taking a chronological approach to the topic, The Supreme Court and Elections explores the ways that the Court has struggled with these questions. From the earliest days of the Union when the Supreme Court refused to address the topic, to the early struggles with the Fourteenth Amendment’s impact on the question of who can vote, to the rise and fall of race-based disenfranchisement, to our recent issues of proper districting, campaign finance reform and the struggle to find a workable voting technology, the essay and documents in this reference illuminate the multifaceted nature of voting and election laws.

Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party

David Corn

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From the Publisher: Veteran journalist David CornWashington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones magazine and New York Times bestselling author of Hubris (with Michael Isikoff) and The Lies of George W. Bush now brings us, “Showdown”, the dramatic inside story of Barack Obamas fight to save his presidency.

Meet Our New Reference Librarian

Meet Marie Templo-Capule, our new reference librarian.

She has more than 10 years of experience in law library public services. Before joining TJSL, she was the Collection Development and Reference Librarian at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. She also served as the Tax Research Specialist for the Taxation LL.M. program. She has taught print and electronic legal research for Research and Writing, Advanced Research and Writing, Scholarly Writing, Moot Court, Pre-Trials Skills, Estate Planning, and Tax Research.

She received her Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and earned an LL.M. in Taxation at NYU School of Law. While working as the Tax Research Specialist in Cooley, she decided to pursue her Masters of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is an active member of the California and Michigan Bars.

Aside from helping faculty and students with their research and reference questions, she will teach the Advanced Legal Research class. She also looks forward to working closely with the Graduate Program at TJSL.

If you don’t see her at the reference desk, please stop by in her office, Room 455, she is available to help you with your legal research.

October is LGBT History Month.

We have a new LGBT History Month Library Video Display on the 4th Floor Learning Center monitor, showcasing LGBT Legal Books available in the TJSL Library.

Here are some other valuable LGBT related legal resources:

Other  Resources